Comcast has officially opened its Fort Collins, Colo., customer support center. The center can accommodate around 600 representatives, and the company has also launched a $10,000 grant program for Neighborhoods United that will provide low-income students in the area with school supplies.
Showtime Sports has put a recommended $89.95 price tag on the pay-per-view boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. An additional $10 is expected to be tacked on for the high-definition feed, a premium price the market will pay for "a once-in-a-lifetime type of event," said Stephen Espinoza of Showtime Sports.
Google launched its YouTube TV service in 10 new markets this week, including Atlanta, Detroit, Houston and Washington, D.C. The service runs $35 per month and includes live local feeds from the four major broadcast networks, as well as cable networks such as ESPN and AMC.
TBS unveiled unreleased clips for its three new original animated series at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego. "Tarantula," "Close Enough" and "Final Space" are slated for the 2017-2018 season, and the new season of "American Dad" will premiere Monday.
Discovery Communications is interested in acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive to make its programming part of a low-cost web TV bundle that would run between $3 and $4, a source says. Acquiring Scripps would make Discovery the owner of five of the nation's top 20 cable networks.
E! is gearing up to launch a reality series this fall that will focus on the music industry. "The Platinum Life" will feature an inside look at the lives of the wives and girlfriends of musicians and industry professionals including Nelly, Kid Ink, Miguel and Ne-Yo.
Layer3 TV says that at least 20% of customers have viewed at least one episode of BBC America's "Planet Earth II" in 4K, showing consumers' desire to watch content using this standard. "The impact that 4K content is having on BBC America's awareness and Layer3 TV viewership serves as notice of 4K's importance," says Chief Content Officer Lindsay Gardner.
Facebook has partnered with Nielsen to give publishers an analytics tool to help them measure the efficacy of their Instant Articles versus other content on the platform. Also, Facebook announced that it will start testing a paywall for Instant Articles in October, giving publishers the capability to sell subscriptions directly on the platform.