The documentary "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy," which features Princes William and Harry reminiscing about their mother, Princess Diana, has been sold to broadcasters worldwide. Among the buyers are HBO in the US, Canada's CBC, Seven in Australia and multiple services across Europe.
Sony has signed a deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative to bring broadband-delivered PlayStation Vue service to cable providers. The service will be made available to NCTC members and can be accessed through PlayStation systems, Amazon Fire, web browsers, and iOS and Android devices.
House Republican legislation to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission calls for the lifting of the media cross-ownership ban. The draft, which reauthorizes the FCC through 2022, would also provide the FCC with more flexibility for regulatory fees and would reform other processes, including making public all items the FCC circulates for a vote.
A licensing deal between Spotify and Warner Music, which would ready Spotify for its initial public offering, could be signed by September, sources say. While issues such as giving Spotify a higher revenue split in return for exclusive new albums have been resolved, daily talks are still being held to resolve other key issues, a source says.
Rush Limbaugh says that Republicans are "squandering" opportunities to take action on issues such as repealing the Affordable Care Act. Limbaugh also says that Republicans are "roadblocking" President Donald Trump.
Sling TV uses target marketing to appeal to specific customer segments -- for example, showing Facebook users who "like" college football teams ads with a game score and a link to continue watching the game online -- per CEO Roger Lynch. Sling TV is leading the online TV market and has reportedly added 1.7 million users since launching in January 2015.
A panel of executives at this year's The Independent Show focused on the growing success of smaller cable ops, which has been fueled by consolidation. The panel also focused on improving the customer experience through customer education and in-home networking.
Sixty-four percent of US households subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and/or Amazon, while 51% subscribe to two or more of these services, per a study from Leichtman Research Group. The study also found that 29% of adults use a streaming service daily and that 62% of SVOD subscribers also subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service.
Arris, at The Independent Show, showcased three new hybrid set-top boxes that are designed to provide TiVo and over-the-top services to customers of smaller cable operators. The new products include the Qi3, the Mi4 and the MG2 Cable Media Gateway, the latter two of which support HDR and 4K.
Nine agriculture groups, in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, voiced their opposition to Microsoft's proposal for the use of unlicensed spectrum. The groups highlighted the importance of local news and wrote that "this proposal will only serve to deprive our members of critical access to local broadcast television coverage."
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