A Comcast Business unit has acquired Defined Technologies in a bid to further pursue contracts from the federal government's General Services Administration under its $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions framework. Defined will remain the EIS contractor of record, and neither company disclosed terms of the deal.
Cable companies have a better chance of generating long-term profits from their broadband business than telecoms despite their flurry of investments in new fiber builds, MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett says in a new research note. He maintains that telecom spending will have only a modest effect on the market compared to cable investments.
Lionsgate and Redbox have signed a multi-year deal under which Lionsgate will distribute Redbox Entertainment movies and take charge of licensing agreements with streaming services, while Redbox will stream 17,000 Lionsgate television and film titles. Redbox is planning 36 original films per year.
Discovery+ is airing "Carole Baskin's Cage Fight," a show documenting Baskin's investigation of animal abuse in roadside zoos, starting Nov. 13. The series will include Baskin and the niece of Joseph Maldonado-Passage pursuing evidence that he mistreated the big cats he exhibited as "Joe Exotic."
Comcast announced that it has successfully linked its virtual cable modem termination system to DOCSIS 4.0 modems in Full Duplex DOCSIS mode and gotten 10-gigabits-per-second data transfer speeds. The successful test shows how cable can "deliver multi-gig upload and download speeds" via DOCSIS FDX software upgrades, Comcast's Elad Nafshi told the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees announced a strike beginning midnight of Oct. 18 unless ongoing talks between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers produce a new contract. Liz Shuler, president of the AFL-CIO, promised solidarity.
Altice USA has introduced "FlexAbility" plans that let its Suddenlink and Optimum subscribers change their levels of broadband, video or mobile service without incurring additional fees. The internet plan provides speed tiers ranging from 100 Mbps to 1 gigabit per second, the mobile plan features 1 and 3 GB options as well as one for unlimited data and the television options include focuses on news, children's programming, sports or streaming content.
The National Football League's new Monday night wild card playoff game will air on ABC and ESPN beginning at the end of the current season under a five-year deal between Disney and the NFL. Disney will add the game to its megacast programming plans, which include simulcasts on ABC and ESPN, a Spanish-language broadcast and possibly a telecast aimed at children.
Sinclair Broadcast Group lacks the rights to stream Major League Baseball games as a direct-to-consumer service, says Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner. "We've been very clear with them from the beginning that...we're not just going to throw them in to help Sinclair out," he explained.
The Food Network is producing its first scripted movie, the holiday film "Candy Coated Christmas," for its Discovery+ corporate sibling. Food Network personality Ree Drummond will have a supporting role in the film, which premieres Nov. 19.
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