Cable news networks, which drew record ratings during Donald Trump's presidency, are pondering their future in the calmer atmosphere expected under President-elect Joe Biden. Executives hope that audiences will remain receptive to stories about politics rather than demanding a return to sensationalism.
Microsoft's Xbox gaming app will likely reach smart televisions "in the next 12 months," said executive Phil Spencer. The company has been working on streaming games to TVs since 2013.
Sports Business Daily reports that either ESPN or Comcast could try to purchase the Sunday Ticket package of National Football League games. AT&T's rights to the games expire in either 2021 or 2022, and sources say the company may not choose to renew them.
MSNBC will chronicle President Barack Obama's eight years in the White House in a four-part special beginning at 8 p.m. on Nov. 27 and concluding the next night. "Obama" includes interviews with congressional leaders, journalists and the former president's political team.
Comcast will expand its in-home broadband data cap to 13 northeastern states and Washington, D.C., bringing those regions into line with its west and central service areas. The cable company plans to phase in the 1.2 terabyte limit over several months, starting in January.
The Untitled Latinx Project is pushing for more complete and accurate representation in the entertainment industry. Entertainers such as Eva Longoria, Lin Manuel-Miranda and John Leguizamo have expressed support for the group's goals, including greenlighting projects with Latino creators and characters.
Comcast has successfully demonstrated anti-spoofing technology in an effort to reassure phone subscribers about the accuracy of caller ID technology. The technology relies on rich call data, a new form of caller ID that gives legitimate callers an avenue to provide people with information that encourages them to pick up the phone.
TBS' move to end Conan O'Brien's late-night show next June leaves Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" as the lone nightly talk program on basic cable, although weekly series remain successful. The ratings decline in linear television makes talk shows "kind of dinosaurs in the business," says Jeff Ross, a "Conan" showrunner.
President-elect Joe Biden is working with congressional allies on a massive broadband spending program, sources say, adding that it might be included in a COVID-19 stimulus package. Democrats are reportedly planning to introduce legislation aimed at bringing broadband to rural areas, providing schools and students with equipment and helping families with the costs of internet service.
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