The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that communities can't require "a la carte" cable service. Maine and several municipalities in the state had passed laws requiring providers to offer channel-by-channel subscriptions, but a district court concluded the rules unfairly singled out cable operators.
The National Geographic Channel has scheduled "Mission Possible: The Race for a Vaccine" for a March 11 debut. Pfizer gave the network unfiltered access to make the documentary about its vaccine research and production process, which will air on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19's designation as a global pandemic.
AMC Networks partnered with Omnicom Media Group to trial national addressable ads in November and December and will ramp up using these targeted ads. "We inserted an advertisement over regularly scheduled advertising in a specific footprint based on an audience segment we matched to it," says AMC Networks' Evan Adlman, adding, "I think the long play is all spots are going to be addressable."
ViacomCBS announced that Paramount+ will become available on March 4 at a monthly price of $4.99 with advertisements and $9.99 for the ad-free version. Disclosures about the rebrand of CBS All Access included a reduction of theatrical film windows to 30 or 45 days, a licensing deal for thousands of Epix movies, a "Frasier" revival and reboots of original ViacomCBS shows.
ViacomCBS reported 71% year-to-year growth in its US streaming base during the fourth quarter, reaching a total of 19.2 million subscribers. The company's overall revenues increased by 3% and it had an $810 million profit.
LG Electronics plans to let rival television manufacturers license its webOS platform, and says that more than 20 companies have signed on. The operating system includes apps from popular streaming services, voice controls and artificial intelligence technology.
Black News Channel has signed up commentators Charles Blow and Marc Lamont Hill as part of a March programming revamp overseen by CEO Princell Hair who hopes to provide news and analysis unique to the network. BNC has grown its carriage from 2.5 million to 52 million households since its July 2020 launch after completing deals with Comcast, Charter Communications and DIRECTV.
AT&T may close a deal to sell a large minority stake in DIRECTV, U-verse and AT&T TV Now to TPG, a private equity firm, as early as this week, CNBC reports. The purchase would reportedly value the companies at a total of about $15 billion.
Disney+ will reach 66 million Asian subscribers this year, more than double Netflix's count, but Netflix is expected to gross nearly three times as much revenue in the Asia-Pacific region as its rival, research consultancy Media Partners Asia says. Netflix will dominate the more developed markets while most of Disney+'s distribution will occur in India where the fees are lower, MPA says.
Venture capital firm Insight Partners has invested $270 million in home Wi-Fi network software specialist Plume, which values the company at $1.35 billion. Comcast and Charter Communications are among Plume's client base.
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