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.
The Federal Communications Commission has upheld its previous designation of ZTE as a threat to national security, denying a request for reconsideration from the Chinese vendor. Carriers cannot use any of the $8.3 billion in the agency's Universal Service Fund on gear from ZTE or Huawei Technologies.
Netflix has agreed to drop Chappelle's Show after the comedian Dave Chappelle complained about what he sees as exploitive distribution by ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia. Chappelle claims that he isn't collecting any royalties for the popular show which ran on Comedy Central from 2003-2006 and that he signed the original contract for the show as a 28-year-old expectant father who was broke and desperate and needed a way out.
WarnerMedia recently announced plans to release the much anticipated summer tentpole Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day. It's not all that surprising, only they are not just going to release it in theaters (the ones that are open, anyway) but in both theaters and on HBO Max, their streaming service for no additional charge, provided you have a subscription.
Restrictions and shutdowns related to the ongoing pandemic are disrupting production of television shows, which often work on much tighter schedules than feature films. Networks and streaming services are adapting plotlines to reflect pandemic realities, searching for alternate filming locations and, in some cases, cancelling shows entirely.
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.
Microsoft, which just deployed the next generation of its Xbox gaming console, is also looking to virtualize the Xbox platform on smart TVs. Speaking to The Verge, Phil Spencer, executive VP of gaming for Microsoft, said an Xbox app for smart TVs should become available within the next year.
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