A rights deal extension with a value reportedly exceeding $3 billion will see WarnerMedia subsidiary Turner Sports carry more Major League Baseball games and increase its platforms' MLB-related digital content. The terms of the seven-year deal, which prolongs the partnership through 2028, remained undisclosed.
Comcast will expand its carriage of Revolt, Sean "Diddy" Combs' music-focused network, with plans to launch the service on its Xfinity Digital Starter service. Revolt, which reaches more than 50 million households, will add "millions" of Comcast subscribers under the deal, the companies said.
National Geographic plans to air "City So Real," a five-part documentary series that focuses on Chicago during the 2019 mayoral election, on Oct. 29 without commercials. The telecast will also feature public service announcements urging viewers to vote on Nov. 3, under a partnership with the non-profit group "I am a voter."
Consumers will need to buy new smartphones in order to take advantage of the expanded 5G coverage that C-band spectrum will provide, T-Mobile's Neville Ray said. An upcoming Federal Communications Commission auction will sell off a 280
MHz chunk of bandwidth near the 5 GHz band Wi-Fi normally uses.
At press time, the clock was ticking down towards President Donald Trump's extended Sept. 27 deadline for Chinese-owned ByteDance to sell its wildly popular social video sharing app TikTok to an American-owned company or face an outright ban in the U.S. The situation has the potential to spark a techno-cultural trade war with Beijing that could have wide-ranging implications.
Windstream CEO Tony Thomas touted the company's development of a platform that leans on machine learning, open source and graph data base technology to provide "Big Insights" into its customers' apps and networks.
Thomas also discussed how Windstream handled operations during its recent bankruptcy proceeding by creating a series of small teams and keeping employees fully informed on the telecom's progress.
WarnerMedia's Turner Sports will retain its Major League Baseball rights and add a second night -- Tuesdays -- to TBS coverage under a new seven-year contract reportedly worth about $3.7 billion, a 65% increase from its current pace. The deal, which takes effect in 2022, also includes digital rights, "additional WarnerMedia platforms" and extensive post-season coverage.
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" is scheduled to resume its live studio broadcasts Oct. 3, but creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels has voiced doubts that the show will be able to recreate its magic amid pandemic restrictions. Michaels says bringing the show back in the weeks ahead of the election is critical, and notes extra episodes are possible if the election story doesn't end on voting day.
Amazon unveiled a pair of updated streaming devices, the $40 Fire TV Stick and the $30 Fire TV Stick Lite, along with a new interface that will include video calling and a new design for the home screen. The pricier device will support Dolby Atmos, but not 4K video.
NBCUniversal released a study aimed at persuading marketers to think of television and digital platforms as a single advertising entity. The survey shows that half of viewers over 50 years old watch TV via on-demand and streaming services, while almost all consumers see ads over TV screens.
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