Alex Kurtzman, the producer for Star Trek's television properties, has signed a deal with CBS Studios that lasts until 2026. "Discovery," "Picard," "Lower Decks" and "Strange New Worlds" will all be back on Paramount+, with at least two other series reportedly in the works.
T-Mobile raised its guidance for 2021 after gaining 627,000 postpaid accounts in the year's second quarter. Executives cited growing enthusiasm about 5G handsets and services and said that DISH Network's decision to offer Boost Mobile access through AT&T will just give T-Mobile more capacity.
Discovery's direct-to-consumer unit has 18 million global subscribers, an increase of 3 million since late April, the company announced. Quarterly revenues expanded by 21% year-to-year on 12% growth in both distribution and advertising revenues.
States and territories would receive about $40 billion to expand broadband under the infrastructure bill before the Senate, with $14 billion set aside for enhancing the Emergency Broadband Benefits initiative. The state funding would be aimed at regions where high-speed access is unavailable or inadequate.
DIRECTV is now an independent company, as AT&T has completed a spinoff that also includes U-Verse and AT&T TV, and plans to offer AT&T's former streaming services under DIRECTV Stream. The new platform will apparently be available through both streaming devices and satellite links.
Vizio is adding two curated channels, a live content guide and navigational features to WatchFree, which it now calls "WatchFree+." The television manufacturer used information it collected from in-house division Inscape Data Services to redesign its interface.
DISH Network will begin offering a postpaid wireless option under a new brand in 2022 in hopes of persuading about 9 million prepaid customers to upgrade to the more profitable service. The company, which recently signed a deal to get wholesale spectrum from AT&T, plans to start using that network between October and December next year but may keep T-Mobile capacity as well.
Media companies are carefully balancing their content across platforms, with scripted programming increasingly airing on streaming services while linear cable largely carries live sports and news. Hundreds of new job openings for the upcoming CNN+ and NBC News Now services are evidence that networks are trying to attract streaming audiences, who are generally younger than traditional television viewers, to video news as well.
The Rappahannock County Broadband Authority in Virginia has selected All Points Broadband as its broadband expansion partner in a non-binding request for a proposal. All Points, which beat Shenandoah Telecommunications for the primary partnership, plans to use state funding on fiber-to-the-home service.
"General Hospital" and "Port Charles" actor Jay Pickett died suddenly on July 30 while on location for "Treasure Valley," which he was writing and producing. The 60-year-old died "doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies," said Travis Mills, director of the film.
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