Redbox recently added 20 channels to the free ad-supported live/linear streaming service it launched back in February, Redbox Free Live TV. Included in the additions are Cheddar, Tastemade, Wired, Architectural Digest, Black News Channel, CBC, Go Traveler, Outdoor America and Hard Knocks Fighting.
The top 16 U.S. wireline broadband providers, representing 96% of the market, added 1.245 million customers in the pandemic-fueled second quarter, according to figures released by Leichtman Research Group.
Gross proceeds reached roughly $3.54 billion through the 39th round of bidding for Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum. Auction tracker Sasha Javid of BitPath says, "Bidders have left the most expensive markets like Los Angeles and San Diego and moved into markets that remain relative bargains compared to their predicted prices derived from past auctions."
The disappearance of live sports flattened fuboTV's subscriber growth last quarter, but CEO David Gandler says he expects the viewer base to reach nearly 350,000 by October. He added that the company has "factored in ongoing uncertainty around the fall sports calendar," such as whether or not football will return.
Verizon Business will manage the IT network for Germany's Bayer, which has transferred most of its operations to the cloud. The five-year agreement between the companies covers 91 countries, with at least 700 sites among them.
Hillbilly Wireless Internet of Cave City, Ark., will be assisting officials in nearby Cotton Plant with their fixed wireless broadband project. Cotton Plant is receiving almost $500,000 in grants from the Arkansas Rural Connect program, with the goal of assisting students and helping economic development.
Production is starting to resume on a number of movies and television studios following pandemic-related shutdowns, but ongoing health concerns and social distancing restrictions will dramatically alter the final products. Many real-world locations are barring film crews over safety fears, and both crowd and intimate romance scenes are off the table because of social distancing guidelines.
HC2 Broadcasting Executive Vice President Rebecca Hanson and Circle City Broadcasting chief DuJuan McCoy will join the National Association of Broadcasters TV Board. Hanson's previous experience includes running policy at Sinclair Broadcasting and advising the Federal Communications Commission, while McCoy is also a member of the NAB Leadership Foundation and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters.
Calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline rose by 34% on the two days that Lifetime aired the "Surviving Jeffrey Epstein" docuseries, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network reported. RAINN President Scott Berkowitz said that the program inspired survivors of other assaults to seek help.
The resumption of MLB, NBA and NHL games has some network executives optimistic about making up a portion of the advertising revenue they lost earlier in the year, especially as they saved money on rights and production costs. The fate of college and professional football remains uncertain, however, with two conferences and many players backing out of the fall season.