Disney rolls out beta Hulu on Disney+

Disney has rolled out its planned beta version of Hulu on Disney+, its move to create a bundle for US subscribers, before officially launching in the spring. When bundle subscribers open their Disney+ app, they will now see a Hulu tile appear alongside the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic tiles. Clicking on […]

FCC in plan to stop early TV termination fees

US Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has unveiled a plan to stop video service providers from charging early termination fees to subscribers. The FCC has introduced a proposal to eliminate what it describes as video service junk fee billing practices by cable operators and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service providers and study their impact […]

ESPN Bet launches in US markets

ESPN Bet, the sports betting outfit associated with the Disney-owned US sports broadcaster unveiled in August, launched yesterday. The venture is owned by Penn Entertainment through a US$1.5 billion 10-year licensing deal with ESPN. The outfit will compete for a share of the US$9 billion US sports betting market with established leaders DraftKings and FanDuel. […]

Actors’ strike to end as SAG-AFTRA and producers agree deal

US actors union SAG-AFTRA has struck a tentative three-year deal worth more than $1bn (£814m) with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) that will allow shows to go back into production after months of delays. The agreement brings to an end the 118-day strike between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP, which represents companies […]

US cableco Mediacom first outside Comcast-Charter to adopt Xumo Stream Box

US number five cable operator Mediacom Communications has become the first operator outside its joint-venture owners to adopt the Xumo Stream box. The cable operator, which has a strong presence in the Mid-West and South-East of the US, will begin offering Xumo Stream Box to its Xtream Internet customers in the coming months. Joining Xumo […]

US FCC adopts plan to re-establish net neutrality and Title II

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally begun proceedings to re-establish the principle of net neutrality and the categorisation of broadband internet service provider as telecommunications services under Title II of the country’s Communications Act. Adopting a ‘notice of proposed rulemaking’ on Title II, the FCC said it would seek comment on proposals to […]

Comcast makes ‘world first’ DOCSIS 4.0 consumer deployment

Comcast will next week launch what it says is the first residential deployment in the world of a broadband service powered by DOCSIS 4.0 technology. The latest version of DOCSIS technology can deliver multi-gigabit symmetrical speeds to customers over existing HFC networks. As a part of the launch, Comcast will introduce a new portfolio of […]

FCC’s Rosenworcel calls for blackout refunds, battle over net neutrality looms

FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel has called for US cable and pay TV consumers to be given a refund in the event that programming is ‘blacked out’ because of disputes between operators and content companies. The FCC chair has shared two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking with her fellow Commissioners that would, if adopted by a vote […]

Samsung TV Plus boosts FAST line-up with TelevisaUnivision, ZDF Studios deals

FAST platform Samsung TV Plus has expanded its offering with two significant deals with Spanish-language media giant TelevisaUnivision and Germany’s ZDF Studios. TelevisaUnivision has expanded an existing partnership with the launch of 10 new channels from its global streaming service, ViX. Samsung TV Plus will be the first FAST or AVOD platform to add 10 […]

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