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US court upholds FCC net neutrality order but opens way for states to set own rules

A US Federal Appeals Court ruling that upheld regulator the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules but which an opening for individual states to create their own regulations has been welcomed by commissioners on both sides of the divide. The court was ruling a case brought by the Mozilla organisation against the FCC’s move to […]

AT&T begins beta rollout of new TV service

US telco AT&T has rolled out beta launches of its new streaming TV offering, AT&T TV, in 10 cites across the US, with a national rollout expected at the end of this year. The new service, which includes live channels and is intended as a mainstream pay TV offering, is priced between US$60 and US$80 […]

MGM’s Epix launches on AT&T streaming service

MGM’s SVOD premium channels offering Epix has extended its domestic US distribution by launching on the AT&T’s streaming service for US$6 per month. The launch follows Epix and AT&T’s recently announced distribution agreement and the network’s launch on the DirecTV satellite platform on May 19. AT&T TV Now subscriberes can now sign up for a […]

VOD and cable drives reverse in US TV viewing decline

TV viewership in the US is at a two-year high. According to a new report from Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Sky-owner Comcast Cable, in Q1 2019, people spent an average of six hours and 25 minutes watching TV each day. This represents a year-over-year increase of 6% (21 minutes). The report, the […]

CBS and Viacom agree on management team for merged company

The on-again, off-again CBS/Viacom merger looks to be entering its final stages, with the companies reportedly agreeing upon a management team that will lead the merged business. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Viacom boss Bob Bakish will be the CEO of the new-look company, with acting CBS CEO Joe Ianniello set to be […]

Big four American networks sue Locast

ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox have filed a lawsuit against Locast. Locast, founded by former DISH executive David Goodfriend, is a relatively new service that attempts to fill the gap for cord-cutters, offering access to local stations over the internet for 17 markets. The platform uses geolocation to ensure that viewers can only view stations […]

Ovation TV taps JW Player for multiscreen distribution

Video platform provider JW Player has signed a deal with Ovation TV, an independent TV and digital media company dedicated to arts and culture, to help expand the latter’s video distribution presence across screens. The partnership will expand the reach and capabilities of OvationNOW, Ovation TV’s set of mobile, desktop, and connected TV apps. The […]

Xite launches on Roku in US

Interactive music service provider Xite has launched on Roku devices in the US. The service, which provides curated options of music videos from all major and top independent music labels, along with enabling customers to set their own playlists, launched in the US at the end of last year on Comcast’s X1 Infinity platform. The […]

New pay-as-you-go satellite TV service launches in US

A Los Angeles-based start-up led by a former Starz executive has launched a new hybrid pay-as-you-go satellite TV service across the 48 continental US states. Orby TV, led by former Starz chief revenue officer Michael Thornton, who left the company in 2016, is offering a bundle of free local channels and a number of pay […]

CBS reportedly prepping for Viacom merger talks

CBS’ board is getting set for possible merger talks with Viacom, according to a report by CNBC. According to the news channel, citing unnamed sources, talks between the two are set to begin in mid-June, although they could begin before that. CNBC reports that Viacom CEO Bob Bakish would likely be in line to lead […]

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