Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., is vocalizing his support for a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that would undo the repeal of net neutrality regulations, becoming the first Republican to back the measure. Coffman says that while he would prefer a legislative solution, "the CRA is better than nothing."
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, which acquired Craftsy last year, is rebranding the service as Bluprint and shifting it to a subscription-video-on-demand model. The service will reportedly run $15 per month or $120 per year, and a major advertising campaign is scheduled to roll out to promote the service.
Perform Group's subscription streaming service DAZN will be available in the US starting in September, giving viewers access to combat sports including Matchroom Boxing and Viacom's Bellator MMA. "Our interest is to be the global leader in streaming sports direct to consumers," said Perform Group head and former ESPN President John Skipper.
The number of streaming subscribers has surpassed the number of traditional pay-TV subscribers in the UK for the first time, per Ofcom's Media Nations report. Subscribers to streaming services Netflix, Now TV and Amazon Prime totaled 15.4 million in the first quarter, compared with 15.1 million pay-TV subscribers, the report states.
Google's Chrome no longer allows videos to automatically play with sound, and advertisers should welcome the change, as multiple studies show that such intrusive advertising is ineffective, writes Adam Cohen-Aslatei. "Click-to-play video, in addition to providing more powerful brand metrics, is non-interruptive and ultimately puts audiences in control," he writes.
The Washington Post has launched a channel on livestream service Twitch. The channel will feature news and political coverage, as well as the series "Playing Games With Politicians," which will feature political reporter Dave Weigel interviewing politicians as they play video games.
Comcast likely will not make another bid for 21st Century Fox assets, and the company is now focused exclusively on acquiring Sky, sources report. With a Disney filing Friday indicating that Fox would need Disney's consent to increase its bid for the UK pay-TV provider, Fox appears unlikely to advance its bid further, as Disney might not provide such consent.
Nickelodeon has ordered 26 new episodes of animated series "Rugrats." Paramount Players has also announced plans for a live-action film featuring CGI versions of the characters from the series, which originally aired in the 1990s.
The 13-week Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs Accelerator began this week in Philadelphia. Local startup Orai made the top 10, as did companies from New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.
CNN is planning to combine business websites CNN Money, CNN Media and CNN Tech under the umbrella of CNN Business this fall. The company also plans to hire several journalists to work from a new San Francisco bureau and report on tech giants, including Google, Netflix, Facebook and Apple.