Streaming services such as Sling TV have been touted as more affordable alternatives to traditional pay-TV, but research from M Science shows that streaming customers aren't saving money. Figures from November 2017 show that virtual pay-TV subscribers are saving an average of $16, down from $20 in 2016, with aggregate costs leading to virtual subscribers paying around $15 more than traditional pay-TV subscribers.
Comcast's Xfinity Mobile has launched a "bring your own device" option for customers, allowing them to use certain unlocked iPhone models for the service. Models that aren't supported may be eligible for gift cards in exchange for trading in the models.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai addressed Hawaii's recent erroneous missile warning at Thursday's NAB forum and praised broadcasters for their service to their communities, noting that, "broadcasters, like the viewing or listening public, depend upon government to get it right. And in this instance, the Hawaiian government unfortunately didn't." Pai also discussed the Next Gen TV standard, saying he hoped broadcasters would embrace new innovations that arise in response to its capabilities.
Spotify has struck deals with eight companies, including BuzzFeed and Refinery29, to create content for its Spotlight service. The service, which will initially be available only to US customers, will provide news and political coverage to make it more competitive with YouTube and Apple.
The Senate Commerce Committee has voted to confirm the Federal Communications Commission's Brendan Carr for a full five-year term as commissioner. Carr's confirmation is now up for a floor vote, and he will begin his term in July if confirmed.
The American Cable Association is pushing for the Federal Communications Commission to include overlashing -- connecting new plant to existing plant on utility poles -- as part of its overall strategy to expand broadband. The NCTA-The Internet & Television Association also backs overlashing, writing in comments to the FCC that overlashing is often the most efficient way to expand broadband deployment.
CBS CEO Les Moonves is weighing options for media consolidation amid rumors of a potential recombination with Viacom, sources say. The company has held informal talks with Verizon and Lions Gate Entertainment in search of an alternative to a Viacom merger, the sources say.
FX over the past six months has secured rights for 11 movies from 2017 to add to its content library, bringing the total count of films from last year to about 30. New acquisitions include "Jumanji," "Pitch Perfect 3" and "Murder on the Orient Express."
Sprint and Cox have reached a multiyear agreement that will allow Sprint to use Cox's broadband infrastructure to densify its network. The deal will "increase and strengthen other business ties between the two companies," the companies noted.
Hawaii Association of Broadcasters President Chris Leonard discusses the erroneous emergency alert system message warning of an incoming ballistic missile that was recently broadcast and explains what can be done to prevent such an error from occurring in the future. Leonard says managers should "[l]ook at your procedures and personnel to make sure you have people in place, because we play a critical role in this process."
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