Comcast's strategy to expand its Xfinity Mobile wireless service will center on retail stores. The company's stores attract 20 million customers annually, and sales revenue is increasing.
Altice will be launching an infrastructure-based MVNO mobile service with Sprint next year. The partnership calls for Sprint to tap into Altice's network for use of small cells and network gear, while Altice will rely on Sprint's radio access network to launch the mobile service.
Charter Communications backs comprehensive privacy protection legislation that is opt-in and should be applied equally to web browsers, search engines, websites and internet service providers, per Senior Vice President Rachel Welch. Other providers agree with the need for reform but are concerned that opt-in would harm their business advertising models.
James Lipton will be retiring from "Inside the Actors Studio" when the long-running interview series moves to Ovation TV next year. Lipton has been hosting the show since 1994; he won a Critics' Choice Award for his hosting work in 2016.
AT&T will be hosting a conference in Santa Barbara, Calif., where it will address its new plan for advertisers. The company is seeking to better align commercials with the content of its recently acquired HBO, Turner and Warner Brothers properties.
Apple's content arm is taking a more cautious approach with the entertainment it carries, trying not to upset its brand image with anything that is too violent or sexual. The company has to be more careful than competitors such as Netflix because of how any choices can affect its consumer product business, says programming executive Preston Beckman.
Comcast edged out Fox on Saturday to win the auction for Sky at $39 billion. Comcast must now prove to its shareholders that there will be a return on this hefty investment, Stu Woo and Shalini Ramachandran write.
The Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch is not projected to have more pay-per-view buys than the first fight. Industry insiders placed the buys at between $1 million and $1.1 million; promoter Golden Boy declined to confirm a figure.
Cable networks were ahead of broadcast networks in launching fall programming this year. "You can no longer sit and hold [new content] back because the broadcast networks traditionally put most of their new shows out in September," Programming Insider Editor Marc Berman said.
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