Mobile broadband providers could gain access to more TV broadcast spectrum under a developing Senate bill that would essentially punish any broadcaster that moves certain programming from over-the-air availability to cable by requiring the FCC to auction that broadcaster's spectrum.
Executives at some of the largest media companies weighed in on several online video topics during quarterly earnings teleconferences this week. They were asked by stock analysts about topics such as Aereo's online distribution of TV signals and Netflix's plans to be more selective about the programming it licenses.
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Startup Net2TV is in discussions with "several" consumer electronics companies to install its service onto their smart TVs, and expects the actions to result in its online video service being fitted into around 20 million smart TVs in the United States by early next year.
CBS Corporation is rolling out the new CBS App for Apple's iPhone and iPad, promising users full episodes of the Tiffany Network's primetime, daytime and late-night programs.
It's been a bad couple of days for Netflix, if you look at things from the content perspective. Pay TV channel Starz on Monday said it renewed an agreement to carry Sony Pictures movies released in theaters through 2021, and on Tuesday Amazon.com and CBS said they were expanding their licensing agreement.
Live TV streaming company Aereo has upgraded its service with an application that lets users access live or recorded local television without going through an iOS device, which is good news for both companies as they push Aereo's live TV model into additional markets.
Starting in 2013, Hulu Plus subscribers will be able to tap into more than 2,600 shows from CBS' TV library, thanks to a non-exclusive, multi-year content deal between Hulu and CBS Corp. announced this week.
When AT&T U-verse recently signed agreements with CBS--as detailed in FierceTelecom -- it said it would bring customers "more value with high quality and compelling content." It didn't say it was wittingly or unwittingly contributing a piece to a monetary retransmission fund pie that the Big Eye Network anticipates will reach $1 billion annually.
A group of golfing buddies and I were watching the latest PGA Tour event the other day when the announcer said something about the fact that Tiger Woods will soon become the first professional golfer to have earned $100 million in prize money.
Netflix is disputing it, to an extent, but it seems pretty certain that the streaming-video provider is not a summer Olympics winner. Only the margin of defeat is in question.