AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says the company expected the Justice Department to appeal the court's decision allowing AT&T to acquire Time Warner and says the company will take the battle to the Supreme Court if necessary, though it does not anticipate that happening. The appeal "doesn't change anything -- the merger is closed," Stephenson told reporters Thursday.
Time spent viewing "alternative content" such as livestreaming and short-form video has risen to two hours each week across US broadband households, per Parks Associates. The study found that about one-half of viewers watch alternative content from YouTube and other sites via their TVs.
Comcast has launched its Active Time Alerts, a control that allows parents to set time allowances for children's home internet use. The feature alerts parents when a child is approaching their limit, allowing the parent to extend the time or pause their Wi-Fi access.
Animal Planet's "Celebrity Animal Encounters" started on Facebook Watch and is now becoming a series on its linear network. Celebrities including Al Roker, Judy Greer and Kristen Bell will share their tales of animal encounters -- alongside animated re-enactments -- beginning July 27.
Comcast on Wednesday increased its bid for UK pay-TV provider Sky to $34 billion. The move came after Fox increased its bid to $32.5 billion and gained regulatory approval from the UK government to acquire the remaining 61% of Sky it does not already own.
Facebook is to launch a lineup of news shows on its Watch platform on Monday. News partners include CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg and Univision, with the social platform aiming to have content from around 20 publishers on the feed by the end of the summer.
Overwatch League matches will now be available on Disney, ESPN and ABC, thanks to Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment's multiyear contract with the networks. The deal includes the season 1 finals, which mark the first live prime-time esports event for ESPN and the first esports championship to be broadcast on ABC.
Investigation Discovery has announced four new series as part of its summer lineup, as well as the return of five existing shows. New series include "Someone You Thought You Knew" and "The Devil Speaks," with new episodes from shows including "Fatal Vows" and "Murder by Numbers" also to air.
Charter's Spectrum Mobile wireless service will gain 250,000 new subscribers this year, New Street Research analysts write. Higher metered pricing and the lack of iPhone availability through the service led analysts to lower their predictions for new customer additions in 2018 and 2019.
21st Century Fox has increased its bid for the UK's Sky to $32 billion, surpassing Comcast's bid by 12%. The ball is now back in Comcast's court to increase its bid as Fox awaits regulatory approval from the UK government in a decision that's expected Thursday.
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