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.
Netflix has received 112 Emmy nominations this year, doubling the number of nominations from just two years ago and topping all other networks. HBO -- which has led the pack in nominations for almost 20 years -- received 108 nominations.
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.
A House committee on Thursday gave bipartisan support to two bills aimed at expanding broadband access, including a measure that would help farmers collect real-time data on their lands. The other legislation would establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth within the Commerce Department as an oversight agency charged with tracking federal broadband spending.
Disney will present the most immediate threat to Netflix if it wins the bidding war with Comcast for 21st Century Fox's assets, says GBH Insights, a research firm that cites the newly launched ESPN streaming service and a planned Disney over-the-top offering as strong potential rivals. Fox would also provide Disney with a second weapon -- control of Hulu -- to fight Netflix, the report says.
AT&T will continue its relationship with Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy for an additional five years under an agreement that will see the carrier provide its FlexWare and software-defined WAN offerings to the high-end retailer. LVMH is using AT&T NetBond for Cloud, among other services, to connect operations around the world.
The Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of advancing a proposal to ease children's programming requirements. The National Association of Broadcasters applauded the decision, noting, "[G]iven the seismic changes in how children consume media, it makes perfect sense for the commission to take a fresh look at these regulations."
The Justice Department on Thursday filed an appeal over
the loss of its antitrust case against the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger. "My guess is that the government is going to try to show that a lot of important evidence was rejected by the judge, and the judge put too much weight on the testimony of the merging parties," said Public Knowledge's Gene Kimmelman, a former Justice Department antitrust official.
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