Cable groups push FCC to include overlashing in broadband strategy | Sources: CBS CEO on the hunt for new deals | Xfinity Mobile customers can now use their unlocked iPhones
January 19, 2018
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Cable groups push FCC to include overlashing in broadband strategy
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.
Multichannel News (1/18) 
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Sources: CBS CEO on the hunt for new deals
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.
Bloomberg (free registration) (1/18) 
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Xfinity Mobile customers can now use their unlocked iPhones
Xfinity Mobile customers can now use their unlocked iPhones
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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.
Multichannel News (1/18) 
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Video Evolution
Research: Consumers aren't saving money with streaming services
Research: Consumers aren't saving money with streaming services
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.
Quartz (1/18) 
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Content Focus
FX scores additional 2017 movie rights
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."
Deadline Hollywood (1/18) 
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Sprint, Cox reach broadband deal
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.
Light Reading (1/18),  Multichannel News (1/18) 
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Marketing Innovation
Study: Brands are boosting video ad spend
Sixty-five percent of brands boosted their video ad spend in the last year, and 52% of marketers are creating video ads in-house, Salesforce reports. Its study estimates that Google and Facebook will take 66% of global digital ad spend this year.
MediaPost Communications (1/18) 
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CTAM @Work
Cable Executive Management at Harvard Business School Dates Announced
The highly coveted Cable Executive Management at Harvard Business School will be held June 10 to 15, 2018. The 2017 attendee survey received top-level ratings, including 100% recommendation and 97% attendees reporting the program immediately improved their strategic thinking. Ask your human resources department or CEO how to apply.
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