Disney, Comcast continue battle for Fox assets | Charter's Spectrum Enterprises launches new TV products | Calif. state senator withdraws net neutrality bill
June 21, 2018
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Disney, Comcast continue battle for Fox assets
Disney -- which just raised its bid to acquire 21st Century Fox assets to $71.3 billion in cash and stock -- is not willing to split assets with competing bidder Comcast, says Disney CEO Bob Iger. Comcast is expected to submit another bid surpassing Disney's current offer, with some analysts predicting that the bidding war could reach $80 billion.
Multichannel News (6/20),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/20) 
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Wireless & Broadband
Charter's Spectrum Enterprises launches new TV products
Charter's Spectrum Enterprises unit has announced new offerings for hospitals, universities and hotels. The product lineup includes Fiber Connect Plus TV, which provides HDTV without a converter or headend equipment; Set-Back Box TV, which delivers TV through "set-back" boxes behind TVs; and SpectrumU TV, which provides live and on-demand programming to colleges.
FierceCable (6/19) 
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Calif. state senator withdraws net neutrality bill
California state Sens. Scott Wiener and Kevin de Leon combined two competing net neutrality bills into one to fast-track the legislation, which aimed to provide a more stable framework for net neutrality in the state. A member of the state Assembly, Miguel Santiago, then proposed amendments that would open the door for internet service providers to charge access fees, prompting Wiener to withdraw the bill.
The Verge (6/20) 
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Altice USA names Nicolas to head mobile unit
Altice USA has appointed Jean-Charles Nicolas as senior vice president of its mobile unit. Nicolas has over 20 years of experience in the mobile communications industry and previously worked as deputy CEO and chief financial officer of Altice's Dominican Republic division.
FierceCable (6/20) 
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Trends in Technology
Americans transitioning to more mobile than TV
Americans transitioning to more mobile than TV
(Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)
American adults will spend almost three hours and 50 minutes per day watching TV this year, a drop from 2012's four hours and 37 minutes, eMarketer reports. Time spent on mobile will increase to three hours and 35 minutes per day in 2018 and will rise to three hours and 43 minutes next year, surpassing TV's three hours and 42 minutes, the company forecasts.
eMarketer (6/19) 
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Connected TV viewers flock to YouTube
Connected TV viewers represent YouTube's fast-growing user base, consuming 180 million hours of video daily, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced at Cannes Lions. Seventy percent of viewing time happens via mobile devices, she said.
MediaPost Communications (6/19) 
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Digital Trends
Nielsen, FreeWheel plan OTT, VOD ad-measurement system
Nielsen is responding to industry demands for a better way of measuring ads on streaming-video services under a partnership with Comcast's FreeWheel ad-service platform. FreeWheel serves over-the-top clients beyond Comcast.
Adweek (tiered subscription model) (6/19) 
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Tru Optik releases tool for CTV, OTT advertisers
Tru Optik has unveiled a new measurement tool for connected TV and over-the-top advertising. The solution delivers "de-duplicated household-level reach and frequency, device authentication, and advanced audience validation for OTT and CTV campaigns," the company said.
MediaPost Communications (6/19) 
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Member of the Year, Hall of Fame and more!
Who are your nominees for Member of the Year, Rising Leader, Excellence in Standards, Excellence in Learning & Development, International Engineering Professional, and Innovators? Nomination forms are posted online. The Society is also accepting nominations for Senior Member and Hall of Fame honors. Nominations are due by next Saturday, June 30.
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Who's your nominee for the Women in Technology Award?
SCTE•ISBE, WICT, and Cablefax are teaming up again to honor one woman who has demonstrated outstanding professional growth while contributing to the advancement of the cable telecommunications industry. Nominations are due by Monday, July 9. Take a moment to bring to light a special achiever. Get details and submit your nomination.
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