Verizon Wireless renewed its National Football League mobile streaming contract in a five-year deal valued at up to $2 billion and surrendered its exclusive rights to games in exchange for licensing them -- and other NFL content -- for its Yahoo and Go90 platforms, per reports. The deal means that subscribers to any carrier can stream the games on their mobile devices.
The March 19 court date for AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner could push AT&T past its April 22 deadline, resulting in a payment of $500 million to Time Warner. Although there are risks for renegotiation, AT&T should consider pushing for a deadline extension, BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk said, because if the telecom wins in court, it will be allowed to bypass antitrust regulators and complete the deal without selling assets or making other concessions.
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Hulu Live added more ABC and NBC stations to its lineup last week, pushing its total count of local outlets past 440. Meanwhile, AT&T's DIRECTV Now video-streaming service added 10 more affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in small and medium-size markets.
Facebook is rethinking the strategy for its Watch platform, eliminating some shows and pushing more money into its remaining content. The company is working with partners to figure out how to draw in more viewers while tweaking its ad strategies, says Fidji Simo, vice president of product.
AT&T Labs has asked federal regulators for permission to expand its fixed wireless base station and antenna trials from the current 28 GHz band tests to include the 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands. The telecom petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to add those bands to an experimental license that runs through August 2019.
Sprint has joined the parade of telecoms planning to deploy 5G Licensed-Assisted Access technology. The telecom's Gunther Ottendorfer tweeted that Sprint reached speeds of 120 to 140 megabits per second using SpiderCloud's small-cell system.
Arista Networks has brought out the latest release of its Extensible Operating System software, building on hardware introductions made last year. EOS 4.20 represents "a milestone of investment in building our routing stack," Arista's Jeff Raymond said.