Charter Offers Up To $2,500 For Switching To Spectrum Mobile

Charter Communications is offering customers who switch to Spectrum Mobile up to $2,500 to pay off their existing plans. In an era of cord-cutting and competition from wireless broadband, cable companies are still seeing significant growth in the mobile phone business.  

In an attempt to avoid a jury trial, Google has tendered a cashier's check to the U.S. government for monetary damages resulting from alleged antitrust violations. The company said in court papers that the check was for triple the amount of damages the government sought and interest, but the exact dollar figure was blacked out of the version available to the public.


Fast Channel Growth Rate Slows In U.S. As Sector Matures

Gavin Bridge, a longtime researcher and writer focused on FAST, said the overall tally as of this month rose 13% from May 2023 to 1,934 unique offerings and 47% from May 2022. General entertainment continues to account for the largest share of overall channels, with 1,092.

Upfronts Put Football, Big Stars, Tech Talk In The Spotlight

The networks played "Can You Top This" with bold-faced names and ad capabilities. Pictured: Stars like Emma Stone, on stage at Disney’s presentation, were back in force at the 2024 upfronts. (Jennifer Pottheiser/Disney)  

Allen Media Group Rolls Out Brightline Interactive Ad Formats

Available to advertisers on AMG’s The Weather Channel, Local Now And HBCU Go CTV apps, the formats are designed for brands targeting engaged streaming audiences without disrupting programming flow. The Weather Channel “Frame” ad unit, wrapped around live content from HBCU Go. (BrightLine/AMG)

Fraud Trial To Begin For Ozy Founder Carlos Watson

Watson’s lawyer has argued that many other media leaders lured investors with “puffing and bluffing,” and that he is being singled out because he is Black.


New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a vice president and general manager. Existing jobs include openings for a vice president and general manager, a lifestyle show producer, director of student media, a market manager and a digital platform specialist.

X Finally Moves Away From Twitter.Com

The social platform X, formerly known as Twitter, has taken the final step to complete it rebrand, ditching The site’s URL now reads, a pop-up told users. The change comes about a year and a half after billionaire Elon Musk bought the company and began the changes. (Rick Rycroft/AP)

Is Roger Goodell Spreading The NFL’s Love Too Thin?

How does a company like Netflix ramp up the production infrastructure needed to streamcast NFL football ... and make it cost-effective for just two games a season? Amazon had to make that commitment for Thursday Night Football, and it cost them a fortune. As much free cash flow as it may have right now, Netflix isn't Amazon.

If Bundling Is Back, What’s The Ideal Bundle?

Bundling is back in a big way, with all the major streaming companies and many pay TV operators exploring ways to simplify the consumer experience by offering bundles of content and streaming services. But as the pay TV industry learned in the last decades not every bundle is a recipe for success. Bloated, ill-conceived, expensive bundles of content and services can also be a recipe for disaster.  

The non-disclosure agreement comes two weeks after a Paramount’s monthlong exclusive negotiating window with David Ellison’s Skydance ended with no deal but the indie studio still hanging in, still interested. Sony and private equity giant Apollo kicked things off previously with a preliminary bid of $26 billion, but what’s being contemplated now is not that, but something narrower. A look at the books is necessary to move forward in any case.  

Dabney Coleman, Actor Who Specialized In Curmudgeons, Dies

For two decades Coleman labored in movies and TV shows as a talented but largely unnoticed performer. That changed abruptly in 1976 when he was cast as the incorrigibly corrupt mayor of the hamlet of Fernwood in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a satirical soap opera that was so over the top no network would touch it, forcing producer Norman Lear to syndicate it. Coleman won a an an Emmy Award for best supporting actor in Peter Levin's 1987 small screen legal drama Sworn to Silence. Some of his recent credits include Ray Donovan and a recurring role on Boardwalk Empire, for which he won two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Coleman was 92.

Julia Phelps, Paramount Global’s EVP, chief communications and corporate marketing officer will leave the company at the end of May. Her group — which encompasses corporate communications, marketing, social impact, ESG, creative & strategy, production, board relations and events and brand experience — will report to studio chief Brian Robbins on an interim basis.

TVN Webinar: News, Sports And Remote Production In 2024

Technology leaders from NBC Regional Sports Networks, Sinclair, Gray Television, Hearst Television and Fox Television Stations discuss the benefits and challenges of remote production in an IP environment in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch webinar on July 16 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

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