Comcast Ends In-Home Installations

The nation’s largest cable operator has decided to end all in-home installations for new customers. Instead, the Comcast technician will perform the outside work required for a new installation, and then leave a package at your door with your equipment and detailed activation instructions on the scheduled installation day.

ACA Connects Not Rescheduling Annual Summit

Instead, the trade group says it will focus on helping members serve their communities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

AT&T TV, DirecTV Offer Free HBO, Epix, More

PTC: HBO Should Stream ‘Sesame Street’ Free To Homebound Kids

TCM Is Bringing Its Classic Film Festival To Your Home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The folks at Turner Classic Movies had just decided they’d have to cancel their annual classic film festival when their general manager had an idea: What if they could do something else in recognition of the lost weekend? “It felt greedy to say, ‘Well why don’t we do this whole other thing?’” said […]

Showtime Offers Free 30-Day Trial To New Customers

ESPN To Air Classic ‘WrestleMania’ Events

Of all the sports ESPN has shown over the years, professional wrestling matches from WWE haven’t really been on the list. That will change this weekend. For three Sundays, the Disney-owned sports-media giant will air classic WrestleMania events on its flagship cable network and stream them on its mobile app.

Tennis Channel To Produce Live Three-Hour Daily Show During Pro Tour Hiatus

Tennis Channel will introduce a daily, three-hour edition of Tennis Channel Live while the professional tennis tours are on hiatus due to the worldwide coronavirus containment effort. Beginning, Monday, March 23, at noon ET, the show will serve as a central tennis news and conversation platform with updates from the sport’s leaders, social media interaction with players […]

McDermott Named AMC President Of Originals

AMC Networks Entertainment Group has tapped industry veteran Dan McDermott, most recently head of the Lionsgate and BBC Studios scripted TV partnership, as president of original programming and co-president of AMC Studios.

Conan O’Brien To Produce Shows From Home

With most of the TV industry shutting down production because of the COVID-19 emergency, Conan O’Brien will be making new episodes of his TBS show from his home. Conan will be shot on an iPhone and the comic will interview guests via video chat. “The quality of my work will not go down because technically that’s not possible,” O’Brien said.

Comcast Tech Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A Comcast technician who works in Bloomfield, N.J., has tested positive for the coronavirus, roughly 10 days after the worker served customer homes, Bloomfield city officials announced yesterday.

‘Vida’ To End With Season 3 On Starz

FX’s ‘Fargo’ Pushes Release Date Due To Coronavirus

Discovery Upfront Falls To Virus Concerns

Caution about the spread of the coronavirus has led Discovery to cancel its May upfront presentation. Discovery said it has prepared an “alternative digital experience” to showcast the company’s portfolio of networks, programming and advanced advertising products to media buyers and clients.

AT&T Mulls Bids For RSNs, Says CFO

AT&T CFO John Stephens on Tuesday told an investors conference that an auction to sell four regional sports networks to reduce overall debt is nearing a possible buyer and conclusion. “We have had on the market our regional sport networks and we’re looking at the potential for those,” Stephens said.

ESPN Wants To Team Michaels With Manning

Thinking large and outside the box, ESPN plans to attempt to acquire Al Michaels from NBC Sports for Monday Night Football. ESPN would like to team Michaels with Peyton Manning in its dream booth, according to sources.

Syfy’s ‘The Magicians’ To End After Current Season 5

Nexstar, Charter Create WWLP Local News Deal

A special news feed for Charter subscribers in Berkshire County, Mass., will be launched in the next 30 to 60 days and includes a dedicated journalist to provide regular coverage of issues affecting the various communities.

FCC Grants WRNN’s Market Mod Petition

The FCC has granted the market modification petition of WRNN New Rochelle, N.Y. The FCC’s Media Bureau said Monday that WRNN’s market now includes all of the New York DMA, which means the Altice cable system serving Suffolk (N.Y.), Essex (N.J.), Hudson (N.J.), Monmouth (N.J.), Ocean (N.J.), and Union (N.J.) counties must carry the station.

Chipper Jones Joins ESPN As Baseball Analyst

Barbara Bekkedahl Named Weather Ch. President Of Ad Sales

Entertainment Studios has appointed Barbara Bekkedahl president of advertising sales for The Weather Group media portfolio. Bekkedahl has been with Weather Group since 2016. Entertainment Studios purchased The Weather Group/The Weather Channel in March 2018. Bekkedahl will oversee all advertising sales, advertising solutions, and advertising partnerships for The Weather Group media portfolio. Bekkedahl will work collaboratively with President of Advertising Sales for Entertainment Studios […]

Layoffs Hit Pop TV After Move To ViacomCBS

Hannah Storm Re-Ups With ESPN

How HGTV Maintains Its Grip On Comfort TV

For the network that began its life in 1994 as a safe place to land for those seeking soothing infotainment, Design Star, which debuted in 2006, was a tentative first step to introduce reality programming. Today, as part of the Discovery Inc. family, the channel is practically a star factory, minting talent as well-known for their distinctive flair — and personal dramas — as for the help they can proffer in design and renovation.

Scripted Shows Getting Scarce On Basic Cable

As streaming platforms become the priority for dramas and comedies, traditional networks are relying on more cost-effective unscripted series like Discovery’s 90 Day Fiancé to fill out their schedules.

Lifetime Taps Amy Winter To Head Programming

Amy Winter, formerly of UPtv, has been tapped as executive vp, head of programming at Lifetime and sibling LMN. In the new role, she will oversee development, creation and execution of all programming, including movies, scripted and unscripted content. Winter is set to begin in March and will report directly to Rob Sharenow, A+E Networks programming president.

How TV Networks Are Fighting Streamers

It’s been a brutal few years for broadcast and cable networks. Many are seeing annual double-digit ratings declines as audiences increasingly turn their back on live linear viewing and flock to streaming services. From more events to “urgent” shows, here’s how broadcast and cable channels have shifted linear strategies.

AMC Nets Set Dish/Sling TV Distribution Deal

AMC Networks today announced a comprehensive, long-term distribution agreement with Dish Network and Sling TV that includes continued carriage of AMC Networks’ linear channels AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and BBC World News, as well as the launch in the coming months of AMC Networks’ targeted SVOD services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and Urban Movie Channel; AMC Networks’ ad-free offering AMC Premiere; and its IFC Films Unlimited streaming service.

Thomas Criticizes His Past Opinion On Cable

In the case, known as Brand X, the court sided with the Federal Communications Commission’s decision not to regulate broadband cable providers, rejecting a federal appeals court ruling that would have required regulation. “Although I authored Brand X, ‘it is never too late to surrender former views to a better considered position,’ ” Thomas wrote, borrowing language from Justice Robert Jackson in 1950. Thomas wrote a dissenting opinion Monday when the court declined to take on a case asking it to overrule the Brand X decision.

Scott Lewers Tapped To Head Science Channel

Colbert Next-Day Repeats To Air On Pop TV

ViacomCBS’s Pop TV basic cable network will carry exclusive next-day encores of CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the most watched program in latenight. Starting next Tuesday, Feb, 25, the previous night’s episode of The Late Show will air on Pop at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

Altice Buying Service Electric New Jersey Systems For $150M

FCC Clarifies Franchise Fee Dereg

Effectively immediately, the FCC has excised two sentences from its order denying a request for stay of its cable franchise fee deregulation decision, sentences it agrees with cable operators could be misconstrued to allow local franchising authorities to “enforce unlawful franchise provisions unless and until a cable operator has proven to a court that they are unlawful.”

ESPN Analyst Barry Booker Ripped For Calling Gymnasts ‘Scantily Clad Girls’

Comcast Removes Starz From Program Packages

Tyler Perry’s ‘If Loving You Is Wrong’ To End After 5 Seasons On OWN

‘Ray Donovan’ Canceled At Showtime

TNT, TBS To Boost Unscripted Volume

The march to the launch of HBO Max in May is driving changes across WarnerMedia. John Stankey, AT&T chief operating officer and WarnerMedia chairman, told investors on Wednesday that cable powerhouses TNT and TBS will lean into more unscripted programming as WarnerMedia steers its investment in high-end scripted programming to the nascent subscription streaming platform.

Terry Bradshaw And Family Star In New Series On E!

Starz Programming Head Carmi Zlotnik Leaving