CBS All-Access Considering Ad-Free Service

CBS could follow online video pioneer Hulu with an ad-free version of its own over-the-top service CBS All Access, charging an additional $4 per month on top of the $5.99 monthly fee the broadcaster gets for the offering.

 

On a conference call with analysts to discuss fourth quarter results, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves said nothing is carved in stone, but that the company is considering offering an ad-free version of CBS All-Access.

 

Amazon Prime To Stream HBO Shows

In a major licensing deal, HBO will offer its biggest original series including The Sopranos and Big Love to Amazon Prime customers as part of an exclusive agreement reached between the two parties Wednesday.

 

AllSeen Alliance Accelerates 'Internet of Everything'

Two dozen connectivity and home networking heavyweights – including Cisco and Qualcomm – plus consumer electronics firm such as LG, Panasonic and Sharp have joined the new AllSeen Alliance, which will seek to coordinate features on the “Internet of Everything.”  

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport

With its landmark Disney carriage deal, an agreement that provides the building blocks for Dish Network to launch its own “virtual over-the-top” online video service, the satellite giant could effectively have driven a stake through the kangaroo heart of its controversial ad-skipping service, the AutoHop.

Discovery, Mediacom, Comcast Cable 'Say Yes To The Prom'

Spring is almost upon us, which means prom season is not too far behind. Discovery Communications is already preparing for the big night with a national expansion of its "Say Yes To the Prom" initiative promoting positive self-esteem in high school girls.

Supreme Court Justice Scalia Dead at 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died at age 79, according to multiple news reports.

 

Scalia, a Reagan appointee, joined the court in September 1986 after having served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which has jurisdiction over FCC court challenges. He was also counsel to the Office of Telecommunications Policy in the Nixon White House in 1971–1972.

 

Top Dem Nelson Cautions Wheeler About Set-Top Proposal

Add the ranking member of Senate Commerce Committee Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to those registering concerns with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's set-top box proposal. He advised the FCC to take a "measured approach" to any rulemaking and warned against giving .

 

Charter Extends Rutledge Pact One-Year

Charter Communications said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday that it has extended the employment contract of CEO Tom Rutledge for one year to Feb. 13, 2017. Rutledge’s original deal was set to expire on Feb. 13, 2016.

 

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