FilmStruck Sets International Expansion

FilmStruck, the SVOD service for movie aficionados, is getting ready to hit the world stage.

FilmStruck, launched in the U.S. in November 2016 with a mix of mainstream, cult, independent and art house titles, is evolving into a multi-territory movie streaming service through a joint venture of Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks.

Starz Wants FCC to Force Altice USA's Hand

Starz said it has asked the FCC to intervene to get its networks back on Altice USA (Optimum) in New York.

The company filed a petition for declaratory ruling with the FCC more than 10 days ago, following that up this week with an emergency petition for injunctive relief.

More TV Stations Sold in 2017: BIA/Kelsey

The number of TV stations sold rose in 2017, but the value of those deals fell, according to a new report from BIA/Kelsey.

A total of 107 TV stations were sold in 2017, compared with 97 the prior year. Nine of those station deals came in December.

The value of the TV station deals was $4.68 billion, down from $5.28 billion in 2016, BIA/Kelsey said.

Cisco-Broadsoft Deal Gets Antitrust Clearance

BroadSoft said Thursday (Jan. 18) that the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have given antitrust clearance for the company's pending acquisition by Cisco Systems.

The clearance grants early termination of the waiting period under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, Broadsoft said.

The green light comes almost three months after Cisco announced its proposal to acquire BroadSoft, a maker of cloud calling and contact center products, for $1.9 billion cash.

MCN Original Video -- Pop TV's Brad Schwartz

In recognition of Pop TV's third anniversary, network president Brad Schwartz discusses the network's aggressive scripted series strategy in a new 'MCN One-on-One in 2' segment.

Freeform Renews ‘Grown-ish’

Freeform has given its freshman comedy series Grown-ish a second season, the network said Thursday.

The series, a spinoff of ABC’s comedy series Black-ishwhich won five NAACP Image Awards this past Monday – drew more than 1.5 million viewers in its Jan. 3 premiere, the network’s best comedy series debut in nearly six years.

Standing Out in the Crowded SVOD Sector

The subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market is becoming a fiercely competitive field as customers seek greater choice in their service options.

Lionsgate Shares Up on Deal Talk

Lionsgate Entertainment shares soared Thursday after a Deadline Hollywood report said the studio is attracting interest from several possible suitors, including Amazon, Viacom, CBS, and Verizon Communications.

Lionsgate Shares closed at $34.50 on Thursday, up $2.22 each or 7%.

Dish Sues IPTV Streamers Over Arabic Channels

Dish has filed suit against two over-the-top video providers, SPider-TV and Tiger Star, it says are pirating Arabic channels for unauthorized distribution.

Dish says it has sent over 100 notices to both and their ISPs asking that they stop transmitting the content, to which Dish has the rights, including streaming, but to no avail.

Sprint, Cox Make Peace, Cut Deal

Burying the hatchet on a patent spat between the companies, Sprint and Cox Communications inked a new multi-year business agreement centered on the densification of Sprint’s wireless network.

Under the deal, part of a settlement that ends the aforementioned patent suits, paves the way for Sprint to use Cox’s broadband infrastructure for to accelerate the densification of Sprint’s wireless network while also beefing up the efficiency of its macro backhaul and small cell deployment.