Virtual multichannel video programming distributor service subscribers are "super users" who stream an average of 128 hours of content each month, per comScore data. That is more than twice the 54 hours streamed by the average household, the data show.
Facebook has acquired the rights to Spanish soccer league La Liga in India. The three-season deal begins this month, and fans in India and the Indian subcontinent can tune in through the platform at no cost.
The Federal Communications Commission is continuing its crackdown on radio piracy with the issuance of two Notices of Unlicensed Operation. The notices were sent to unlicensed operators of stations in Boston and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The top cable companies added 585,000 broadband subscribers in the second quarter, taking their subscriber count to 62.9 million, Leichtman Research Group reports. This marks the first year-to-year quarterly broadband subscriber increase since Q2 2016.
Comcast has added a feature to its X1 remote that allows subscribers to vote during NBC's "America's Got Talent" using their voice remotes. The interactive feature lets viewers cast up to 10 votes during the broadcast by saying "vote for America's Got Talent" or "vote for AGT."
Altice USA has filed a special temporary authority licensing application with the Federal Communications Commission to conduct testing on Citizens Band Radio Service spectrum. The company seeks to begin indoor and outdoor testing on Sept. 1 using small cell products and equipment from vendors including Nokia and Ericsson.
Verizon has reached deals with Google and Apple for the deployment of its 5G residential service in four markets: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Calif. Sources say that new subscribers will receive either a free Apple TV box or a subscription to Google's YouTube TV.
Illinois will establish a Broadband Advisory Council with a mission to get more senior citizens and low-income households online. The council will work to persuade more seniors to go online and will explore technologies that can bring broadband to them as well as to low-income people.
Lincoln, Neb., has become the latest battleground between wireless carriers and city officials over the installation of small cells needed to deliver 5G services in some areas. Verizon and AT&T filed complaints with federal regulators over what they say are excessive fees.
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