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September 22, 2016

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Today’s Rundown

  1. Rutledge: Charter has asked Verizon to activate MVNO agreement

  2. T-Mobile’s COO shows little worry over ‘fat monopolists’ entry into wireless

  3. Verizon to FCC: ‘MVPDs can’t be expected to build apps for an indeterminate number of platforms or devices’

  4. DirecTV Now adds Scripps channels in latest AT&T carriage renewal deal

  5. ESPN might use live-streaming to sell sports a la carte, better exploit rights deals, Iger says

  6. AMC CEO Sapan: Our channels are ‘dramatically underpriced’

  7. CenturyLink to launch 17-channel OTT video service early next year

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Rutledge: Charter has asked Verizon to activate MVNO agreement

Charter Communications has asked Verizon to activate the MVNO agreement it inherited when it closed its purchase of Time Warner Cable earlier this year.


T-Mobile’s COO shows little worry over ‘fat monopolists’ entry into wireless

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A top executive from T-Mobile said the carrier will likely benefit from Comcast and other cable operators getting into the wireless business. And he showed little concern for the possibility of increased competition in the wireless space.

Verizon to FCC: ‘MVPDs can’t be expected to build apps for an indeterminate number of platforms or devices’

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Distinguishing its ex parte comments from the rather hyperbolic rhetoric of other pay-TV operators, which seek to outright annihilate the FCC’s revised set-top regulatory proposal, Verizon has weighed in with several practical concerns.

DirecTV Now adds Scripps channels in latest AT&T carriage renewal deal

Thursday, September 22, 2016

AT&T continues to quickly amass channels to its upcoming DirecTV Now service, announcing today that it has reached an expanded carriage agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive that includes digital rights for DirecTV’s new virtual platforms.

ESPN might use live-streaming to sell sports a la carte, better exploit rights deals, Iger says

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fresh off its $1 billion investment into streaming shop BAMTech, ESPN is considering a range of configurations for its upcoming OTT platform, including the possibility of selling full season subscriptions for specific sports.

AMC CEO Sapan: Our channels are ‘dramatically underpriced’

Thursday, September 22, 2016

AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan told investors that his company’s channels are “dramatically underpriced” by MVPDs relative to the audience they deliver.

CenturyLink to launch 17-channel OTT video service early next year

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CenturyLink says that given the challenges of acquiring content, the service provider has indicated that over the top (OTT) model is a better option for future video services growth.

News of Note

Time Inc. has rolled out Life VR, its new virtual reality application. Mobile Marketer story

Viacom announced that interim CEO Tom Dooley will be leaving the company in November. Reuters story

The Wi-Fi Alliance has released its plan for testing the coexistence of LTE-U and Wi-Fi. Press release

Indie channel Ride TV has secured carriage on start-up cable service Layer3 TV. Broadcasting & Cable story

The AFL-CIO sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler telling him his new set-top proposal will harm consumers. Broadcasting & Cable story

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