AT&T may deploy XGS-PON in 2019, having completed field trials of the optical networking technology. The virtualized networks employed Open Source Access Manager Hardware Abstraction software in the trials conducted in Atlanta and Dallas, using optical line terminals and upstream broadband network gateways.
Tegna has signed a multiyear deal to distribute its first-run programming through Sony Pictures Television. The partnership aims to "collectively launch shows to air on Tegna stations, with the goal of increasing their national footprint in broadcast and cable," the companies said.
Viacom shares were up over 7% last week on reports that the company was again considering a merger with CBS. However, stock prices fell 7.1% Tuesday after it was reported that no bankers or advisers had been hired and formal talks were not in the works; CBS shares were up 1%.
Fox News has announced that its first episode of "Scandalous" will debut Sunday, with the series running for seven weeks. The show will focus on the investigation and impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
Z100 host Elvis Duran will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at this year's NAB Show. "Elvis Duran represents great radio," said National Association of Broadcasters Executive Vice President of Radio John David.
A total of 50 senators have endorsed a measure to block the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to roll back net neutrality regulations. All 49 Democratic senators and Republican Sen. Susan Collins support the move, which means just one more Republican supporter is needed to pass the resolution of disapproval.
Big gains in emerging markets powered an 8.7% increase in social network use last year, lifting the share to 1 in 3 people around the world, per eMarketer. More than 8 in 10 social network users globally tap their phones for access at least once a month.
Comedy Central is working out a way to continue late-night show "The President Show," and it also plans to continue to air "The Opposition with Jordan Klepper," says President Kent Alterman. Additional late-night programs "The Daily Show" and "The Jim Jefferies Show," have already been renewed.
US counterintelligence officials warned Jared Kushner in early 2017 that Wendi Deng Murdoch could be using her friendship with Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to further the interests of China's government, sources say. Officials were reportedly concerned that Murdoch was lobbying for a Chinese-funded construction project in Washington, D.C.