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ATSC 3.0: How cord-cutters should plan for antenna TV’s big upgrade

The benefits of this standard are clear: Better reception, 4K HDR video support, Dolby Atmos and DTS-X support, on-demand video, and possibly even streaming to mobile devices and automobiles. (The standard also has also some iffier aspects, such as targeted advertising.) But ATSC 3.0 comes with one big caveat as well: While the new standard will work with any antenna, it’s incompatible with the ATSC 1.0 tuners built into today’s TVs, converter boxes, and DVRs. – Jared Newman, TechHive » https://ift.tt/38aASOA

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Court backs Comcast, puts Maine’s à la carte cable law on hold

The companies did succeed, though, with their other First Amendment-based argument. In short, they made the case that the Maine law violated their rights because it applied narrowly, to traditional cable carriers (MVPDs) but not to alternative, Internet-based platforms—such as Dish Sling, Sony Vue, or YouTube TV—that also provide bundled content. – Kate Cox, Ars Technica » https://ift.tt/2MJN0hb

Judge Places Temporary Injunction on Maine’s à la Carte Cable Law

If the restriction order doesn’t go through, Maine will become the first state in the country to require à la carte cable selections. The à la carte cable law would most likely be enforced by individual towns and cities, because the cable companies have franchise agreements with municipalities, The Portland Press Herald reports. – Jason Gurwin, The Streamable » https://ift.tt/2Zj4mqa

Donald Trump joins Twitch, an Amazon-owned company

It appears Trump recently joined Twitch, and has just over 135 followers at the time of this writing. He isn’t currently live streaming, nor is it likely that he’s about to jump into a game of Fortnite. Instead, his channel features a prominent message reminding viewers of his rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota happening tonight. There’s also a button further down the page that encourages supporters to donate to his campaign. – Julia Alexander, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2AXBvfX

Almost half of US households subscribing to at least two OTT services

The research also found that 53% of US broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT service and a pay-TV service and nearly three-quarters subscribe to an OTT video service, up from 52% in 2014. Among the OTT video services available in the US, approximately 90 have fewer than 50,000 subscribers and 72 have fewer than 20,000. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2LHrR7g

Trump Wants the Government to Investigate Obama’s Netflix Deal

It’s not clear why Trump might think Obama’s post-presidency ventures are worth investigating. But they have proven lucrative: The former president and former first lady Michelle Obama inked the reportedly “high-8-figure” deal with Netflix and a joint book deal reportedly worth $65 million. The Obamas have launched a number of projects with Netflix already, including a documentary about a factory opening in Ohio and a drama about post-WWII New York. – Tim Marcin, VICE News » https://ift.tt/30ltmvV

TV Giants Say Forcing Cable Companies to Sell “À La Carte” Violates First Amendment

One law, L.D. 832, attempts to force cable operators into providing the option of purchasing access to cable channels, or programs on cable channels, on an individual basis. Meaning, not only would citizens of Maine have the ability to say “yes” to ESPN while saying “no” to ESPN2, but they’d have the ability, for example, to only purchase NFL Monday Night Football without any of ESPN’s other shows. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2LRArPA

Members of Congress Question Google CEO about YouTube’s Content-ID System

This week, a group of eight members of Congress, including Sen. Marcha Blackburn, Sen. Christopher Coons, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, and Rep. Adam Schiff, invited Google CEO Sundar Pichai to a roundtable discussion specifically about Content ID. The members explain that they are quite content with Google’s copyright enforcement efforts, but they are also concerned that smaller content creators are being left out. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2PRndYv
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