US District Judge Richard Leon says the government shutdown won't delay the antitrust case against AT&T and Time Warner due to the urgency of the case. Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission says it will stay open through Friday; the commission submitted a shutdown plan in December.
CNN President Jeff Zucker has no interest in running ESPN now that John Skipper has left, a representative confirmed. A source says that Zucker remains committed to the network.
Procter & Gamble's Pampers is running a social campaign to encourage parents to share photos of babies peacefully sleeping using the hashtag #SleptLikeThis to tout its "Extra Absorb Channels" diapers. The push invites parents to take a quiz devised by therapist Kim West to find out the optimum sleeping patterns for their baby and also includes a spot in partnership with YouTube channel "What's Up Moms?"
State lawmakers in California are pushing to preserve net neutrality regulations, with Democratic Sens. Kevin De Leon and Scott Wiener each introducing bills to establish new rules. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is pushing for a floor vote on a bill that would stop the rollback of regulations.
Regional sports networks are thriving, with Fox's 2018 cash flow for its RSN business expected to reach $1.9 billion, per MoffettNathanson. However, there are "longer-term secular concerns with those networks," the research firm notes, as the rise of key digital players could create a more complex scenario.
MoviePass has announced that it plans to invest in purchasing films through its subsidiary MoviePass Ventures to create new revenue streams outside of the box office through DVD, on-demand and streaming. The company recently surpassed 1.5 million subscribers.
A panel at the Freeform Summit discussed how the network plans to move the brand forward by exceeding expectations and pushing past stereotypes that are increasingly being shunned by millennials. The network announced plans for programming in line with its forward approach, including a "Party of Five" reboot, new drama "Cleopatra" and the return of shows such as "Grown-ish" and "Famous in Love."
Grey Group New York has created Pringles' first Super Bowl ad, which stars comedian Bill Hader discovering the art of how to "flavor stack" the brand's chips. A humorous digital teaser spot shows a deadpan Hader discussing his dream half-time show and his fee demands, and the spot is supported by a social and digital campaign.
Streaming services such as Sling TV have been touted as more affordable alternatives to traditional pay-TV, but research from M Science shows that streaming customers aren't saving money. Figures from November 2017 show that virtual pay-TV subscribers are saving an average of $16, down from $20 in 2016, with aggregate costs leading to virtual subscribers paying around $15 more than traditional pay-TV subscribers.
Comcast's Xfinity Mobile has launched a "bring your own device" option for customers, allowing them to use certain unlocked iPhone models for the service. Models that aren't supported may be eligible for gift cards in exchange for trading in the models.
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