Technology News – Tubi TV, Charter and more

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Well, I’m gonna be changing things up a bit on this, I’m starting to get backlogged, and things are slipping through the cracks. From here on out, I’m just going to be posting when I get 3-5 items OK?

Tubi TV Partners with Paramount to Stream Classic Films for Free – Free video streaming service Tubi TV has struck a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures to stream some of the studio’s feature films. Launched in 2014, Tubi TV already has amassed over 20,000 movie and television show titles. Tubi TV operates as an ad-supported video on demand (VOD) service. The company also has announced that Sandy Grushow, CEO of Phase 2 Media and former chairman of Fox TV, is joining its advisory board.

Charter Reportedly in Talks to Buy Bright House Networks – Charter Communications is in talks to buy privately held cable company Bright House Networks, according to a source familiar with the matter. Bright House has about 2.5 million cable subscribers, with its biggest market in Florida, where it has a strong presence in Tampa and Orlando. A spokesman for Charter declined to comment, while Bright House acknowledged the speculation in a statement on Thursday. “While we have had conversations with many parties about this transaction, we do not have an agreement with anyone regarding future plans for Bright House,” a company spokeswoman said.

Almost 1 in 5 People Can’t ‘Resist the Urge’ to Text and Drive – A majority of Americans agree that texting while driving is dangerous, but keeping phones out of sight in the car is easier said than done, according to a new survey. Overall, 87 percent of respondents agreed that it is dangerous to text or check e-mail while driving, though 18 percent said they cannot “resist the urge” to use their phones behind the wheel, according to the survey by the University of Southern California Annenberg Center for the Digital Future and Bovitz Inc. This isn’t news to psychologist David Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut. Greenfield conducted a similar study about texting and driving in 2014 with AT&T. He said they found the same thing, with people have a hard time controlling the urge to check their phones while driving.

Report: Apple Planning Streaming TV Service – Fresh off its deal to exclusively launch subscription service HBO Now, Apple is reportedly planning a larger push toward streaming TV. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks with broadcasters to offer a TV bundle this fall with 25 channels, including ABC, CBS and Fox. The service would be available through Apple TV. The small bundle would include channels like FX, ESPN and other bigger channels. The report also says media executives believe the service would cost between $30 and $40 a month. News of Apple’s streaming plans follows the company’s announcement that its Apple TV set-top box would be the exclusive launch home for HBO Now, the long-awaited standalone subscription of HBO.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, online; SlashGear, Bloomberg; Reuters; FierceCable.USA Today, online; TIME, online. CNET; Investor’s Business Daily, online; Quartz; Gizmodo;

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