News of Note—ESPN, TiVo, Alticast, CBS News, Trump and more

News of note

> Former ESPN chief John Skipper said he abruptly left his post last year because he was using cocaine regularly and being extorted by his drug supplier. Hollywood Reporter story

> > Pay TV vendor Alticast has become the latest company to cede to TiVo’s patent-licensing demands. Press release

> With an ESPN subscription streaming service set to launch any day and a Disney streaming service due next year, Disney is consolidating its direct-to-consumer and international businesses into a newly formed segment. FierceVideo story

> The percentage of U.S. broadband households that use digital antennas in their homes increased to 20% near the end of 2017, up from 16% in early 2015, according to Parks Associates. FierceVideo story

> As competitors CBS News and Fox News make headways in the direct-to-consumer market, NBC News revealed it too is contemplating a streaming service. FierceVideo story

> According to a new Reuters report citing unnamed sources, President Trump is considering imposing tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports, specifically targeting the technology and telecommunications sectors. FierceWireless story

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