News of Note—NBCU, Frontier, BritBox and more

News of note
BritBox, the SVOD service backed by BBC, ITV and AMC Networks, said it has generated about 250,000 subscribers about a year after its U.S. debut. (Pixabay)

> NBCUniversal said it plans to decrease advertising time by 10% in original primetime programming on all of its television networks and reduce the number of commercials per break by 20%. Multichannel News article

> E.W. Scripps’ local media revenue for the fourth quarter fell about 17% to $203 million as increases in retransmission revenue met up with decreases in political advertising. FierceVideo article

> BritBox, the SVOD service backed by BBC, ITV and AMC Networks, said it has generated about 250,000 subscribers about a year after its U.S. debut, and soon after its expansion into Canada. Multichannel News article

> Sinclair Broadcast saw its fourth-quarter total revenue fall 8% to $734 million, down from about $798 million one year ago. But the company’s net income spiked, thanks in part to the GOP tax plan. FierceVideo article

> Frontier appears to be finally turning a corner in its troubled California, Texas and Florida (CTF) markets, narrowing its fourth-quarter broadband losses and reducing churn after several quarters of deep declines. FierceTelecom article