* Charter Communications Inc. subscribers could lose access to NBCUniversal Media LLC's broadcast and cable networks Jan. 1, 2017, due to a dispute over contract terms, Bloomberg News reports. While a Charter spokesman declined to comment, the Comcast Corp. unit said in a statement that Charter has been "unyielding in its demand for terms superior to those agreed to by the rest of the industry."
* AMC Networks Inc. and Altice NV's Altice USA inked a carriage agreement covering six AMC cable networks, Multichannel News reports, citing sources with knowledge of the details. The long-term deal, terms of which were reportedly not disclosed, covers AMC (US), IFC (US), SundanceTV (US), WE tv (US), BBC America (US) and BBC World News (US).
Internet & OTT
* Darryl McDaniels, one of the founding members of hip-hop group Run-DMC, filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Amazon.com Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for using the group's name on clothing and accessories without permission, Reuters reports. Seeking nearly $50 million in damages from the retailers and other defendants named in the suit, the plaintiffs claimed that the defendants allegedly violated federal trademark and New York unfair competition laws by "confusing consumers into believing that Run-DMC endorsed their products."
* Twitter Inc. CEO Jack Dorsey hinted at the possibility of the company introducing an editing functionality for tweets. In a couple of tweets, Dorsey said the ability to edit is required, and the company is "thinking a lot about it."
* Amazon.com is working on technology to use "airborne fulfillment centers" as bases for delivery drones, Reuters reports, citing a patent the company filed two years ago. The centers would reportedly store products and launch drones to deliver them.
* Volvo Cars will add Microsoft Corp.'s Skype for Business app to its new 90 Series cars. The in-car productivity tool will allow users to join meetings, and access details via a display, the carmaker said.
* Facebook Inc. is embroiled in a class-action lawsuit that accused the company's facial-recognition technology of violating an Illinois state law, TechCrunch.com reports. While the Biometric Information Privacy Act bars the collection or use of biometric data without proper disclosures, the social networking giant has disagreed with the interpretations and is seeking the suit's dismissal.
* Former DIRECTV employees in five call centers approved three agreements between AT&T Inc. and the Communications Workers of America, the labor union representing them. The agreements cover about 2,000 employees working in call centers in Eden Prairie, Minn.; Englewood, Colo.; Huntington, W. Va.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Tulsa, Okla.; and placed the employees in three existing labor contracts, the company said.
The day ahead
Early morning futures indicators pointed to a higher opening for the U.S. market.
In Asia, the Hang Seng rose 0.96% to 22,000.56, while the Nikkei 225 slid 0.16% to 19,114.37. In Europe, around midday, the Euronext 100 was down 0.04% to 930.40.
On the macro front
The Chicago purchasing managers' index and the Baker-Hughes Rig Count report are due out today.
France rejects 'Google tax'; lender won't buy stake in Telecom Italia: France's Constitutional Council rejected a budget provision that would tax revenue from multinational firms in the country, while Italy's economy minister said state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti will not acquire a stake in Telecom Italia SpA.
The Daily Dose Asia-Pacific: LeEco to receive $1.4B infusion; NFL scores China streaming deal: Cash-strapped Chinese tech firm LeEco signed an agreement to get about US$1.4 billion from a strategic investor, while the National Football League entered into a partnership with Sina Weibo to live-stream its games in China.
Briefing Room: 2016's biggest influencers in Asian media, telecommunications: S&P Global Market Intelligence highlights some of the individuals who had an outsized influence on the Asian media and telecommunications landscape in 2016.
CAPITAL Letters: My wish list for 2017 and beyond: Blogger Bishop Cheen shares his wishes for the New Year.
Apple, Nokia in legal battle over patents: In this monthly Best of Nordics feature, S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a roundup of recent market developments in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
Data Dispatch: Gender diversity in the communications industry C-suite: Across industries, there is a well-known dearth of women in chief executives roles. But the scarcity in the communications industry is particularly noticeable.
Hires and Fires: US Media & Comm management moves through Dec. 28: Graham, Professional Diversity: S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly rundown of executive changes in the media and communications industries.
Hires and Fires Europe: European Media & Comm moves through Dec. 28: Orange, Eir, Microsoft: S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a biweekly rundown of executive and board changes in the European media and communications industries.
M&A Replay: Asia-Pacific deals through Dec. 23: TDK, Reliance, Axiata: S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a biweekly wrap-up of Asia-Pacific media and communications deal announcements, completions and updates from Dec. 12 to Dec. 23.
Global TV Everywhere overview: Eastern Europe: More and more pay TV operators in the Eastern Europe region deploy TV Everywhere services for secondary-screen viewing on multiple connected devices.
Technology: Linear UHD channels boosted by increasing content production: As end of the year and holiday shopping increases, 4K TV households in regions around the world, ultra HD event production and the number of linear UHD channels available continues to grow.
Global Multichannel: Global TV Everywhere overview: Latin America: In 2016, TV Everywhere services in Latin America showed strengthened programmer partnerships. Content providers increased agreements with pay TV operators across the region while operator platform launches slowed down.
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