Here are the most read stories of the week.
Data Dispatch EMEA: Vodafone's cell towers spinoff plans welcomed by analysts
Vodafone Group PLC's decision to spin off its European cell towers business is being met with optimism by analysts and industry experts. The advent of 5G could help Vodafone succeed where others have failed, analysts said.
As 5G networks roll, carriers eye edge computing as new service
As wireless operators begin lighting up next-generation 5G networks, the combination of faster mobile broadband speeds coupled with massive modern data loads is expected to drive an emerging technology: edge computing. Edge computing aims to make data processing more efficient by cutting down on the distance information must travel.
Disney faces 'balancing act' in offering quality content for DTC, legacy pay TV
Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger spent considerable time on the company's earnings call discussing the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, but he also addressed Disney's plan for continuing to operate within the legacy pay TV ecosystem. Iger told analysts on the call that the pivot to the direct-to-consumer business is designed to address the opportunities in that space and the challenges with traditional affiliates.
Disney+ available in $12.99 bundle with Hulu, ESPN+ at launch
With the launch of its namesake entertainment streaming service just over three months away, Iger said Disney+ will be available along with Hulu LLC and ESPN+ for a total of $12.99 per month. Marketing for Disney+ will begin shortly.
Discovery looks to add food to its streaming service menu
Discovery Inc. is looking to further diversify its nascent streaming business, eyeing opportunities within the culinary category in particular. Speaking on the company's earnings call, Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav said the programmer continues to "actively look at the food and cooking space" and the CEO plans to provide updates "about our plans in that category over the coming months."