Sling TV rolls out free content to non-subscribers, initially on Roku

Last year, Dish-owned streaming service Sling TV launched a free tier to its service designed to attract those with lapsed subscriptions to come back and watch. On Roku devices, former customers were able to tune into more than 100 hours of TV shows and movies without a subscription by launching the Sling TV app. Today, the service is extending a similar offer to newcomers. On Roku devices, those who have never signed up for the streaming TV service will have …

NBC News veteran warns of ‘Trump circus’ in 2,228-word farewell

New York (CNN Business)There are goodbye notes and then there’s William Arkin’s frustrated farewell to NBC News. Arkin has worked for NBC on and off for three decades, sometimes as a military analyst, sometimes as a reporter and consultant. He describes himself as a scholar at heart, and he has authored numerous books about national security, most recently “Unmanned,” subtitled “drones, data, and the illusion of perfect warfare.” Friday will be his last day at NBC, according to his internal …

Plex plans to offer ad-supported movies and more premium subscriptions

Media software maker Plex is preparing to take on The Roku Channel and Amazon Prime Video Channels, possibly as soon as this year. The company is in discussions with rights holders and content providers, with a focus on bringing free, ad-supported movies to the Plex platform – similar to how The Roku Channel got its start. It’s also talking to premium networks and content providers about offering their programming and subscriptions through Plex. The talks follow the company’s recent partnership with …

Judges grill DOJ on claims that District Court erred in approval of AT&T-Time Warner merger

Washington, D.C. (CNN)A panel of three appellate judges aggressively questioned the Justice Department Thursday over its argument to overturn District Court Judge Richard Leon’s approval of AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. Leon was “myopically focused” on the likelihood of a blackout, Justice Department attorney Michael Murray argued, saying that the judge failed to consider that the mere threat of one can inflict damage on competition. The appellate judges expressed skepticism of the government’s theory that AT&T and Time Warner would …

Reporters gear up for around-the-clock coverage of California fires

(CNN)The stories of the California wildfires are being told through video diaries by survivors, vivid updates from reporters, and wall-to-wall live coverage by local stations. And as Lizzie Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted Sunday night, “we aren’t out of this yet.” Not even close. Red-flag conditions persist both up north and down south. Reporters like Johnson will be covering the firefighting effort and the recovery for the foreseeable future. The paper’s top editor, Audrey Cooper, tweeted a budget …