The FCC is seeking more data on the service-bundling agreements forged by Verizon Wireless and four cable operators as part of the agency's review of the carrier's proposed purchase of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS). Verizon Wireless and the MSOs have argued that the bundling components have no bearing on the spectrum sale, but the FCC said it found that "portions of the commercial agreements are inseparable from the proposed license transfer." (See Rivals Try to Freeze Verizon-MSO Spectrum Buy .)
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is starting to learn that developing original content is not a walk in the park. Its upcoming series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey is in danger of being bogged down by a budget battle between director David Fincher and independent studio Media Rights Capital. Fincher wants more money and has threatened to leave, reports The Hollywood Reporter. (See Netflix Shopping for Original TV Series.)
mPortal Inc. has unveiled Springboard Media, a TV Everywhere authentication system for smartphones, tablets and connected TVs. It's pitching it to cable operators, programmers and other content owners, and starting off with support for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and devices that speak HTML5.