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7/19/2017

Discovery Communications and Viacom have had separate talks for a possible acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, a source says. Scripps, which has a market value of $8.7 billion, owns Food Network and HGTV.

7/19/2017

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are partnering with Oprah Winfrey's OWN for an original scripted drama. "Love Is ___" will be based on the Akils' experiences as a modern-day power couple and is to debut next year.

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7/19/2017

Music publishers Rob Gaudino and Bluewater Music have filed separate lawsuits against Spotify alleging that the streaming company failed to obtain licenses for 106 and 2,399 songs, respectively. The publishers are requesting the maximum $150,000 per infringement in their respective suits.

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7/19/2017

O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is scheduled for Thursday; Simpson has served nine years of a 33-year sentence for robbery. News outlet coverage of the event will include an NBC News special with Lester Holt and live coverage on ESPN and Fox News Channel.

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Variety
7/19/2017

The Trump administration on Tuesday backed a proposal by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to repeal net neutrality rules enacted two years ago. The White House also called on Congress to pass legislation to bring economic and regulatory certainty to the matter.

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The Hill
7/19/2017

NCTA - The Internet & Television Association filed comments Monday indicating that the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules aren't necessary, given the industry's voluntary adherence to the FCC's four "internet freedoms": transparency, no blocking, no throttling and no anticompetitive paid prioritization. The White House has expressed support for rolling back the Obama-era rules.

7/19/2017

Liberty Global has announced a joint venture with TPG Capital's TPG Growth platform. Platform One Media will be headed by former Gaumont Television CEO Katie O'Connell Marsh and will produce and distribute original television content.

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7/19/2017

Comcast has announced that it will be expanding its machineQ internet of things network to 12 US markets. The company selected cities such as Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Boston, Atlanta and Detroit for its low-power wide-area network due to demand, especially as part of smart cities initiatives.

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7/19/2017

Some of the world's biggest brands are putting their ad dollars back in TV and radio after seeing those media outperform digital. Lack of transparency, the loss of millions of dollars to ad tech vendors and digital ad fraud are several of the reasons companies are focusing their spending on TV and radio.

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Axios
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7/19/2017

Diginets have garnered the attention of advertisers, and the rollout of Next Gen TV and a resurgence in over-the-air broadcasting will only continue to bring good news for multicasting, writes Janet Stilson. By the end of the year, almost one-quarter of US households won't have a pay-TV subscription, per Statistica; that share is expected to continue to grow and benefit multicast networks.

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