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3/27/2017

AMC is reportedly planning to launch a commercial-free online streaming service that will be available for cable subscribers. The service will be an add-on and could feature digital-only spinoffs of popular shows such as "The Walking Dead."

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3/27/2017

USA Network will debut docuseries "Inside the FBI: New York" on April 27. The series, which focuses on the New York FBI field office, is being executive produced by Dick Wolf and was created by award-winning filmmaker Marc Levin.

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Deadline.com
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3/27/2017

President Donald Trump has two empty seats on the Federal Communications Commission to fill, and FCC watchers think former Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will be selected for the Democratic seat. Top picks for the Republican spot are said to be Michelle Connolly, Roslyn Layton, Ben Moncrief and Patricia Paoletta.

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The Hill
3/27/2017

"CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley on Thursday addressed Donald Trump's "boasting and tendency to believe conspiracy theories"; Pelley was emphasizing his truth-telling strategy rather than trying to be neutral, an approach adopted some other newscasters. Viewers are split on the approach, with some seeing it as snarky or biased and others, such as media consultant Andrew Tyndall, viewing it as "actual reporting."

3/27/2017

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler recently expressed his approval of the FCC spectrum auction, calling it a success. "When you think of the fact that no one in the world had ever tried this two-sided auction, and all the new and unique issues that had to be dealt with for the auction to take place, one can only have a huge smile," Wheeler said.

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3/27/2017

Comcast is considering a "mid-split," which would bring fiber closer to the home to eliminate the number of amplifiers needed between the node and the home, which would boost the spectrum dedicated to upstream to 85 MHz. The company is also looking at Full Duplex DOCSIS to keep up with capacity demands.

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Comcast
3/27/2017

Broadband consumers selected 19 channels for a la carte packages in a recent Hub Entertainment survey, which asked 1,500 respondents to create their own bundles. However, when shown average pricing, more than half of the respondents cut their lists to nine networks; 48% chose at least one subscription-video-on-demand network.

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Multichannel News
3/27/2017

Altice USA has introduced the Unified Communications and Hosted Contact Center to enhance voice services for business customers in the New York metro area. The service will include an "enterprise-grade" system, instant messaging, conference apps, and a centralized contact system for midsize and enterprise-level business customers.

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Multichannel News
3/27/2017

IHS Markit estimates that global sales of networking equipment to data centers hit $3.5 billion in the fourth quarter, a 4% sequential gain, while full-year sales rose 10% in 2016 to $12.9 billion. The research firm examined the market categories of telecoms, cloud service providers and enterprises.

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SDxCentral
3/27/2017

AT&T moved on constructing its virtualization network on open-source standards because of the lack of industry open-optical network protocols for software-defined networking, the telecom's Kathy Tse told an industry conference last week. "The standards aren't where we need them to be and we weren't willing to wait for standards development to start," she said.

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FierceTelecom