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11/20/2017

FX has outbid other networks to win the pitch for "Highway 59," a crime drama series. The show will be based on the novel "Bluebird, Bluebird," by Attica Locke, who will write the series.

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11/20/2017

CableLabs has certified a new round of DOCSIS 3.1 devices in preparation for retail sale. Arris' Touchstone TG3452, Kaon Media's VM3000G telephony D3.1 gateway and Technicolor's CGA4131 were all approved during the latest round of certification.

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CableLabs, Arris, retail sale
11/20/2017

Digital media companies including Mashable, Uproxx Media and Defy Media face challenges with digital ad sales and raising capital, highlighting the need for industry consolidation and leading some to consider selling, sources say. "This is a time for companies with cash flow and capital to start acquiring the more challenged digital assets," says Bustle founder Bryan Goldberg.

11/20/2017

Broadcasters pushed for a hands-off approach for Next Gen TV from the Federal Communications Commission, and the 3-2 vote in favor of voluntary adoption of the standard opens up opportunities and presents the industry with risk and uncertainty, writes Harry Jessell. Now is the time for broadcasters to seize opportunities to come up with new ideas and experiment to see what works and what doesn't when it comes to the new standard, he writes.

11/20/2017

CBS Radio is now officially part of Entercom Communications, which is now one of the top radio broadcasters in the country. Now that the deal is complete, the company has already started implementing new business practices, including a 5% reduction in spotloads, and has changed the formats of three stations seen as underperforming.

11/20/2017

Univision is selling a minority stake in its Fusion Media Group -- which includes Fusion TV, Gawker sites and The Onion -- for up to $200 million. If Univision sells the stake, the company could maintain control but would likely make Fusion a stand-alone entity.

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11/20/2017

Fourteen CBS channels could go off the air on DISH if a carriage agreement is not reached, although DISH says there is still time for a deal to be reached. "In fact, negotiations regularly happen right up to the deadline and more often than not they are settled without issue," DISH said in a statement.

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The TV Answer Man
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11/20/2017

AT&T has introduced advanced 4G service in the form of LTE-Licensed Assisted Access in Indianapolis, providing theoretical gigabit speeds to some areas of the city, with plans to expand the service this year. The telecom recently announced plans to roll out its 5G Evolution program in Minneapolis.

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11/20/2017

Broadcom has completed its purchase of Brocade Communications 12 months after announcing the deal, which involved a regulatory review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The $5.5 billion acquisition is aimed at boosting Broadcom's data center product market share.

11/20/2017

Rural telecoms want the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that states can't circumvent the agency's moves to remove broadband service from Title II classification. In a letter to the FCC, several telecoms said reversal of Title II classification "is essential to getting and keeping communities connected."

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