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6/22/2017

Low streaming quality increased viewers' negative emotions 16%, while engagement dropped 20%, per an Akamai study that used the Sensum Insights platform. The study also found that 76% of viewers would quit using a service if multiple streaming issues occurred.

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6/22/2017

CBS has signed a deal with FuboTV to bring a lineup of networks to the streaming service. In addition to securing content from networks such as CBS, The CW and CBS Sports, the deal also makes Showtime's East and West feeds and on-demand content available as part of FuboTV's premium subscription service.

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6/22/2017

Science Channel is planning a one-hour special broadcast of the total solar eclipse and will include live footage from across America and the International Space Station. "The Great American Eclipse" will air Aug. 21, and the network will also provide updates and coverage through Facebook Live.

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Deadline Hollywood
6/22/2017

Tuesday was World Wi-Fi Day -- an opportunity both to celebrate Wi-Fi's extraordinary success and to ask "where does Wi-Fi go from here?"

Since its humble beginnings in the "junk bands" in 1985, Wi-Fi has become an integral part of everyday life, keeping people connected at home, at school, and at the office. For many, Wi-Fi is synonymous with internet access. That's no wonder when you consider that Wi-Fi carries the vast majority of US wireless traffic. Cable's public Wi-Fi networks alone support 2.5 billion active sessions and carry 169 petabytes of data per month. Read more.

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6/22/2017

President Donald Trump pledged in a speech to Iowa farmers Wednesday to boost rural broadband services as part of his planned $1 trillion infrastructure package that he will present to Congress.

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6/22/2017

The National Association of Broadcasters has created a YouTube video warning the Federal Communications Commission about the challenges that lie ahead for the broadcast TV repack. The video highlights the possibility of radio stations going off the air, budget challenges, time constraints and the amount of work needed to safely update towers.

6/22/2017

A group of 11 Democratic senators led by Minnesota's Al Franken have spoken out against the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The letter stated that "substantial harms arising from the transaction outweigh the purported benefits," saying the deal would lead to consolidation that would bring fewer choices and higher prices to consumers.

6/22/2017

AMC has boosted its investment in RLJ Entertainment networks Urban Movie Channel and Acorn Networks. Through a revised financing agreement, RLJ Entertainment will save $5 million annually, which will allow the company to ramp up its content investments over the next five years.

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6/22/2017

Comcast has launched its DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit service in Boston and plans to continue deploying across markets in the northeast, the company said. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and cities in Virginia and Pennsylvania will be connected to the service in the coming weeks, Comcast said.

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6/22/2017

Verizon Communications and cities are finding the telecom's new "One Fiber" private/public initiative beneficial to both entities as the company plans to offer it to more localities beyond Boston and Sacramento, Calif. "The idea was [to ask] how do we become a partner to the city instead of just going in and trying to get the best rate possible?" Verizon's Hubert Riley said of the telecom's effort.

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