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2/21/2020

Google's YouTube TV will begin to carry Cinemax and HBO under a new agreement with AT&T's WarnerMedia Entertainment in which YouTube TV will also offer the upcoming streaming service HBO Max when it launches this spring. YouTube will continue to include the Turner networks TBS, Cartoon Network, truTV, Adult Swim, HLN, CNN, Turner Classic Movies and TNT under the deal.

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2/21/2020

CommScope warned analysts that the coronavirus outbreak may
adversely affect first-quarter profits due to supply chain issues for some markets, although its Chinese factories no longer manufacture products shipped to the US. The vendor also predicted a rebound in network spending this year, after seeing sales drop in the fourth quarter as a result of spending cutbacks by major cable companies.

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2/21/2020

Mediacom Communications posted a 12,000-subscriber gain in broadband customers for its fourth quarter, compared to 4,000 in the same period a year ago, leading to 3.5% revenue growth for the quarter and a 3.8% rise for the entire year. The cable company will no longer be obligated to post its earnings publicly after fully repaying its public debt in December.

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2/21/2020

TiVo believes it has a "tremendous opportunity" to serve mid-size and small cable providers, company leader Dave Shull told analysts, saying the TiVo Stream 4K device can attract broadband-only subscribers who want streaming options. The company is counting on its long-standing ties to cable operators to sell the $50 over-the-top service, which includes most of the popular OTT apps.

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2/21/2020

ViacomCBS will target Black audiences by rebranding Showtime Showcase as scripted series network Sho BET, the newly merged company announced. The next season of the hit reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" will debut on Showtime before airing on VH1, where it premiered, as another example of ViacomCBS' move to incorporate the premium network.

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2/21/2020

The National Cable Television Cooperative has completed a deal with Imagine Communications, allowing NCTC members to use the vendor's cloud-based AdKey service for inserting ads into internet protocol television streams. Imagine said it will begin technical trials soon, with the goal of introducing service during this year's third quarter.

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2/21/2020

NASCAR is pulling ahead with new technology to provide fans with real-time video and data streams from race cars to boost engagement and take advantage of the wealth of internet of things data it captures during races. "As we learned more about our fan base, we found that fans connected with us through a plurality of media channels -- from television to radio and online," says Tim Clark, NASCAR's chief digital officer.

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2/20/2020

National Cable Television Cooperative members will receive undisclosed discounts for buying Amazon's streaming video devices under the e-commerce giant's Fire TV Edition initiative in a move aimed at small cable companies that may want to exit the pay-TV business. The agreement allows NCTC members to offer subscribers third-party video options through the Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick 4K.

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2/20/2020

"Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years," an animated series prequel to the long-running show, will be among the projects Nickelodeon works on during 2020 and 2021, along with a live-action film "The Loud House: A Very Loud Christmas." Other new series include "Henry Danger" continuation "Danger Force," "The Astronauts" and "Big Nate."

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2/20/2020

The Federal Communications Commission has set a deadline of April 29 for comments in response to a US appeals court order requiring the agency to review aspects of its net neutrality decision. The FCC is focusing on three basic questions concerning the rules regarding public safety, utility poles and Lifeline, its subsidy program.