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9/23/2020

Syfy has ordered six episodes of "The Pole" for its animated TZGZ late-night block. The comedy, involving a political scandal in Santa's workshop, stars Jillian Bell and Bobby Moynihan and will likely start airing next year.

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9/23/2020

ViacomCBS will reinvent the format of its Paramount Network to focus largely on original movies, the company's Chris McCarthy said. The Paramount Movie Network, as it will be called by the end of 2021, will air a new movie each week and a miniseries each quarter.

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9/23/2020

ViacomCBS leader Bob Bakish said that Showtime will remain an independent service and that he does not intend to sell it, despite pressure from analysts. Bakish added that the channel's streaming platform has shown especially strong growth this year.

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9/23/2020

Apple TV has begun distributing Starzplay to countries in the Middle East and North Africa with a lineup that include Arabic films and original content. Viewers in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain can access the video-on-demand service through various devices via the Apple TV app.

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9/22/2020

TruTV plans to broadcast "Top Secret Videos," a non-scripted series that aims to capture inadvertently funny moments. The show, which debuts Oct. 29, will star Brian Posehn from "The Big Bang Theory" and Matt Walsh from "Veep."

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9/22/2020

NCTA -- The Internet & Television Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to allow fixed internet service providers to protect what the group calls sensitive business information when complying with the Broadband DATA Act. The legislation does not expressly apply to businesses, NCTA asserted in a filing.

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9/22/2020

Activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management invested $870 million into Comcast, for an approximate share total of 20 million. Trian now owns a roughly 0.4% stake in Comcast, and the two companies have begun talks.

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9/22/2020

Spectrum is the element cable companies need to implement DOCSIS 4.0 technology, CableLabs' Doug Jones told an industry webinar. Jones outlined two strategies for obtaining the bandwidth: full duplex and extended spectrum.

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9/22/2020

Charter Communications is bringing back the Remote Education Offer that it introduced when the pandemic broke out. The program provides two months of free Wi-Fi and broadband service for new Spectrum subscribers living with educators or students in elementary school through college.

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9/21/2020

HBO won a total of 30 Emmy Awards, including 11 in the televised portion Sunday night, emerging as the ceremony's major winner. Pop TV earned 10, including all seven available honors in the comedy category.