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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

DISH Network will not begin building its 5G network this year, Charlie Ergen, the company's chairman, told analysts, saying that most of the company's capital budget allocated for wireless will go toward permitting and planning for radio frequencies. Ergen also said DISH will deploy open radio access network infrastructure to allow the company to "use some providers that maybe aren't household names that have done great things in the lab or great things in other parts of the world."

2/20/2020

Networked devices around the globe will total 29.3 billion in 2023, outnumbering humans more than 3 to 1, Cisco's newly renamed Annual Internet Report forecasts. The report also anticipates that the internet of things will spread to 50% of all networked devices through machine-to-machine technology and that the internet will reach 5.3 billion people, compared to 3.9 billion in 2018.

2/20/2020

Common Networks, which provides wireless broadband to several markets on the West Coast, is planning an innovative arrangement of rooftop hardware to increase speeds. The system will use the recently introduced 802.11ay standard and Qualcomm's 60 GHz Wi-Fi chipset, as well as the gigabit wireless Terragraph from Facebook Connectivity and Common's own Wireless Graph Network.

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2/20/2020

Democratic presidential hopefuls turned their focus on each other rather than President Donald Trump during Wednesday's Democratic debate on MSNBC and NBC, each taking aim at their fellow candidates' policies, promises and political records. Former candidate Andrew Yang, who dropped out of the race last week, is becoming a CNN political commentator and says he is pleased with the opportunity to add to the discussion.

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2/20/2020

Executives at Turner Sports and CBS report the networks have sold out in-game commercial slots for the upcoming NCAA March Madness showcase a full month in advance of the event, a record in its history. Insiders say 30-second advertising slots for late afternoon games in the Final Four sold for up to $825,000, with primetime slots averaging $950,000.

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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.

2/20/2020

Midco offered hints that it will participate in the Federal Communications Commission's planned auction of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band known as the Citizens Band Radio Service. The cable company has sought FCC permission to keep going with tests of fixed wireless service in Minnesota and North Dakota, and has said the trials will provide data that it might use for bidding on the CBRS spectrum.

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Light Reading
2/20/2020

ViacomCBS confirmed that it will expand on CBS All Access under a new label called "House of Brands," a subscription video on demand service that will include live sports, news, programming from the company's array of cable networks and other assets from its Paramount library. "House of Brands" will play alongside CBS All Access and complement Showtime's streaming service and Pluto TV.

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