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6/18/2021

A variety of programming this weekend will mark Juneteenth, the June 19 anniversary of the day when previously enslaved people in Texas learned of their emancipation. History, Revolt, Smithsonian Channel, Oprah Winfrey Network and Peacock have planned specials, series debuts and original movies to commemorate the holiday.

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6/18/2021

Sonic Drive-In, T-Mobile, Devour Frozen Foods and Vrbo are among the companies that have signed up to advertise on Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" event, which starts July 11. Some of the sponsors also plan to integrate their marketing with the discovery+ streaming service.

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6/18/2021

Cable companies will have twice as many wireless subscribers by 2025 as they do now, MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett said in a recent report. He cited Citizens Broadband Radio Service activity from both Comcast and Charter Communications, as well as Comcast's introduction of multiple-line tiers and the fact that its Xfinity Mobile service recently broke even.

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6/18/2021

People are finally watching the high-priced, talent laden shows produced for Quibi, but they're doing it for free on The Roku Channel. Roku said that in the two weeks since launching Roku Originals, it saw more unique accounts streaming The Roku Channel than in any other two-week period.

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6/18/2021

Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley said that the gamification aspect of its planned over-the-top regional sports networks offering slated for next year will provide users with more of a lean-in, video game-like experience rather than just another vehicle to watch live games.

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6/18/2021

How crummy was the post-pandemic week of May 17-23 for the U.S. SVOD biz? Ancient procedural drama 'NCIS' was the No. 2 show.

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6/18/2021

The Arkansas PBS is working with Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) on a $5.18 million project that will expand its transmissions to the entire state, improve its delivery of educational materials and futureproof its infrastructure so it can take advantage of ATSC 3.0 in the future.

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6/18/2021

As 5G networks are being deployed around the world and seeing rapid consumer uptake, Samsung Electronics and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are already working on next-generation 6G technology. They recently demonstrated an end-to-end 140GHz wireless link using a fully digital beamforming solution.

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6/18/2021

Christy Tanner, the executive vice president and general manager of ViacomCBS, CBS News Digital has announced that she will be leaving CBS News. Tanner, who joined CBS in 2013, played an important role in building up CBSN, the first 24 streaming news network from one of the major broadcast networks. Tanner and her teams also made the groundbreaking move to localize that service with feeds from the company’s owned stations.

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6/18/2021

Pebble and Nevion today announced a new integration between Pebble Control, the company’s IP connection management solution, and Nevion’s VideoIPath orchestration and SDN (software-defined network) control software. The integration will enable Pebble Control customers to control SDNs as well as traditional IGMP-based networks that may already be controlled by the solution, Pebble said.

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