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7/22/2019

Culinary programming has spread through peak TV to networks such as National Geographic and streaming providers. Travel-related shows, such as the new "Uncharted" with Gordon Ramsay on National Geographic, are the latest popular wrinkle.

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7/22/2019

Cable and other programmers used the weekend's Comic-Con event in San Diego to promote returning series as well as upcoming debuts. Comcast's NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia and Disney were among the programmers to screen trailers from their most highly anticipated shows, such as HBO's "Watchmen" and "Westworld."

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7/22/2019

AT&T demonstrated the marketing leverage it hopes to use in buying DC Comics as part of the Time Warner deal when it created the "The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T" exhibit at Comic-Con. AT&T wants to turn the iconic DC brand into a content powerhouse that will fuel its upcoming streaming service and other WarnerMedia platforms.

7/22/2019

Board members at CBS and Viacom are continuing discussions about the possibility of merging, with a potential $15.4 billion deal possible by August 8. Merger discussions reportedly concern which executive and board positions will remain and who might fill them.

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7/22/2019

Hundreds of millions of people watched live television coverage of the 1969 moon landing, but today's around-the-clock news cycle means television programming is rarely interrupted for coverage of breaking news or major events. A constant stream of updates from 24-hour news channels and social media have blurred the lines between fact and fiction, writes Robert Lloyd.

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7/22/2019

Former White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah has taken a senior vice president post at Fox News. Fox has declined to offer details about the contents of Shah's portfolio.

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7/22/2019

Netflix might be considered a direct competitor to pay-TV companies, but the streaming leader is also counting on teaming up with them to reach customers who prefer traditional TV, executives say, pointing to a new alliance with AT&T and existing partnerships with major cable companies including Comcast and Charter Communications. "It's a nice supplemental, incremental component...of our overall subscriber acquisition process," Netflix's Greg Peters told analysts.

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Light Reading
7/22/2019

There can be no agreement on allowing wireless carriers to share C-Band spectrum through a public auction unless satellite licensees agree, the C-Band Alliance noted in a Federal Communications Commission filing. The FCC can only sell the spectrum through a private auction, the CBA said, adding that cable systems and broadcasters have no legal right to take part in a government-led proceeding.

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7/22/2019

Cable companies that are using MobiTV's IPTV platform have a transcoder alternative now that the company has completed a partnership with WISI Group for its Inca 3840 Adaptive Bitrate Transcoder, MobiTV announced. Nearly 100 cable companies have deployed MobiTV's end-to-end solution, which eliminates the need to install set-top boxes for video service.

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7/22/2019

Forty states, as well as the District of Columbia, have enacted policies related to telehealth since 2017 that expand coverage and reimbursement, according to a report from the American Telemedicine Association. Still, barriers remain in some states, including distance restrictions and staff availability.

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