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11/15/2018

Bids began slowly trickling in Wednesday for the Federal Communications Commission's 28GHz auction, which may have been hampered by Verizon's ownership of half the spectrum. The auction is scheduled to last for a few more weeks and is expected to attract more bids later on in the process.

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Fortune
11/15/2018

NBC's "Meet the Press" came out ahead in Sunday's political show ratings for the fourth week in a row, with 3.389 million viewers, but like all such shows, it is still losing the 25- to 54-year-old demographic. CBS's "Face the Nation" and ABC's "This Week" came in second and third place with more than 3 million viewers; "Fox News Sunday" finished last among the networks, watched by only 1.459 million people.

11/15/2018

Cisco continued its rebound in its fiscal first quarter, beating Wall Street's estimates on revenue and profits, and CEO Chuck Robbins said newly enforced tariffs have yet to negatively affect business. Revenue in the company's largest unit, its infrastructure-platforms business, rose 9% from the same period a year earlier, and other divisions also performed strongly.

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11/15/2018

AT&T is planning to introduce its WarnerMedia streaming service in the US next year before any potential overseas expansion, and it may include programming from outside content creators, according to a source. The service is expected to be available toward the end of next year and will compete with Netflix, Amazon and other OTT service providers.

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11/15/2018

Connekt now has a patent for technology that gives viewers the ability to use remote controls and similar devices to purchase items they see on TV. "Our patent uniquely simplifies interactive TV buying by converging video advertising, content and commerce practices," said Chief Technology Officer David Rudnick.

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11/14/2018

Coca-Cola revamped its social media channels on Tuesday, with a plan to emphasize optimism going forward. "World Kindness Day feels like such an appropriate day and moment to kick off messages of positivity, but also when you look at Coke and what Coke stands for, Coke really is a brand about optimism, uplift and wants to bring people together in moments of connection," said Coca-Cola's Sarah Traverso.

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11/14/2018

Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., have joined a chorus of requests that the Federal Communications Commission be cautious in how it reallocates the C-Band spectrum for new users. NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, the American Cable Association, National Public Radio and the National Association of Broadcasters praised the bipartisan support in a joint statement that asserts, "[I]t is critically important that any changes to the C-Band spectrum fully protect incumbent users and consumers from harmful interference and service loss or interruptions."

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Multichannel News
11/14/2018

USA Network has ordered a 10-episode reboot of dating show "Temptation Island," which first aired at the beginning of the millennium. The show will bring back Mark Walberg as host and will premiere Jan. 15.

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11/14/2018

Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., have joined a chorus of requests that the Federal Communications Commission be cautious in how it reallocates the C-Band spectrum for new users. The National Association of Broadcasters, NCTA-the Internet & Television Association, the American Cable Association and National Public Radio praised the bipartisan support in a joint statement that asserts, "[I]t is critically important that any changes to the C-Band spectrum fully protect incumbent users and consumers from harmful interference and service loss or interruptions."

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Radio Business Report
11/14/2018

National Association of Broadcasters Senior Advisor John David was honored at the Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts ceremony Tuesday, the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation's 16th annual such event. Other honorees included Morgan Murphy Media CEO Liz Murphy Burns, TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest and "60 Minutes" journalist Bill Whitaker.