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10/19/2018

Communications service providers are still contending with how to convince customers of the business value of network functions virtualization, finds a small industry survey of 160 people from 66 service providers.

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10/19/2018

Panelists at the TVNewsCheck's TV2020's "Technology Shaping Business Models" discussion noted broadcasters' overall progress on transitioning to Internet Protocol but said they needed to improve their metrics and advertising technology to more effectively compete with companies such as Facebook and Google.

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Facebook, Google, TVNewsCheck
10/19/2018

Florida's "Kick'n 103.5" radio hosts Tiffany "Flip" Dunning and Sean Streeter are using Facebook to give their listeners community updates in the wake of Hurricane Michael, despite parent company Powell Broadcasting's decision to close down its Panama City operations. "This is what we signed up for as broadcasters, to get information any way we can," Streeter says.

10/18/2018

Disney is said to be preparing to auction off 22 regional sports networks, as part of its deal with 21st Century Fox, by providing bid books to banks and distributors. Those companies reportedly include Sinclair Broadcast Group, Amazon and Google.

10/18/2018

The Justice Department will have a chance to defend its opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger Dec. 6, when oral arguments are to be presented before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The DOJ contends that the merger violates antitrust laws, while AT&T rejects the idea that the acquisition will stifle competition.

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Variety
10/18/2018

Clippers CourtVision, a feature of the Fox Sports app for pay-TV customers in the Los Angeles market, lets viewers choose among three ways of watching a Clippers game. They include "mascot mode," which adds graphic elements such as lightning bolts, and "player mode," which shares real-time stats about players on the court.

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CLIPPERS, Ballmer
10/18/2018

It's time for the FCC to take a fresh look at the 5.9 GHz band. After two decades and millions of dollars in wasted government subsidies, the Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) experiment in the 5.9 GHz band has clearly failed. The growth of Wi-Fi over the last two decades and the potential of this spectrum to deliver better Wi-Fi only amplify this failure in policy. The time is now for the Commission to open all or a substantial part of the 5.9 GHz band to unlicensed innovation and consider flexible options for addressing the spectrum needs of automotive technologies. Read more.

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ncta.com
10/18/2018

The percentage of unresolved problems consumers experience with smart home devices has more than doubled to 12%, Parks Associates says in a report that cites connectivity problems as the most prevalent issue. Other surveys suggest the issues could stem from the number of people who want to install the devices themselves.

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10/18/2018

NAB Show New York featured executives such as Fox CEO Jack Abernethy and Nexstar Media Group President and CEO Perry Sook discussing their support for Next Gen TV, citing its major benefits to advertisers and brand managers. Executives at the event also took stock of the increase in retransmission fees; additionally, Sook noted that big media companies such as Facebook and Google can reach the entire country without restrictions.

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Radio Business Report
10/18/2018

Despite the 20 years it took for the Music Modernization Act to become law, it still has a long road ahead, with the biggest challenge now being the creation of a global database to house song information and match recordings to compositions. The new law has a new financial incentive for involved parties to contribute to the initiative now, an industry executive says.

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MMA