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5/24/2018

Amazon would be a "formidable competitor" for QVC and HSN if it decided to join the video shopping space, despite the past failure of "Style Code Live," says Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei. Amazon might not be able to scale to 100 million subscribers, but the online retailer still poses a challenge to shopping networks in the e-commerce space, Maffei says.

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5/24/2018

ESPN has closed a $1.5 billion deal with UFC and will begin broadcasting non-Pay Per View events in January. As part of the deal, 30 "Fight Night" events and 12 additional live events will air in 2019.

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5/24/2018

Turner has announced that two new original series will be coming to its streaming service, Boomerang. "Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!" and "Scooby Doo and Guess Who?" will join renewed original series including "Wacky Races," "Be Cool, Scooby Doo!" and "Bunnicula."

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5/24/2018

Lifetime plans to launch a programming block this summer centered around love and relationships. The season premiere of "Married at First Sight" will air July 10, and the third season of "Seven Year Switch" will debut the following week.

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Deadline Hollywood
5/24/2018

Discovery Channel's Shark Week will celebrate its 30th anniversary in July, and the network has planned over 19 hours of special programming for the occasion. Special events include a mash-up with ABC's "Shark Tank" and "Uncaged: Shark vs. Ronda Rousey."

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5/24/2018

Telaria has released what it's declaring is the "first complete video ad management platform" for over-the-top television. The platform enables publishers to programmatically buy ads from companies including the Trade Desk and AppNexus; the platform provides real-time performance reporting.

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MarTech Today
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OTT, Telaria
5/23/2018

Comcast will seek to top Disney's $52.4 billion offer for 21st Century Fox assets with an all-cash bid, the company announced today, adding that financing for the deal was in the "advanced" stages. The portfolio includes Fox's cable networks -- including its regional sports services -- as well as its TV and film studios.

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Deadline Hollywood, CNBC
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5/23/2018

CBS is challenging bylaw changes made by the Redstone family on May 16 that require 90% of the CBS board to approve dividends and other business decisions. The company in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday wrote that the changes violate Delaware law by giving control of the decisions to the Redstones.

5/23/2018

Twitter has announced that it will no longer support its apps for Android TV, Roku or Microsoft Xbox beginning Thursday as it works to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. The rules go into effect Friday.

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Variety
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Twitter, Roku, European Union, Microsoft
5/23/2018

ESPN has struck an additional deal with the UFC, bringing the total value of the companies' agreement to approximately $1.5 billion, sources say. The deals will add 30 fights annually to the network beginning next year.

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