Broadband & TV
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5/25/2017

TV offers so many choices now that networks need to focus on bringing their viewers quality content and not just one popular show, says A&E and Lifetime General Manager Robert Sharenow. Consistency and "leaning into what your brand is best known for" are the keys to success, Sharenow says.

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Advertising Age
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5/25/2017

Facebook has signed deals with creators including ATTN, BuzzFeed, Vox Media and Group Nine Media to create original content for its upcoming video service, sources say. The social media network will reportedly focus on 20- to 30-minute scripted shows, as well as shorter-form episodes that last up to 10 minutes.

5/25/2017

Last month, attendees at The Near Future in Washington, D.C. were treated to talks from world-renowned technology, innovation, and business experts who presented on how technologies of the future will one day change how we live, learn, work, and play. They brought on stage the latest in virtual reality, augmented reality, holograms and artificial intelligence and shared how these technologies are already transforming the world around us. Learn more.

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ncta.com
5/25/2017

Nine percent of consumers ages 16 to 64 say they are likely to cut their pay-TV subscriptions this year, up from 5.7% in 2016, per a study from Magid Broadcast. Cord-cutting figures are rising as streaming continues to rise, with a recent study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau finding that 56% of Americans have a connected TV.

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Axios
5/25/2017

Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday after allegedly attacking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. Witnesses say Gianforte body-slammed Jacobs after being asked about the GOP health care bill, and an audio recording appears to verify that account.

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5/25/2017

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is defending the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly Act of 2017, which is being criticized by the Internet Association. "I think if you ask the American people if they're OK with having less control over their online privacy so companies can sell their data -- they'd say no," Blackburn said after criticism from the group, whose members include Google, Amazon and Facebook.

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Broadcasting & Cable
5/25/2017

Just two out of 20 municipal networks are making enough money to cover the costs of development over a period of 30 to 40 years, per a recent study. Eleven of 20 don't make enough to cover operating costs, 90% will not make enough money to cover costs during the bond period, and five of the nine that could recover costs would take a century to do so, the study found.

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Broadcasting & Cable
5/25/2017

Cable One's decision to put broadband ahead of video was a smart one, as revenues and margins have grown since the company adopted the strategy, says President and CEO Julie Laulis. Almost 60% of the company's revenue comes from business and broadband, and 75% of its customers can get speeds of 1 Gbps.

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Telecompetitor
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Julie Laulis
5/25/2017

MSNBC surpassed other cable news networks in the week ending May 10, bringing in 2.44 million viewers, making it the most watched cable news network and the second-most watched network in prime time among all cable networks. The network also saw 611,000 viewers in the key news demographic of 25 to 54.

5/25/2017

Sprint is working with an unnamed cable operator on a deployment test of small cells in cable networks as a way of expanding distribution of the base stations to firm up its 2.5 GHz wireless network, the carrier confirmed. Working with a cable company could also help Sprint support its backhaul network, Mike Dano writes.

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