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12/9/2016

Showtime will stream live boxing matches on Facebook on Saturday as part of the network's live boxing telecast. The streaming is part of a move to increase awareness of the network's live card, according to Showtime Sports executive vice present Stephen Espinoza.

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12/9/2016

YouTube has reached an agreement with the National Music Publishers' Association over the distribution of millions of dollars of songwriting copyright fees that have gone unclaimed. The deal, which affects tracks played on YouTube between August 2012 and December 2015, will provide publishers with a window in which to claim ownership of the songs.

12/9/2016

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler offered to resign his post if it will break a stalemate that has prevented the Senate from confirming the reappointment of Jessica Rosenworcel. Republicans want to ensure they will attain a majority on the panel once Donald Trump becomes president.

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12/9/2016

Advanced talks are underway for Nielsen to purchase media data specialist Gracenote. Gracenote's automatic content recognition technology would allow Nielsen to more accurately measure what consumers are watching, potentially including streaming video services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

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12/9/2016

Altice NV is considering an initial public offering for a minority stake in Altice USA, the fourth-largest cable operator in the country. The Dutch-owned company could go public some time in 2017, with an IPO that could reportedly reach nearly $2 billion.

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12/9/2016

Comcast is adding Kids Central and Primo TV to its 2017 lineup in a bid to attract bicultural children. Both are English-language networks, with Kids Central being geared toward 3 to 7 year olds while Primo TV is targeted towards 6 to 16 year olds.

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12/9/2016

A TubeMogul study shows the heaviest broadcast viewers of 2007 are watching 26 percent more TV now, while the lightest viewers are watching less. The study also found that younger millennials -- categorized as those in the 18 to 24 age range -- watch more connected TV than their older millennial counterparts.

12/9/2016

Comcast CEO Mike Cavanagh has announced the company's commitment to Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1, joining both Altice and Charter. "In a couple of years' time, we'll have the next-generation DOCSIS, which will allow for a multi-gig symmetrical," Cavanagh said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference earlier this week.

12/9/2016

Frontier Communications is preparing to shift its focus from the consumer market to enterprise services as it vies for market share with increasingly powerful cable rivals. "Commercial has been very stable and we believe it should be growing," Chief Financial Officer Perley McBride told an investor conference this week.

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12/9/2016

Ralph de la Vega, a 42-year AT&T veteran and the company's vice chairman, will retire Dec. 31, according to a report which also said AT&T Mexico CEO Thaddeus Arroyo will take over de la Vega's roles at the helm of business operations and international. De la Vega, who once ran BellSouth Latin America and served as chief operating officer at Cingular Wireless, currently oversees AT&T's Mexican mobile unit and DIRECTV assets in Latin America.

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CNET, RCR Wireless News