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8/18/2017

AT&T's $85 billion proposed acquisition of Time Warner has moved into the advanced stages of its Department of Justice review, bringing the deal closer to reality, sources say. The government has raised concerns about AT&T's control of customer data and the potential to discriminate against channels that compete with Time Warner, but AT&T General Counsel David McAtee said the "process is on track from our perspective."

8/18/2017

Cable shows garnered the most attention from viewers during the second quarter, with TLC's "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" landing in the top spot, TVision Insights found in a study. A&E's "Born This Way," FX's "The Americans" and AMC's "Preacher" also ranked highly.

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TLC, AMC, A&E
8/18/2017

Veteran lobbyists, expressing doubt that passing tax reform with just Republican votes will be possible, are sharing their predictions of what Congress will most likely pass. Some believe that tying tax reform to an infrastructure spending package may lure in Democrats, while others feel that only a temporary tax cut for individuals is likely to occur.

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Politico
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Congress
8/18/2017

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has left his post. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that today was his last day; Chief of Staff John Kelly recently completed his review of Bannon's position.

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BBC
8/18/2017

Univision anchor Ilia Calderon was threatened by Ku Klux Klan leader Christopher Barker during a recent interview. Barker used racist and derogatory terms and threatened to "burn [Calderon] out" during the interview, which is scheduled to air Sunday.

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Adweek
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Univision, Ku Klux Klan
8/18/2017

Nielsen is lending its data expertise to the realm of esports to offer "sponsorship valuation, fan insights, custom industry research, and consulting services," the company said. Esport24 reports that the major esports tournament playoffs so far this year have attracted sponsorship value from $75,000 to almost $17 million.

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eSports, Nielsen
8/18/2017

Sony has announced the addition of 11 ABC affiliates and four NBC affiliates to its PlayStation Vue subscription service, heating up the affiliate race among virtual multichannel video programming distributors. The deal covers major markets across the country, including Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, Phoenix and Pittsburgh.

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FierceCable
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8/18/2017

A&E has ordered an eight-hour docuseries that focuses on the biggest moments in pop culture. "Cultureshock," a collaboration between Morgan Spurlock and Entertainment Weekly, is to debut in 2018.

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Deadline Hollywood
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Morgan Spurlock
8/18/2017

Few people in Cuba have regular access to the internet, and those who do encounter slow download speeds, an eMarketer evaluation finds. Although Cuba's state-run service provider has built hot spots throughout the country, the rate of $1.50 an hour keeps regular use out of reach for most citizens.

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eMarketer
8/18/2017

Verizon moved up to third place in the midyear 2017 Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard -- displacing Spectrum Enterprise -- thanks to its February acquisition of XO Communications, Vertical Systems Group reports. AT&T remained in first place, followed by Level 3 Communications, the market research firm said.

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FierceTelecom