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2/20/2017

Twitter teamed up with Showtime Networks to live-stream the Adrien Broner-Adrian Granados Showtime Championship Boxing match Saturday. The match was the first live-streaming boxing match on Twitter and was available to users for free.

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Twitter, Showtime Networks, boxing
2/20/2017

In an interview, Turner President David Levy said he expected that the NBA All-Star Game's location in New Orleans and increased interest in the NBA would drive ratings for the game. Levy also said that viewership for games has been flat compared with last season but that "[i]f we get some exciting [regular-season] games and then some game 7's in the playoffs, the ratings will be there."

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Multichannel News
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Turner President David Levy, NBA
2/20/2017

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to claim that the news media is not his enemy, but instead is the "enemy of the American people." While some feel the tweet took the battle with the media too far, conservative talk radio hosts including Rush Limbaugh and Clint Bellows are backing the president, saying that the media is taking an anti-Trump stance.

2/20/2017

Comcast's recent investments in Vox and Buzzfeed and improvements to its X1 software are all part of the company's strategic move to appeal to modern viewers. The company is also focusing on bringing on and training technicians to drive innovation, as well as focusing on customer satisfaction in a bid to improve its customer service reputation.

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Comcast, Buzzfeed
2/20/2017

AT&T and Time Warner, in response to a Jan. 25 letter from 13 senators expressing concerns over the companies' proposed merger, have stated that the newly merged company would not withhold content from competitors. Senate antitrust subcommittee Chairman Mike Lee and ranking member Amy Klobuchar are pressing Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a thorough review of the deal.

2/20/2017

Cable news networks are seeing an increase across ad revenues and viewership despite accusations from the current presidential administration regarding fake news.
Fox News earned $108.8 million between Jan. 16 and Feb. 16, up from $47.3 million last year, and averaged 1.79 million viewers, while CNN's ad dollars more than doubled to $72.8 million, and viewership rose to an average 887,000 viewers.

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cable news networks, Fox News, CNN
2/20/2017

Liberty Global will begin DOCSIS 3.1 trials this year, the company noted in its fourth-quarter results. The company will also debut a Wi-Fi Connect Box, and it plans to expand deployment of its cloud-powered video platform.

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Multichannel News
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Liberty Global, Wi-Fi
2/20/2017

SoftBank could be interested in relinquishing control of Sprint and retaining a minority stake if that's what it takes to merge the US carrier with T-Mobile US, Reuters reports, adding that the parties might enter talks after the spectrum auction ends. Deutsche Telekom has said it wants to hold on to T-Mobile.

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Reuters
2/20/2017

Telecoms should not count on Congress enacting a major infrastructure bill in the near term that would include support for extending broadband to underserved areas, says Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, adding that Congress has too many other items on its plate to deal with infrastructure legislation. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., however, believes such support from Congress is warranted.

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2/20/2017

AT&T has taken another step toward introducing cell site drones known as "flying COWs" -- cellsites-on-wheels -- as a fail-safe mechanism to meet disaster-recovery needs or increased capacity for major events, the telecom said in displaying the video of the drones' inaugural flight. The drone-mounted radios and antennas can reach a height of 400 feet, the maximum allowed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Telecompetitor.com
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AT&T, FAA