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7/21/2017

Google launched its YouTube TV service in 10 new markets this week, including Atlanta, Detroit, Houston and Washington, D.C. The service runs $35 per month and includes live local feeds from the four major broadcast networks, as well as cable networks such as ESPN and AMC.

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cable networks, AMC, Google, ESPN
7/21/2017

TBS unveiled unreleased clips for its three new original animated series at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego. "Tarantula," "Close Enough" and "Final Space" are slated for the 2017-2018 season, and the new season of "American Dad" will premiere Monday.

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TBS
7/21/2017

The 69th Primetime Emmy nominations were recently announced and once again cable programming is the juggernaut, receiving a total of 315 nominations. HBO alone brought in 110 nominations. Read more.

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ncta.com
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Emmy, cable networks, HBO
7/21/2017

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has a relationship with the media that's built on respect and the way he makes himself accessible to the press, writes Callum Borchers. Though McCain has sparred with the media in the past, "[h]e has consistently shown respect for the role of the press and kept his criticisms in bounds," Borchers writes.

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Sen. John McCain
7/21/2017

Discovery Communications is interested in acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive to make its programming part of a low-cost web TV bundle that would run between $3 and $4, a source says. Acquiring Scripps would make Discovery the owner of five of the nation's top 20 cable networks.

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Bloomberg
7/21/2017

E! is gearing up to launch a reality series this fall that will focus on the music industry. "The Platinum Life" will feature an inside look at the lives of the wives and girlfriends of musicians and industry professionals including Nelly, Kid Ink, Miguel and Ne-Yo.

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Deadline Hollywood
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Nelly, Miguel
7/21/2017

Layer3 TV says that at least 20% of customers have viewed at least one episode of BBC America's "Planet Earth II" in 4K, showing consumers' desire to watch content using this standard. "The impact that 4K content is having on BBC America's awareness and Layer3 TV viewership serves as notice of 4K's importance," says Chief Content Officer Lindsay Gardner.

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Multichannel News
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BBC, Lindsay Gardner
7/21/2017

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., has introduced the Viewer Protection Act, which would provide $1 billion in emergency funds for the post-auction repack. The bill also proposes using $90 million for viewer outreach efforts for channels that are moving and permits leftover funds to be used to assist LPTVs and translators.

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Broadcasting & Cable
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Rep. Frank Pallone, LPTVs
7/21/2017

Despite some broadcasters' concerns as to how diginets will be affected by the transition to Next Gen TV, current technology will help those channels remain unaffected as the changes occur. MPEG-2 and stat mux technology will make it possible to deliver diginets and primary channels through the old standard as networks switch to Next Gen TV.

7/21/2017

The Federal Communications Commission will ease local TV ownership limits this September, sources say. If ownership limits are lifted, companies including Tegna, E.W. Scripps, Nexstar Media Group and Meredith Corp. could pursue new mergers and acquisitions, says Jefferies analyst John Janedis.

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Bloomberg