Broadband & TV
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4/18/2018

Federal regulators are moving to prevent vendors whose gear and services purportedly pose security threats from doing business with companies that receive broadband subsidies. The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday sent out a rule for comment without specifying a country, but China is thought to be the target of the move.

4/18/2018

AT&T is among critics of a California measure that would restore some net neutrality regulations. Opponents say the bill, which is moving through the state Senate after recent tweaks, is confusing and could lead to increased costs for consumers.

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State Senate, AT&T
4/18/2018

Fox Sports says it's planning stronger ad placements and better games for "Thursday Night Football." "We're working with the NFL to do things this year with 'Thursday Night' that are going to be able to get brands closer to the game," Fox Sports' Eric Shanks says.

4/18/2018

Radio has an impressive reach across audiences -- 93% of the US tunes in to the medium each week -- though it is facing challenges due to the rising popularity of streaming services and subsequent advertiser interest. "We are at a very important point in the history of audio and radio, and how we move from here will define the future and where we go," GroupM's Taylor Wood says.

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Ad Age
4/18/2018

Spectrum Co. is moving quickly to transition to the Next Gen TV standard, with President John Hane saying the company is "jumping in headfirst." In this interview, Hanes discusses the services being tested at the company's Dallas single frequency network site, plus DISH Network's role in the initiatives.

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FierceCable
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DISH Network, Hanes
4/18/2018

The NAB Show Session "Smart Devices and Mobile Apps for Radio" looked at the evolving radio landscape and how broadcasters can use and are using mobile apps and smart tech to draw in listeners. Beasley's Steve Meyers explained, "We need to provide access to our content, access to our brands, when, where, how and if our audience wants it."

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Radio World
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Steve Myers, Beasley
4/18/2018

President Donald Trump has confirmed that he will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. Instead, he will host a rally in Washington, Mich., celebrating "with patriotic Americans," the White House announced.

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Deadline Hollywood
4/18/2018

President Donald Trump and talk show host Sean Hannity often discuss potential topics for Hannity's show, tweets for Trump to publish and other political matters, sources say. Hannity's loyalty and large audience help intertwine him with the president, who has sent viewers Hannity's way, write Robert Costa, Sarah Ellison and Josh Dawsey.

4/17/2018

Around 62% of people regularly binge-watch TV, with over three-quarters of streaming subscribers regularly binging, compared with 43% of nonstreamers, per data from GfK MRI. The study found that binge-watchers average 10 hours of binge-watching per week and that the average binge-watcher is 42 years old.

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Adweek
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GfK
4/17/2018

AMC Networks President of Ad Sales Scott Collins plans to focus on the safety of advertising on linear TV during the brand's upfront presentations this week. Highlighting AMC's ad-supported networks' track record of high-end, high-performing series -- such as "The Walking Dead" -- also will be top of mind, with Collins explaining, "We've hung our hat on producing shows that [viewers] really care about."

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Variety