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6/23/2017

Rural Media has announced plans to change the format of FamilyNet to a Western-themed network. The Cowboy Channel will launch July 1 and will feature a library of existing programming, including "Gentle Giants" and "American Rancher," as well as horse and cattle auctions.

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6/23/2017

Netflix has added content that will allow children to pick their own adventures with branching narratives. "Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale" was launched this week, while another tale will be available in July and a third program is planned for next year.

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6/23/2017

Altice USA stock rose 9% Thursday, peaking at $32.74 on its first day on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock closed at $32.71, exceeding its $30 initial public offering price.

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6/23/2017

Season four of TV Land original program "Younger" is to debut next week, and the network will also launch a Facebook Live after-show program following the premiere. "Getting Younger" will continue throughout the season and will feature guest interviews and discussions with the public in front of a live audience.

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6/22/2017

Low streaming quality increased viewers' negative emotions 16%, while engagement dropped 20%, per an Akamai study that used the Sensum Insights platform. The study also found that 76% of viewers would quit using a service if multiple streaming issues occurred.

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6/22/2017

CBS has signed a deal with FuboTV to bring a lineup of networks to the streaming service. In addition to securing content from networks such as CBS, The CW and CBS Sports, the deal also makes Showtime's East and West feeds and on-demand content available as part of FuboTV's premium subscription service.

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6/22/2017

Science Channel is planning a one-hour special broadcast of the total solar eclipse and will include live footage from across America and the International Space Station. "The Great American Eclipse" will air Aug. 21, and the network will also provide updates and coverage through Facebook Live.

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Deadline Hollywood
6/22/2017

Tuesday was World Wi-Fi Day -- an opportunity both to celebrate Wi-Fi's extraordinary success and to ask "where does Wi-Fi go from here?"

Since its humble beginnings in the "junk bands" in 1985, Wi-Fi has become an integral part of everyday life, keeping people connected at home, at school, and at the office. For many, Wi-Fi is synonymous with internet access. That's no wonder when you consider that Wi-Fi carries the vast majority of US wireless traffic. Cable's public Wi-Fi networks alone support 2.5 billion active sessions and carry 169 petabytes of data per month. Read more.

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6/22/2017

President Donald Trump pledged in a speech to Iowa farmers Wednesday to boost rural broadband services as part of his planned $1 trillion infrastructure package that he will present to Congress.

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6/22/2017

The National Association of Broadcasters has created a YouTube video warning the Federal Communications Commission about the challenges that lie ahead for the broadcast TV repack. The video highlights the possibility of radio stations going off the air, budget challenges, time constraints and the amount of work needed to safely update towers.