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7/31/2015

NBCUniversal reportedly has struck a preliminary agreement to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed, in a deal that would value the online publisher at about $1.5 billion. NBCU is also likely to increase its stake in Vox Media, as part of NBCU chief Steve Burke's plan to reach millennials through popular digital publishers.

7/31/2015

Time Warner Cable's second-quarter revenue went up 3.5% to $5.93 billion, compared with the same period in 2014. Profit dropped 7.2% to $463 million, due to bigger programming and pension costs. The cabler enjoyed its most successful Q2 ever for overall residential customer growth and among the video segment, adding 66,000 customers total. In other company news, Time Warner Cable said it has set the end of 2015 as a target to close its proposed acquisition by Charter Communications.

7/31/2015

AMC is among the cable networks to use third-party firms to develop new streaming platforms. AMC hired DramaFever to help develop Shudder, its new horror-themed streaming service. "It's hard, it's complicated, and it's moving at a pace that's difficult to keep up with," said Paul Rehrig, AMC's senior vice president for business development. "You need people who are first and foremost technologists with software engineering backgrounds."

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AMC, cable networks, DramaFever
7/31/2015

AMC is among the cable networks to use third-party firms to develop new streaming platforms. AMC hired DramaFever to help develop Shudder, its new horror-themed streaming service. "It's hard, it's complicated, and it's moving at a pace that's difficult to keep up with," said Paul Rehrig, AMC's senior vice president for business development. "You need people who are first and foremost technologists with software engineering backgrounds."

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AMC, cable networks
7/31/2015

Fox 21 Television Studios and parent 20th Century Fox have reportedly raised questions about whether Showtime has the right to air "Homeland" on its new streaming service. The issue comes down to whether the companies' agreement extends to digital platforms that had yet to be created when the deal was signed.

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Showtime, 20th Century Fox, The deal
7/31/2015

MNBC has canceled three daytime programs -- "The Cycle," "Now with Alex Wagner" and "The Ed Show" -- as part of a revamp to counter falling ratings. The cable network will offer more breaking news stories and work more closely with NBC News. As part of the change, MSNBC is planning a new 5 p.m. show with Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and "Meet the Press" moderator.

7/31/2015

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has unveiled new energy-efficiency metrics for cable data generation, storage, routing and transport equipment that are part of its Energy 2020 effort. "These metrics ... provide the precise starting points and consistent measurement criteria that will allow members of the cable community to map network engineering and operations activities against the industry's Energy 2020 goals," said Time Warner Cable's Dan Cooper, chair of the SCTE Standards Program's Energy Management Subcommittee.

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7/31/2015

The Federal Communications Commission is mulling a proposal to apply some cable industry regulations to streaming video service providers. Under the plan -- which could get a vote this fall -- over-the-top services would gain more access to original programming, an outcome many smaller players favor, but which some larger firms worry could take a bite out of future revenues.

7/31/2015

Tempe, Ariz., officials this week approved an agreement to bring Google Fiber's gigabit network to the region. Neighboring Scottsdale and Phoenix will likely consider similar agreements in the next few months, according to local sources. The move will give Google access to public property to build the network in exchange for a 5% fee from Google's video revenue over 10 years.

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7/31/2015

The state of Iowa is partnering with CenturyLink to provide managed unified communications services to state agencies and affiliates. The agreement with the Iowa Communications Network will include data networking, Voice over Internet Protocol and messaging services using CenturyLink's unified-communications-as-a-service platform.

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