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2/21/2018

NBC's livestreaming video of the Olympic Games brought in 11.6 million unique viewers in the first five days, up from 4.3 million during the same period of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Over 1.31 billion minutes have been streamed during the period, more than three times the amount streamed during the entire 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

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2/21/2018

Timed with Black History Month, Comcast launched its "Groundbreakers: Heroes Behind the Mask" initiative that showcases behind-the-scenes African-Americans in the entertainment industry. The programs run alongside historical documentary content in honor of Black History Month and is available on Xfinity's on-demand platform and to all customers online.

2/21/2018

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday will publish an order to roll back net neutrality regulations, a source says. Congress would have 60 days to reverse the decision by passing a resolution.

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2/21/2018

AT&T's request to access communications records from the White House and the Department of Justice has been denied by the federal judge presiding over an antitrust lawsuit. "Defendants have fallen far short of establishing that this enforcement action was selective," Judge Richard Leon wrote in his ruling.

2/21/2018

Screenwriter Robert Towne, Mike Medavoy and Mel Gibson are teaming up for USA's "Dancing Bear." Gibson is set to direct the pilot episode for the series, which is based on the novel by James Crumley.

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2/21/2018

Comcast has launched "Groundbreakers: Heroes Behind the Mask," a film that showcases the behind-the-scenes crews of "Black Panther," "Luke Cage" and other movies and programs. For Black History Month, Comcast is also highlighting programs such as "Voices of the Civil Rights Movement" and "Malcom X: The Lost Tapes."

2/21/2018

Sky News would be guaranteed at least 10 years of funding under an updated takeover bid submitted by 21st Century Fox to UK regulators.

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2/21/2018

WRAL-TV on Tuesday teamed with the NAB and NBCUniversal to demo Olympics coverage through Next Gen broadcasting standards. Separately, executives from Sinclair talked about the company's Next Gen facility, which is open to nearly anyone wanting to test out the new tech.

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2/21/2018

The NAB has been working with broadcasters on "station audits" to identify how to improve metadata, says David Layer, NAB vice president of advanced engineering. The National Radio Systems Committee is also working to update guidelines that can be used to optimize metadata across all radio platforms, Layer says.

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Radio World
2/21/2018

The NAB is speaking out against the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to create Class C4 FMs that would double the power of Class A stations. The association says the new class would lead to more interference, and the FCC should focus on first tackling the challenges of interference for FM translators.