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2/27/2017

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is planning to block privacy rules that are stricter on broadband providers than on non-providers such as Google and Facebook. "All actors in the online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government shouldn't favor one set of companies over another," an FCC spokesman said of the intended move.

2/27/2017

Turner and Univision have reportedly won the rights to broadcast Europe's Champions League soccer matches. The three-year deal is scheduled to begin next year, with Turner paying $60 million per year and Univision to spend $35 million annually.

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Bloomberg
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2/27/2017

Cox is increasing its efforts with the American Library Association in an effort to close the digital divide through its Connect2Compete initiative. The company plans to offer customized digital literacy training courses for low-income households and students online and in libraries across 18 states.

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Multichannel News
2/27/2017

AMC is focusing on launching niche subscription-video-on-demand services that will appeal to its current customers and will fit within its brand, says CEO Josh Sapan. The company is also focusing on creating more content, with Sapan saying the company would be interested in creating content for other networks "if it was a good business."

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Broadcasting & Cable
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AMC, Josh Sapan
2/27/2017

Comcast used Sunday night's Oscars to provide "all things Oscars" and showcase the Xfinity X1 platform, said Comcast Vice President of Brand Marketing Todd Arata. The company made Oscar-nominated films, award show trivia and memorable moments from the Oscars available to attract and engage audiences.

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Comcast, Todd Arata
2/24/2017

The chance of a cyberattack is high, but a large number of corporate directors said they are not prepared for a major incident, and only 38% said they are worried about a breach. The lack of expertise and knowledge around cybersecurity is one of the leading reasons boards are not ready to deal with threats.

2/24/2017

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to roll back reporting requirements that fall under net neutrality rules for businesses with 250,000 or fewer subscribers. These broadband providers will get a five-year waiver on enhanced reporting for transparency as part of Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to reverse parts of net neutrality.

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The Hill
2/24/2017

USA Networks has tapped Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson and Bokeem Woodbine for its "Unsolved" pilot. The actors will play detectives in the scripted series, which is based on the separate unsolved murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

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Variety
2/24/2017

IHeartMedia saw fourth-quarter profits of $106.04 million and $1.72 billion in revenue, and yearly revenue rose 0.5% to hit $6.27 billion, the company has announced.

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iHeartMedia
2/24/2017

NBC's Matt Lauer is one of the highest-paid men on daytime TV and has become the face of morning news. Now the network is focusing on repeating that success with Megyn Kelly, positioning her to be "too big to fail," writes Sarah Ellison.

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Vanity Fair online
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Megyn Kelly, NBC, Matt Lauer