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8/16/2017

Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham is reportedly in talks with Fox News to host her own prime-time show. A role for Ingraham at Fox News is likely to be of more benefit to President Donald Trump than if she were to take on the role of press secretary, as it would give her a consistent platform for defending the president and calling out the mainstream media, Callum Borchers writes.

8/16/2017

FuboTV has brought on Ben Grad as head of content strategy and acquisition, and the former Verizon executive has big plans to improve customer acquisition and satisfaction. Grad's plans include touting regional and national sports content, ramping up local broadcast content and building up the company's analytics platform to better serve customers.

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8/16/2017

WGN America is shifting its focus from more expensive original content to lower-cost foreign programming in a bid to "deliver additional value for our advertising and distribution partners and offer viewers more original content across our air," parent company Tribune's interim CEO Peter Kern says. The move could also broaden WGN America's audience, with University of Virginia media analyst Christopher Ali noting that other networks are likely to follow suit.

8/16/2017

Next-generation broadcasting could help transform TV-based shopping, making t-commerce "so simple that even logging onto Amazon would feel like a drag," writes Diana Marszalek. However, the ATSC 3.0 standard is still several years away from a rollout, and it could be up to a decade before these t-commerce opportunities are realized, Marszalek writes.

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8/16/2017

Verizon will forgo copper-based G.fast technology in favor of an all-out press to deploy fiber-to-the-premises in multiple-dwelling units, the telecom's Vincent O'Byrne said Tuesday at an industry conference. O'Byrne cited the sketchy nature of the copper network in some places and a history of copper-related problems in MDUs.

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8/16/2017

AT&T has requested permission from federal regulators to test equipment that would support fixed wireless 5G technology over the 28 GHz band in Dallas, a move that would accompany the telecom's fixed wireless trial in Austin, Texas. Verizon hopes to start its own 28 GHz test on Sunday.

8/16/2017

CenturyLink will test ADTRAN's OTL 10G-PON virtualization technology in the first US-based trial of the software-defined access product. CenturyLink's Aamir Hussain told attendees at an ADTRAN event that the need to support 50 trillion gigabytes of data annually by 2020 would force carriers to undertake major changes.

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8/16/2017

Verizon has reached an agreement with Amazon Web Services under which AWS will host Verizon's Virtual Network Services. Verizon says the move will prove beneficial to the telecom's enterprise customers.

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8/16/2017

Netflix's Ted Sarandos spoke out about the so-called "frenemy" relationship between networks and studios and why the company is settings its sights on creating original content. "The more successful we get, the more anxious I get about the willingness of the networks to license their stuff to us," Sarandos said of how crucial original content is to the streaming service.

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8/16/2017

News hosts expressed visible shock when live-airing President Donald Trump's most recent remarks about the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., with hosts from networks including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC appearing to be stunned. "For a few visceral minutes on Tuesday, television's partisan lines dissolved as dumbfounded anchors reacted on-air -- some in clearly personal ways -- to Mr. Trump's fiery remarks," writes Michael Grynbaum.