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1/15/2021

HBO Max's 22% discount for customers who sign up for 10 months in advance will continue until March. The deal had originally been scheduled to expire on Jan. 15.

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1/15/2021

Scott Frank, who co-created "The Queen's Gambit," will reportedly develop a limited series for FX based on Mary Doria Russell's "The Sparrow." The sci-fi novel centers on a Jesuit group that meets extraterrestrial life forms, and their subsequent secret mission.

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1/15/2021

Macquarie Research predicts that Peacock will have 52.1 million customers and revenues of $1.96 billion by 2024, nearly double the figures for 2020. The firm also expects that the service will boost X1, Xfinity and Flex subscriptions for Comcast, Peacock's parent company.

1/15/2021

Students will get to work with NBCUniversal News Group's journalists as part of the NBCU Academy, its $6.5 million scholarship and internship plan. The program, which involves 17 educational institutions, furthers NBCU's goal of having half its employees be people of color and women.

1/15/2021

Comcast's new Octave monitoring platform is one example of cable providers using artificial intelligence to maintain their networks, a trend that analyst Karen Brown believes will continue to grow. Charter Communications has partnered with Cujo AI for security as well as monitoring, and Cisco is supplying automated network support to Cox Communications.

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1/14/2021

Remote controls with dedicated buttons for specific streaming services are becoming ubiquitous, and many newer devices include six or seven shortcuts. Conflicts are arising between smart television platforms, which emphasize aggregation and sorting, and streaming providers such as Netflix, which want their content to remain app-exclusive.

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1/14/2021

The first partnership between a Chinese creator and Nickelodeon International is "Deer Squad," an animated series for preschoolers. "Deer Squad," which starts on Jan. 25 and will air on weekday mornings, features a quartet of superpowered deer protecting both their animal buddies in the forest and humans in a futuristic city.

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1/14/2021

Several Los Angeles studios that had extended holiday production breaks due to the city's rapid increase in coronavirus infections have now resumed operations. Executives are defending their decisions, citing stringent safety measures and the economic effects of further delays, while the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has criticized the choice to restart filming.

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1/14/2021

TiVo and Cox Communications have renewed their licensing deal regarding Contour TV. The operating system is based on Comcast's X1 technology, and a recent Comcast-TiVo agreement made the Cox renewal possible.

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1/14/2021

Sparklight Business has rolled out optical wavelength connectivity for medium- and large-sized companies in the 21 states where it has markets. The service is based on fiber and supports speeds between 10 and 100 gigabits per second.

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