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4/15/2021

Live sports viewership is starting to rebound after ratings for major events fell by at least 30% last fall, analysts note. ESPN enjoyed the highest viewership in four years for its Opening Day game on the afternoon of April 1, while ratings for the recent NCAA men's basketball tournament suffered smaller declines than many 2020 sports telecasts.

4/15/2021

Qualcomm has successfully tested aggregating sub-6 GHz and millimeter-wave frequencies in data calls using standalone 5G infrastructure, the chipmaker announced, saying the technology will enable carriers to expand capacity and reach multi-gigabit speeds. In the test, Qualcomm deployed a smart device that combined its Snapdragon X65 5G modem with an antenna module.

4/15/2021

YouTube has become the ad-supported streamer of choice on Connected TVs (CTV) among U.S. consumers, according to new research from Integral Ad Science. Of the more than 1,000 consumers surveyed, more than half cited a preference for YouTube.

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4/15/2021

Extended Reality (xR) is now more easily available, as disguise has announced that it is releasing xR to the public as part of its r18 software launch.

4/15/2021

The 2021 Tech Leadership Product Awards program guide highlights all nominated and winning products from the 2021 awards, which were officially announced at the Tech Leadership Series.

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4/15/2021

Discovery announced that its new subscription video-on-demand platform, Discovery Plus, is now being resold through Amazon Prime Video Channels. For now, the $6.99-a-month premium iteration of the streaming will be resold and repackaged through Amazon's Prime Video app. An ad-supported version will arrive on Prime Video Channels at a later date.

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4/15/2021

Kimberly Godwin has been named president of ABC News making her the first Black woman to lead a broadcast news division. She will oversee editorial and business operations for broadcast, digital, streaming and audio news across the organization, which includes Good Morning America and World News Tonight.

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4/15/2021

Cable companies have attracted at least 5 million US mobile customers, a base that's almost four times what it was two years ago, with price, plan flexibility and consistent service quality among the leading factors in subscribers' choice. Comcast is seeking to continue that trend by offering multiple unlimited 5G lines.

4/15/2021

Michael Powell, CEO of NCTA--The Internet & Television Association, recently spoke on C-SPAN about cable companies' performance in the broadband market. He said that more people have subscribed to cable during the ongoing pandemic, that analysts on Wall Street are optimistic about the sector, and that most providers remain financially strong.

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4/15/2021

The Federal Communications Commission is asking major US carriers to provide information about their robocall-fighting efforts before April 30, saying their replies will help shape the agency's next Call Blocking Report. Topics include how carriers measure their strategies' effectiveness and prevent interference with emergency services.

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