Broadband & TV
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5/23/2019

Hulu will likely try to complement owner Disney's new streaming service by adding original content that skews older and is edgier than that on Disney+, industry executives suggest, noting that the subscription VOD service will enjoy a larger budget and a single owner. FX also expects to work closely with its new corporate sibling, with network head John Landgraf expressing excitement about the possibility.

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Hulu, Disney, John Landgraf
5/23/2019

Showtime will debut "The L Word: Generation Q," the eight-episode sequel to the premium channel's popular series, in the fall, the network said. The original stars from the 2004-2009 series, Leisha Hailey, Jennifer Beals and Katherine Moennig, will reprise their roles alongside a new cast of LGBTQIA characters.

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Deadline Hollywood
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Jennifer Beals
5/23/2019

Officials with the National Football League have announced changes to rules governing television broadcasts of NFL games, including eliminating the single-header rule -- a move that means all markets will get three televised Sunday games during the regular season. Other changes include delaying kickoff in divisional playoff games and reducing the number of commercial breaks during the Super Bowl.

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USA Today
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National Football League
5/23/2019

The fact that ABC's "The View" has never tried to be a show about politics is making it an increasingly popular stop for politicians -- including 13 of the current batch of 26 presidential hopefuls, writes Amanda Fitzsimons. The hosts' authenticity and willingness to discuss their personal lives, current events and everything in between gives politicians the opportunity to reach a broader audience than they have on shows more focused on politics, Fitzsimons adds.

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ABC
5/23/2019

A House committee heard testimony on infrastructure legislation that includes spending $40 billion to bring broadband to unserved or underserved areas. Lawmakers found common ground on several issues even as a planned meeting between Democrats and the administration stalled.

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Multichannel News, CNBC
5/23/2019

The number of broadband subscribers that use one terabyte of data or more each month doubled year-over-year in the first quarter to reach 4.2%, reports OpenVault, an analytics firm, which may affect policy at companies such as Comcast and CableOne. Homes without traditional pay-TV service consumed nearly twice the data that those of multichannel TV customers did.

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Comcast, OpenVault, CableOne
5/23/2019

Online videos are playing a more prominent role in improving click-through rates on in-app ads, says a first-quarter report from app marketers Smaato and Liftoff. App users are now at least seven times more likely to click through video spots than display ads.

5/23/2019

Comcast is looking into virtualizing one of two key technologies, then licensing it to other cable companies, a move that would put it in competition with leading vendors including Arris/CommScope and Cisco Systems. The company could syndicate either its cable modem termination system or its converged cable access platform.

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Light Reading
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Comcast, Cisco
5/23/2019

Fox is taking the sports betting lead among major media companies by launching "Fox Bet" -- an online app that will allow users to place wagers on sporting events. ESPN and Turner Sports have also announced partnerships aimed at developing programming in this area, while NBC and CBS are so far limiting their investment to their streaming services.

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Axios
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Turner Sports, Fox, NBC, CBS
5/23/2019

The increasing popularity of streaming services and cord-cutting means sports teams can no longer count on fans to tune in to television broadcasts of matches at set times. A growing number of franchises are experimenting with airing games on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or streaming services like Amazon Prime.

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TV Technology
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Amazon Prime, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube