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1/18/2019

Over-the-top service BritBox has doubled its paid subscriber count from last year to more than 500,000, helping the company reach a respectable eight-figure return. BritBox, which is co-owned by BBC Studios, AMC Networks and ITV, offers British programming that includes comedies, reality shows and dramas.

1/18/2019

CableLabs has published a blog post listing the many ways blockchain security could be threatened, such as smart contract injection, replay attacks and permanence poisoning. "Due to the permanence of blockchains and the cost to fork, it's possible to sabotage a chain with even claims of illegal content to draw the ire of regulators and law enforcement," says the consortium's principal architect of security, Brian Scriber.

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1/18/2019

Sarah Personette, vice president of global client solutions at Twitter, says that video advertisers produce 50% of the company's revenue and that brand safety drives many innovations and initiatives. She also touts new video partners that Twitter has secured, including the Women's World Cup, the PGA and BuzzFeed.

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1/18/2019

CBS' Scott Pelley has deleted two tweets asserting that the Egyptian government issued a warrant for his arrest after he interviewed President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Egyptian officials requested that the interview, in which Pelley confronts el-Sisi about Egypt's alleged 60,000 political prisoners, not be broadcast.

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1/18/2019

NBC Washington is experiencing a jump in daytime viewing due to more government workers being home during the partial shutdown. The network is shifting its broadcasts to cover how viewers are being affected rather than focusing on the shutdown's political side.

1/18/2019

Netflix's fourth-quarter 2018 earnings report shows that the number of paid subscribers jumped 34% from last year to 139 million, helping to boost revenue 27% to $4.19 billion. Also, the company says its subscribers stream about 100 million hours of content daily, helping it claim 10% of all TV watching.

1/18/2019

Viceland is kicking off its new prime-time schedule Feb. 25 with "Vice Live," a two-hour show that will cover the day's breaking social media and pop culture developments across the world. The show will start at 9 p.m. and run from Monday to Thursday.

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1/18/2019

The Smithsonian Channel, the BBC and several international broadcasters have given the green light to "Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil," a series that will explore several major European crises, including Brexit and the financial collapse in Greece. BBC Two will host the UK series premiere Jan. 28, and the program will come to the US this spring on Smithsonian.

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1/18/2019

CenturyLink has opened a security operations center in Singapore, its second such facility in Asia. The telecom now operates security operations centers on several continents, including Europe and North America.

1/18/2019

Verizon Media has signed a search advertising agreement with Microsoft that eliminates Yahoo search ads. Instead, the partnership creates a single platform for marketing content on Bing, Yahoo and AOL under the Bing umbrella while providing Verizon's Oath Ad platform with exclusive third-party rights to Microsoft's MSN native inventory.

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