Broadband & TV
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3/22/2019

Nickelodeon Chief Creative Officer Kim Rosenblum recognizes that part of the network's success comes from it proactively offering its young audience what it desires, as well as including popular social media personalities such as JoJo Siwa and Liza Koshy in its lineup. "It's important to us to be cross-platform and pitching and catching across social and YouTube and our channels," Rosenblum says.

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3/22/2019

CNN President Jeff Zucker has stepped up to lead the Turner Sports side of NCAA coverage in partnership with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus. March Madness coverage will see 67 games aired across CBS, TBS, truTV and TNT and online on March Madness Live.

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Sports Video Group
3/22/2019

NBC News and MSNBC anchor Willie Geist says he puts in long hours of hard work in an effort to deliver deeper answers than viewers typically get. Geist rises early to co-host "Morning Joe" for MSNBC, while also crafting "Sunday Today" on NBC, which features lengthy interviews and prominent guests.

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3/22/2019

Tennessee will allocate $14.8 million to connect 8,300 homes and businesses in rural areas to broadband networks served by 13 internet service providers, Gov. Bill Lee said. The ISPs will contribute $20 million in matching funds to the effort.

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3/22/2019

Comcast is giving broadband customers another reason to stick around with the rollout of Xfinity Flex, a new $5 monthly service that allows internet subscribers to stream movies and TV. The new offering also allows access to other streaming video platforms, such as YouTube, Pluto TV, Netflix and Amazon.

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3/22/2019

Game Show Network is seeing a resurgence of success after a return to its original network name, format and scheduling. The network's ratings have at times jumped double digits in year-over-year comparisons, and just last year it gained 14 million viewers.

3/22/2019

Jeff Heynen, Dell'Oro research director, shared his industry forecast at the recent Cable Next Gen, predicting sporadic spending from cable operators on infrastructure and saying budgets will hinge on how well companies can transition to distributed access architecture. Chassis shipments, licenses and line cards have remained solid these past four years, providing a positive note.

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3/22/2019

The National Association of Broadcasters is asking the Federal Communications Commission to review some of the proposals put forward by Microsoft regarding the use of "white spaces" between broadcasting spectrum, although it continues to oppose the tech giant's request that higher-power functions be permitted on channels adjacent to those licensed for broadcasting. "NAB agrees that the Commission should pursue certain, but not all, changes Microsoft is seeking, as long as the Commission takes important steps to protect licensed users," the organization wrote in a letter to the FCC.

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Broadcasting & Cable
3/22/2019

A downsized Fox has begun laying off some senior staff in the wake of Disney's acquisition of its entertainment properties, and insiders say up to 4,000 Fox staffers could lose their jobs. At the same time, Lachlan Murdoch is promising that all employees will receive shares in the company, based on how long they have worked at Fox.

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3/22/2019

Online video streaming services around the world gained 131.2 million subscribers in 2018, reaching 613.3 million, compared with cable TV's 556 million, data from the Motion Picture Association of America show. This marks the first time that streaming subscribers have outnumbered cable subscribers, although cable TV continues to generate more revenue.

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