Retransmission consent disputes have already caused a record number of local channel blackouts this year, the American Television Alliance reports, pointing to 213 times that local stations have stopped pay-TV providers from broadcasting their signals. This year's total has surpassed the 2017 record and last year's figure of 165 blackouts.
Don Johnson will reprise his role as "Nash Bridges" on USA Network in a two-hour movie under a deal with rights holder Village Roadshow, media reports say. Village Roadshow reportedly hopes the special will lead to a full series order, although Carlton Cuse, the creator of the original series, is not participating.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' list of honorees includes a television show for the first time ever. Venerable children's program "Sesame Street" is on the center's 2019 list, which also includes Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Jerry Seinfeld dismissed the idea of bringing back his hit sitcom "Seinfeld," saying it would be "arrogant" to think he could recreate the show's success. Season 11 of the star's current show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," premieres this week on Netflix.
A Comcast unit is joining with a property manager to install smart devices into 50 apartments in Chicago, Xfinity Communities said. Xfinity and Kass Management Services will integrate home automation services, such as lighting and thermostats, into two buildings, with property owners controlling public areas.
Charter Communications continued to build up the library of content in its Spectrum programming unit, purchasing the rights to air all seven seasons of "Mad About You" on demand. Hulu and Amazon can continue to broadcast the show under a deal with Starz, which holds its streaming rights.
Radio broadcaster iHeartMedia's stocks opened with a NASDAQ value of $16.45 this week, less than three months after the company emerged from bankruptcy. Executives say public trading will offer investor flexibility and could provide the company with capital for future use.
GateHouse Media is reportedly involved in negotiations that would see it acquire Gannett, which owns the country's most widely-circulated newspaper, USA Today. Insiders disagree on how close the two organizations are to finalizing a deal.
Should Viacom and CBS merge, the resulting entity would dominate television advertising in the US, as the two companies currently account for more than 20% of TV ad revenue, Standard Media Index's analysis shows. Insiders say that the two media giants, both owned by the Redstone family, aim to conclude discussions on merging by August 8.
The National Association of Broadcasters has revealed its list of finalists for 2019's Marconi Radio Awards, which include two new categories, "Best Radio Station Podcast" and "Legendary Manager of the Year". NAB's Radio Show in Dallas this fall will feature a dinner where the organization will name the winners.
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