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7/2/2020

A group of sports leagues, unions and media organizations, including both NCTA - The Internet & Television Association and the National Association of Broadcasters, are asking federal lawmakers to offer risk insurance for businesses attempting to operate as the pandemic continues. Many insurance companies are not providing pandemic coverage, the coalition points out in a letter to Congress.

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Multichannel News
7/2/2020

AMC Networks will share US streaming rights to "Mad Men" with Amazon Prime Video's IMDb TV under a deal with Lionsgate. The show will run exclusively on IMDb from July 15 to the first of October, when various AMC platforms will also begin carrying it.

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Deadline Hollywood
7/2/2020

An informal group of major media trade groups, unions and some high-powered sports organizations - led by Fox - is asking Congress to pass legislation that would provide "pandemic risk insurance" for businesses attempting to do business during the current pandemic.

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Next TV
7/2/2020

The House approved a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package that would provide $100 billion to fund broadband projects, much of that amount for underserved localities. President Donald Trump disapproved of the measure, however, and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., signaled that he will use his power as Senate Majority Leader to keep it from the floor of that chamber.

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7/2/2020

Nexusguard reports that distributed-denial-of-service cyberattacks increased 278% during the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period of 2019. The size of such attacks is also growing, the report reveals.

7/2/2020

Television stations across the country are moving forward with plans to launch NextGen TV technology broadcasts, despite minor delays caused by the pandemic. "Broadcasters are taking steps to minimize these delays, and I think the launch of NextGen TV in Las Vegas is a great example of the commitment to deployment, and we'll see other major deployments this year," says National Association of Broadcasters Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny.

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7/2/2020

Charter Communications' corporate unit is seeing stronger demand for products that support remote workers, such as software for virtual private networks. Companies are also providing Spectrum plans to telecommuting employees, either directly or via stipends.

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FierceTelecom
7/2/2020

Peacock has obtained streaming rights to an array of programs from Paramount's library, including "Ray Donovan" and "Everybody Hates Chris." The NBCUniversal streaming service will have non-exclusive rights to Paramount television shows as of its July 15 national debut, but "The Godfather" series and "Fatal Attraction" will be among a number of the studio's films exclusive to Peacock for limited periods.

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7/2/2020

FuboTV rates will reach $60 per month with the Aug. 1 addition of Disney's ESPN as well as college sports networks and ABC. The subscription streaming service dropped 11 channels owned by WarnerMedia, including TNT, TBS and CNN, on Wednesday.

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7/2/2020

Ford Motor Co. is working with Disney's ESPN, National Geographic Channel and ABC to introduce its 2021 Bronco SUVs under an arrangement that also includes streaming and digital elements. The automaker will unveil the Broncos in short films that all three outlets will carry shortly after 8 p.m. on the evening of July 13.

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