Broadband & TV
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4/24/2019

Discovery has partnered with Chinese media investor CMC to build a "Camp Discovery" and other themed entertainment parks in the country, the companies said, adding that they will pursue other affiliates. They will also develop a subscription-based science and math-oriented digital product for kids ages 2-5.

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Variety online
4/24/2019

In 2018, 44% of artificial intelligence applications were in cybersecurity, the Consumer Technology Association reports. Microsoft's Azure Sentinel is an example of the trend, providing cloud-based security information and event management capabilities.

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PC Magazine
4/24/2019

The Federal Communications Commission should solidify the limit on national TV station ownership at 78% to protect broadcasters who won't be able to compete with streaming services if future lawmakers repeal the existing UHF discount and reset the limit at 39%, said Nexstar Media CEO Perry Sook. "The 78% represents the compromise position that the NAB and the members of its television board have endorsed unanimously to the FCC," Sook said.

4/24/2019

Talent agencies are taking in increasing amounts of capital from private investors, which compromises their focus on managing a writer's career, assert members of the Writers Guild of America. The Association of Talent Agents contends that streaming services have cut some of the revenue previously generated by program syndication and says private investment dollars are necessary.

4/24/2019

Presenters at this year's NAB Show demonstrated the progress made so far on a system to send emergency alerts through next-gen TV, which can inform viewers of imminent threats or provide critical information. Digital Alert Systems' Ed Czarnecki said that while the system still needs work, the technology is developing.

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TV Technology
4/24/2019

The Radio Television Digital News Association this week announced the winners of the 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, all of whom will go on to compete for the national award. WTOP nabbed 10 of the awards -- including Overall Excellence -- and iHeartMedia claimed eight.

4/24/2019

Analytic Partners' Mike Menkes discusses the reasons why promotions are becoming less effective, including the fact that consumers are receiving more offers from brands. "While increasing promotional spending has a positive impact on sales, it may be less efficient than an alternative investment in areas such as more spending behind advertising," he says.

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Forbes
4/23/2019

ESPN will share its annual coverage of this week's National Football League draft with sister company ABC as parent company Disney sends a strong signal to the league that it wants to remain a close working partner when its contract lapses in 2021, an ESPN executive said. ABC will provide a more entertainment-oriented version, said host Robin Roberts.

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4/23/2019

The WNBA has expanded its cable presence by signing with CBS Sports Network for a 40-game package of primetime and weekend telecasts starting on May 25 under a multi-year deal, the companies announced. Games will remain on the women basketball league's other cable, broadcast and streaming media platforms.

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4/23/2019

New podcast entrant Luminary was hoping its $7.99 a month subscription service offering more than 1,000 hours' worth of exclusive, ad-free content would entice listeners to sign up. However, with the service launching without access to big-name shows like The New York Times' "The Daily" and Gimlet Media's "Reply All," industry insiders are wondering what this will mean for the future of the podcast sector, and more pointedly, independent voices.

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