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7/2/2020

Peacock, the new streaming service from Comcast's NBCUniversal unit, agreed to license a number of series and movies from ViacomCBS. ViacomCBS is planning to expand its own direct-to-consumer offerings, with a preview coming this summer before a launch in 2021 creating what CEO Bob Bakish called a "super" streamer, but has decided to continue to license some of the content in its libraries to rival services.

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7/2/2020

Sinclair and Nexstar announced this week that four of Salt Lake City's leading local television stations - KUTV (CBS), KTVX (ABC), KUCW (CW) and KJZZ-TV (Ind) - have launched ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV). This marks the fourth such deployment of major market stations, following similar recent launches by Sinclair and other station groups in Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Nashville.

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7/2/2020

After turning the data usage meter off for the last three months of the pandemic quarantine period, Comcast has restored its limit on residential broadband usage for most customers. But the No. 1 U.S. cable operator will now allow users, starting today, to gobble through 1.2 terabytes of data before it imposes additional charges, as opposed to the pre-pandemic limit of 1 TB.

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7/2/2020

The Federal Communications Commission has parceled out all but about $11 million of the $200 million telehealth fund it received in the CARES Act. New York won the most grants in the latest group, 10, followed by five for Pennsylvania, with three projects awarded $1 million.

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7/2/2020

The pandemic helped drive higher sales of security and video conferencing tools among the largest corporate clients, especially in the lockdown's early stages, Cisco Systems leader Chuck Robbins told CNBC. The need to protect "valuable intellectual property" prompted high-end clients to focus more on their security needs, he explained.

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7/2/2020

Apple leader Tim Cook has confirmed he will testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, joining Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, head of Google, as federal lawmakers investigate antitrust allegations against the four corporations. The hearing has been scheduled for late this month, and may take place virtually due to the continuing pandemic.

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7/2/2020

The recently formed Black Music Action Coalition aims to hold music industry corporations to their word on promises they made as Black Lives Matter protests began sweeping the country. Sony, Universal, YouTube, Apple and other companies have pledged financial support, diversity in leadership and more equitable treatment for black artists.

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7/2/2020

A steady stream of stories about entitled white women, dubbed "Karens" in the online world, has appeared in the media in recent weeks as people share footage of frivolous 911 calls, armed threats and public temper tantrums. Such clips have taken the place of television shows celebrating police, flipping power dynamics as protesters across the country call for systemic change.

7/2/2020

Journalists who have long relied on law enforcement agencies to provide reliable information for news stories are starting to reconsider that relationship as reports involving the deaths of Black people lack salient details that might incriminate officers. A growing number of television and film performers are also calling on studios to rethink the Hollywood trope of hero cops and use their influence to examine police misconduct.

7/2/2020

Broadcast panelists in a webinar titled "Optimizing Spot TV in a Challenging Economy" reported seeing a slow increase in local ads since a low in April in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Data errors in measurements produced by Nielsen as it adapts to the broadband-only market could affect spot advertising and move local television stations to replace ratings with impressions and performance guarantees, the panelists said.