Source: Discovery, Viacom in separate talks to acquire Scripps | Mediacom signs deal with Arris for Wi-Fi deployment | Liberty Global announces launch of Platform One Media
July 20, 2017
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Source: Discovery, Viacom in separate talks to acquire Scripps
Source: Discovery, Viacom in separate talks to acquire Scripps
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Discovery Communications and Viacom have had separate talks for a possible acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, a source says. Scripps, which has a market value of $8.7 billion, owns Food Network and HGTV.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/18),  Bloomberg (7/19) 
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Mediacom signs deal with Arris for Wi-Fi deployment
Mediacom has partnered with Arris to use its carrier-class Wi-Fi platform for deployments in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Georgia. "By hosting this solution for us, Arris is giving Mediacom the freedom to scale to new customers and services at our own pace, without having to make big investments in new infrastructure," said Mediacom's J.R. Walden.
Multichannel News (7/19) 
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Liberty Global announces launch of Platform One Media
Liberty Global has announced a joint venture with TPG Capital's TPG Growth platform. Platform One Media will be headed by former Gaumont Television CEO Katie O'Connell Marsh and will produce and distribute original television content.
Light Reading (7/18) 
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Trends in Technology
Sources: Potential Univision bidders include media mogul Malone
Sources: Potential Univision bidders include media mogul Malone
Univision Communications has drawn the interest of potential bidders since delaying its initial public offering, sources say. Grupo Televisa and cable mogul John Malone are reportedly among the potential bidders.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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NCTA: Net neutrality rules aren't necessary
NCTA - The Internet & Television Association filed comments Monday indicating that the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules aren't necessary, given the industry's voluntary adherence to the FCC's four "internet freedoms": transparency, no blocking, no throttling and no anticompetitive paid prioritization. The White House has expressed support for rolling back the Obama-era rules.
Broadcasting & Cable (7/18),  The Hill (7/18) 
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Senators face off over Title II at FCC hearing
Senators face off over Title II at FCC hearing
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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, at a Federal Communications Commission hearing argued that broadband investment has fallen under Title II regulations, while Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. -- who backs Title II -- argued that investment remains high. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that investment is a concern and that the commission is looking into the issue.
Broadcasting & Cable (7/19) 
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Digital Trends
Hulu adds 26 series to its library after 20th Century Fox deal
Hulu is adding almost 3,000 episodes from 26 series to its content library thanks to a deal with 20th Century Fox. Series including "How I Met Your Mother," "NYPD Blue," "M*A*S*H" and "Glee" will be available on the streaming service in the coming weeks.
Variety (7/19) 
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