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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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