Execs: AT&T, Time Warner need merger to stay competitive | Calif. bill to restore net neutrality moves forward | FCC votes in favor of 5G auctions
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April 19, 2018
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Execs: AT&T, Time Warner need merger to stay competitive
Execs: AT&T, Time Warner need merger to stay competitive
Bewkes (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Executives from AT&T and Time Warner testified Wednesday that the companies need to merge to keep up with tech giants such as Facebook and Google. AT&T's data capabilities would help Time Warner better serve consumers, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said.
Deadline Hollywood (4/18),  Deadline Hollywood (4/18),  Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/18),  CNN (4/18) 
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Wireless & Broadband
Calif. bill to restore net neutrality moves forward
Calif. bill to restore net neutrality moves forward
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California legislation that would restore net neutrality regulations has moved forward in the state Senate after its provisions were scaled back. Under the bill -- which was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco -- the state attorney general would monitor and enforce rules, instead of California's utility commission, and companies would not have to follow the rules in cable franchise agreements or to obtain state broadband installation contracts.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/17) 
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FCC votes in favor of 5G auctions
The Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of launching 5G spectrum auctions, a move Charter Communications is applauding. "5G represents the next generation of wireless technology that together with our advanced high speed network will enable Charter to ultimately provide our customers a truly ubiquitous connected experience," the company said.
Broadcasting & Cable (4/17) 
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Trends in Technology
Comcast bid was too risky for Fox, filing shows
21st Century Fox rejected a bid by Comcast because of antitrust concerns, a regulatory filing states. Despite receiving a bid that was 16% higher per share than Disney's bid, Fox's board decided to pass on a deal with Comcast, the filing shows.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/19),  The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/18) 
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NBCUniversal signs on for OpenAP platform
NBCUniversal is the latest publisher to join Fox, Viacom and Turner on the OpenAP platform to advance TV advertising efforts. NBCU will also bolster OpenAP by integrating its Audience Studio tool into the platform's standardized data sets.
Adweek (4/19),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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Comcast deploys DOCSIS 3.1 across new markets
Comcast has deployed its DOCSIS 3.1-based broadband service for residential and business customers across markets in the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions. The new markets include parts of Vermont, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, West Virginia and Maryland.
Multichannel News (4/18) 
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IP Download
Discovery sees rise in use of TV Everywhere apps
Discovery's 10 TV Everywhere apps now average 25 million streams per month -- an increase of 20% month-over-month -- while viewing time grew 15% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2017, reaching 75 minutes or more per session. The company attributes its growth to offering full libraries of new and older content, as well as same-day premieres and "pre-premieres."
Digiday (4/19) 
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Tech companies sign on for Cybersecurity Tech Accord initiative
Facebook and Microsoft on Tuesday announced the launch of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord initiative, which aims to improve the security of the internet while also helping companies that experience cyberattacks. More than 30 companies, including HP, Cisco and Dell, have signed on for the initiative.
MediaPost Communications (4/17) 
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Digital Trends
Discovery sets its sights on OTT
Discovery sets its sights on OTT
Zaslav (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
Discovery Communications is continuing to focus on over-the-top opportunities as viewers increasingly embrace streaming video services. In addition to licensing its content to OTT platforms such as Philo TV, the company has also launched its own apps -- with more planned for the future -- and CEO David Zaslav recently hinted at a potential direct-to-consumer service.
MediaPost Communications (4/17) 
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FuboTV raises $75M in latest funding round
FuboTV has announced that it has raised $75 million in Series D funding. Investors in the latest funding round include Discovery, 21st Century Fox and AMC Networks.
TechCrunch (4/18),  Recode (4/18) 
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SCTE•ISBE News
Midco levels the playing field for rural schools
Midco levels the playing field for rural schools
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Stretched along and bordering the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota is the Meade School District, the largest school district in the state, geographically speaking. Spread out over 3,000-plus miles, a district that is this remote has had its fair share of connectivity challenges. Read more.
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