Comcast brings gigabit service to almost 58M customers | TV2020: Station retrans revenue increasing | CBS taps Nevins to be chief creative officer
October 19, 2018
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Comcast brings gigabit service to almost 58M customers
Comcast reports that almost 58 million customers in 39 states and the District of Columbia can now use Xfinity Gigabit Internet, pushing the company into the lead among US gigabit providers. Gigabit Internet is available for $104.95 monthly to first-time residential users after the introductory pricing period ends.
ECN Magazine (10/18) 
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TV2020: Station retrans revenue increasing
Panelists at TVNewsCheck's TV2020 covered the future of retransmission revenue and predicted that it will continue to grow rapidly in both the market and national scale. Many media groups, including Sinclair Broadcast Group, Nexstar Media Group and Tegna, are already expanding into the national broadcast market because of its lucrative potential.
TV Technology (10/17) 
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CBS taps Nevins to be chief creative officer
CBS taps Nevins to be chief creative officer
Nevins (Alberto Rodriguez/Getty Images)
CBS has named David Nevins chief creative officer, helping fill gaps in leadership left by the departure of Leslie Moonves. Nevins will continue to oversee Showtime as CEO but will expand his role to include creative services pertaining to the entertainment division of CBS Television and the company's 50% stake in the CW.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/18),  Variety (10/18) 
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Video Evolution
Netflix, Amazon are in most streaming budgets
A recent Nielsen report shows that two-thirds of households with TVs purchase either Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu, and a study from Parks Associates puts the share of broadband customers who subscribe to at least three streaming services at a mere 16%. However, industry executives are optimistic that as the number of cord-cutters increases, the number of services they sign up for will too.
BloombergQuint (India) (10/19) 
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Content Focus
Ingraham, Hannity among talent at new Fox Nation
Fox News has announced that its talent roster at Fox Nation will include Brit Hume, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. The streaming service, which is focused on commentary and long-form documentaries, is expected to debut soon.
MediaPost Communications (10/18) 
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Comcast sets sights on more streaming apps
Comcast Cable has brought roughly 37 apps onto its X1 platform and hopes to add at least 30 more before 2018 is out. The aim is to provide customers with access to the 100 leading connected TV apps, letting users view content from a variety of sources.
FierceVideo (10/18) 
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