AT&T reaches broad pact with Starz | Coops step up to provide rural broadband in Mo. | Retrans deal restores Nexstar content to 97 AT&T markets
September 10, 2019
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AT&T reaches broad pact with Starz
AT&T and the premium network Starz have agreed on a new multi-year carriage agreement that will cover AT&T TV, DIRECTV and U-verse cable. The telecom's deal with Lionsgate avoids service interruptions for Starz and its Starz Encore linear services as well as its HD, VOD and online services.
Deadline Hollywood (8/30) 
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Coops step up to provide rural broadband in Mo.
Electric cooperatives like Pemiscot-Dunklin, Co-Mo and United Electric have overcome legislative barriers to provide high-speed broadband to their rural co-op members in Missouri, writes Kendra Chamberlain. However, "to bring robust connectivity to all Missourians, additional steps need to be taken in order to facilitate a greater variety of broadband deployment strategies in the state," she writes.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (9/2) 
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Retrans deal restores Nexstar content to 97 AT&T markets
A new retransmission deal with undisclosed financial terms will restore Nexstar's network and local broadcast content to AT&T TV NOW, U-verse and DIRECTV customers in 97 US markets. Representatives for Nexstar and AT&T have thanked customers and advertisers for their patience while the deal was being negotiated.
Radio and Television Business Report (8/30) 
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Doctor testifies on importance of broadband to healthcare
The introduction of telehealth services to rural areas through broadband access "can quite literally be the difference between life and death," the head of the Pennsylvania Medical Society told a legislative committee. Dr. Danae Powers testified in front of a panel considering Gov. Tom Wolf's $4 billion capital improvement plan which contains funds for rural broadband services.
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (9/3) 
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Technology, Manufacturing & Trends
Motorola will change tack and sell higher-priced 5G phone
Motorola intends to release a high-end 5G flagship phone following several years of limiting its inventory to phones that generally cost under $500, said Francois LaFlamme, the phonemaker's global marketing chief. He said that since Motorola has turned profitable, it can expand its stock to include the types of expensive modern handsets that the public will want.
CNET (9/9) 
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Nokia sees US market potential, drops 5 new phones
Nokia owner HMD Global is trying to make a splash in the US market with the release of five new phones, saying it hopes to take advantage of the government's ban on Huawei Technologies devices. The Finnish vendor unveiled three feature handsets in addition to its two mid-range smartphones, including a $100 4G flip phone.
CNBC (9/5),  CNBC (9/5),  The Verge (9/5) 
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Ezlo introduces Atom smart home hub
Ezlo Innovation has introduced the Atom smart home hub, which it touts as the smallest, most energy-efficient hub on the market. The Atom plugs into a USB power adapter to control up to 30 Z-Wave and Wi-Fi devices via a mobile app.
Dealerscope (9/4) 
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Roku creates home theater with new audio gear
Roku creates home theater with new audio gear
Roku is expanding its presence in the home entertainment market by introducing a soundbar and subwoofer, each priced at $180. The soundbar's Roku box enables viewers to stream 4K video in Ultra HD without the need for a smart TV or any other device.
Variety online (9/4),  Digital Trends (9/4) 
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SBCA featured in Ohio Township News
Mr. Steven Hill, President, Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association provided an article to the Ohio Township News about undeserved Ohioans and how they can utilize satellite services for all their needs without waiting on DSL or cable. View the file.
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