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Pay-TV services delivered by companies like Comcast and Time Warner. "Must-carry" refers to requirments that cable operators provide the signals of local TV broadcasters over their systems.

John Oliver rips AT&T-Time Warner merger

Location:
HBO, 1100 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States

Late-night host John Oliver took on antitrust policy in a segment during his HBO show where he railed against the planned AT&T-Time Warner merger.

Deletion of Agenda Items From September 26, 2017 Open Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The following Agenda items have been adopted by the Commission, and deleted from the list of items scheduled for consideration at the Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Open Meeting and previously listed in the Commission’s Notice of Tuesday, September 19, 2017

David Cohen, Comcast’s top lobbyist, says Trump won’t stop many mergers

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States

President Donald Trump has previously threatened to break up Comcast while repeatedly taken aim at one of its rivals, AT&T, as the wireless giant inches closer to purchasing Time Warner. But Comcast’s leading voice in Washington, DC — David Cohen — said that the regulatory climate for big mergers remains as friendly as ever in the nation’s capital, no matter what President Trump himself has said.

How big tech became the new titan of television

Location:
USA, United States

The geeks are raiding their digital vaults to transform themselves into lords of entertainment – or at least owners of content – and in the process shape what we watch and how we watch. Traditional broadcast and cable networks, giants which for decades shaped popular culture, are scrambling to keep up.

About 6 in 10 young adults in U.S. primarily use online streaming to watch TV

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The rise of online streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Go has dramatically altered the media habits of Americans, especially young adults.

Broadcast-Only Homes See Big Rise: Study

Location:
USA, United States

The number of broadcast-only TV homes has increased 41%, to 15.8 million, in the last five years, according to a Nielsen study commissioned by ION Media, a significant holder of full-power UHF broadcast spectrum.

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Two-thirds of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media

Americans’ online news use is closing in on TV news use

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The gap between the share of Americans who get news online and those who do so on television is narrowing.

Apple Spars With Movie Studios Over Pricing Ahead of Apple TV Rollout

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

Apple is scrambling to strike deals with Hollywood studios to offer ultrahigh-definition films on its new Apple TV, but discussions have been hampered by disagreements over pricing, apparently.

FCC Seeks Status of Competition in Market for the Delivery of Video Programming in 19th Report

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

TThis Public Notice solicits data, information, and comment for the Commission’s Nineteenth Report on the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming (19th Report)

Coalition Formed to Fight Sinclair/Tribune

Location:
USA, United States

Groups who have already signaled they want the Federal Communications Commission to block the proposed $3.9 billion merger of Sinclair and Tribune have branded that effort under a new group moniker, the Coalition to Save Local Media.

TV and Internet Bundles: A Case Study

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

With few alternatives, many households are choosing to simply cancel the services they need. A 2015 study found that 15% of American adults had abandoned their paid cable or satellite television service.

CNN cuts ties with Jeffrey Lord after 'Sieg Heil' tweet

Location:
CNN, 1 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

CNN is reporting that it has severed ties with commentator Jeffery Lord on Aug 10 after he tweeted “Sieg Heil!” at a liberal activist on Twitter.

French telecom giant Altice weighing bid for Charter in what could be $200 billion deal

Location:
Altice SA, 3 boulevard Royal, Luxembourg, L-2449, Luxembourg

You can add Altice to the growing list of companies trying to figure out a way to buy Charter Communciations.

If Cable Won’t #UnlockTheBox, Why Would ISPs #ProtectNetNeutrality?

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Big Cable’s #DitchTheBox proposal is one of the most recent examples of an industry’s inability to self-regulate in the absence of federal regulation, and many of the same companies offering pay-TV services are the same companies providing broadband internet.

Antitrust Nominee Makan Delrahim Assured Senator Blumenthal He Wasn’t Lobbied by White House on AT&T Deal

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead antitrust enforcement at the Justice Department recently agreed to tell lawmakers if the White House tries to improperly influence any decision he makes on whether to allow AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The commitment came in a meeting between the nominee, Makan Delrahim, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who wrote a July 24 letter memorializing the discussion.

Comcast fails to get hidden fee class-action suit thrown out of court

Location:
US District Court for the Northern District of California, 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States

A class-action complaint against Comcast can move forward after a federal judge rejected a Comcast motion to dismiss it.

Why We Despise Cable Providers

Location:
USA, United States

Cable providers are among the most despised businesses in the country, regularly coming in below airlines, banks, and drug companies in public-opinion polls. "Cable is essentially a monopoly now in urban areas,” said Susan Crawford, a professor at Harvard Law School and a former policy adviser to President Barack Obama on science, technology, and innovation.

Discovery Communications’ CEO, David Zaslav, Has A Plan

Location:
Discovery Communications, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD, 20910, United States

Discovery Communications' CEO, David Zaslav, has a plan. Perhaps, when you look beyond the headlines, you may think he has the clearest vision of how historic media properties can evolve and reinvent themselves in the new digital world.

Discovery Communications Agrees to Buy Scripps Networks

Location:
Discovery Communications, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD, 20910, United States

Discovery Communications has agreed to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive for $11.9 billion, combining two powerhouses of nonfiction television programming at a time of major upheaval in the cable-TV business. The tie-up is a bet that bigger is better as the television industry is upended by cord-cutting and the rise of “skinny” online TV bundles from the likes of Hulu, YouTube, Sling TV and others.

Discovery Communications agrees to buy Scripps for $14.6 billion

Location:
Discovery Communications, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD, 20910, United States

Discovery Communications has struck a $14.6 billion deal to buy Scripps Networks, in the latest sign of consolidation in the cable TV industry.

America’s Competitive TV and Internet Markets

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States

n 1992, 98 percent of American homes relied on cable to watch subscription TV. There were no satellite TV options or telco-provided TV options. There certainly weren’t internet streaming options because, among other reasons, broadband wouldn’t be launched for another four years. It would be a full decade after that before a video streaming service would be made available. 25 years later, the TV marketplace is undeniably different.

Why You Still Can’t Ditch Your Cable Box

Location:
USA, United States

Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete. That was then. Today, the vast majority of customers still need to rent a box to get full service from cable providers, and those box-replacing apps remain elusive.

Has President Trump Turned CNN Into a House of Existential Dread?

Location:
CNN, 1 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

After relentless attacks from President Donald Trump and his allies, a series of journalistic problems, and in the shadow of a possible merger, the network’s CEO, Jeff Zucker, is feeling the heat.

FCC Announces Preliminary Reimbursable Cost Estimate for the Post-Auction Broadcast Transition

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

This week, TV stations and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) eligible for reimbursement of costs associated with new channel assignments resulting from the incentive auction submitted their initial cost estimates.

FCC Rules on Game Show Network v. Cablevision

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission responded to Cablevision’s appeal of a decision by the FCC’s Administrative Law Judge which granted Game Show Network’s (GSN) program carriage complaint against Cablevision. The Memorandum Opinion and Order adopted today reverses the Initial Decision and denies GSN’s complaint.

FCC Increases Amount Of Required Video Described Programming On Top-Rated Broadcast and Nonbroadcast Networks

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Beginning in July 2018, broadcasters and pay-TV providers carrying one of the top networks must provide 87.5 hours of described programming per calendar quarter, which averages out to roughly one hour per day of description on each included network.

DC Court Upholds FCC Rebuttable Presumption Decision for Cable Rate Regulations

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

In a big victory for cable operators large and small, a federal court has said the Federal Communications Commission was within its authority to make it easier for cable video services to shed basic rate regulations.

President Trump appears to promote violence against CNN with tweet

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

A day after defending his use of social media as befitting a “modern day” president, President Donald Trump appeared to promote violence against CNN in a tweet.

Media reaps dividends from President Trump attacks

Location:
USA, United States

Cable news outlets are pulling huge ratings and reporters are becoming overnight celebrities as the attacks between President Donald Trump and the media enter strange new territory.

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