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5/17/2018

MGM is focusing on repositioning subscription service Epix, with plans including expanding distribution and enhancing content offerings. Epix will soon be available in Comcast's 22 million pay-TV homes, and the company plans to have 50 to 60 hours of original scripted content and 70 to 80 hours of unscripted content by 2019.

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Epix, MGM, Comcast
5/16/2018

AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan on Tuesday announced that the company will launch a broadband-delivered over-the-top DIRECTV service by the end of 2018. The service will differ from its DIRECTV Now offering and instead mirror the company's traditional pay-TV satellite service.

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Multichannel News
5/16/2018

Spotify is inviting consumers to "Love What You Love" in its largest-ever campaign, which includes mock movie trailers, digital spots and out-of-home ads. Outdoor billboards spotlight the streaming music service's curated or personalized playlists, while the "Match Instantly" digital ads highlight how finding or rediscovering that perfect song is a little bit like falling in love.

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5/16/2018

Charter Communications' Spectrum Enterprise unit will spend more than $1 billion this year deploying its fiber network. The company has around 200,000 fiber-lit buildings in 41 states and is building its network at a rate of about 50 buildings per day.

5/16/2018

Amazon is open to partnering with MVPDs to bring its Amazon Prime Video service to pay-TV platforms, says Prime Video Channels and Sports Director Richard Au. Au explained that while Amazon Prime Video appeals to millions of users, the service is not designed to replace traditional pay TV.

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Amazon, MVPDs
5/16/2018

The CEOs of NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, USTelecom and CTIA in a letter to Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., cautioned against voting for the Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality rules. Reversing the Restoring Internet Freedom order would hinder infrastructure improvements and investment aimed at improving rural broadband connectivity, the groups wrote.

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Broadcasting & Cable
5/16/2018

ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro says the company is focusing on ways to bring in younger and casual viewers. Pitaro encouraged executives to consider "how we can expand our audience, be more relevant to more people."

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Variety
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ESPN, ESPN
5/16/2018

France's Canal+ is moving away from its own set-top boxes and is instead offering new customers an Apple TV 4K with its app preloaded. Subscribers with slower internet or who prefer to access their subscriptions via satellite can still use set-top boxes.

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Apple
5/15/2018

CBS on Monday filed a lawsuit against National Amusements and the Redstone family in a move to significantly reduce the company's voting power as controlling shareholder. The lawsuit aims to prevent National Amusements from changing bylaws or ousting directors ahead of a Thursday vote to potentially issue a dividend that would drop National Amusements' voting rights from approximately 80% to 17%.

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National Amusements, CBS
5/15/2018

Roku is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a promotion that includes new content from partners such as Showtime and Fox on its Roku Channel. New episodes of shows -- including "Beat Shazam" and "Ray Donovan" -- will be available to view through Sunday, which the company has dubbed National Streaming Day.

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Roku, Ray Donovan, Showtime