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11/22/2017

Network ad revenues during NFL games rose 3% in October to $757 million. While the number of ad spots compared with last year remains unchanged, the cost per 30-second ad has increased by 7% to $482,000.

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11/22/2017

Charlie Rose was fired from his role at CBS on Tuesday after a Washington Post report addressed allegations of sexual harassment from eight women. The network will now be searching for a replacement for Rose, who co-hosted "CBS This Morning."

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11/22/2017

Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., praised Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back net neutrality rules but stressed the importance of legislation. "We remain committed to ensuring clear, permanent net-neutrality rules through the legislative process, encouraging investment in broadband buildout, and closing the digital divide across America," they said.

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Multichannel News
11/22/2017

Forty-two percent of people tune in to sports, and the majority of those fans would pay to watch, an Ampere Analysis study has found. Among the study's findings are that fans are less apt to pay for events and competitions that have always been free and that younger viewers are more willing to pay for content from niche leagues.

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11/22/2017

AT&T is planning to buy out The Chernin Group's share of Otter Media, sources say. The deal for the digital holding company, which is a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, will likely come after the expected approval of AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, the sources say.

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Digiday, FierceCable
11/22/2017

Over-the-top news network Cheddar is launching in Europe through streaming service Molotov. Cheddar will continue to expand throughout the US by appearing on more streaming platforms, and the company plans to launch original content on certain platforms in 2018, says CEO Jon Steinberg.

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11/22/2017

AT&T outside attorney Dan Petrocelli says the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner would likely decrease subscribers' monthly TV bills and does not pose a threat as the Department of Justice claims. The company hopes the merger will keep it competitive with companies such as Google and Amazon, says AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson.

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CNBC
11/22/2017

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday initiated a notice of proposed rulemaking to review the national ownership cap for TV stations. If the ownership cap is raised, Sinclair will not have to divest as many stations to move forward with a merger with Tribune.

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Variety
11/22/2017

The Department of Justice this week filed a lawsuit to block AT&T's merger with Time Warner; the move could bring media deals -- including an acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets -- to a halt until the issue is resolved. Any company considering a major transaction should be concerned by the suit, said antitrust lawyer Kevin Arquit, who added, "There has been a floodgate opened by bringing a lawsuit that has no defined boundaries."

11/22/2017

Viewers of NBC's "The Voice" were able to use their Comcast X1 remote to vote by voice for their favorites during the live shows on Monday and Tuesday. Nearly 52% of Comcast's 22.5 million cable subscribers use the X1 platform, which features discovery tools for TV watching.

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