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9/25/2020

A rights deal extension with a value reportedly exceeding $3 billion will see WarnerMedia subsidiary Turner Sports carry more Major League Baseball games and increase its platforms' MLB-related digital content. The terms of the seven-year deal, which prolongs the partnership through 2028, remained undisclosed.

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9/25/2020

Comcast will expand its carriage of Revolt, Sean "Diddy" Combs' music-focused network, with plans to launch the service on its Xfinity Digital Starter service. Revolt, which reaches more than 50 million households, will add "millions" of Comcast subscribers under the deal, the companies said.

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9/25/2020

National Geographic plans to air "City So Real," a five-part documentary series that focuses on Chicago during the 2019 mayoral election, on Oct. 29 without commercials. The telecast will also feature public service announcements urging viewers to vote on Nov. 3, under a partnership with the non-profit group "I am a voter."

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9/25/2020

Amazon unveiled a pair of updated streaming devices, the $40 Fire TV Stick and the $30 Fire TV Stick Lite, along with a new interface that will include video calling and a new design for the home screen. The pricier device will support Dolby Atmos, but not 4K video.

9/25/2020

NBCUniversal released a study aimed at persuading marketers to think of television and digital platforms as a single advertising entity. The survey shows that half of viewers over 50 years old watch TV via on-demand and streaming services, while almost all consumers see ads over TV screens.

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9/24/2020

Glen Zipper and Robert Downey Jr. are working together as executive producers for a four-part Discovery Channel series. "The Bond" will examine how wildlife can establish surprisingly close connections with humans.

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9/24/2020

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee agree on the need for a national privacy law in the wake of increased broadband usage following the COVID-19 outbreak, but the members are divided along partisan lines over the scope of the legislation. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Chairman Roger Wicker, R-Miss., each introduced their own versions of such a measure.

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9/24/2020

Mobile carriers and tech companies might be interested in buying Quibi, analysts report, joining established media firms. The service's content licensing structure complicates possible prices, which remain unclear.

9/24/2020

"Watch parties," popular pandemic activities for all major subscription video-on-demand platforms, are now available to Sling TV users as well. The Sling version is only compatible with the Chrome desktop browser at the moment.

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9/24/2020

Statista reports that Samsung Electronics continues to lead the US market for smart televisions, as its Tizen system makes up 32% of sales. TCL, a budget-priced Chinese manufacturer that primarily relies on Roku, has moved past the US-based brand Vizio into second place with 14%.

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