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5/20/2019

The glut of original programming on cable and streaming services has made it increasingly difficult for networks to attract the best creative talent, Showtime's Tom Christie said at last week's Pay TV Show. He also said that Showtime will not follow in the subscription VOD providers' footsteps and release multitude episodes of its series at once.

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5/20/2019

Apple TV's attempt to simplify navigation for its various streaming services and cable programming apps by building an all-compassing content hub falls short of its goal, Wall Street Journal reviewer David Pierce writes. He cites the absence of many significant providers as a flaw, as well as a lack of coordination between cable network apps and other devices.

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5/20/2019

Google will stop providing some products and services -- including Android updates -- to Huawei Technologies' phones, and a number of chipmakers have reportedly decided to cut off supplies to the Chinese manufacturer. Huawei, which can still access open-source versions of Android, assured clients that they will continue to receive security and after-sales support.

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5/20/2019

CBS has informally offered roughly $5 billion to acquire Starz from Lionsgate Entertainment, sources say, adding that a deal is not likely imminent and that Lionsgate may want more money for the premium service. The purchase of Starz might also subject CBS to anti-trust scrutiny due to its ownership of Showtime.

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5/20/2019

HBO concluded its hit "Game of Thrones" series after eight seasons, in a controversial finale that was expected to draw massive ratings on a highly unusual level for today's fragmented audience. The network employed a 10-second countdown to build suspense for the episode after leveraging the situation to air trailers for a number of new series.

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5/20/2019

Starry will expand its fixed wireless broadband service to another 17 markets following its initial launches in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Denver, Virginia Lam Abrams, Starry's senior vice president, told a Wi-Fi conference. The company charges $50 a month for 802.11-based service that provides theoretical maximum speeds of 200 megabits per second.

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5/20/2019

T-Mobile and Sprint will promise to shed assets and extend service to rural areas in order to get the US government to approve their proposed merger, sources told Bloomberg. The companies would agree to sell a prepaid brand, complete their 5G network within three years and keep prices steady while they build the network.

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5/20/2019

AT&T wants to create a higher-powered Category C for devices that use the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service band. A Federal Communications Commission filing explains that the carrier met with agency officials to discuss getting approval for CBRS small cells that would provide more use cases involving 5G in the mid-band spectrum.

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5/20/2019

Wireless service providers are commissioning fiber optics companies, such as OFS Optics, to install cable for their backhaul networks that contains double the number of fiber pairs that exist in current infrastructure. The twin strands will carry uplink and downlink feeds, and be unspooled by massive "payoff machines."

5/17/2019

IFC Films is introducing a subscription channel for video on demand, a $6 monthly service that will feature several hundred movies from its three labels and launch concurrently with the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. Amazon Prime Video Channels will initally house IFC Films Unlimited, but Lisa Schwartz, the company's co-president, added that the service will eventually add more platforms.

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