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12/5/2019

Juniper Networks expanded its Contrail SD-WAN cloud offering to enable managing branch office LANs and provisioning new devices. The company added options for the NFX350 and SRX380 branch switches, while debuting a card for SRX boxes that allows customers to deploy Wi-Fi with zero-touch configuration in congress with Ethernet, LTE and other network transport options.

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12/5/2019

The amount spent on political advertisements in 2020 could hit record levels, passing $9.8 billion as federal elections loom and candidates vie to stay in the public eye, GroupM predicts. Big ad purchases like that of presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, who spent $23.7 million on ads the week he announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, could drive ad spending even higher than projections suggest.

12/5/2019

San Francisco's KNBR has barred Tim Ryan, its radio analyst, from covering Sunday's matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints after Ryan made comments about the color of quarterback Lamar Jackson's skin during Wednesday's broadcast. Ryan has offered an apology to Jackson and any listeners who were offended.

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12/4/2019

The National Football League will appeal to the Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court decision involving DIRECTV's NFL Sunday Ticket that could result in giving teams the rights to distribute their own games. Individual channels could potentially be able to purchase games by team or even a la carte if the Supreme Court upholds the lower court ruling and allows an antitrust suit to go forward.

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12/4/2019

AMC Studios has put into development a series based on novels from science-fiction author Jeff VanderMeer, with the writer serving as a creative consultant and executive producer, the company said. The dystopian futuristic "Borne" novels chronicle characters in the ruins of a city that an evil corporation destroyed.

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12/4/2019

Frontier Communications CEO Daniel McCarthy is resigning his post with the telecom's board of directors naming Bernard Han, an 11-year veteran of the DISH Network to succeed McCarthy after four years in the post and 29 years at Frontier, the company announced. Frontier cited Han for his broad executive experience, strong organizational skills and a record of improving the finances and operations at his companies.

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12/4/2019

Roughly 1.44 million viewers watched Norah O'Donnell host CBS News this week, after the show moved to Washington, D.C. -- a 41% jump from the news program's previous average this season, Nielsen data shows. The relaunched show's debut on Monday drew in a record 6.81 million audience members.

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Variety online
12/4/2019

AT&T's video subscriber losses will moderate after peaking last quarter, John Stephens, the company's chief financial officer, predicted, telling an investor conference that the company's upcoming HBO Max streaming service is "the key aspect" of its strategy. The telecom, which has projected that HBO Max will reach 50 million subscribers in the US within the upcoming five years or so, will also benefit from having fewer customers paying discounted prices and from its new AT&T TV live streaming service, Stephens said.

12/4/2019

Comcast became the first cable company to provide American Sign Language support on customer calls, with the ASL Now feature available for its Xfinity and Internet Essentials services. The cable company teamed up with the Connect Direct program to introduce ASL Now, and has also implemented an accessibility page for Internet Essentials.

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Forbes
12/4/2019

The British streaming service iPlayer enjoyed a "record-breaking" year with 3.55 billion views through October, a 10% increase year-to-year from 2019, the BBC's Charlotte Moore said. She cited the popularity of such shows as "His Dark Materials" and the UK take on "RuPaul's Drag Race" as reasons for the iPlayer's growth.

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