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5/22/2018

Comcast's proposed acquisition of Sky is unlikely to face an antitrust review by the British government, says Culture Secretary Matt Hancock. The deal will still face an antitrust review by the EU, which is scheduled to make a decision by June 15.

5/22/2018

Comcast has teamed up with insurance provider Hippo to help consumers potentially save up to 25% off their annual home insurance premiums. The companies have launched a trial in Houston that will use Comcast's Xfinity Home internet of things devices to offer consumers maintenance monitoring and home protection that may qualify for smart home discounts.

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5/22/2018

Bravo has announced that it is developing eight new series, joining the 11 new shows and 20 returning series it previously announced for its fall 2018 lineup. New series include "Gold with Envy," a docu-comedy focused on DJ Envy; "Pampered Campers," which stars former NFL star Dhani Jones; and "Real Housewives of the 1960s."

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5/22/2018

CableLabs is working to create a glasses-free virtual reality system that would use rays of light directed from a panel to create 3D images. The company is working with visual effects companies using ORBX technology to create a new spec that could be ready by the end of 2018.

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5/21/2018

Meg James and Stephen Battaglio discuss the rise of CBS CEO Leslie Moonves in light of CBS' recent battle with the Redstone family over a potential merger with Viacom. Should Moonves exit the company, several key executives may depart as well, with TV consultant Preston Beckman noting, "If Les left, that would leave a good big hole."

5/21/2018

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons during a hearing Thursday confirmed that the agency has the "resources and capability" to enforce net neutrality regulations. Simons also noted that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has offered to provide the FTC with resources -- namely technical resources -- to assist in their oversight.

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Broadcasting & Cable
5/21/2018

A report from Kagan has revealed that many consumers are engaging in cord-switching, or shifting to streaming services such as DIRECTV Now and Sling TV. Nonetheless, recent Nielsen data revealed that 93% of households with a streaming service still watch traditional TV, with the report noting, "As the average American now has more ways than ever to view content, the resilience of traditional programming is impressive in today's digital age."

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Kagan, DIRECTV, Nielsen
5/21/2018

More than two-thirds of American internet users would like an online privacy law similar to the one the EU is preparing to implement, per a poll by identity management company Janrain. A majority of respondents said they were "very concerned" about data security and privacy.

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5/21/2018

Spectrum Enterprise Executive Vice President Phil Meeks has put out an industrywide call for communications service providers to install more fiber to increase bandwidth for industries such as health care, retail and banking. Spectrum plans to spend $1 billion on its fiber initiative this year.

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5/18/2018

The Senate's recent attempt to block the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality regulations was "a largely symbolic measure that only prolongs this decade-long controversy and does not provide consumers any assurances," the NCTA said in a statement. The American Cable Association echoed NCTA's views, stating that open internet rules could be established but that the Senate's Joint Resolution 52 was not the solution.

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