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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

The Federal Communications Commission is accepting new public comments on Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media now that the two companies have proposed several local station sales in a bid to gain regulatory approval for the merger. Comments will be accepted through July 12.

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The Hill
5/22/2018

"American Idol" judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, guest mentor and radio host Bobby Bones and host Ryan Seacrest share their thoughts on the final three "American Idol" finalists ahead of the season finale. Bryan says that the goal has been to find someone who will be successful on the radio, with Perry saying she sees the most potential in the country finalists due to the strength of country radio.

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Billboard
5/22/2018

Sean Hannity took the top spot on Talkers Magazine's Heavy Hundred list of the most influential radio hosts, beating out hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern. It is only the second time in the past 24 years that Limbaugh -- who came in second this year -- has not taken the top spot.

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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Variety
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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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CableLabs
5/22/2018

AT&T is optimistic that its contract to build FirstNet's emergency services network will enable the telecom to make inroads in rural markets, AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan told a media conference. "Not only will we be building the network for first responders, it dawned us that we should also be putting up stores and going after the consumers," he said.

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RCR Wireless News
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5/22/2018

The Federal Communications Commission will take on three matters pertaining to rural telecoms at its next monthly meeting: contributions to the Universal Service Fund, rules related to access charges and requirements on carriers that are moving from TDM to IP-based alternatives.

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Telecompetitor
5/22/2018

Sony on Tuesday announced that it will purchase an additional 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing for $2.3 billion from Mubadala Investment Co. The deal will take Sony's stake to 90%.

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