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Disney Reveals OTT Deals/Platform For ESPN

Walt Disney has announced two OTT initiatives for its powerful ESPN network group -- hoping to combat criticism the sports group might face when it comes to carriage on future low-cost "skinny" digital TV services.

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Inside Story: Radios in More U.S. Homes Now Than in the 1950s.

Just how many radio receivers exist nowadays in the marketplace? The number should no doubt surprise even the most pessimistic of observers.

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Traditional TV still the world's favourite video

A collection of surveys from global TV trade bodies have given a stark reminder as to TV's enduring popularity and strength as an advertising medium.

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Campaign demands telecoms unlock the FM radio found in many smartphones

Your smartphone may include an FM radio chip but, chances are, it doesn't work.

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ATSC 3.0: What you need to know about the future of broadcast television

The next generation of broadcast TV is coming, whether you're ready or not. Actually, no one's ready, and that's sort of the point.

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Broadcast is a top 'ask' for OTT streaming packages

Seven in ten (71%) of the so-called 'core streamers' in the United States say that access to broadcast networks is one of the top features they value in a TV/video service.

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Wheeler Says He Doesn't Think the FCC Should Mandate FM Chip Activation

In the House Communications Subcommittee oversight hearing Thursday, broadcasters weren't getting a lot of love from FCC chairman Tom Wheeler on their push for FM chips in cell phones.

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NAB Asks FCC To OK Next-Gen Broadcasting

The trade group along with noncommercial broadcasters and the consumer electronics industry ask the FCC to authorize use of the ATSC 3.0 standard ...

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Smith: Spectrum's Higher, Better Use Is Still Broadcasting

National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith says that while viewers may like to catch a movie on Netflix or Amazon, ...

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NAB Explores Future With "Pilot" Program

Recent investments and a name change have put new attention on a four-year-old technology initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters.

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Broadcasters Set to Complete Move to IP by 2025

The transition to IP has been one of the key themes of this year but it will be 2025 before IP-based production is universal, says research from Futuresource Consulting.

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Global Bodies Stand Behind OTA Television

TORONTO, CANADA-A collection of international broadcasting organizations are hailing a recent decision by the governing body of global spectrum treaties, which voted to preserve UHF spectrum for over-the-air television distribution.

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WRC-15 Allocates Spectrum for Future Innovation

Geneva, 27 November 2015 - The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) has concluded its deliberations as delegates sign the Final Acts that revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.

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High-Ranking FCC Official Touts FM Chip's Value in Crisis

Efforts to continue equipping mobile devices with radio receivers received a boost yesterday from a high-ranking FCC official.

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ATSC 3.0 Moves Closer to Reality

The final day of SMPTE's Annual Technology Conference and Exhibition offered a look at the important next steps in the transition of over-the-air broadcasting to IP via ATSC 3.0.

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Emergency Improvement Act Signed Which Can Give Broadcasters Federal Assistance

The White House signed into law new legislation that makes public radio/TV and other nonprofit broadcasters eligible for federal assistance when their broadcast facilities are damaged by a natural disaster.

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Mexico Prepares for Analogue Switch-Off

From 1 January, 92% of Mexicans will receive digital TV, even though several TV networks will continue to air their analogue signals.

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Emmis' CEO: The Future of Radio is Interactivity

Terrestrial radio is far from dead.
In fact, Emmis Communications CEO and founder Jeff Smulyan says it's in the process of becoming stronger than ever.

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NAB Announces New Direction (and Name) for NAB Labs

WASHINGTON-NAB Labs is heading in a new direction. And in the announcement you can sniff the evolving nature of broadcast media itself.

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Transmitters May be Repack's Silver Lining

Many TV stations - 800 or more - may have to move to new channels if the FCC's incentive auction is successful this year and the agency repacks the TV band to accommodate wireless providers that will share the band.

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ATSC 3.0 - Mark Richer Details Phys Layer CS

The Advanced Television Systems Committee achieved a significant milestone last week with the elevation of the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer to Candidate Standard status.

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Linear TV Still Dominates Millennials'Time

TV remains the dominant video platform across all demographics, even millennials, according to a report from the Video Advertising Bureau.

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A New Generation Discovers the Good Old TV Antenna

When 25-year-old graduate student Jordan Bishop moved into his apartment near the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, he bought a television and signed up for broadband internet. But cable? No way.

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BANFF World Media Festival Names HBO 2016 Company of Distinction

The organizers of the 37th edition of the Banff World Media Festival are thrilled to announce that the world's most successful pay-TV service HBO will be honored as its esteemed Company of Distinction at the annual event which takes place June 12-15, 2016 at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Banff, Alberta. With the designation, BANFF proudly announces that Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO of HBO, will deliver the Company of Distinction Keynote.

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Will Ad-Blockers Become Industrywide Practice?

Save what goes on with traditional video-on-demand, there is no blocking of viewer efforts to skip through TV commercials on existing, big-screen TV platforms. Viewers like that a lot; networks, not so much.

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BBC Quietly Launches Live-Rewind for Radio

The BBC has quietly launched 'live rewind' for radio stations: allowing you to rewind back to the beginning of the current radio programme.

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22% of (US) Cable Subscribers Also Subscribe to OTT Services

About 22% of cable subscribers also subscribe to an over-the top service, according to a new study.

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BBC to Launch OTT Service in the US

The concept of a global iPlayer may have floundered but the BBC has confirmed fresh plans to offer over-the-top (OTT) content to those in the US.

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What You Need to Know About CITEL's C-Band Proposal

International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Region 2 member countries have decided to submit an Inter-American Proposal (IAP) to the ITU that favors allocating a portion of the C-band spectrum to the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) industry.

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CBS Will Live-Stream Regular NFL Season Games for the First Time

CBS will live-stream its coverage of two regular-season National Football League games for the first time this season, expanding its digital broadcast of football as more viewers avail themselves of mobile screens.

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Radio's Reach Remains Strong - And Leading

Even in an age of modern devices, AM/FM radio reaches over 90% of all Americans, in all age brackets every week, with an envious cume of 222,921,000 listeners. No other medium's reach has arms as long as that, according to the new Nielsen Total Audience Report.

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James Murdoch Becomes CEO of 21st Century Fox on July 1

Following last week's news of executive changes at 21st Century Fox, first reported by CNBC, the company is now making it official: As of July 1, James Murdoch will be Chief Executive Officer of the TV and film conglomerate.

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Can NextRadio app help make radio relevant for a digital audience?

After Apple Inc. announced a new music app that will use people to create real-time song playlists, HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher joked that the company should be congratulated for "inventing radio."

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Radio D.J.s Offer Comfort and Community After Charleston Church Killings

It was not a typical Friday morning at New York's premier hip-hop radio station, Hot 97 – and not because of anything happening in the world of music.

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Ideal TV A La Carte Package: 17 Channels

While it's no surprise that most consumers are interested in an a la carte pay TV services model, the ideal number of channels in such a package would consist of 17, according to a new survey from Digitalsmiths, the TiVo-owned search and recommendation specialist.

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NAB Win: FCC Agree to Keep Most Regional Offices Open

According to the House Energy & Commerce Committee, it has struck an "agreement" with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that will keep 15 of the FCC's 24 field offices open.

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Over-The-Top TV Revenues Forecast To Hit $19B In 2019

New research shows that TV homes with broadband are increasingly signing onto over-the-top TV (OTT) service -- with and without traditional pay TV services.

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CBS Inks 13 More Station Groups For All Access

CBS has 13 more affiliate groups signed on for CBS All Access, its live, linear streaming product.

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Canadians increasingly connected and looking for new TV opps

In Canada, 71% of respondents in a recent Nielsen survey say traditional TV is either very or somewhat important in their lives today, which is much higher than the 34% who say Web-enabled TV is important.

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Comcast, Time Warner Cable nix $45B merger deal

Comcast Corp. said Friday that it's ending its $45.2 billion merger agreement with Time Warner Cable, scrapping a giant deal that ran into stiff opposition from consumers and a likely veto from federal regulators.

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FIFA surprisingly awards 2026 World Cup broadcast rights to FOX, Telemundo without any bidding

When the press release landed in our email inbox, we had to do a double take. "FIFA places media rights in U.S. and Canada until 2026," read the subject line. Say what?

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Apple makes time for NPR on new watch.

The much-hyped Apple Watch will be compatible with just one radio app when it goes on sale next month. NPR One, the public radio app that allows users to curate what they want from a myriad of program choices, will get the pole position.

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It was another day and another subcommittee for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, this time in front of the House Communications Subcommittee oversight hearing, Thursday. Representative Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) questioned Wheeler, looking for his support on activation and installation of FM chips in cellphones.

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Canada to Offer a La Carte Cable Pricing by 2016

Just as Apple and Dish Network get U.S. cable unbundling underway, Canada has followed suit with a smaller basic cable service and pick-packs unveiled on Thursday.

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CBS Gets Into the Big Data Game The Eye doubles down on broadcast

CBS may have launched a new streaming service (and announced a new one for daughter network Showtime on the heels of the Apple press conference where HBO Now was unveiled), but traditional TV is where it's at, as far as the television company is concerned. Today, the company unveiled a new product designed to demonstrate TV's reach power to CBS clients, which it's calling "Campaign Performance Audit," or CPA.

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Mexico Adds Two New TV Channels in Historic Move

Two new free-to-air national digital TV channels are set to break the duopoly of Televisa and Azteca TV, which together have ruled over the Mexican TV market for decades. In a historic move, Mexico’s reform-minded telco regulator Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) has awarded broadcasting licenses to Grupo Radio Centro and Cadena Tres, the only two companies to bid for the awards after a third, Centro de Informacion Nacional de Estudios Tepeyac, pulled out in February, the same month its owner Mario Vazquez Rana died.

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Preparatory meeting finalizes Report to 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference

Geneva, 2 April 2015 - A variety of spectrum-related matters dealing with the future development of radiocommunications, enabling convergence and coordination of all radio services, were addressed by the Second Session of the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM15-2) for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). CPM15-2, which met for almost two weeks, concluded today with the adoption of the Report to WRC-15, focusing on technical, operational and regulatory materials to be considered by ITU Member States in developing their proposals to the Conference.

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French broadcaster TV5Monde hit by Islamist hackers

PARIS (Reuters) - Hackers claiming to be supporters of Islamic State knocked out channels of French public television station TV5Monde and posted material on its social media feeds to protest against French military action in Iraq.

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CBS expands TV affiliate access for OTT

A new set of carriage agreements with affiliates means that the CBS streaming service CBS All Access will soon reach 55% of US households. CBS announced deals with a number of local TV station groups, including Gray, Meredith, Nexstar, Raycom, Graham Media and others, and the broadcaster says more deals are on the way. Markets added include Atlanta, Phoenix, St Louis, Kansas City and Las Vegas.

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NAB Commits to New River Front Home

In advance of the National Association of Broadcasting show in Las Vegas next week, NAB announced it has a deal with a Washington developer to move its headquarters closer to Capitol Hill and the Federal Communications Commission building (as well as a baseball's throw away from National's Park).

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Rutledge: HBO, CBS OTT Presents Opportunities For Cable

Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge added his two cents in the ongoing debate surrounding programmers that are taking their content over the top directly to consumers, adding that upcoming offerings from Home Box Office and CBS could actually help cable operators.

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The Power of Radio: In snowbound Buffalo, radio connects listeners.

Wall-to-wall storm coverage has been airing since Tuesday morning on Entercom news/talk WBEN, Buffalo (930) as a barrage of snow hit the southern portion of the metro, piling as high as five feet.

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Forecast: 14.5 million NextRadio-enabled phones by mid-2015

The number of FM-enabled phone sales is expected to more than double to 14.5 million by the middle of next year and hit 26 million by spring of 2016, according to new predictions released by Emmis Communications.

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Bell Media unveils CraveTV premium streaming service

Bell Media officially unveiled its plans on Wednesday for the launch of CraveTV, a premium television streaming service offering thousands of hours of exclusive on-demand TV series, comedy specials and documentary programming.

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CBS' Leslie Moonves says selling TV spectrum is a possibility

The broadcast airwaves, which give TV networks the ability to reach nearly every American television household without a wire, have long been considered the most powerful and lucrative asset for media companies.

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Broadcast wins a battle over ad skipping

Over the past few years, new ways to watch broadcast television have emerged. The networks do not like them, and they’ve gone to court to stop them.

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It's Official: FCC Proposes OTT Reclassification

It is now official, except for the commissioner's statements.

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NBCU launches TV everywhere campaign, digital broadcast access

NBCU has launched a consumer marketing campaign promoting TV everywhere access across its 14 cable networks while at the same time live streaming for its broadcast network for authenticated pay-TV subscribers.

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Five Questions: David Layer

David H. Layer has what many broadcast engineers might feel is a dream job — senior director, Advanced Engineering at the National Association of Broadcasters.

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Canadian Carriers Weigh In on Pick and Pay Bundles, Local TV Funding

The stage is set for regulatory hearings that could reshape the way Canadians watch and pay for television.

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HLN Takes Over CNN's Atlanta Space

Sources are telling FTVLive about more changes at CNN's "World Headquarters" in Atlanta.

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'Peacock Lounge' Part of 30 Rock Upgrades

Comcast is looking beyond the top of the rock – it plans to replace the neon GE logo with the NBC peacock – to the inside of the art deco building.

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Les Moonves on Aereo: 'It's a Very Good Day for our Future'

Bloomberg's Trish Regan talked with CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves about the Supreme Court decision on Aereo.

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Aereo Loses to Broadcasters in Supreme Court Fight for its Life

The Supreme Court struck a dramatic blow against Aereo today in a ruling that puts the TV streaming service as it currently exists on its deathbed.

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D.C. Salutes Broadcasters: Legislators, policymakers acknowledge public service value

Legislators and regulators took the stage Tuesday night in Washington to sing the praises of broadcasters for their public service efforts at the annual Service to America Awards, sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation and saluting public service efforts of local broadcasters.

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Fox offer for Time Warner could bring out rival suitors

Time Warner Inc. has made it clear that it does not want to sell itself to Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, rejecting the mogul's $80-billion offer. Still, analysts and industry insiders expect another bid from Fox that could top $90 billion.

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CBS interested in CNN buy if news channel becomes available

CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves says his company is interested in buying the CNN news channel if it becomes available. Getting between Rupert Murdoch and Time Warner is another matter.

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Biggest Scorer in World Cup? Maybe Univision

Months before the first whistle of the World Cup, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, the president of the sports division of Univision Communications, presented his engineers with a challenge:

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Programs on Demand, but Just for PBS Members

As television viewers increasingly turn to video on demand to watch shows when they want, PBS and its local stations plan to follow them, but with a twist: They are creating a streaming video service that will be available only to members of local PBS stations...

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Jarl Mohn Becomes NPR President & CEO

The board of directors of NPR announced today that it had selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer...

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UHDTV Forecast to be in 33% of US Households by 2020

The next evolutionary step in high-definition, digital television is under way, as ultra high-definition (UHD) TV sets are poised for rapid adoption in U.S. households...

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AT&T Agrees to Purchase DIRECTV in $45 Billion Deal

In one of the worst kept secrets in the pay TV industry, AT&T has agreed to acquire satellite giant DirecTV in a deal worth about $48.5 billion ($95 per share) that will create a solid No. 2 with about 26 million TV customers across the country...

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CBS Plans 24-Hour Digital Network

At the fifth annual Digital Out-of-Home Awards, MediaPost honored the year’s most creative, innovative and effective advertisements in the realm of digital out-of-home media...

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TV's Future Hinges on DC Tech, Reg Moves

The New York upfronts are an exciting time, nothing less than a weeklong celebration of broadcasting, but they ultimately determine nothing but who will win the ratings crown for one broadcast TV season...

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AM Broadcasters Must Fight for Survival or Be Forced Over the 'Buffalo Jump'

In the days before guns and horses, Native Americans used a "buffalo jump" to harvest Bison in mass quantities. They would stampede the animals over cliffs and spear them to death when they fell upon the rocks below...

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Univision Looks to Drive TV Everywhere with World Cup

Univision Communications Inc. is turning to the appeal of the World Cup to kick up its TV Everywhere push...

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Wireless Becoming TV's Newest Nemesis

Historically, broadcast TV's biggest foes have been cable and newspapers, but now there seems to one more major adversary: wireless operators. Wireless has been lusting after broadcast spectrum, supporting the FCC's incentive auction.

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Univision Holds Preliminary Sale Talks with CBS and Time-Warner

The owners of Univision Communications Inc., in their search for an exit, have held preliminary discussions in recent weeks with several media companies, including CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

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DIRECTV Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

DIRECTV announced it has added 761,000 net additions in its 2012 fourth quarter, driven by DIRECTV Latin America's record of 658,000. For the year, DIRECTV Latin America set a record with 4.4 million gross additions and 2.4 million net additions, while Sky Mexico added 1.1 million net new subscribers. In North America, DIRECTV U.S. added 199,000 net new customers.

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CBS Reports Higher Fourth-Quarter Earnings

CBS reported higher fourth-quarter earnings and announced plans to buy back $1 billion of its stock.

Fourth-quarter net earnings rose to $393 million, or 60 cents a share, from $351 million, or 55 cents, compared to a year ago.

Revenues rose 2% to $3.7 billion in the quarter. Ad revenues were up 3%, including political spending. Affiliate and subscription fee revenues were up 9%.

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Comcast to buy GE's 49% stake in NBCUniversal

Comcast said Tuesday that it will pay $16.7 billion to buy General Electric's remaining 49% stake in their NBCUniversal joint venture, a move that ends GE's long relationship with NBC and further underscores the cable operator's desire to expand content offerings.

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ABC/Univision Cable Net to Be Called 'Fusion'

ABC News and Univision have decided on a name for their upcoming cable network: Fusion.

The joint venture is on target for a summer launch; Cablevision, Charter, Cox AT&T U-verse and Google Fiber have cut distribution deals to carry the news and lifestyle network.

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SiriusXM Turns in Strongest Financial Performance Yet

Satellite broadcaster Sirius XM Radio turned in especially strong 2012 fourth quarter and full year financial and operating results, with double-digit growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, according to the company’s latest financial report issued Feb. 5.

Sirius XM produced a health 13 percent increase in revenue from 2011 to $3.4 million in 2012. The company’s adjusted EBITDA jumped 26 percent from its 2011 mark of $731 million to $920 million in 2012.

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NPR Gets Ready to Move Into New Digs

After about 20 years on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C., NPR will relocate to its new headquarters in stages starting next month. The new building is located on North Capitol Street, a designated business improvement district. Construction began three years ago and was completed in December. The final touches to the inside are being made this month. Staff will get training on new broadcast and digital equipment and the move should be complete by April.

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Glenn Reitmeier Elected ATSC Chairman of ATSC Board for 2013

NBCU tech chief will lead industry organization

CARMEL, IND. -- The board of directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee has elected Glenn Reitmeier to serve as the Chairman of the ATSC Board for 2013, it was announced Wednesday.

Reitmeier is senior vice president of Advanced Technology at NBCUniversal, leading the company's technical efforts related to industry standards, government policy, advanced engineering and anti-piracy technical operations.

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Rogers, Shaw Ink Strategic Alliance

Rogers Communications Inc. ( RCI ), the largest cable operator in Canada has signed an agreement with Shaw Communications Inc. ( SJR ) to secure an option to purchase the latter's AWS spectrum holding in 2014 along with acquiring Shaw's Ontario-based cable business - Mountain Cablevision Limited. According to Rogers, the alliance apart from strengthening its wireless network will also bring synergies for its cable business.

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Univision to Form an Internal Advertising and Media Unit

Univision Communications, in its quest to unify the look and feel of the network and its properties, is expected to announce on Monday the creation of the company’s first internal advertising and media agency. The new unit, Univision Agency, will create promotional content for all Univision properties, including broadcast, radio and digital, and provide research and creative services for internal and external clients.

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Eutelsat Launches Europe's First Dedicated Ultra HD (4K) Channel

As the television and cinema industries accelerate their progression towards Ultra HD (4K), Eutelsat Communications (Euronext: ETL)(Paris: ETL) today announced it is launching a dedicated demonstration Ultra HD channel for Europe on the EUTELSAT 10A satellite. The first transmissions of content filmed in 4K will start on January 8. Delivering a resolution of eight million pixels, four times the resolution of HDTV, Ultra HD (4K) is poised to mark the next big leap forward in the immersive viewing experience.

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Ratings: Univision Beats English-Language Networks on Night of Repeats

Spanish-language network Univision scored a rare ratings win over all of the English-language networks Wednesday, a night when the only new show they aired was CBS' broadcast of the "Kennedy Center Honors."

Univision was first in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic with a 1.7 rating/5 share. It was third in total viewers, behind CBS and NBC.

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Steering DirecTV Right: Q&A with Mike White

Since signing on as CEO of DirecTV in January 2010 – he added chairman to his title six months later – Mike White has steered the satellite TV giant through some rough economic waters. And though U.S. subscriber growth has matured, its Latin American business has soared.

White has retooled and refocused the U.S. division, honing in on improved customer service, new products and more profitable customers, while continuing to fuel the Latin American growth engine.

The reward has been robust financial growth – cash flow in the U.S. has risen at a 7% clip in the first nine months of the year – and a 24% lift in its stock price. White has also been a vocal critic of rapidly rising programming costs, and was involved in a high-profile dispute with Viacom earlier this year, where the programming giant’s 26 networks were dark for nine days. Read Q&A Transcript.

Jim Walton Sends Farewell Memo To Staff

After 31 years with the company, today is Jim Walton‘s last day as the president of CNN Worldwide. Come early next year, Jeff Zucker will step in as his replacement.

Walton sent a note to CNN staff this morning reflecting on the last three decades, and thanking those at CNN who made sacrifices–both professional and personal.

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Jim Meyer Appointed Interim CEO Of SiriusXM

SiriusXM Radio announced that James Meyer has been appointed CEO, on an interim basis, effective immediately. Meyer, SiriusXM's President of Sales and Operations, succeeds Mel Karmazin, who, as previously announced, informed the Board of Directors that he will not be renewing his current employment agreement. Meyer will also join the SiriusXM Board of Directors.

The SiriusXM Board has formed a search committee, chaired by Greg Maffei and including James Mooney and Eddy Hartenstein, to consider both internal and external candidates, including Mr. Meyer, for the company's next Chief Executive Officer.

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NAB's Smith Defends Broadcast Future

Says mobile architecture fails as real-time video delivery system; stands up for decency regs as product differentiator and lobbying too.

National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith says that as the original wireless service, broadcasting remains "highly relevant," particularly given what he says is mobile's limitations on video delivery and the indecency regs that keep it a family viewing destination.

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Canadian Supreme Court nixes 'fee for carriage' broadcast plan

Canada's highest court has struck down a fee for carriage system that could have seen cable companies required to pay TV stations for their signals, a cost that could have been passed on to consumers.

On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court of Canada weighed in on a long-running dispute between cable companies and private television networks.

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NBC Peacock Spreads Wings Over Comcast

The media conglomerate unveiled a new corporate logo Monday that incorporates the trademark bird long associated with the NBC broadcast network, which it now controls.

The logo, which also includes the Comcast name in all-capital letters, replaces one that features a red crescent and the Comcast name. The logo was showcased in an internally broadcast staff meeting Monday led by Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts, "NBC Nightly News" host Brian Williams and Comcast Cable President Neil Smit—from the set of "Saturday Night Live," according to a Comcast spokeswoman.

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Intelsat Chooses New Location for Headquarters

Intelsat has chosen to move its headquarters from Washington, D.C. to the upcoming Tysons Tower in Virginia. The move will transfer 430 jobs to the 188,000 square feet location in Fairfax County. The company is expected to move in by mid-2014.

Intelsat received a $1.3 million grant from Virginia’s Governor’s Opportunity Fund to motivate it to choose this location. According to company officials, access to the upcoming Metro Silver Line and to recreational areas was an important factor for their decision.

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SiriusXM Canada welcomes CRTC decision for six year licence renewal

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. ("SiriusXM Canada") (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today provided the following statement regarding today's CRTC decision.

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Sirius FM-4 Broadcasting Satellite Donated to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

One of the first satellites designed to provide space-based digital radio service to consumers in the United States and Canada was donated by SiriusXM Radio and Space Systems/Loral to the Smithsonian. The Sirius FM-4 broadcasting satellite was built as a flight-ready back-up for a constellation of three satellites developed by SiriusXM and manufactured by Space Systems/Loral. The FM-4 satellite will be on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar of the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

"We are honored that our FM-4 satellite will help the National Air and Space Museum tell the story of modern satellite communications and its powerful impact on everyday life," said Robert Briskman, SiriusXM co-founder and technical executive. Read More.

Leslie Moonves to Remain With CBS Through 2017

CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves has re-upped his agreement with the company, extending his term with CBS through June 30, 2017.

Moonves' prior agreement was due to expire in 2015. Under the new deal, Moonves' salary will remain the same, with an additional annual performance-based bonus and equity-based compensation. Moonves will also become eligible to act as an executive advisor for another four years, and will have the option to create a production company under CBS.

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ABC/Univision Cable News Network To Be Based in Miami

The upcoming cable news channel from ABC News and Univision will be based in Miami. Gov. Rick Scott was scheduled to announce the decision at the October 10 annual meeting of the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade’s economic development agency. The organization helped the joint venture secure about $3.5 million in local subsidies for the new network over the next five years.

“If there is a place to have a 24-hour network for Hispanics, it’s Miami,’’ said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who added he will be attending the announcement. “I think it’s fantastic, and I think it’s a natural.” Read More.

CBC Five Year Plan Still in Place Despite Funding Woes

CBC/Radio-Canada plans to continue on its path towards new online and digital media services as part of its five year strategic plan to expand its regional footprint and increase regional news and programming.

The strategy, called Everyone, Every way, sets out in general terms what the public broadcaster has planned for the next five years – despite the on-going budgetary restrictions and funding cutbacks it faces.

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ABC News, Univision Launch Website - English-language website replaces Tumblr page

Univision and ABC News launched a cobranded web page on Wednesday, a first step towards launching a full-fledged cable and digital network in the second or third quarter of 2013.

The new English-language website replaces a Tumblr page that Univision launched several months ago to tap into the growing demographic of English-speaking Latinos.

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Globecomm Branches Out Across the Pond

On September 6 in Amsterdam, Globecomm will introduce its new business unit, Globecomm Europe, at a welcoming party on the day before the opening of the IBC exhibition floor.

Globecomm Europe represents the integration of European-based companies C2C and Mach6, two long-time European leaders in managed satellite communication services and solutions that were acquired by Globecomm in the past 36 months. Read More.

NBC Broke Even on London Olympic Games, Head of Sports Says

Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s NBC Universal broke even on its broadcast of the London Olympic Games, according to Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, who cited strong ratings for the telecast.

“We were fortunate many U.S. teams and athletes performed very well, and that was good for our ratings,” Lazarus said today at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit hosted by Bloomberg Link in New York.

Advertising sales for the games soared to about $1.25 billion, exceeding NBC’s forecast and rising almost 50 percent from the Beijing Olympics four years ago. Lazarus said on Aug. 2 the network had a “small chance” for a profit after initially projecting a $200 million loss. NBC Universal paid about $1.18 billion for U.S. TV rights to the Olympics. Read More.

SES to Lauch Ka-band Satellite Braodband Service in November

SES will launch its Ka-band SES Broadband satellite service in November, pending the launch and beginning of operations of its Astra 2F satellite, the operator confirmed Sept. 6.

Astra 2F is currently scheduled for launch on Sept. 21 and will be located at the 28.2 degrees East orbital slot. The service will offer download speeds of up to 20 megabits-per-second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 2 Mbps and be marketed through SES partners NordNet, Vivéole and WIBOX to end-consumers in France.

SES also signed a cooperation agreement with Gilat Satellite Technologies and Newtec to set up the hub infrastructure and to deliver the end-user terminals for the Ka-band service to its customers. Read More.

Intelsat Inks New Agreements with Major Programmers (IBC 2012)

Intelsat S.A. has announced several new agreements with media customers utilizing Intelsat's video distribution neighborhoods.

The multiyear agreements included deals with Grupo Televisa and TV Azteca in Mexico, RRsat Global Communications Network and Overon America in North America and Discovery Communications in Asia.

Other recent deals include one with Madrid-based Telefonica Global Solutions, which inked a multi-year agreement on Intelsat 905 to distribute its Chello Multicanal package of programming to cable headends across Spain and Portugal. Read More.

Ericsson Unveils HEVC Live-TV Encoder for Mobile Devices

Ericsson is set to launch a new HEVC/H.265 encoder that aims to deliver live and linear TV to mobile networks and devices in real-time with resolutions up to HD quality, the technology developer announced Aug. 22.

The Ericsson SVP 5500 HEVC encoder was designed to reduce bandwidth requirements for current and future services and enable operators to deliver consistent, high-quality TV experiences on mobile devices in the home or on the move... Read More.

NBC Already Has 100 Affiliates

As we continue to look at the upcoming sports talk radio battle gearing up to begin after Labor Day, we focus today on the NBC Sports Network. If all goes according to plan, both NBC and CBS will be launching their update products September 4th.

CBS will go into 24 hour mode early in 2013, NBC later that year. NBC - with help from Dial Global - says it already has 100 affiliate stations ready to take the udpate product, which is pretty good being neither company owns any radio stations.

When CBS launches it will not only have its own signals to cherry pick from, with Cumulus as a partner, there will be hundreds more to choose from... Read More.

Inmarsat to Launch U.S.-Based Global Pre-paid Satellite Voice, Data Service

MSS operator Inmarsat has unveiled global pre-paid satellite services for both voice and data through its pre-pay platform with the introduction of support for voice calls originating in the United States and its territories, the company announced Aug. 21.

Inmarsat Pre-pay voice will be available Sept. 1 for all existing Inmarsat land and maritime services including IsatPhone Pro, BGAN, FleetBroadband and FleetPhone. Inmarsat said its recently signed agreement with Freedom Wireless Holdings makes the company the first mobile satellite provider in the world licensed to offer pre-paid voice services from the United States... Read More.

Inmarsat Names New President of Global Government Business Unit

MSS satellite services provider Inmarsat has appointed Andy Start president of the company’s global government business unit, Inmarsat announced Aug. 13.

Start will work with the global government market outside of the United States, directing all sales, marketing and delivery of services for government customers. He also will be responsible for customer-driven product and service innovation, determining both wholesale and retail strategies, and driving the distribution of Inmarsat services to such government customers.

Start previously served as president of international RF communications at Harris Corp., as well as managing director and vice president of BAE Systems Platform Solutions. He also was director of the military space business unit at Astrium where he was instrumental in the creation of its Paradigm service business. Read More.

SiriusXM Launches Online On-Demand Service

Sirius XM Radio is enabling subscribers to personalize their online version of the service with the launch of SiriusXM On-Demand.

With the new capability, subscribers listening via the company’s online media player and on Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, can choose what to listen to from a catalog of more than 200 shows and 2,000 hours of content.

SiriusXM Internet Radio subscribers listening on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will also be able to store select on-demand shows for a period of time on their devices and listen to content when not connected to the Internet. This allows offline listening while traveling on planes, for example, or elsewhere without a wireless connection... Read More.

SES Expands Eurovision Capacity Deal

SES has signed a multi-year capacity deal with Eurovision, the premium sports and news events and department of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), to provide live transmission of international sporting events originating in, or broadcast to, North America, Latin America and Europe, SES announced Aug. 6.

Eurovision will increase its capacity to 54 MHz and use the SES teleport and the NSS-806 satellite to broadcast the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to TV audiences across Latin America. NSS-806 is among several SES satellites providing extensive coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games to the EBU, BBC and other broadcasters.

The capacity also will be utilized for the contribution and distribution of major 2013-2014 sporting events in HD, including 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.... Read More.

CBC wins rights to 2014, 2016 Olympic Games

CBC/Radio-Canada has won the Canadian media rights for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"We thought it was very important for the national public broadcaster whose strategy is signature events," CBC president Hubert Lacroix said. "And there's nothing more significant, more signature and more of an event that brings Canadians together."

Speaking in London, England with CBC's Heather Hiscox, Lacroix said he couldn't comment on the costs but the deal was based on a "very financially and fiscally responsible bid."... Read More.

ABC, Univision seal deal on joint channel

ABC News and Univision News have officially closed the deal on their new joint 24-hour news channel.

The two networks officially announced the channel in May, following a Wall Street Journal report three months earlier that the two were in talks. The definitive agreement reached today means that ABC and Univision will charge ahead on what will become the first 24-hour, English-language channel aimed toward the fast-growing U.S. Hispanic audience. (By 2050, Hispanics are expected to make up a third of the U.S. population.)

An ABC spokesperson confirms: the ABC News-Univision website will launch this fall; the channel will launch in mid-2013... Read More.

ViaSat Celebrates $35 Million Award It's A G'Day, Mate, For Sure!

The Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence (ADF) has selected ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) to supply the UHF Satellite Communication (Satcom) Mission System for its recently-launched UHF capacity on Intelsat IS-22. The system is designed to provide voice and data military satcom covering a region from the west coast of Africa to the east coast of Australia. The value of the award to ViaSat is approximately $35 million.

The IS-22 satellite launched March 26 with a hosted UHF payload—representing about 30 percent of the satellite’s total capacity—dedicated to ADF communications. The ability to serve small, mobile terminals used by ground, sea, and air forces in all types of terrain make UHF especially suited to military satcom... Read More.

SES Inks Two Broadcast Capacity Lease Extensions in France, U.K.

SES signed a long-term extension of its framework agreement with French pay-TV operator Groupe Canal Plus for the entire capacity of 24 transponders on the SES fleet at the 19.2 degrees East orbital slot, SES announced July 26... Read More.

Silver To Program New NBC Sports Radio Network

Veteran programmer Jack Silver has been picked by Dial Global and NBC Sports Group as the PD for NBC Sports Radio Network, due to launch in the fall. Silver most recently programmed KABC and KLOS in Los Angeles and was earlier VP/PD of CBS Radio's KLSX/L.A. He's also consulted a number of sports radio hosts, anchors, and shows.

Dial Global is teaming with NBC Sports Group to create the new NBC Sports Radio Network. Due to launch in September, the network will be distributed to stations nationwide by Dial Global... Read More.

Globecomm Wins U.S. Navy SPAWAR Satellite Equipment Contract

Globecomm Systems has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Center to provide commercial-off-the-shelf satellite network and communications equipment and other services, the company announced July 24.

The deal has a base year value of up to $17 million, including four option years, which could bring the combined cumulative value of the multiple award contracts to an estimated $85 million, to be shared among the pool of awardees if exercised.

Globecomm Chairman and CEO David Hershberg said his company would compete with two other companies that were awarded similar contracts for individual delivery orders... Read More.

Ericsson Completes Technicolor Broadcast Services Acquisition

Ericsson has completed its acquisition of Technicolor’s Broadcast Services Division based in France, the companies confirmed July 3. The acquisition was initially announced March 13. Ericsson agreed to pay... Read More.

SES claims leadership over Asia-Pacific

Satellite operator SES has claimed it leads the market in Asia-Pacific in meeting the increasing popularity of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television across the region, where SES currently operates a fleet of five satellites (NSS-12, NSS-6, NSS-11, SES-7 and NSS-9).

It says it is now the leading satellite operator, carrying the highest number of pay DTH channels in the region, with nearly 650 DTH channels. It also reaches 20 million pay-TV homes in the region via DTH, or one in three DTH subscribers in Asia... Read More.

CBS Launching Massive Sports Radio Network

CBS Corp., taking advantage of a rising interest in sports across all media, and its ownership of top sports-talk radio station WFAN in New York, is launching CBS Sports Radio, the company announced Thursday.

The new 24/7 network, which will combine the resources of CBS Radio and CBS Sports, will debut in January and have a national footprint through CBS properties and its syndication partner, Cumulus Radio. Cumulus will make the programming available on 67 of its stations.

Sports updates from the network will be heard on affiliate stations starting Sept. 4... Read More.

Inmarsat Appoints Martin Turner as Director of Media Business

Inmarsat , the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has appointed Martin Turner as Director of Media Business.

With many media organisations all over the world already relying on Inmarsat's market-leading mobile satellite services, Turner will spearhead further development of Inmarsat's customer-driven solutions and strengthen the company's relationship with broadcasters. A long perspective of the television industry means Turner will bring strong customer insight into the heart of Inmarsat's approach to this fast-growing sector, helping to ensure that both new and existing solutions continue to deliver real value and the highest possible performance to media customers.... Read More.

Eutelsat Acquires Asia-Pacific Satellite for $228 Million

Eutelsat Communications has acquired the GE-23 satellite from GE Capital for $228 million, the operator announced June 20. The GE-23 satellite will be renamed Eutelsat 172A. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2012, subject to regulatory approvals. Eutelsat said that the purchase would be financed through its existing liquidity and that it expects the deal to add to earnings per share and EBITDA margin in the first year following the deal.

GE-23 was built by Thales Alenia Space and launched in December 2005 to serve the Asia-Pacific region from the 172 degrees East orbital slot. The satellite provides Eutelsat with a payload of 20 Ku-band transponders accessing five interconnecting beams and 18 C-band transponders connected to a trans-Pacific beam. GE-23 also offers a broad range of telecom services to a diverse base of blue chip customers that will be integrated into the Eutelsat fleet... Read More.





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