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11/22/2017

Network ad revenues during NFL games rose 3% in October to $757 million. While the number of ad spots compared with last year remains unchanged, the cost per 30-second ad has increased by 7% to $482,000.

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11/22/2017

Charlie Rose was fired from his role at CBS on Tuesday after a Washington Post report addressed allegations of sexual harassment from eight women. The network will now be searching for a replacement for Rose, who co-hosted "CBS This Morning."

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11/22/2017

Nine out of 10 smartphone owners plan to stick with their phone during the holiday season, according to a Puls survey. However, 33% of participants reported being unhappy with their smartphone's battery life, said Puls, which noted phone batteries tend to start to deteriorate after 18 to 24 months. Phone Arena (11/21)

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11/22/2017

Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., praised Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back net neutrality rules but stressed the importance of legislation. "We remain committed to ensuring clear, permanent net-neutrality rules through the legislative process, encouraging investment in broadband buildout, and closing the digital divide across America," they said.

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Multichannel News
11/22/2017

Forty-two percent of people tune in to sports, and the majority of those fans would pay to watch, an Ampere Analysis study has found. Among the study's findings are that fans are less apt to pay for events and competitions that have always been free and that younger viewers are more willing to pay for content from niche leagues.

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11/22/2017

AT&T is planning to buy out The Chernin Group's share of Otter Media, sources say. The deal for the digital holding company, which is a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, will likely come after the expected approval of AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, the sources say.

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Digiday, FierceCable
11/22/2017

Over-the-top news network Cheddar is launching in Europe through streaming service Molotov. Cheddar will continue to expand throughout the US by appearing on more streaming platforms, and the company plans to launch original content on certain platforms in 2018, says CEO Jon Steinberg.

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11/22/2017

T-Mobile is primed to report major fourth-quarter subscriber gains, said Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter, who referred to "significant" gains in the carrier's porting ratio -- subscribers gained from rivals versus those lost. Braxton predicted that the new iPhone X would further improve T-Mobile's quarter.

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11/22/2017

Officials in California have yet to make a final decision on FirstNet but last week issued a request for proposals and set a Dec. 6 deadline for responses from vendors interested in building a first responder network. North Carolina and Georgia have decided to "opt-in" to the FirstNet-AT&T partnership, bringing the total number of opt-in states to 31.

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11/22/2017

AT&T outside attorney Dan Petrocelli says the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner would likely decrease subscribers' monthly TV bills and does not pose a threat as the Department of Justice claims. The company hopes the merger will keep it competitive with companies such as Google and Amazon, says AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson.

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