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8/20/2018

Netflix quietly began testing video promos on its platform last week, leading some users to take to the web with complaints. Netflix assuaged concerns by explaining that these personalized recommendations are skippable and are designed to help users easily find shows that they'll enjoy.

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The Federal Communications Commission is focusing on the protections for Class A AM stations as part of its progress toward AM revitalization. "In my view, our rules should reflect the reality of the current noise floor and appropriately balance the interests of Americans who want to listen to smaller local stations in their communities with those who enjoy listening to Class A stations," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says.

8/20/2018

ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro is focused on improving the network's relationship with the NFL and bringing sports to viewers, rather than focusing on politics. The network is steering clear of controversy by not airing the national anthem before NFL football games, and Pitaro says he has made it clear to staffers that the network does not cover politics.

8/20/2018

Viacom plans to cut the staff of newly acquired AwesomenessTV by 50%, or 98 employees, by the end of the year, per an official filing. AwesomenessTV CEO Jordan Levin left two weeks ago.

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Charter has announced that it will be launching a 24/7 news service for 1.5 million Spectrum subscribers in Los Angeles in November. The channel won't focus on typical local news but will instead aim to explore local community events, including high school sports and fundraisers, Spectrum Executive Vice President Mike Bair said.

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ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro says the network is working to boost "Monday Night Football" ratings with improved schedules and new anchors. The company also plans to overcome controversy by not airing the national anthem and any accompanying protests during its college or professional football games.

8/20/2018

Amazon is planning to launch a streaming DVR device that will compete with TiVo, a source says. The device -- reportedly named "Frank" by the company -- will connect to Fire TV boxes through wireless technology and record live TV that can later be streamed to a smartphone, the source says.

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China Telecom saw revenue rise 4.7% year over year in the first half of 2018, with net profit rising 8.1%. The strong performance was thanks to secondary broadband connections and expanded broadband plans, the company said.

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The rollout of superfast broadband in the UK has increased revenues for businesses and created jobs, says a report by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. "We've also recently introduced a raft of lower wholesale prices to help drive higher take-up of faster fiber services which will help to further fuel the boost to the UK economy," Openreach chief Clive Selley said.

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8/20/2018

Oracle's GraphPipe, a set of tools for machine learning, has been made open source as the company looks to speed up deployment. Machine learning can be used in automation, and when coupled with artificial intelligence, it could help with 5G rollout, Mike Robuck writes.

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