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Women's World Cup final seen by record 26.7 million in US

July 6, 2015 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States' win over Japan in the Women's World Cup final was the most viewed soccer game in the history of American television.

Amazon pushes Prime service with day of deals

July 6, 2015 1:01 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon doesn't release the number of Prime members it has, but Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, estimates there are 35 million to 40 million.

Broadcasters say FCC rules could cost $8.3B in 600 MHz auction

July 6, 2015 12:55 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

“We understand that the FCC Staff is considering how to solve this issue, and we appreciate their concern,” the EOBC wrote.


Scripps offers to buy rest of Poland’s TVN

July 6, 2015 12:07 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

According to Reuters, the Scripps media group is offering about $843 million to buy the remaining TVN shares is doesn’t currently own.


TabletTV expanding mobile PVR functionality

July 6, 2015 11:20 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The update will allow for time shift on TabletTV application which means users will be able to set future programs to record.

ACA hires first VP of regulatory affairs

July 6, 2015 10:32 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Longtime communications lawyer Mary Lovejoy is the first to assume the role of vice president of regulatory affairs.


Panama too drops out of Trump's Miss Universe pageant

July 6, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Panama is joining several other Latin American nations in dropping out of the Miss Universe pageant in protest over Donald Trump's comments about immigrants.


Briefs: Cisco, 6Wind, Novatel Wireless, Rogers, Shaw

July 6, 2015 9:55 am | by CED Staff | Comments

6WIND, a networking software company, announced that Cisco Investments has invested in 6WIND as part of Cisco's...                 


Verizon FiOS 2Q subscriber growth could slow, analysts say

July 2, 2015 11:31 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The analysts attribute the stunted growth to smaller gross additions and not elevated churn.                                       


Hulu inks distribution deal with Pluto TV

July 2, 2015 11:02 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Hulu has reached a distribution agreement with startup Pluto TV that will make all of Hulu's free content available to Pluto TV. The startup consolidates video content into a programming grid, but also . . .

Facebook will begin sharing ad revenue with video content providers

July 2, 2015 11:00 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The revenue split matches the model YouTube has employed for years.                                                                

Briefs: IEEE, Intelesat, Liberty Global, Netgear, Tessco Technologies

July 2, 2015 10:15 am | by CED staff | Comments

IEEE has announced the availability of its "IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Feasibility Assessment for the Next Generation of EPON." The 802.3 communication was developed through gathering input between . . .

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision files for IPO

July 2, 2015 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Spanish-language broadcasting company Univision Holdings Inc. filed plans Thursday to launch an initial public offering of its stock.


Reelz comes to the rescue of homeless Miss USA pageant

July 2, 2015 10:10 am | by Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer | Comments

The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.


Report: AT&T, DirecTV merger gets thumbs up from DoJ

July 2, 2015 9:51 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Now AT&T and DirecTV await the FCC’s approval.                                                                                     



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