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FCC Proposes to License Multicast Streams

November 5, 2021: Tentatively concludes NAB approach serves public interest

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FCC Approves Boeing Broadband Application

November 3, 2021: Said it is in public interest to promote new satellite broadband service

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Dems’ dreams could get crushed yet again — this time, at the FCC

November 1, 2021: Republican opposition to an FCC nominee could let Sens. Manchin and Sinema decide whether Biden secures a Democratic majority at the agency.

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Build Back Better Includes $1 Billion-Plus for Broadband

October 29, 2021: FCC would get millions to promote its billions in subsidy programs

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Live Production Over IP Now Becoming the Standard

October 29, 2021: Could the days of SDI be numbered?

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LPTVs Push Back on FCC's Continuous Operation Mandate

October 28, 2021: Said new directive could throw wrench in their business

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Locast to Pay $32M to Broadcasters to Settle Copyright Lawsuit

October 28, 2021: The popular app for cord-cutters suffered an adverse decision in late summer and has now agreed to be permanently shut down.

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Biden picks his broadband vanguard at FCC and Commerce Department

October 26, 2021: POLITICO reported late Monday that the White House was preparing to announce the trio's nominations.

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Broadband Missing from Biden-Harris Equity Fact Sheet

October 19, 2021: Makes no mention of high-speed internet access as factor in advancing economic, educational opportunities

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APTS Applauds Proposals for Increased Public Television Funding

October 19, 2021: APTS commended the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Chair for recommending $565 million in fiscal year 2024 for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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A Secretive Hedge Fund is Gutting News Rooms

October 14, 2021: Inside Alden Global Capital

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Exclusive: Gordon Smith on his NAB legacy

October 14, 2021: Earlier this year NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith announced he would be stepping down at the end of 2021. TVBEurope caught up with Smith to reflect on his time at the organisation, and what the future holds

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YouTube’s stronger election misinformation policies had a spillover effect on Twitter and Facebook, researchers say

October 14, 2021: Share of Election-Related Posts on Social Platforms Linking to Videos Making Claims of Fraud

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Report: Streaming Is the Top Target For Sophisticated Cyber Attacks

October 12, 2021: The number of sophisticated cyber attacks are increasing and the streaming industry has become the top target according to a new analysis from Atlas VPN

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FCC Handing Out $163 Million More in Rural Broadband Bucks

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Synamedia Rolls Out ‘Zero Compromise’ 8K Encoding, Streaming Tech

September 30, 2021: Synamedia, an independent video software provider, said today it has achieved 8K real-time encoding and streaming with “zero compromise” on its Vivid Compression platform powered by AMD EPYC 7763 processors.

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Free Content Program Set For IBC Show

September 30, 2021: It will be delivered live in Amsterdam and online via IBC Digital and cover these themes: Production & Post Production, Content Supply Chain, OTT, Direct to Consumer (Content Everywhere), Live & Remote Production and Innovation.

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Adoption of Smart TVs Shows Significant Growth, Hits 56%

September 29, 2021: Rapid growth in smart TV adoption since 2019 during the pandemic helps explain why Comcast and Amazon are launching their own CTVs, according to Parks Associates

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Targeted Ads Lead NextGen TV’s Revenue Chase, Execs Say

September 27, 2021: Representatives from NBCUniversal Local, E.W. Scripps and Pearl TV claim that NextGen TV’s ability to deliver targeted ads to connected TVs is the most promising and immediate among the technology’s potential revenue streams, and the proliferation of NextGen-ready sets is bringing monetization closer.

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Anxious About No Biden FCC Pick, Senators Urge Him To Stick With Jessica Rosenworcel

September 24, 2021: Eight months into his term, President Biden has yet to name his pick for the head of the Federal Communications Commission.

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Tech Vendors Wrestle With NAB Void

September 23, 2021: Last week’s late cancellation of the NAB Show in October has dealt another major blow to the media technology industry. The ripple effects, vendors say, will be far-ranging.

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Tegna Says It Has Received Offers To Buy the Company

September 21, 2021: Apollo Global, Standard General, Byron Allen reportedly interested

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WUFT-TV Adopts PMM Cloud-Based Broadcast Platform

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FCC's Carr: Make Big Tech Pay for USF Subsidies

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TV Networks’ Bid to Create Nielsen Rival Gets Support From Advertisers

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NAB Urges Support for Legislation to Sustain Local News Outlets

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Media Ownership Rules Are Detrimental to Competition, Localism and Diversity, NAB Says

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FCC Ida Update: Almost Half Million Broadband/Cable Subs Without Service

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Core Networks, Tower Connectivity, Broadcaster Education Vital for ATSC 3.0 Strength, Annual Confab Is Told

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When will hyperlocal targeting come to TV news? It already has

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Nexstar Media Buys Political News Hub, The Hill, For $130 Million

August 20, 2021: Broadcaster Nexstar Media said Friday it’s buying The Hill, a leading purveyor of Beltway news, for $130 million as it expands in digital content.

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CPB Funds Public Media Stations Addressing COVID-19 Misinformation

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Dielectric Optimizes Production Workflow For Busy LPTV Repack Phase

August 19, 2021: Dielectric is preparing for brisk business in the final stretch of the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction, or spectrum repack, which will relocate displaced low-power TV, TV translator and FM stations to new frequencies by Sept. 5, 2022.

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Diverse Groups Push Local Journalism Sustainability Act

August 17, 2021: Say tax breaks are key to saving broadcast livelihoods

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The USDA Is Helping Expand Rural Broadband, But Providers Face Equipment Shortages

August 15, 2021: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing millions of dollars to expand broadband in rural areas, but rural internet providers are facing shortages and long waits for equipment. 

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APT, PBS To Expand Programming on PBS Passport

August 10, 2021:Will add nearly 3,000 new episodes to the programming available on PBS’ digital streaming platform through 2023

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Dish Slams Sinclair For Demanding Nearly Half a Billion in Fees

August 9, 2021:Dish’s response in escalating carriage dispute claims “broadcaster prioritizes greed, uses customers as pawns in negotiations”

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Automated Captioning Leaps Forward, Improving Its Business Case

August 5, 2021:The technologies that underpin automated closed captioning accuracy continue to improve while costs decrease, helping broadcasters caption programming beyond that required by regulations.

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Byron Allen Completes Acquisition of Gray TV Stations

August 3, 2021: Allen Media Broadcasting (AMG) has completed its acquisition of 10 stations from Gray TV, bringing the total number of local stations owned to 25. The deal is valued at $380 million.

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Nielsen Readies Next-Gen Wearable Metering Tech

August 5, 2021: Nielsen says its new wearable Portable People Meters will be foundational to Nielsen ONE for cross-media audience insights for national and local TV and audio measurement.

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Elon Musk's Starlink now almost as fast as broadband: report

August 5, 2021: Musk said the service is on its way to topping 500,000 users within the next year.

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Tech Tour Van To Bring Cutting-Edge IP, Broadcast Solutions To Local Destinations

July 28,  2021: The OConsortium Technology Tour will visit over 20 sites on its East Coast leg

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How Broadcasters Thrive In an OTT World

July 28,  2021: Rather than being an industry killer, OTT (over the top) streaming media is boosting viewership for broadcast television, with the biggest benefits being enjoyed by local TV stations and their ownership groups.

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PBS, ‘Frontline,’ ’60 Minutes,’ ‘Vice News Tonight’ Lead 2021 News and Documentary Emmy Nominations

July 27,  2021: PBS led all networks in nominations for the 42nd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, landing 52 overall — thanks to the strength of signature series “Frontline,” “Independent Lens,” “POV,” “Nova,” “PBS News Hour” and “Nature.”

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FCC composition remains ‘murkier than ever,’ says NSR analyst

July 26,  2021: Few probably would have guessed that the industry would still be waiting around in late July for the Biden Administration to name a permanent FCC chair, but that’s where things stand.

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SpaceX challenged by U.S. FCC on bid for rural broadband subsidy

July 26,  2021: The Federal Communications Commission is challenging a bid by Elon Musk’s SpaceX for US$886 million in rural broadband subsidies, saying some of the money appeared headed for serving parking lots and airports with satellite-delivered broadband.

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Verizon Loses 62,000 Pay TV, Adds 92,000 Broadband Subs in Quarter

July 21,  2021: The telecom giant, led by CEO Hans Vestberg, has been shifting its video focus away from FiOS TV to partnerships with third-party streaming services as it positions itself as a key distribution platform for them.

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The InFOCUS Podcast: Anne Schelle, Pearl TV

July 20,  2021: It’s been an active few weeks for NEXTGEN TV rollouts, with more markets firing up lighthouses to help usher in the next era of broadcast TV.

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Permanent FCC Chair Remains a Big X Factor for Biden

July 20,  2021: Six months in and with much on the agency's plate, a Democratic majority has yet to materialize

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CNN Sets Launch of New Streaming Service in Q1 ‘22

July 19,  2021: CNN Sets Launch of New Streaming Service in Q1 ‘22

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Don’t Wanna Pay Ransom Gangs? Test Your Backups

July 19,  2021: Browse the comments on virtually any story about a ransomware attack and you will almost surely encounter the view that the victim organization could have avoided paying their extortionists if only they’d had proper data backups. 

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Feds Ask: Should Netflix Air Emergency Alerts?

July 17,  2021: Congress may soon hear about the question from the FCC, which could start taking a more active role in regulating streaming services.

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New Data on `The State of TV News’

July 16,  2021: The Pew Research Center has released detailed data on the TV news business, which saw increased viewing and revenue in 2020 but faces many future challenges

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Ofcom calls for biggest shake-up to public service broadcasting in 20 years

July 15,  2021: Organisation is calling for the UK's regulatory system to be urgently updated

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House Appropriations Committee recommends $565M for CPB

July 16,  2021:

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How many good science sources does your newsroom have?

July 18,  2021: Meet one organization that’s offering you 23,000 weather or science experts — for free.

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FCC's Carr Calls for 'Net Version of TV Martí to Connect Cubans

July 14, 2021: Joins DeSantis and Rubio in pushing Biden Administration

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Erika Pulley-Hayes selected to lead WAMU

July 13, 2021: American University named Erika Pulley-Hayes as GM of its public radio station WAMU in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.

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NewsON Debuts Redesigned App

July 8, 2021: Upgrade improves user experience and simplifies navigation to local newscasts from 275+ stations

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FCC Proposes Fining Gray Half Million Dollars for Alleged Ownership Violation

July 7, 2021: Concludes it violated ban on owning top two stations in market

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Sinclair’s WUTV/Fox 29 Launches Local News Operations

July 6, 2021: Debuts a 10 p.m. nightly newscast in the Buffalo, New York market

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U.S. Lags Way Behind South Korea in 5G Speeds

July 2, 2021: New research from Speedcheck finds that 5G speeds are 10X faster in South Korea