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Comcast Unveils Watchable, Its Streamed Entertainment Service

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Comcast formally challenged Google’s YouTube, Facebook, and Verizon’s Go90 this morning as it announced the launch of the beta version of Watchable, its widely anticipated ad-supported streaming service. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood

Epix Will Let Subscribers Download Some Movies And Shows For Offline Viewing

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Downloading will be available sometime this month. Only certain titles will be available, but they will include franchises such as The Hunger Games, James Bond, and Star Trek plus “original documentaries and music and comedy events featuring marquee talent including Katy Perry, Craig Ferguson, Louis CK, Mark Maron and more,” Epix says. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood

Court Rejects Effort To Block FCC Net Neutrality Rules

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association acknowledges that the effort to secure a stay was “always a long shot.” But it, too, says that it is pleased with the expedited schedule. “We are now ready to get to the merits of the case and are confident as ever that we will prevail.” – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood

Showtime Will Introduce Standalone Online Service In Early July

[I]t’s official, and comes with details: The service, which doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription, will be called Showtime — just like the channel. It will cost $10.99 a month, underpricing HBO Now at $14.99. And it will launch in early July, in time for the July 12 debut of the new seasons of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. It will initially just be available via Apple. But Showtime doesn’t have an exclusivity arrangement, like the one Apple had with HBO when it launched its standalone service in April[.] – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood

Subscribers Still Hate Their Cable And Broadband Providers – Study

Subscription Television Services and Internet Service Providers (often the same companies) were tied with a benchmark score of 63 — making them by far the lowest rated of all industries in the annual survey of 70,000 customers. They’re right behind the US Postal Service and Fixed Line Telephone Services, with scores of 69. […] Subscription TV’s group score was down 3.1% from last year. Time Warner Cable was at the bottom, down 9% to 51 […] Comcast saw the biggest drop, falling 10% to 54 — tying the low score it hit in 2008. Charter Communications, now in the process of buying TWC, was up 5% to 63. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood

Will “Unprecedented” Ad Agency Reviews Hurt TV’s Upfront Market?

The volume of reviews is “unprecedented,” Pivotal Research Group’s Brian Wieser says, as companies question whether they’ve been shortchanged in the often opaque dealmaking process. Over the last eight weeks, accounts worth a total of $13 billion a year in spending have come under review. They include blue chip names such as Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Fox, L’Oreal USA, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Citibank, Sony, and Volkswagen. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood

Discovery Chief Says U.S. TV Market Is Weakening While Overseas Grows

The anemia partly reflects what [CEO David Zaslav,Discovery] sees as a Nielsen Company problem as it catches up with people who watch TV shows on mobile and digital devices. “It’s critical that it gets measured, and that hasn’t been the case,” he says. “There’s stuff falling off the table that we’re not getting credit for.” – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood 

FCC Chief Warns Cable Ops: Don’t Thwart Broadband Competitiors

In making his case, Wheeler touched on Comcast’s aborted $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The FCC “recognized that broadband had to be at the center of our analysis, and that video was, in essence, an application that flows over networks and that could be supplied both by the owners of facilities and by competitors that use broadband pathways to compete against the owners of those broadband pathways.” – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood

ESPN Sues Verizon For Breaching Contract With “Custom TV” Offering

ESPN filed a public summons at the New York State Supreme Court giving Verizon 20 days to respond. If it doesn’t, then the Disney-owned channel will ask for at least $500,000 in damages. But ESPN also sent a detailed lawsuit to Verizon. Since their contract is confidential, they have to negotiate what information can be disclosed when the suit itself is publicly filed. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood  
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