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Why live PBS streaming is taking so long (and how to deal with it)

For PBS, this process is inherently trickier because all of its member stations are independently owned. Some stations may be jointly managed by a state or regional network, but unlike a Sinclair or in the for-profit world, there are no mega-broadcasters that own large numbers of PBS stations across the country. That means PBS can’t simply work out blanket deals with broadcaster groups and have them provide live feeds to streaming services in bulk… – Jared Newman, TechHive » http://bit.ly/2HYKxzC
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House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public

On Thursday this week, the Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing about the impact of Pai’s net neutrality repeal on consumers, small businesses, and free speech. Witnesses who have been invited to testify at the hearing include former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, cable industry chief lobbyist Michael Powell (who is also a former FCC chairman), and representatives of Mozilla, Free Press, and Eastern Oregon Telecom. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/2HZDcQ6

PlayStation dominated gaming industry TV spend in December

PlayStation led with $38.1 million in estimated spend on 13 commercials that ran over 5,300 times, generating 1.8 billion impressions. “Journey Ahead” was the spot with the biggest budget (est. $7.7 million). The company prioritized reaching a sports-loving audience, allocating spend across networks including ESPN, Fox, and Adult Swim, and during programming such as NFL Football, College Football, and NBA Basketball. – Eleanor Semeraro, iSpot.tv via VentureBeat » http://bit.ly/2FvEjV6

French broadcasters yanking content off Netflix to build their own streaming service

Last summer, French broadcasters France Télévisions, M6 et TF1 unveiled plans for Salto. This OTT service would be like Netflix, but focused on French content, presumably for viewers in France. The deal was yet another sign of the growing resentment in Europe, particularly in creative fields, about the loss of control to U.S. tech giants. – Chris O’Brien, VentureBeat » http://bit.ly/2FmK5cj

Disney+ won’t debut any Star Wars movies for streaming

[CEO Bob] Iger also said he doesn’t know how much subscribing to the service will cost. “We haven’t even decided what we’re going to charge for it,” he said. Iger previously said that Disney’s streaming service will be priced below rival Netflix’s monthly rate, which is $11 a month for a standard plan in the US. – Joan E. Solsman, CNET https://cnet.co/2LPqSjV

Huawei and ZTE may face new US ban via White House executive order

Specifically, the executive order would allegedly order the U.S. Commerce Department to bar U.S. companies from using parts and equipment from companies that the government believes could pose a national security risk. The order, which reportedly has not been finalized, would use the government’s International Emergency Economic Powers Act as its foundation, which allows the White House to regulate and control commerce in the event of a national emergency. – John Callaham, Android Authority http://bit.ly/2RfEE4x

Amazon and Hulu Overlap Most on Films, Amazon and Netflix on TV

On the day Reelgood looked, of the 12,764 movies on Amazon Video$8.99 at Amazon—and that’s just the films included with a Prime account for “free”—a full 530 were also available on Hulu$5.99 at Hulu. That’s’ almost one-third of Hulu’s movie library. 277 of the Amazon selection were also on NetflixFree at iTunes Store. The numbers dwindle more when you compare Hulu and Netflix: only 52 films in common. And across all three services, only seven films were available on each. – Eric Griffith, PCMag http://bit.ly/2ECQq2c

Lifetime Drama ‘You’ Moves to Netflix for Season 2

The drama series will return for its second season on Netflix instead, with the first season to be made available on the streamer beginning on Dec. 26. A premiere date for the second season has not been set. The move comes despite the fact that Lifetime renewed the series for a second season before the Season 1 premiere in September. – Joe Otterson, Variety https://ift.tt/2BOjXnO

Comcast raises cable TV bills again—even if you’re under contract

The new price hikes will take effect in most of Comcast’s regional markets across the US on January 1, but some cities will get the increase later in 2019, a Comcast spokesperson told Ars. The fee sizes can vary by city based on which stations are available, so in some cases they could be less than $10 and $8.25, Comcast said. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2RftxVX
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