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Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

ABC signed up for Nielsen’s National Out-of-Home Reporting Service. This agreement provides ABC with OOH viewing data, including ratings for all content aired on the network for live-plus-seven days of time-shifted viewing.
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Trying to gauge what it can sell directly to cord cutters, NBC is launching its direct-to-consumer product, Premier League. Though NBC will air 250 matches on its television networks, it’s planning to move 130 games to its stream.
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Fox Networks Group lowered the national ad load in the broadcast of the Teen Choice Awards by 20%, but the awards show is on track to book 30% more ad revenue than last year.
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The TV Academy is starting its negotiations with the four major broadcast networks for a new Primetime Emmys deal ahead of 2018 telecast on NBC.
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Seeso, NBC’s streaming comedy subscription service, is folding. The service started as a niche alternative to Hulu, Amazon and Netflix, but struggled to maintain a steady subscriber base.
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Hulu announced that it forged deals with seven more smaller-market CBS affiliates, upping the number of local CBS stations available on its virtual MVPD service to 115.
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Hearst is leading a $133M funding round for SVOD service Iflix that is fending off the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in emerging markets.
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Raycom Media completed its $51.8 million purchase of Fox affiliate WVUE New Orleans (DMA 50), from Tom Benson’s Louisiana Media Co.
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CBS Corp. reported results for the second quarter of 2017 that included a 4% in Local Media revenue to $412 million, up from $396 million in the same period of 2016.
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Gray Television reported second quarter revenue of $226.7 million, up 15% from the same quarter a year ago.
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Nexstar Broadcasting Group reported record financial results for the second quarter, which included net revenue of $626 million. It was the first full quarter following the company’s acquisition of Media General.
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Nexstar Media Group agreed to acquire the non-spectrum operating assets of CW affiliate WLWC Providence, R.I. (DMA 52) for $4.1 million from OTA Broadcasting.
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Montgomery, AL-based broadcasting company Raycom Media is shifting some of its digital production to Atlanta, taking 14 jobs out of Montgomery.
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"There's been such an outpouring of love from the fans," Greenblatt said. "Will & Grace" closed its initial run with an average 8.6M viewers. If the reboot delivers even a third of those targeted viewers, it will be judged a howling success.
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Antenna TV will be getting onboard with a 1970s-themed Caribbean cruise next March, adding retro TV talent, programming, panels and parties to the five-day excursion.
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DirecTV Now just completed its offerings of the Big Four broadcast networks by adding CBS, which includes The CW, Showtime, Pop, and CBS Sports Network to AT&T’s live streaming service.
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CBS Corp signed a deal for its shows to feature on AT&T Inc's DirecTV Now online streaming service. Under the agreement, DirecTV Now will stream CBS, CBS Sports, the CW channel and many of CBS' local broadcast stations. Customers will also have the option to buy a subscription to CBS' premium Showtime network.
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When NBCU merged its linear and digital sales teams in 2015, its client partnerships team assumed a greater role within its sales organization. Led by client partnerships EVP Ali Tarrant, they became the broadcaster’s conduit to brand marketers and CMOs, with their reach extending beyond broadcast television.
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The E.W. Scripps Co. reported 2Q revenue from its television group of $193 million, up about 1% from the prior-year quarter. Retransmission revenue increased $12.6 million, and political advertising revenue declined $5.9 million in the second quarter of 2017.
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Entravision Communications Corp. reported that its television segment revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2017 fell 4% from $39.2 million in 2016 $37.8 million.
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