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Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

The Fox Networks Group has wrapped its upfront negotiations with volume increases of around 5 percent in CPM and gains in the high single-digits to low double-digits.
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NBC Olympics will churn out an unprecedented 4,500 hours of live event coverage from Rio available across digital devices … and cord-cutters will be largely shut out from NBC’s Rio live-video lineup.
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Fox said it would begin live-streaming its primetime programming in a bid to target viewers who want to tune into programs on the web instead of traditional TV. It will be available in 210 TV markets nationwide through its website and the Fox Now app.
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CBS News and Twitter said they entered a partnership to stream live coverage of both events.
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ABC isn’t the only TV network generating its own digital series right now. But unlike NBC’s Seeso, or the “Star Trek” reboot CBS is going to run on its All Access service, the ABC stuff is free. And it doesn’t require a pay TV subscription, either.
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According to Seth Winter, executive vice president for ad sales for the NBC Sports Group, the ad revenue total for Rio is approaching $1.2 billion, with orders still being taken.
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ABC completed its upfront negotiations, securing increased volume and price hikes that were close to 10%, according to sources familiar with the situation.
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Raycom TV and comScore signed a new contract that expands the number of markets in which Raycom stations get ratings data exclusively from comScore to 56.
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“It’s impossible to understand the future of this country if you don’t understand it bilingually. It makes no sense for us not to look at both languages.”
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The NBCU Content Studio announced a cross-portfolio partnership, the studio’s first major partnership, with Sabra Dipping Company to launch a satirical campaign inspired by popular culinary how-to videos.
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U.S. TV station M&A volume reached $681.2 million in the second quarter of 2016.
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Gray has agreed to pay $270 million in cash for two Nexstar stations, WBAY (ABC), in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and KWQC (NBC) in Davenport, Iowa.
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Scripps’ core business remains broadcast television. Executives told current and potential investors the business has high barriers to entry, but remains a very good business to be in.
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The network has sewn up between 3% and 5% more cash than it did a year ago, which should bring the value of its overall advance commitments to around $2.5 billion.
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NBCUniversal says its networks and digital platforms will present an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Audience measurement company comScore said it signed a deal to provide ratings for three Hearst Television stations.
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CBS’ Les Moonves says the current upfront market for the network is very strong -- much better than a year ago.
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It’s still possible to monetize your content and grow revenues in the face of cord-cutting and skinny bundles.
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ESPN, along with Fox Sports and CBS, will pay a total of $2.64 billion for a six-year deal with the Big 10.
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Further expanding local Spanish-language news offerings, the Telemundo Station Group announced 14 of its O&Os are going to launch 5 p.m. newscasts.
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