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12/14/2017

Redbox on Wednesday launched Redbox On Demand, a digital service that allows customers to purchase streaming video rentals for movies and TV shows. Content from studios such as Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. will be available, but Disney content will not, as the company has not had a direct deal with Redbox since 2012.

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12/14/2017

Walt Disney Co. confirmed today that it intends to purchase most of 21st Century Fox's assets in a deal valued at $52.4 billion. Although the merger will have to gain regulatory approval before closing, Disney CEO Robert Iger has already signed a fourth contract extension to stay on with the company through 2021 to oversee the anticipated transition.

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12/14/2017

The NBA on Wednesday announced that it will begin livestreaming games from its G League on Twitch, offering up to six games per week via livestreaming and on-demand. Popular personalities from the platform will provide in-game commentary.

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12/14/2017

Comedy Central has acquired rerun rights for all nine seasons of NBC's "The Office." The show will debut in a marathon slated to begin Jan. 15.

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12/14/2017

Comcast is providing its customers with improved whole-home Wi-Fi with the launch of xFi Pods. These devices, which the company is providing at no cost, work with Comcast's gateways to create a mesh network to improve Wi-Fi signals.

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12/13/2017

AT&T has a better chance of gaining approval for its proposed Time Warner merger after promising in a legal filing not to allow the Turner networks it is buying to go "dark" for seven years in any disputes with pay-TV distributors, research firm MoffettNathanson wrote in a report. Other analysts said AT&T may have to sell Turner's on-CNN networks to satisfy the Justice Department.

12/13/2017

YouTube TV was launched in 34 US markets this week, putting its US market count at 83. Metro areas that were added include Tucson, New Orleans and Providence, R.I.

12/13/2017

A group of Senate Democrats and independents on Tuesday sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to rethink rolling back net neutrality in a proposal that's set for a vote Thursday. Meanwhile, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., called for congressional action to resolve the debate in a way that encourages investment while also protecting consumers.

12/13/2017

Fox News is 2017's top cable news network for total day and prime time, but MSNBC is gaining ground. Total-day viewers for MSNBC were up 47%, while prime-time viewers rose by 50%.

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12/13/2017

Discovery will debut its new series, "The Interrogation Room," on Jan. 4. The premiere episode will feature an investigation of the murder of Brent Luttrell in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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