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December 23, 2018 3:47 AM Tony Harrison upsets Jermell Charlo, wins junior middleweight world title

Tony Harrison pulled a major upset to win a junior middleweight world title by controversially outpointing Jermell Charlo on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Harrison, in his second world title opportunity, won by scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 to claim the belt from Charlo, who was making his fourth title defense 59

November 10, 2018 2:04 AM China cracks down on celebrity hype and fake click-through rates

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese broadcasters and online entertainment sites should avoid celebrity hype and crack down on fake audience and click-through rates, state media quoted the National Radio and Television Administration as saying. The edict comes after Beijing ordered A-list movie star Fan Bingbing to pay about 884 million yuan ($129 million) in taxes 66

October 24, 2018 5:02 PM Pay-TV, Video-on-Demand outgrowing ad-funded TV in Germany

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Pay-TV and Paid Video-on-Demand are expected to rapidly outgrow advertising funded TV in Germany this year, an industry association said, as commercial broadcasters struggle to compete with rivals like Netflix. Revenues from subscription TV and video are seen growing by 10.7 percent to 3.4 billion euros ($3.9 billion), the VAUNET 56

October 1, 2018 7:34 PM FCC Moves to Free Up More Airwaves

Regulators are proposing to open up airwaves for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi WASHINGTON—Federal regulators are proposing to free up a broad swath of underused airwaves for Wi-Fi and broadband, as part of their efforts to deploy next-generation 5G wireless technology around the U.S., officials said. The move will open up airwaves now used by a range 96

September 28, 2018 6:08 AM Netflix to double investments in France, produce more local shows

PARIS (Reuters) - Streaming service Netflix Inc. (NFLX.O) plans to double its investments in France and produce 14 local shows, twice as many as previously planned, Chief Executive Reed Hastings said Friday. Hastings did not disclose how much Netflix would invest in France, though it would be “many millions of euros”, he told French radio station BFM Business 51

September 20, 2018 5:18 PM Britain preparing to set up internet regulator: Buzzfeed

(Reuters) - The UK government is working on plans to set up an internet regulator, Buzzfeed News reported on Thursday. The regulator would, if established, hold technology companies accountable for content published on their websites and sanction sites if they failed to take down illegal material and hate speech within hours, the report said. Buzzfeed 46

September 5, 2018 9:48 AM Iran forgoes plans to transfer funds from Germany after U.S. opposition: sources

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Iran is forgoing plans for now to transfer about 300 million euros ($347 million) in funds held in Germany to Iran after strong opposition from the United States, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The funds are held at the Hamburg-based Europaeisch-Iranische Handelsbank (eihbank). The bank was not immediately 43

July 25, 2018 5:32 PM Court Rejects Challenge to Relaxed TV-Station Merger Rules

Decision bolsters local broadcasters seeking consolidations, including Sinclair Broadcast Group WASHINGTON—A revised federal rule that eased limits on the size of TV-station groups dodged a challenge on Wednesday, with an appeals court handing down a decision that could bolster local broadcasters—including Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.—seeking approval 40

July 13, 2018 2:02 PM Despite sanctions, Crimea joins Russia's World Cup party

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - Like soccer fans worldwide, people in the Crimean city of Sevastopol wanted to enjoy watching the World Cup together on big screens in public places. They managed to do so, even though Crimea is subject to Western sanctions over Russia’s annexation of the region from Ukraine in 2014 and the World Cup’s organizers and sponsors 44

July 13, 2018 12:23 AM NASCAR notebook: Haley ready to rebound from Xfinity near miss

Yes, the 19-year-old nearly scored his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory with a last-lap pass at Daytona International Speedway last Friday. TV and radio broadcasters proclaimed Haley the winner, but upon further review, the driver of the No. 24 GMS Chevy was penalized for going below the double-yellow line to advance his position. He was scored 18th, the last driver 52