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Media & Comm, most read: Netflix's near-term programming plans; DISH CEO change

Here are the most read stories of the week.

Netflix: 'House of Cards' will return without Spacey, but no live sports coming

Netflix Inc. shared its near-term programming plans at an investor show in Manhattan on Dec. 4. Speaking at UBS' Global Media and Communications Conference, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos reiterated Netflix's aversion to entering the live sports rights arena. Ultimately, he believes it is "less attractive" to spend $1 billion on sports rights and get involved as "a retailer in the middle" over the long haul because the leagues ultimately can go directly to consumer.

Viacom CEO: Mobile is 'next great growth leg for our business'

Having set the stage with a number of affiliate deals over the past year, Viacom Inc. CEO Bob Bakish believes the company is well-positioned to forge more productive deals during its next round of distribution negotiations. Bakish told investors at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that the content company in its fiscal 2017 did "significant work on the distribution side, including renewing or extending half of our [subscriber] base."

Comcast CFO: Company happy with current portfolio but open to deals

Comcast Corp. Senior Executive Vice President and CFO Michael Cavanagh said at an investor conference that though there is no "strategic necessity" the company will continue to look for "things out there that we could do that would create value for shareholders."

Washington Watch: Fake email accounts, comments raise questions about net neutrality overhaul

The Federal Communications Commission's Dec. 14 vote on overhauling its net neutrality regulations is approaching. But data from the Pew Research Center has called into question the validity of many of the public comments filed in the proceeding.

Analysts: DISH CEO change signals pay TV health; Wireless uncertainty remains

After Charlie Ergen stepped down as CEO of DISH Network Corp., analysts said in interviews that because the company's satellite business is largely back on track, Ergen is free to focus on the part of DISH's business that still needs the most attention: wireless. The move is reminiscent of 2011, when Ergen relinquished his CEO role only to reclaim it roughly four years later when DISH's satellite business was struggling.