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Streaming players up summer ante; more TV episodes leaked

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* This summer, Netflix Inc. and Inc. will join cable and broadcast networks in offering viewers an array of choices. Netflix's new summer series include "My Only Love Song," "Ozark," "Gypsy" and "Free Rein," and comedies "GLOW" and "Friends from College," while Amazon's Prime Video will premier animated series "Danger & Eggs;" comedic superhero show "The Tick;" and "The Last Tycoon," an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's final novel.

* A hacker, or group of hackers, called The Dark Overlord, leaked eight episodes of Walt Disney Co.'s ABC (US) show "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" on torrent website The Pirate Bay, Variety reports. "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" was set to premier on ABC on June 11. In May, The Dark Overlord breached the security of audio post-production company Larson Studios Inc. to leak episodes from the fifth season of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black."

* Facebook Inc. wants the social network to be a "hostile environment for terrorists," Reuters reports, citing an emailed statement by the company's director of policy Simon Milner. The statement came after British Prime Minister Theresa May urged internet companies to take a tougher stance on extremist ideology following the recent terrorist attack in London. Twitter Inc., meanwhile, has also stressed that it is taking action against militant propaganda on its platform.

Regulation & Policy

* Both Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. have filed in opposition of the temporary stay of the Federal Communications Commission's reinstatement of the UHF discount. The two broadcasters, which are in the midst of a $3.9 billion deal under which Sinclair is seeking to buy Tribune, said the stay fails on several fronts.


* Bozoma Saint John, head of global consumer marketing for Apple Inc.'s Apple Music, is planning to leave, Axios reports. The executive previously headed music and entertainment marketing for Pepsi.

* In more Apple news, the company's annual developer conference will kick off today in San Jose, Calif. The tech giant is expected to unveil a Siri-controlled smart speaker at the event along with other updates, reports.

* AT&T Inc. struck a deal to acquire Brocade Communications Systems' Vyatta network operating system and associated assets for an undisclosed sum, the company said. The deal is expected to close in early summer.

TV Networks

* In more Sinclair news, the broadcaster approached Steve Mosko, former chairman of Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Television, for a position at the company, London's Financial Times reports, citing two sources familiar with the matter. The talks come as the company plans to ramp up original programming.

Internet & OTT

* Hulu LLC will be the primary sponsor for 19 NASCAR races in 2017. Subscribers to Hulu's new live TV service received live access to an FS1 race on the June 4 weekend, the company said.

Film & TV Programming

* Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. and DC Comics have struggled to breathe new creative life into the studio's superhero movies, leading to a string of critical disappointments. But where the heroes stumbled, a heroine succeeded. Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman" topped the domestic box office for the June 4 weekend with $100.5 million, followed by 20th Century Fox's "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" at No. 2 with $23.5 million, and Disney's "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" at No. 3 with $21.6 million, according to comScore Inc. Disney's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" slipped to No. 4 with $9.7 million, while Paramount's "Baywatch" took the fifth spot with $8.5 million.

Featured news

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Hires and Fires Europe: European Media & Comm moves through May 31: ITV, EBU, Samsung: S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a biweekly rundown of executive and board changes in the European media and communications industries.

Best of SNL: Media & Comm, editor's picks: Cord cutting, upfront ad sales and Cannes Film Festival stories are among the media and communications editor's top five picks for the week ended June 2.

Best of SNL: Media & Comm, most read: S&P Global Market Intelligence presents the five most read media and communications articles for the week ended June 2.

NTT DOCOMO starts 5G trials in Japan; Vodafone to launch NB-IoT networks in ANZ: S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a biweekly roundup of the latest developments in technology in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Daily Dose Europe: EU may probe Qualcomm-NXP deal; Deutsche Telekom plans to divest tower assets: EU regulators could probe Qualcomm Inc.'s planned purchase of NXP Semiconductors after Qualcomm failed to offer concessions before the deadline, while Deutsche Telekom AG may sell 49% of its shares in its towers unit Deutsche Funkturm.

The Daily Dose Asia-Pacific: Apple, Amazon backing Foxconn's Toshiba bid; SoftBank fund looks to add US$7B: SoftBank Group Corp.'s Vision Fund could get an additional US$7B investment, while Foxconn Technology Group has financial support from Apple and Amazon in its bid for Toshiba Corp.'s memory chip business.

Featured research

Global Multichannel: Italy's broadband capacity increasingly ready for UHD services: The number of "UHD ready" broadband subscriptions in Italy increased 98.4% in 2016, with more than 1.5 million Italian households subscribing to fixed broadband services with average connection speeds faster than 15 Mbps.

Economics of Advertising: Outdoor, out-of-home ad revenue down 1% in Q1: Outdoor ad revenue for OUTFRONT Media Inc., Lamar Advertising Co. and Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. declined 1.0% in the first quarter, attributed to softness in some international markets, national ad revenue demand and adverse currency exchange rate movements.

Economics of Advertising: Pro, college hoops top April telecast ratings: The 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and games from the first round of the NBA playoffs were the most-watched programs on broadcast and cable nets in April, based on data from comScore's TV Essentials.

Technology: Comcast pushes further into home networks with xFi rollout and Plume investment: Comcast Corp. continued its push to ensure the performance of its broadband services within subscribers' homes with the recent rollout of its Xfinity xFi dashboard and an investment in private mesh Wi-Fi device startup, Plume Networks.

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