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Media & Comm, editor's picks: Streaming services growth; NFL viewership gains

Here are the editor's top picks for the week.

Analysts: Potential Huawei ban could hurt UK 5G rollout

U.K. operators' exposure to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. was brought into sharp focus by the recent arrest of a top executive at the Chinese telecom giant. Cutting commercial ties with the vendor could be difficult, analysts said.

NFL games score turnaround, registering viewership gains in 2018

After sustaining declining viewership in recent years, NFL game telecasts rebounded during 2018, with each of the league's primary packages registering audience gains. According to the pro football league citing data from Nielsen Holdings PLC, game telecasts averaged 15.8 million viewers during the 2018 season, up from 14.9 million in 2017.

Streaming services register growth in 2018, ahead of major 2019 launches

Subscription video-on-demand services continued their ascent this year, with top players Netflix Inc., Inc.'s Prime Video and Hulu LLC all augmenting their programming spending and boosting their subscriber rolls. Projections by Kagan, a media research unit within S&P Global Market Intelligence, indicate that there should be nearly 168 million aggregate over-the-top video subscriptions in the U.S. by the end of 2018, generating some $13 billion in subscription revenues.

Huawei chairman: Industry-leading tech products prove themselves to the world

The rotating chairman of embattled telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies said the company is prepared to prove itself by producing industry-leading products in the face of backlash from countries concerned about the security of its equipment. In a blog post titled, "Fire is the test of gold," Chairman Guo Ping pointed to the company's sales contracts and revenue as signs of its support, even as countries such as the U.S., New Zealand and Australia have moved to block the use of its 5G equipment.

Q&A: BBC Studios Asia exec: Navigating China's regulation through local partners

BBC Studios Ltd.'s executive vice president for Asia, David Weiland, spoke to S&P Global Market Intelligence about the company's efforts to gain a deeper foothold in China and its multi-strategic approach in Asian markets.