Merger supporter Rahm Emanuel got $100K from Comcast; CNN ratings spike 40%

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> Cleveland Browns fans, as well as NFL fans in many other markets, are set to be impacted by Raycom's blackout of DirecTV, as the retrans impasse converges with pro football's opening weekend. Story

> The median age of broadcast TV viewers has increased by 6 percent to 44.4 years, MoffettNathanson says in its U.S. media report (subscription only).

> Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger supporter and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the political committees he supports received $100,000 in campaign money from Comcast. Story

> Netflix has filed a brief with the FCC asking the commission to end state laws that restrict municipally supported broadband. Story

> Verizon agreed to pay the FCC $7.4 million in fines for using the personal information of customers for marketing purposes. Story

> Buoyed by major news stories, including the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., CNN experienced a 40 percent uptick in prime time viewership in August that led to it surpassing MSNBC and finishing No. 2 in the cable news ratings race. Story

> Digital piracy of the AMC series Breaking Bad increased from 27,500 illicit views per day to 141,000 after the show won three major primetime Emmys. Story

And finally... Broadcom has introduced a new wireless chipset that will boost theoretical connection speeds from mobile devices to Wi-Fi routers to 650 Mbps. Story