News of Note—Comcast sets Watchathon record; DirecTV has Puerto Rican blackout

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> Comcast said its latest Xfinity Watchathon broke another viewing record, as subscribers watched 105 million hours of TV shows and movies during the annual, weeklong VOD bingefest. Multichannel News article

> WAPA-TV Puerto Rico is off DirecTV in a retransmission consent dispute. Multichannel News article

> Both Verizon and AT&T spent more on their networks in the first quarter than some Wall Street analysts had expected, a noteworthy situation as both carriers race toward 5G network launches later this year. FierceWireless article

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> E.W. Scripps today reported its first-quarter results and tucked into its earnings report some information about virtual MVPDs’ impact on its local media business. FierceVideo article

> Windstream managed to slow high-speed internet defections slightly according to the company's latest earnings, which show that the company lost just 2,200 subscribers during the first quarter. DSLReports article

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