News of Note—Dish, Layer3, AT&T, Cox and more

news of note

> Dish Network has reached a deal with Citadel Communications, avoiding a blackout of ABC affiliate WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. TV Predictions article

> Layer3 TV has signed on to carry premium network Starz. Multichannel News article

> AT&T is offering DirecTV “NFL Sunday Ticket” customers offended by the player protest refunds. Bloomberg article

> Cox Communications has notified customers in San Diego that it will begin enforcing its 1 terabyte usage caps. Union Tribune article

> The National Association of Broadcasters is pushing back against wireless companies’ concerns over an ATSC 3.0 smart device tuner mandate, saying that it has not advocated for any such rules. FierceBroadcasting article

> HBO will spend $15 million each for the six episodes of “Game of Thrones” due to air as part of the series' final season in 2019. That blows past the $10 million per episode competitor Netflix spent on “The Crown” and well eclipses the average $5 million to $7 million spent per hour for cable and streaming dramas, according to the report. FierceBroadcasting article

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