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The logo for NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service, Peacock, is displayed on a computer screen on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in New York. NBCUniversal is expected to unveil the price and other details about Peacock on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

NBC hopes 'free' makes Peacock stand out in streaming era

Jan. 16, 2020 8:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal is launching a new streaming service that will have a large part available for free, an approach it hopes will resonate with people who aren't interested in traditional TV. The service, Peacock, will debut April 15 for customers of Comcast, NBCUniversal's parent company....

FILE - In this March 29, 2016, photo, Joanna Gaines, left, and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show,

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia network to debut on Oct. 4

Jan. 16, 2020 7:37 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Chip and Joanna Gaines' new Magnolia cable network will debut on Oct. 4, with a dozen shows currently in production. It's a joint venture with the Discovery network, whose president, Allison Page, told a TV critics meeting Thursday that the “Fixer Upper” couple will...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks from the Senate Chamber after the delivery of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Trump's defenders to play to many audiences in Senate trial

Jan. 16, 2020 12:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions watching on television, 100 senators seated silently in the Capitol, one man in the Oval Office with a twitchy Twitter finger. President Donald Trump’s impeachment team will be trying to appeal to multiple audiences when it mounts a defense of the president in his Senate...

North Carolina Sen. Tillis seeks 5 TV debates with Democrat

Jan. 15, 2020 4:07 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis on Wednesday proposed holding five televised debates with the Democratic nominee, starting this spring. At least one Democratic primary candidate, former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, said immediately he “is ready to debate Thom Tillis...

Awkwafina, from left, BD Wong, Bowen Yang, Lori Tan Chinn, Lucia Aniello, Karey Dornetto and Teresa Hsiao speak at the

Awkwafina gets 2nd season of new cable network comedy series

Jan. 14, 2020 2:47 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Awkwafina may not have an Oscar nomination, but the breakout star has already secured a second-season renewal of her new Comedy Central series. “Awkwafina is Nora from Queeens” debuts Jan. 22. The network said Tuesday it was adding a second season for the show based on...

A worker helps set up a booth before CES International, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

CES gadget show: How watching TV will change in the 2020s

Jan. 5, 2020 7:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — What will watching TV be like in the 2020s? Amid new gadgets and glitz, the CES tech show in Las Vegas aims to offer some answers, many of which boil down to more streaming and more efforts to glue you to your phone. The show's keynote addresses, once dominated by computer and chip...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, Bill O'Reilly, right, arrives before President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the New York City Veterans Day Parade at Madison Square Park in New York. The Discovery Channel says a television show featuring O’Reilly is not an official program on their network after receiving backlash for the former Fox News host's appearance on the show amid sexual harassment allegations against him. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Bill O'Reilly guest spot on TV show not a part of Discovery

Jan. 4, 2020 8:28 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Discovery Channel says a television show featuring Bill O’Reilly is not an official program on their network after receiving backlash for the former Fox News host's appearance on the show amid sexual harassment allegations against him. A Discovery Channel spokesman said the...

Clemson safety Nolan Turner (24) celebrates after his interception against Ohio State during the final minute of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

College football leads ESPN to week of television supremacy

Dec. 31, 2019 3:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With a feast of football, ESPN outpaced all of the broadcasters to be the most-watched network on television during holiday week. The showcase was ESPN's college football championship semi-finals, which together averaged 19.3 million viewers and outpaced last year's games by 6%, the Nielsen...

Maine's a la carte cable law blocked, at least temporarily

Dec. 23, 2019 3:19 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new Maine law requiring cable companies to provide television programming on a channel-by-channel basis is on hold due to the actions of a federal judge. Cable companies sued to stop the law, which would be the first of its kind in the country. U.S. District Court Judge Nancy...

Cable providers would have to prorate under Maine proposal

Dec. 20, 2019 1:00 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Cable providers would have to prorate fees when a customer disconnects if the Maine Legislature approves of a proposal in the coming session. Democratic Rep. Seth Berry of Bowdoinham has introduced the proposal, which he said would reform cable company billing practices that aren't...