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A DirectTV dish stands on home in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Venezuelan President Maduro’s opponents want AT&T’s DirecTV unit to restore a number of channels it was required to take down from its lineup. But forcing AT&T to do the political bidding of Maduro’s foes could lead to retaliation and likely exit from a market where it has a whopping 44% market share. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP Exclusive: AT&T under pressure to defy Maduro's censors

Jan. 17, 2020 11:23 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Last April, as a military uprising roiled Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government ordered pay TV providers to immediately cease transmission of CNN and the BBC. DirecTV, which is wholly owned by AT&T, quickly obliged, yanking the two networks off the air as live images...

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....

In this image released by ABC, host Alex Trebec, left, appear with contestants, James Holzhauer, center, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, right, on the set of

'Jeopardy' tournament matching 3 stars a big hit for ABC

Jan. 14, 2020 5:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Jeopardy!” tournament matching the game show's three most accomplished and well-known players has proven to be a big hit for ABC, which clearly hopes the competition goes on as long as possible. The three matches between Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter were...

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 May 29, 2018 file photo,  Richard Plepler attends the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts American Songbook Gala at Alice Tully Hall in New York.  The former head of HBO has signed an exclusive production deal with Apple to make TV shows and movies for the iPhone maker's new streaming service, Apple TV Plus.  Plepler is well-known in the entertainment industry and cultivated HBO's reputation for “prestige” TV. He left HBO shortly after AT&T bought its parent company, Time Warner, and began transforming the media company to propel its own upcoming streaming service, HBO Max.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Ex-HBO head to make TV, movies for Apple's streaming service

Jan. 3, 2020 2:39 PM EST

The former head of HBO, Richard Plepler, has signed an exclusive production deal with Apple to make TV shows and movies for the iPhone maker's new streaming service, Apple TV Plus. Plepler is well known in the entertainment industry and cultivated HBO's reputation for “prestige” TV. He left 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...

This combination photo shows, clockwise from top left, Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif., Claire Foy and Matt Smith in a scene from

How streaming, diversity, #MeToo shaped TV decade of change

Dec. 11, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Game of Thrones” was both an unprecedented achievement and old-school role model in the TV decade that’s rolling its final credits. Installments of the elaborately produced hit were doled out one at a time by an established outlet, premium cable channel HBO. That...

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) runs in for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie (24) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

NFL, NCAA football fuel Fox TV's win of the prime-time week

Dec. 10, 2019 6:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fueled by both college and pro football, Fox won a rare title as champ of the broadcast week among networks. Fox's Thursday night NFL airing of the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears was the week's top show of any kind with 18.23 million viewers, and its broadcast of the Big 10 title game...

SpongeBob Square Pants & Gary balloon makes its way down Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

November sweeps victory makes NBC the king of network TV

Dec. 4, 2019 4:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's victory during the November ratings sweeps period means there's a new king of broadcast television — at least for now. The network ended CBS' 18-year winning streak in November, a period when ratings are watched closely to set advertising rates. A combination of factors,...

This image released by Scholastic Entertainment shows a scene from the reboot of  “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” The new show offers more diversity among the human characters and puts Clifford’s beloved 7-year-old owner, Emily Elizabeth, front and center in his Birdwell Island adventures. (Scholastic Entertainment via AP)

Clifford, everybody’s favorite big red dog, gets a reboot

Dec. 4, 2019 2:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Who’s your favorite big red dog? If you have one, chances are his name is Clifford. Scholastic Entertainment is rebooting the TV series about the giant dog with an equally large heart this week on Amazon Prime Video and PBS, the latter his home since the early aughts. The new show...