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AT&T has officially closed its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, after a review process that lasted over a year.

Over-the-top (OTT) service provider Hulu is considering adding an advertisement-free tier to its service for a monthly subscription of about $12-$14.

NBC recently renewed its Vietnam-era drama, Aquarius, for a second season — indicating the network’s confidence in the success of its unusual, hybrid release approach with the series.

Univision Holdings is now formally prepared to go public — a move that promises to be the largest media IPO in more than a decade. One of the reasons for that is its enviably loyal Hispanic viewership and smart content choices.

CBS last week said that it would launch a Showtime streaming service through Hulu in early July, making it the first time a premium channel is available on Hulu.

Google’s YouTube is launching a real-time video news service called YouTube Newswire. It’s meant to be a direct competitor to the power of other crowd-sourced social news sources, like Twitter, Periscope, Meerkat, Facebook and Instagram. But the real value may lie in pursuing an acquisition strategy to align synergies between YouTube and an existing market-maker.