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The Wrap - 3/23/18 - More repack funds, trouble at YouTube and in-car audio expansion

Thursday, March 22, 2018 1:12 PM | Anonymous

$1 Billion in Additional Repack Funds Included in Bill 

On Wednesday, omnibus appropriations legislation that includes $1 billion in additional funding for the broadcast spectrum incentive auction repack was released. The bill appropriates $600 million for the spectrum auction repack fund in FY 2018, with up to $350 million authorized for full-power stations’ relocation, up to $150 million for low-power TV station and translator relocation, up to $50 million for radio stations’ expenses and $50 million for consumer education.

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YouTube wants the news audience, but not the responsibility

After coming under fire for promoting fake news, conspiracy theories, and misinformation around events like the Parkland school shooting, YouTube says it will take a number of steps to fix the problem. But the Google-owned video platform still seems to be trying to have its cake and eat it too when it comes to being a media entity.

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RadioDNS Certification Secured For DTS

DTS has successfully completed RadioDNS compliance testing.This means that the Xperi-owned DTS Connected Radio platform “will enable an engaging in-car radio experience for drivers around the world,” the company says.

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Why Stopping Fraudulent Advertising On Television Before It Even Starts Is A Smart Idea

The litany of problems that surround digital advertising should be quite familiar to anyone in the media industry at this point. There’s bot traffic creating fake views. Ads disappear “below the fold.” New problems crop up almost daily: Google’s YouTube platform recently got caught up in a scam where hackers were able to take over users' computers to hijack their CPUs for cryptomining, crashing the computers in the process.

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Radio Station Apps Evolve At Exponential Pace

Over the air listening may continue to define the bread and butter of traditional radio, but mobile apps continue to beef up what broadcasters offer their audiences. While live streaming, on-demand content, social media and contesting have now become status quo in the app arena, evolution is a constant, as radio groups continue to extend their brands far beyond the airwaves.

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