Perhaps NFL Net should be smiling despite its carriage woes. It nearly tops the latest Beta Research study listing nets ops would like to add to their lineup by year-end: PBS Kids Sprout (71%), NFL (70%), Hallmark Movie Channel (70%) and CSTV (69%) were the top-ranked emerging digital nets that non-affiliates would like to carry. National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Discovery Kids and SOAPnet ranked first among mid-sized nets. Among total operators from large systems (100K) or more subs, the top-ranked emerging nets were Gospel Music Channel, CSTV, NFL Net and Si TV. NFL Net, Outdoor Channel, DIY and Hallmark Movie had the greatest recall of sales presentations, sales materials and trade ads from the past 12 months.

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The first College Football Playoff rankings will be exclusively revealed on ESPN on Nov 24 at 7pm. — HBO Max picked up the six-part documentary series “Inside the Life of Superstar Nicki Minaj.” –

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