It’s a big week for DirecTV, which on Wed premieres its 1st homegrown original series—a 10-ep, one-hour crime thriller called “Rogue” about a duplicitous cop (Thandie Newton) who infiltrates a mob family to find her son’s killer. The show will launch on Audience Network, the satcaster’s free net for subs and known more for acquisitions like “Damages” and “Friday Night Lights” than original productions. But with Rogue, that all changes. DirecTV Entertainment svp Chris Long discusses the challenges of DirecTV’s foray into originals territory.
 
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NCAA March Madness Live has garnered 45mln live video streams to date. Here’s how it ranked compared to last year’s NCAA tournament.
 
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