As the July 4th fireworks vanished, cable deal talks are flying high. On the OTT front, Fri marked the deadline for submitting bids for Hulu, and the streaming service has reportedly shortened the list of potential suitors to DirecTV, The Chernin Group and Guggenheim Digital Media, with some reports pegging DirecTV as the frontrunner. DirecTV was also among the reported major distributors, including Time Warner Cable and Charter, that are seeking OTT rights deals with programmers. More on the potential deals, analysts’ takes and the continued rumors of a possible merger between Charter and Time Warner Cable.

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Mon was a busy people announcement day at Turner and 21st Century Fox properties. Read on for details on the restructuring.

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The T-Nets are feeling the ratings success with the start of March Madness. While Fox News held the No. 1 spot in prime for the week with an average of 1.99 million viewers P2+, TNT (1.84 million), TBS (1.79 million) and truTV (1.16 million) took the No. 2-4 spots, respectively.

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