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(Source: The NPD Group)

➢ Viewing hours from January through June 2021 made up 30% of the time U.S. consumers spent entertaining themselves.

➢ Reported time spent watching TV shows and movies in the U.S. in tht=e first half of 2021 rose 4% over last year.

➢ SVOD engagement has pulled back as consumers spend more time on travel and going out to eat. Time spent on experiences has grown 104% this year compared to last year’s numbers.

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October 6: Kaitz Virtual Event

October 11-14: SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Online

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“We’re exactly where we thought we would be at this stage of the process, and we expect the transaction to close in the first half of 2022. So we’re really pleased with how that’s moving along… here’s the reality. When you look at the rules around antitrust, there is no reason why this merger should not be approved, especially with the participation of big tech companies in media. When you look at the traditional rules of antitrust, we feel really good about the ability of this to be approved.”

– AT&T CFO Pascal Desroches speaking to investors at the Bank of America 2021 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference

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