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'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' rises to No. 1 at the box office

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" crawled, slithered and flew its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $62.2 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday.

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' rises to No. 1 at the box office

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" crawled, slithered and flew its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $62.2 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Hazing, Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison

By CAITLIN DICKERSON and ALYSSA SCHUKAR

Inmates expose themselves and threaten rape. Male guards let them do it. Women who complain are ‘pretty much blackballed.’

Critic’s Pick: Review: β€˜My Brilliant Friend’ Is an Intimate Epic

By JAMES PONIEWOZIK

HBO’s newest series is a faithful rendering of the story by Elena Ferrante and a counterpoint to cable drama’s testosterone-driven past.

Justice Dept. Defends Legality of Trump’s Appointment of Acting Attorney General

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

Though even temporary appointments for high-ranking posts are usually filled by Senate-confirmed officials, the Constitution does not require it, a law enforcement official said.

New York Today: Amazon Looms, a Subway Death and Metropolitan Diary Returns

By AZI PAYBARAH

Amazon’s announcement of a headquarters in Queens today sets up a showdown between local officials, who are hesitant about the deal, and the mayor and governor who both want it.

Unitymedia continues DOCSIS 3.1 rollout / CEO interview

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German cable operator Unitymedia aims to provide over 1.3 million households with its DOCSIS 3.1-based 1Gbps high-speed internet access by the end of 2018, CEO Winni Rapp told Broadband TV News.

This corresponds to more than 10% of the households served by Unitymedia. Most recently, Frankfurt was added as the second Gigabit city after Bochum. Cologne and Düsseldorf will follow in December 2018, according to Rapp. Rapp did not yet want to say how the Gigabit expansion will continue in 2019.

A decision on the planned acquisition of Unitymedia by Vodafone is expected in mid-2019. The precondition is approval by the competition authorities. The Federal German Cartel Office announced today that it will request the transfer of the case from the European Commission to the German authority. “We are in a good, constructive dialogue with the authorities and are confident that the outcome of the case will be positive,” said Rapp.

The long-standing legal dispute with German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF over the controversial issue of carriage fees also ended with a positive result. Following the agreement with ARD on a new, long-term distribution contract, Unitymedia also reached an agreement with ZDF in September 2018.

As part of the settlement of the legal dispute, ZDF will pay Unitymedia €11.7 million euros in carriage fees retrospectively, confirmed Rapp. ARD pays €31.2 million. The figures are unveiled in the quarterly reports of parent company Liberty Global.

With a view to further developments in Q3 2018, Rapp said that Unitymedia had now converted all its internet customers to the new basic speed of 30Mbps which took place “faster than expected”. The free upgrade had received a very positive response from customers and increased customer satisfaction, said Rapp.

Over 80% of new customers now sign up for a data rate of 150Mbps or more. In September 2018, as many as one-third opted for the current maximum speed of 400Mbps which Unitymedia offers on its entire network outside the Gigabit cities.

The high speeds are also being used. Unitymedia customers consume an average of 179GB per month, twice as much as the average internet customer in Germany (90GB), said Rapp. “We are proud of that.”

Meanwhile network expansion continues. Since the start of the GigaBuild initiative in 2015, Unitymedia has connected more than half a million new households to its cable network. In Q3 2018 alone, 34,000 households were added. Rapp stressed that the footprint would be continuously extended.

16,000 Unitymedia customers opted for multimedia box Horizon in Q3 2018. In total, 770,000 of the more than 6 million Unitymedia customers now use the device. This corresponds to 12% of all TV customers.

In Switzerland, Liberty Global subsidiary UPC introduced the new Ultra HD/4K-capable receiver UPC TV Box on October 4, 2018. Rapp did not want to specify whether or when the Horizon successor will be deployed in Germany.

See our report on the Q3 2018 results of Unitymedia’s parent company Liberty Global.

Unitymedia continues DOCSIS 3.1 rollout / CEO interview

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German cable operator Unitymedia aims to provide over 1.3 million households with its DOCSIS 3.1-based 1Gbps high-speed internet access by the end of 2018, CEO Winni Rapp told Broadband TV News.

This corresponds to more than 10% of the households served by Unitymedia. Most recently, Frankfurt was added as the second Gigabit city after Bochum. Cologne and Düsseldorf will follow in December 2018, according to Rapp. Rapp did not yet want to say how the Gigabit expansion will continue in 2019.

A decision on the planned acquisition of Unitymedia by Vodafone is expected in mid-2019. The precondition is approval by the competition authorities. The Federal German Cartel Office announced today that it will request the transfer of the case from the European Commission to the German authority. “We are in a good, constructive dialogue with the authorities and are confident that the outcome of the case will be positive,” said Rapp.

The long-standing legal dispute with German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF over the controversial issue of carriage fees also ended with a positive result. Following the agreement with ARD on a new, long-term distribution contract, Unitymedia also reached an agreement with ZDF in September 2018.

As part of the settlement of the legal dispute, ZDF will pay Unitymedia €11.7 million euros in carriage fees retrospectively, confirmed Rapp. ARD pays €31.2 million. The figures are unveiled in the quarterly reports of parent company Liberty Global.

With a view to further developments in Q3 2018, Rapp said that Unitymedia had now converted all its internet customers to the new basic speed of 30Mbps which took place “faster than expected”. The free upgrade had received a very positive response from customers and increased customer satisfaction, said Rapp.

Over 80% of new customers now sign up for a data rate of 150Mbps or more. In September 2018, as many as one-third opted for the current maximum speed of 400Mbps which Unitymedia offers on its entire network outside the Gigabit cities.

The high speeds are also being used. Unitymedia customers consume an average of 179GB per month, twice as much as the average internet customer in Germany (90GB), said Rapp. “We are proud of that.”

Meanwhile network expansion continues. Since the start of the GigaBuild initiative in 2015, Unitymedia has connected more than half a million new households to its cable network. In Q3 2018 alone, 34,000 households were added. Rapp stressed that the footprint would be continuously extended.

16,000 Unitymedia customers opted for multimedia box Horizon in Q3 2018. In total, 770,000 of the more than 6 million Unitymedia customers now use the device. This corresponds to 12% of all TV customers.

In Switzerland, Liberty Global subsidiary UPC introduced the new Ultra HD/4K-capable receiver UPC TV Box on October 4, 2018. Rapp did not want to specify whether or when the Horizon successor will be deployed in Germany.

See our report on the Q3 2018 results of Unitymedia’s parent company Liberty Global.

German Cartel Office requests referral of Vodafone/Unitymedia merger case

By JΓΆrn Krieger

The Federal German Cartel Office intends to examine the takeover of German cable network operator Unitymedia by telecommunications group Vodafone itself and has requested the European Commission to refer the case to the German authority.

The request relates to the area of the merger which affects markets in Germany. The parties notified the European Commission in mid-October 2018 that Vodafone Group would like to acquire large parts of Liberty Global’s cable business in Europe. In Germany the intended acquisition involves the takeover of Unitymedia.

“In our view, this is a very suitable case for partial referral. Germany is particularly affected by the effects of the merger,” said Andreas Mundt, President of the Cartel Office. “The acquisition of Unitymedia could lead to considerable changes in the market conditions in the German cable TV and telecommunications industry.”

According to the European merger regulation, a case for which the European Commission is initially responsible due to formal criteria such as the turnover of the companies concerned, can under certain circumstances be completely or partially referred to one or several EU member states. In the case of a referral, the competition authority of the respective member state conducts the merger control examination under the national competition law of that country.

German Cartel Office requests referral of Vodafone/Unitymedia merger case

By JΓΆrn Krieger

The Federal German Cartel Office intends to examine the takeover of German cable network operator Unitymedia by telecommunications group Vodafone itself and has requested the European Commission to refer the case to the German authority.

The request relates to the area of the merger which affects markets in Germany. The parties notified the European Commission in mid-October 2018 that Vodafone Group would like to acquire large parts of Liberty Global’s cable business in Europe. In Germany the intended acquisition involves the takeover of Unitymedia.

“In our view, this is a very suitable case for partial referral. Germany is particularly affected by the effects of the merger,” said Andreas Mundt, President of the Cartel Office. “The acquisition of Unitymedia could lead to considerable changes in the market conditions in the German cable TV and telecommunications sector.”

According to the European merger regulation, a case for which the European Commission is initially responsible due to formal criteria such as the turnover of the companies concerned, can under certain circumstances be completely or partially referred to one or several EU member states. In the case of a referral, the competition authority of the respective member state conducts the merger control examination under the national competition law of that country.

Can Latin American Democracy Withstand the Populist Assault?

By JAVIER CORRALES

The region’s democratic systems have been tested by many authoritarian rulers throughout history. But lines of defense against its challengers often do their job.

HBO Disavows Trump’s Reference to β€˜Game of Thrones’ Trademark Phrase

By JULIA JACOBS

After President Trump tweeted “Sanctions Are Coming,” HBO issued a statement asking that its television show be kept out of politics.

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