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Google Fiber is now in Louisville thanks to new fiber deployment strategy

Microtrenching is used by Google Fiber and other companies to install fiber without making giant holes in the ground. Instead of a foot-wide trench, a microtrench is about an inch wide and four inches deep. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Nielsen Beefs Up SVOD Ratings, Says NBCU, Disney-ABC, A+E And Five Other Content Players Are On Board

Specifically, that means tracking shows as they play on Netflix. Customers at launch include NBCUniversal, Disney-ABC, A+E Networks, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. Television and three more that Nielsen did not name. The new SVOD metrics will include not just ratings but data points such as reach, frequency and segmentation reporting, elements common for years in the world of linear TV. Streaming on Amazon Prime and Hulu are expected to follow in 2018, but for now the expansion covers Netflix–and, significantly, not on mobile devices. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood

Netflix Wins Bidding War for ‘Power,’ White Hot Spec Script (EXCLUSIVE)

Details of the project are being kept under wraps, as is the sale’s price, but this was a hot one. “Power” is a sci-fi thriller and will be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The pair are long-time collaborators. They recently partnered on 2016’s “Nerve,” a thriller with James Franco and Emma Roberts that was a sleeper hit for Lionsgate. They also directed “Viral,” a twisty horror movie about a deadly contagion that came out the same year. – Brent Lang, Variety

Amazon Studios suspends chief Roy Price following harassment allegations

Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, has been suspended after allegations of sexual harassment were leveled at him by Isa Hackett, one of the producers of the company’s first series, The Man in the High Castle. A potentially cozy relationship with disgraced Hollywood power broker Harvey Weinstein may also have contributed to his ouster. – Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch
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