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Digital giants in royal rumble over TV turf

Volume of shows expected to grow as Apple, Facebook, Google wade in even as viewers grapple with glut of programming and expanding number of streaming platforms

New York

APPLE has more than US$1 billion budgeted for original programming; Facebook wants its own version of Scandal; and Google is ready to spend up to US$3 million per episode on a drama.

The three digital giants have signalled to Hollywood that they are serious about entering...