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December 13, 2011News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • USA to take part in broadcast upfronts in May
    USA Network, which has been the highest-rated cable network in prime time for the past six years, will take part in May's broadcast network upfronts for the first time. Cable rivals TBS and TNT, which are part of Turner, already make presentations to advertisers at the broadcast upfronts, as does Disney's ESPN. Multichannel News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Discovery investor FMR buys more stock in programmer
    FMR, the investment company that owns Fidelity Management & Research, has increased its investment in Discovery Communications to 18.2% of its Class A stock, per a regulatory filing. FMR now holds about 25.7 million shares of Class A stock, compared with the 24.5 million it held on Sept. 30. The Hollywood Reporter (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Programming News 
  • New Disney princess "Sofia" is aimed at preschool set
    "Sofia the First" is the name of an original animated TV movie and series being created for the Disney Channel and the soon-to-be-launched Disney Junior channel. "Sofia," which is about a younger princess designed to be more appealing to small children, will air in movie form next fall and then become a series in 2013. Disney Junior, currently a block of programming on Disney Channel, will replace the company's SoapNet in 2012, serving as a separate network aimed at preschool-age viewers. Variety (subscription required) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Video 
  • In Demand is thinking outside the ring for 2012
    In Demand plans to further expand its lineup of "non-ring-sports" for pay-per-view showings next year. The service, co-owned by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and Bright House Networks, fielded 163 live events this year, compared with 71 in 2010. Among the new events were live worldwide soccer tournaments and additional Rugby World Cup contests. Multichannel News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DigitalSmiths will unveil video-search tool at CES
    DigitalSmiths will introduce a multiplatform video-search tool at the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas. Seamless Discovery, which can be used on TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones, enables users to find shows on basic cable channels or on demand. It also suggests content to watch by taking into account other shows users have screened. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Marketing Trends 
  • Royal Caribbean wants customers to unplug
    Royal Caribbean International is building a multiplatform campaign around the idea of customers using its cruises to leave their cellphones behind and relax. The ads are built around a mock device, called a "shellphone," that operates on the "Sea G" network, a reference to 3G wireless service. The campaign's tagline is "The Sea Is Calling. Answer It Royally." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Competitive Watch 
  • WildBlue rolls out satellite broadband
    WildBlue Communications now offers satellite broadband service to residential customers in suburban and rural areas in Colorado and expects to launch it nationwide by late February. The service costs $50 a month in Colorado for 12-megabit-per-second broadband, while WildBlue's nationwide standard service costs $80 a month for 1.5Mbps service. WildBlue also will add equipment to JetBlue's fleet as it prepares to offer in-air data service sometime in the next 18 months. The Denver Post (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Think the unthinkable
    New York University professor and author Luke Williams has appeared before audiences at American Express, Walt Disney, Virgin and Hewlett-Packard and has been featured in Business Week, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal. Most people think it's enough to "spot and react" to new technologies and innovation to remain competitive, but Williams offers a different prescription. Watch the short clip from a recent presentation he gave to CTAM members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chapters wrap up a great run
    Watch short CTAM chapter highlights from over the years. At the end of 2011, CTAM's local/regional chapters will close their doors for the final time after 30 years of service to the cable industry. During CTAM in New York, members had opportunities to record a short memory or highlight from their chapter experiences at our video kiosk. Watch the short video of just one of the testimonials available in the Cable Center online library or at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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