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September 26, 2012News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • Pay-TV providers get ready to play more advanced video games
    Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Cox Communications, as well as telecom rivals AT&T and Verizon, are each looking at expanding their video game offerings beyond social and casual games to include more complex action titles from Electronic Arts and other major publishers. Some of these cloud-gaming initiatives, which would compete with PlayStation, Wii and other game consoles, reportedly could launch as soon as next year, with others set for a 2014 debut. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC should cap programming discounts for top cablers, Cox says
    The Federal Communications Commission should impose a limit on the discount major pay-TV distributors can receive from programmers for pricey channels, such as ESPN or TNT, and should require distributors that get a larger discount to show its link to "actual benefits realized by the programmer," Cox Communications writes in a filing. Cox is concerned that the discounts are resulting in programming costs being "shifted disproportionately" to small- and medium-size providers, limiting their abilities to implement "innovative services at competitive prices." Los Angeles Times/Company Town blog (tiered subscription model) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Programming News 
  • ESPN sets audience record for postgame "SportsCenter"
    ESPN's edition of "SportsCenter" that aired after the controversial ending to the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks contest on "Monday Night Football" set a ratings record with 6.5 million viewers. The previous high for a postgame "SportsCenter" of at least 20 minutes was a "Monday Night Football" game between the Packers and the Minnesota Vikings last November. Broadcasting & Cable (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Video 
  Marketing Trends 
  • Syfy's "Face Off" incorporates video game in challenge
    Syfy's "Face Off" reality competition for makeup artists will incorporate Bethesda Softworks' video game "Dishonored" into a challenge. The competitors are being asked to use the game's characters and "steampunk" atmosphere as the inspiration for their own designs. Adweek (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBCU study of Olympic watching reveals a multiscreen marathon
    An NBCUniversal research unit next week will unveil the valuable data on Olympic viewing habits derived from a study of 50,000 participants over 17 days of the Games. Top findings of the Billion Dollar Research Lab include 8 million NBC Olympic application downloads and 2 billion page views. Almost half of the 18-54 demo followed the Olympics during work hours, with nearly 3 in 4 staying up later than normal to keep watching. More than three-quarters of viewers said they enjoyed watching Olympic tie-in ads, a fact NBC will take into the next round of negotiations. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advanced Products 
  • FCC chairman: ISPs must balance broadband needs, usage pricing
    Internet service providers must approach usage-based pricing by striking a balance between controlling demand and allowing consumers to have enough "monthly" broadband access for doing homework, streaming video and buying products, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a speech in Washington. Genachowski said he is concerned about "practices that harm competition, ... unnecessarily depress broadband usage, or reduce incentives to increase broadband speeds and capacity." Multichannel News (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Competitive Watch 
  • Verizon readies FiOS gateway, but seeks delay for "open" network reg
    Verizon Communications is readying the debut of a gateway media server that will allow third-party IP devices to work with FiOS TV services. At the same time, Verizon has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to delay until 2014 a new, "open" home-networking regulation that's supposed to take effect on Dec. 1. The standards for supporting the mandate "are still a work in progress," and manufacturers will need time to incorporate them into their devices, according to Verizon. Multichannel News (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Targeting the low-income segments with new thinking
    The low-income market has traditionally been a challenge for cable companies because of poor credit, unpaid balances, bad debt and high involuntary churn. Learn from the wireless industry and gain new perspective about this important segment at CTAM Summit in Orlando, Fla. View the full schedule, speakers and register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neuroscience methodologies reveal purchase intent
    Prepare to be amazed at CTAM Insights conference; get the chance to interact with state-of-the-art research technology that pinpoints what viewers actually notice and how they feel about it. Eye-tracking and facial-coding tools are some of the innovative techniques that gauge whether your company is on-message and on-emotion in communicating with consumers. Investigate the differences between attention, engagement, loyalty, recall and persuasion on Monday, Oct. 15, at CTAM Insights conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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