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January 4, 2013News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • Suddenlink, Fox reach carriage deal before deadline
    Suddenlink Communications and Fox Networks reached a deal prior to Thursday's deadline that covers retransmission consent for Fox's owned-and-operated broadcast networks as well as carriage of Fox's "full portfolio" of cable networks, including National Geographic Channel and FX. The move came after Suddenlink floated an "a la carte" option for Fox's cable networks, though "[i]t appears that option was not necessary," writes Mike Farrell. Broadcasting & Cable (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Upstart cable channels face "near impossible" landscape
    Some cable channels are forgoing carriage fees altogether to avoid negotiating with increasingly picky cable providers worried about rising costs. "If you ask for sub fees and you are not sports or broadcast, it's near impossible," says Byron Allen, CEO of Entertainment Studios, parent of Justice Central. The WWE is considering a high-tier cable network of it own, and Univision and ABC News are hoping the rising tide of the Hispanic market will float their English-language news network, despite providers' reluctance to add more news. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Programming News 
  • TNT says it's leaving midseason breaks behind
    TNT is experimenting with scheduling original series year-round, rather focusing on the summer or taking monthslong midseason breaks to the frustration of viewers. The Turner Broadcasting station says that the new shows will air from Sunday through Wednesday, leaving Friday and Saturday for mostly movie programming. Contenders for series slots include "King & Maxwell," based on David Baldacci characters, and Jerry Bruckheimer's "Trooper." Variety (subscription required) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Video 
  • 3D television sales, penetration pick up after slow start
    More than 1 in 5 homes in the U.S. now has a 3D-capable television set, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, after about 5.6 million of the sets were sold in 2012. Video viewing in the 3D format is also up, with 42% of set owners watching at least five hours per week. "Consumer interest in 3DTVs and 3D content continues to grow as ownership rates increase," says Kevin Tillmann, a senior research analyst at CEA. Multichannel News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Trends 
  • Huggies Pull-Ups campaign celebrates a child's first flush
    A Kimberly-Clark campaign for Huggies Pull-Ups celebrates the moment a child makes his or her first flush. Spots by Ogilvy & Mather show anxious parents greeted by a parade outside their door when the moment arrives. An Organic mobile application includes timers, training tips and Disney-character encouragement. Hispanic ads via LatinWorks focus on the necessity of a transitional period, a cultural difference, according to LatinWorks' Victor Paredes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advanced Products 
  • Zeebox adds program identification to second-screen app
    Second-screen application maker Zeebox will integrate Gracenote's Entourage system to "hear" and identify the program viewers are watching on television. Comcast, NBCUniversal, Viacom and HBO are backing the app, which now competes better against Shazam's second-screen app, according to this article. Multichannel News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Competitive Watch 
  • Sources: Sony is negotiating content deals for MSO service
    Sony is in negotiations with two or more companies about licensing content that could be used for a multichannel television service that would be introduced in the U.S. this year, Variety reports, citing sources. The effort is similar to what Intel is attempting with its TV service, the trade paper noted. A Sony spokesman declined to comment on the report. Variety (subscription required) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Mark Greatrex, Cox Communications, speaks on leveraging cross-device viewing in the home
      
    Find out how moods, needs states, environmental context and psychographics affect content, platform and device choices in CTAM's latest study, Watchapalooza. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Cable kicks off the 2013 Winter TCA Critics Tour
    The semi-annual Television Critics Association Tour starts today. Cable networks Turner Networks, National Geographic Channel, A&E, HBO, IFC and the Hallmark Channel will be highlighting their upcoming programming. See what the critics are saying by following on Twitter at #TCA13. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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