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February 14, 2013News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • NBCU wants to play catch-up on fees, ad rates
    NBCUniversal, in an attempt to narrow "the monetization gap" between it and its peers, plans to raise affiliate and retransmission-consent fees, as well as ad rates, for its cable networks, including USA Network, Bravo and Syfy, its NBC broadcast net, and about two dozen NBC and Telemundo owned-and-operated stations, NBCU CEO Steve Burke said. "Our affiliate fees are not what they should be, both in terms of the cable channels and retransmission consent," Burke said during a call with analysts. "On the advertising side, our CPMs are lower than some of the other people in the business who have lower ratings than we do." Multichannel News (2/13), The Hollywood Reporter (free content) (2/13), FierceCable (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RBI makes first deal to build network of cable systems
    New Wave Communications, a rural cable provider with 90,000 customers in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Arkansas, has been acquired by Rural Broadband Investments. Terms were not made public. RBI, a new cabler financed by the private-equity group GTCR, views the deal as "a great first step" toward assembling a network of 300,000 to 400,000 subscribers in small and medium markets, according to RBI chief Phil Spencer. Multichannel News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Services Update 
  • Telarus will market Cablevision Optimum Business to its clients
    Cablevision has authorized Telarus' network of 1,200 independent business communications consultants to act as third-party sales staff to market its Optimum Business triple play to Telarus clients. Telarus has similar deals in place for Comcast Business Class, Time Warner Cable Business Class and Charter Business. CEDMagazine.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Video 
  • A&E adds iPhone streaming app
    The A&E network says it has expanded its iOS streaming offerings to give iPhone owners access to shows from A&E, Lifetime and History Channel. A&E began streaming episodes from its current-season lineup to the iPad in December. CNET (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Trends 
  • State Farm is there to sponsor Turner Sports' NBA iPad app
    State Farm will be the sponsor of Turner Sports' NBA Game Time Assist iPad application, launching the extension as part of tonight's two-game slate on TNT. The app, which features video and real-time game information, will now let State Farm coordinate content with its on-air spots. Adweek (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nat Geo taps New York Times feature for "Killing Lincoln" promo
    National Geographic Channel is among the first marketers to use a New York Times platform incorporating digitized images of papers from 1851 through 1922. National Geographic, to promote Sunday's debut of its original drama "Killing Lincoln," will take over the home page of NYTimes.com on Saturday with a display of the paper from April 15, 1865, the day after President Abraham Lincoln was shot. LostRemote.com (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Cable co-op celebrates Black History Month with On Demand
      
    CTAM's ACSC Marketing Strategies Committee promotes cable's multicultural programming throughout February with its Black History Month campaign. "Like" Diversity On Demand's Facebook page to receive suggestions in programming for Black History Month. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Infographic simplifies new CTAM membership structure
      

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