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September 20, 2012News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • TBS, Fox near new agreements for baseball rights
    Fox Sports and Turner are said to be close to final agreements with Major League Baseball to extend their TV rights through 2021 via packages worth almost $7 billion. Fox is reportedly poised to add two division series and more regular-season contests to its schedule of Saturday games, the World Series, the All-Star Game and one league championship series. Meanwhile, TBS would reduce its Sunday afternoon schedule from 26 games to 13, and would lose two division series but keep one league championship series, gain digital rights and not have to contend with blackouts of its Sunday games in the teams' home markets. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/19), The Wall Street Journal (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Comcast could acquire rest of NBCU in 2014, CFO says
    Comcast, based on NBCUniversal's performance, in 2014 could opt to acquire General Electric's entire 49% share or half of it, according to Michael Angelakis, Comcast's chief financial officer. "The [NBCUniversal] team has done a terrific job of getting their feet on the ground and making lots of changes and creating some momentum, but I think it's premature to have that discussion," Angelakis said at an investor conference in New York. The half stake is said to be worth $7 billion to $8 billion. The Hollywood Reporter (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Viacom chief: Nickelodeon is poised for a turnaround
    Nickelodeon, due to the relaunch of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and a wealth of other new programming, is well-positioned to rebound from its 30% drop in ratings over the past year, Philippe Dauman, president and CEO of parent Viacom, said at an investor conference in New York. Viacom also has done well with video-on-demand deals with Netflix and Amazon, and is "seeing good demand" in the scatter market, according to Dauman. The Hollywood Reporter (9/19), MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Services Update 
  • Cable providers see investments in business services paying off
    Cable providers are beginning to reap dividends from technological investments in their business-services units, bolstering their core small- and medium-sized clients with bigger companies, schools and government entities, Ron Hendrickson writes. "Cable operators have good reason to be pleased with their forays into business services, and they can be expected to devote more attention to the space. It may not be glamorous, but it gets the job done," he writes. Broadband Technology Report (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Comcast adds 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots in New England
    Comcast has activated almost 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots in Boston and the surrounding area, including southern New Hampshire. Comcast data subscribers have free access to the hotspots, which are a combination of individual locations and small and medium-sized firms with Comcast Business Class service and a Wi-Fi hotspot. (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Video 
  • Vimeo debuts revenue-generating options for premium users
    Vimeo has introduced a monetization feature that enables its premium "Plus" and "Pro" subscribers to solicit payments of up to $500 from content viewers. The Tip Jar feature is part of a broader monetization strategy that will include a pay-per-view option for Vimeo Pro subscribers beginning in 2013. TechCrunch (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Trends 
  • Synacor taps NCC, Comcast Spotlight for regional online ad sales
    Comcast Spotlight and NCC Media have agreed to provide regional ad sales for online portals that Synacor runs for Charter Communications, CenturyLink and Verizon, among others. The deal calls for Comcast Spotlight and NCC Media -- whose owners are Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable -- to market the Synacor portfolio of sites with NCC's current roster of MSO websites. Synacor will still manage its own sales team for national sales. Multichannel News (9/19), (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ESPN's SportsCenter Feed app offers Twitter-like experience
    ESPN has developed a new online and mobile application that takes its cues from Twitter in presenting news as a list of headlines updated regularly. SportsCenter Feed is focusing on breaking news and analysis pieces, but soon will also include longer articles and material from Grantland, ESPNW and other sibling sites. Mashable (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Deepak Chopra among headliners at The CTAM Summit in Orlando
    Deepak Chopra, an author of more than 65 books, including 20 New York Times bestsellers, will reveal how entertainment affects our very beings. He will also explore how social networks are manifesting the collective brain and how they can be tools for personal, social and planetary transformation, if people become more conscious of its power. Get the complete list of speakers slated for CTAM Summit in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 14 to 16, 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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