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January 4, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

  Top Story 
  • Fisher, Hubbard help bring mobile DTV to Seattle, Minneapolis
    The Mobile500 Alliance, Fisher Communications and Hubbard Broadcasting are rolling out mobile DTV in Seattle and Minneapolis. The soft launch involves the distribution of 750 receivers, which attach to mobile devices to provide the MyDTV service, in each market. The service requires registration that will allow for usage tracking, which then will be evaluated by Nielsen and Rentrak. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RCA's new mobile DTV tablet can decode all over-the-air signals: RCA will unveil an 8-inch mobile DTV tablet at the International Consumer Electronics Show next week, and it will include a standard ATSC tuner as well as a Dyle mobile TV-compatible ATSC M/H tuner. The tablet "will be the industry's first device capable of decoding both standard and mobile over-the-air digital television transmissions," writes Deborah McAdams. TV Technology (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile Content Venture taps Rentrak for Dyle audience data: The Mobile Content Venture, which operates Dyle mobile TV, is opting for Rentrak's Mobile Essentials and StationView Essentials solutions to measure and evaluate local audiences. "This new data will provide valuable insight into consumers' mobile viewing habits, which will be leveraged to drive continued growth for the ecosystem of devices and applications enabling live mobile TV," said Salil Dalvi and Erik Moreno, MCV's co-general managers. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (1/4), Multichannel News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Report 
  • 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. "We look forward to finalizing the agreement and are pleased that we could come to terms without any service interruption for Suddenlink customers and our loyal Fox viewers," Fox said in a statement. Multichannel News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBCU reaches accord with rural telecom cooperative
    A carriage deal with the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, which represents more than 1,500 rural utilities and affiliates across 48 states, marks NBCUniversal's sixth such accord in the past two months. The deal, which includes rights for the Olympics, follows agreements with Cablevision Systems, Mediacom Communications, the National Cable Television Cooperative, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon Communications. Multichannel News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • John Heinen-led Alchemedia seeks backing to acquire TV stations
    Alchemedia, a new enterprise launched by New Vision Television veteran John Heinen, is looking to round up private equity and hedge fund backing as it seeks to acquire TV stations in large and medium-sized markets. "We are excited about the future of television and local television. Broadcast television is coming off an extremely strong revenue year in 2012 and remains an essential part of the marketing scheme for successful products and services providers, especially in local communities," Heinen said. Broadcasting & Cable (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • Qualcomm had suggested adding a radio to early Apple PDA
    Radio nearly found an early digital niche when Qualcomm tried to persuade Apple to include a radio in its Newton personal digital assistant product, Qualcomm chief Paul E. Jacobs says. Apple didn't bite, but the move showed that Qualcomm "knew where industry was heading," writes Ben Kersey. The Verge (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Broadcast Programming 
  • "Sunday Night Football" still a big winner for NBC
    The audience for NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was down a bit this season, averaging 21.4 million viewers compared with 21.5 million a year before, though it remained the fall season's top-ranked show. Also, the final regular-season game this past Sunday was the most-watched game in the history of the program. Broadcasting & Cable (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Related Industry News 
  • Google's millions in lobbying pay off with FTC ruling
    Two years of effort and millions of dollars in lobbying paid off for Google this week with a light-touch ruling from the Federal Trade Commission that averted the threat of antitrust charges over allegations of monopolistic practices in online searches. Silicon Valley competitors, however, were not happy with the outcome. "I've done dozens, if not scores, of government investigations on both sides, and I have never seen a more unprofessional, incomplete, incompetent investigation," said lawyer Gary Reback, who represented some of Google's complainants before the FTC. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Film pirate gets record 5-year sentence
    A record five-year prison term is the penalty for the leader of an in-theater camcording outfit known as the IMAGiNE Group. Jeramiah Perkins of Virginia will be following fellow IMAGiNE defendant Gregory A. Cherwonik of New York -- who was sentenced in November to 40 months -- behind bars. Wired.com/Threat Level blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  People & Personalities 
  NAB News 
  • New Year's resolution: Nominate your station for a Crystal Radio Award
    Make sure your station receives national recognition for its year-round commitment to community service by entering to win a prestigious NAB Crystal Radio Award. Open to all radio stations, the Crystals will honor 50 finalists and recognize 10 winners at the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The nomination window is Jan. 1 to 31. Read the entry rules, guidelines and tips on putting together a solid entry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NAB membership: With one voice, we are stronger
    As broadcasters' voice in the nation's capital, NAB fights for policies that preserve and strengthen free, local broadcasting. Our success as an industry is not possible without the engagement and unity of our members. With ONE VOICE, we are stronger. Learn about NAB benefits. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience."
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French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist and encyclopedia author


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