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September 24, 2012News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • Verizon Wireless displays will offer cable packages
    Verizon Wireless will soon roll out specialty displays in its retail shops that offer its cellphone services packaged with cable TV from Comcast and others. The wireless company and Comcast, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable have gone from being perceived as "natural enemies" to partners as part of Verizon's $3.9 billion spectrum acquisition from the four cable companies, and further collaborations are being discussed. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Disney, Viacom are among media firms with highest profits
    Walt Disney is the most profitable media company, tallying more than $2 billion in net profit in the second quarter, a 22% jump over the same period last year, SNL Financial reported. Thomson Reuters ranked second with $935 million in net profit, a 63% increase; Viacom was third with $547 million, a 7% decline; and Time Warner came in fourth, with $429 million, a 33% drop. News Corp. fell out of the top 25 because of a $1.6 billion net loss from a restructuring charge for its print-newspaper unit. (9/21), MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Showtime's "Homeland" wins 4 Emmys in big night for cable
    Cable proved the big winner at Sunday's 64th Primetime Emmys. Showtime's "Homeland" claimed the best drama series award, an upset win over AMC's "Mad Men," and three other awards. Other cable winners included HBO's "Game Change," which was named best miniseries or movie and also garnered a best actress trophy for Julianne Moore; Kevin Costner for best actor in a miniseries or movie for History's "Hatfields & McCoys"; Julia Louis-Dreyfus for best actress in a comedy series for HBO's "Veep"; and comedian Louis C.K., who won two awards for his work on FX. CNN (9/24), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Video 
  • Will Suddenlink be first cable provider to offer TiVo Stream?
    Suddenlink could be the first of TiVo's cable partners to provide its Stream device to its customers. The technology is capable of transmitting live and recorded video to tablets and smartphones linked by a home network. Although Suddenlink is marketing the Stream on its TiVo page, the provider has not yet said when it will offer the product or what its price would be. Light Reading Cable (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Trends 
  • Kraft markets iD Gum on multiple MTV screens
    Kraft is the first brand to use MTV's Reverb technology in a scripted show, simultaneously marketing its iD Gum across several MTV platforms during the season finale of "Awkward." "As we looked across the partnership landscape, clearly MTV is one of those partners that provide a unique view into the millennial consumer," said Bonin Bough, vice president of global media and consumer engagement at Kraft. "They also provide a unique view into a multichannel constant approach." Adweek (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Redbox Instant plans holiday season debut
    Redbox Instant by Verizon, the new joint service from Coinstar's Redbox and Verizon Communications, will launch in time for the holiday season. The service, which offers subscription streaming, movie sales and rental services, as well as DVDs in kiosks, is undergoing testing by about 500 Verizon workers at their homes. It will at first offer mainly recent releases that are already being rented or sold. Bloomberg (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • IPv4 addresses expected to run out within 6 to 12 months
    Cable modems, set-tops, computers, televisions, smart phones and tablets all need an identifying address in order to connect. The Internet is running out of IPv4 addresses, resulting in the launch of a worldwide effort for IPv6 addresses. Learn what you will need to know to prepare your connected devices for the transition in CTAM's FAQ guide on the IPv6 transition. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Face Time sessions open for registration
    CTAM Summit's Face Time sessions are 30-minute, off-the-record, informal Q-and-A sessions in which you can ask your burning questions of top executives, and are limited to 50 attendees. Sunday, Oct. 14, Face Time sessions will include Stephen Colafrancesco of Bright House Networks, Jeffrey Hirsch of Time Warner Cable, Julie Simon of Fox Networks Group and Jack Wakshlag of Turner Broadcasting. Register now before space fills up (closed to press). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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