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February 25, 2013News for the cable and broadband industry

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  • Internet, business units deliver for Charter in Q4
    Charter Communications in the fourth quarter increased its revenue by 4.3% to $1.9 billion, with help from its video, Internet, business and local ad units. Video revenue was up 3% to $927 million, although subscriptions fell slightly. Internet revenue grew by 9% to $482 million, business revenue jumped 20% to $177 million and local ad sales increased by 19% to $96 million, the last helped by the elections and the auto segment. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ashton Kutcher's "Forever Young" to debut this spring on TV Land
    TV Land on April 3 will launch "Forever Young," a reality series produced by Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg's Katalyst, and JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson's Eyeworks USA. The six-episode series "follows five people under the age of 30 and five over the age of 70 as they live together in the same house and experience the ups and downs of their generation gap," writes AJ Marechal. Variety (subscription required) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CEO: Charter will use set-top boxes for digital transition
    Charter Communications doesn't intend to use the less-expensive digital transport adapters to ease its switch to digital, according to CEO Tom Rutledge. The cable provider's preferred method is to deploy interactive set-top boxes, which offer a more user-friendly interface and links to video on demand and other popular offerings, Rutledge said in a call with analysts. Light Reading Cable (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Trends 
  • USA gets big social media payoff from "Psych" Slumber Party
    USA enjoyed a successful Saturday on social media with its six-hour "Slumber Party" marathon Feb. 16 for "Psych." The event, which ran from midnight to 6 a.m., tallied 172,000 social media mentions, a 79% jump over the network's previous best day on social media, for the Season 2 season finale of "Suits." Broadcasting & Cable (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ad market won't change much from new Nielsen metric, analyst says
    Nielsen's switch this fall to a broader TV audience metric that includes online video viewing is unlikely to make much of an effect on the ad market initially because of the dominance of TV-watching relative to streaming video, Bernstein Research senior analyst Todd Juenger said. The average American screens five hours of TV on a daily basis, compared with seven minutes of online video, Bernstein said. Adweek (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FiOS TV site gets 11 NBCU channels
    Acting under a deal signed in November, Verizon Communications' FiOS TV service has added 11 networks owned by NBCUniversal to its TV Everywhere site and plans to make more channels available in March. The Verizon portal will include programming from Bravo, USA, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC News, NBC, Syfy, mun2, Telemundo and Cozi TV as well as a CNBC simulcast. Multichannel News (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The battle of the living room heats up
    Major digital platform providers such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and even Amazon have set their sights on the TV -- what they see as the next screen to dominate. The existing TV service providers, programmers and advertisers aren't going to take this lying down. Discover why consumers are shifting their use of the TV and the opportunity it is creating for platform providers to make a play for the future of the living room during the next CTAM Wired on March 20 at 4 p.m. ET. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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