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January 2, 2013News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • Time Warner Cable sticks with Hallmark, 2 AMC channels
    Time Warner Cable has decided to continue to carry Crown Media's Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel on the heels of its successful Christmas programming season, as well as IFC and WE tv, both owned by AMC Networks. Time Warner Cable had previously listed the channels as among those that could be dropped as it sought to purge channels that "cost too much relative to the value of the service." Multichannel News (12/31), The Wall Street Journal (1/1)
  • NBCU signs broad carriage deal with NCTC
    NBCUniversal has signed a new deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative to distribute its broad portfolio of broadcast and cable offerings through the cooperative's nearly 1,000 cable operators. The agreement is the first among the parties to include retransmission consent for NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Eye on Video 
  • YouTube facility aims at giving content professional gloss
    YouTube has opened a Los Angeles television studio -- called Space -- for 25 handpicked content creators. The 41,000-square-foot facility, a former Hughes Aircraft factory, will be used by artists such as actress/singer Taryn Southern. "I just tell them, 'Please make something great.' We provide the space, equipment and expertise. They provide the talent," says Liam Collins, head of YouTube Space. USA Today (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Trends 
  • Will 2013 be the year of the second-screen transaction?
    Getting consumers to use mobile devices as a second screen while watching television has been a lot easier than marrying mobile activity to actual shopping transactions, writes Lauren Johnson. GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold says that scale remains a problem for three mobile-shopping models, where mobile is used for buying what's advertised on TV, where consumers buy products featured in shows, and where they buy products related to show content. "It takes a compelling value proposition to shift TV viewers from passive TV watching into taking action -- overcoming the inertia of leaning back and doing nothing," says David Jones, Shazam's executive vice president of marketing. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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