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February 13, 2013News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • Comcast improves its basic video results in strong quarter: Comcast in Q4 tallied a 7% increase in revenue to $10.1 billion for its cable unit, compared with the same period in 2011. Comcast's total revenue, including its NBCUniversal division, was up 6% to $15.9 billion. Basic video losses totaled 7,000 customers, compared with 17,000 for the same period in 2011, marking the ninth consecutive quarter of improvement. Multichannel News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Comcast comes to terms with Fox on multiplatform deal: Fox Networks has reached an accord with Comcast covering all of Fox's broadcast and cable networks and including multiplatform distribution. "This unprecedented TV Everywhere agreement enables us to take advantage of the innovative technologies and platforms we've developed to deliver the best content to our customers," said Greg Rigdon, executive vice president of content acquisition for Comcast Cable. Multichannel News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Fox sports net will be a player in crowded field
    News Corp.'s forthcoming national sports network is "unlikely to make a material dent" in ESPN's dominance for the next decade, due to the latter's long-term programming agreements, according to Nomura Equity Research analyst Michael Nathanson. "Given its war chest ... ESPN will be able to control its own destiny," Nathanson said. However, Fox Sports 1's likely slate of Major League Baseball games could make it a strong competitor to NBC Sports Network's NHL coverage and CBS Sports Network's schedule of lower-profile college football. Adweek (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
5 tips for managing negative online comments
The Internet gives your customers a voice online, but what can you do when that voice is yelling negative comments? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

  Programming News 
  • Style renews pair of series, will launch 3 new shows
    Style is introducing three new original series and is bringing back "Giuliana & Bill" and "Tia & Tamera." The new series are "Pop Style," a live weekly panel show hosted by Jeannie Mai and Louise Roe; "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," an update of the show hosted by Robin Leach; and "Luxe Life Miami," about a former competitor on NBC's "The Apprentice" who now sells upscale real estate. Style, in conjunction with executive producer Charlize Theron, is also developing "Glam Squad," in which makeup and hair teams will compete for high-profile assignments. Variety (subscription required) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Eye on Video 
  Marketing Trends 
  • Under Armour promises innovation to start "I will" campaign
    The latest commercial from Under Armour boasts that it is building the next great innovation for athletes, showing high-tech and futuristic training devices and introducing the tagline "I will." Basketball player Kemba Walker and baseball's Bryce Harper are among the athletes featured. The brand launches a global campaign with the spot this weekend, part of what will likely be a 20% increase in the brand's spending, according to Under Armour's Steve Battista. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

  Competitive Watch 
  • Intel to launch paid online-video service in 2013
    Intel has become the latest player to offer a premium online-video service and set-top box that will include live and on-demand content, "catch-up" tools, and a user-friendly programming guide. Intel's set-top box also will feature an HD video camera and microphone with facial-recognition technology that will have the ability to customize programming depending on who's watching and allow for interaction with viewers in different locations. The Wall Street Journal (2/12), Adweek (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

  Association News 
  • Infographic simplifies new CTAM membership structure
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