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January 28, 2013News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • CBS Sports Network will field major pre-Super Bowl slate
    CBS Sports Network's weeklong slate of coverage before Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII represents a major step in "the continuing evolution" of the channel, according to David Berson, executive vice president of CBS Sports and president of CBS Sports Network. The latter will field a half-dozen special programs and "north of 50 hours" of content before Feb. 3's big game on the CBS broadcast network. Multichannel News (1/27), Multichannel News (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Programming News 
  • NBC Sports gets ratings power play for "Wednesday Night Rivalry"
    NBC Sports Network, with its first "Wednesday Night Rivalry" hockey game, scored its biggest audience for an NHL regular-season contest and the largest viewership for regular-season hockey on cable in more than a decade. The Jan. 23 game, in which the New York Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime, attracted 956,000 viewers on average. Multichannel News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Game Change," "Homeland" are among SAG Award winners
    Cable productions claimed five trophies at the SAG Awards, which were shown Sunday night on TBS/TNT. HBO won two prizes, including Julianne Moore for female actor in a TV movie or miniseries for "Game Change" and best stunt ensemble for "Game of Thrones." Other winners included Bryan Cranston for best male actor in a drama series for AMC's "Breaking Bad"; Claire Danes for best female actor in a drama series for Showtime's "Homeland"; and Kevin Costner for best male actor in a TV movie or miniseries for History's "Hatfields & McCoys." Multichannel News (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Ten Essentials for Securing LTE Networks
Service providers must choose high-throughput, right-featured, and flexible security solutions to ensure a competitive advantage. Only then can they build out their networks to take advantage of the growth opportunities. Download the whitepaper to understand the security capabilities to be considered to implement carrier-class network firewalls.

  Eye on Video 
  • Critic: Netflix series "House of Cards" lives up to hype
    Netflix looks to have a critical hit in "House of Cards," its new original series from director-producer David Fincher that stars Kevin Spacey as a power-hungry lawmaker, Ryan Lawler writes. "The show not only lives up to the production quality that we've come to expect from cable TV -- in writing, acting, and directing -- but it will probably surpass the expectations of many," Lawler writes. TechCrunch (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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5 Keys to Launching a Killer Website
Because websites serve many functions and have moving parts, it's a serious undertaking to design, build and launch a site. If you want killer results, you need a solid plan. This eBook details five steps to launching a killer website.

  Marketing Trends 
  • Barbasol enlists rugged icons to encourage manly shaving habits
    Manly archetypes berate their less manly descendants to at least "shave like a man" in the latest Barbasol campaign. Actors playing a WWII soldier, an 1854 Western trailblazer and a baseball player from 1920 mock the less-than-manly habits of today's youths. The TV spots, which will run mostly on sports-focused cable networks, are the first work from Barbasol's new agency, GSD&M, which is attempting to help the venerable brand come back by following the humorous lead of competitors Old Spice and Brut. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advanced Products 
  • Rogers eyes 2 more provinces for Smart Home service
    Rogers later this year plans to introduce its home automation and security service in Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Rogers' Smart Home Monitoring, which debuted in September, was the first service of its kind in Canada, but similar offerings are in the works from Bell Aliant, Eastlink and AT&T. (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • CTAM Unplugged, a resource of specialized content and knowledge sharing
    The upcoming CTAM Unplugged event, at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta on Feb, 6, is open for registration. Join Jill Campbell, EVP & COO at Cox Communications, as she discusses the rollout and impact of organizational changes, new product enhancements and next-generation personal video experiences. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cable Executive Management at Harvard Business School is announced
    The 2013 Cable Executive Management at Harvard Business School will take place June 9 to 14. Sponsored by the CTAM Educational Foundation, the program is a world-class management-development experience for high potential cable and media executives in an elite business school environment. Contact for more information and how to apply. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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