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December 7, 2012News for the cable and broadband industry

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  • NCTA-CEA pact on set-top boxes will yield major energy savings
    A minimum of 90% of set-top boxes purchased and distributed by cable providers will conform to the EPA Energy Star 3.0 standard, according to a new voluntary pact between the Consumer Electronics Association and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The pact will cut residential energy costs by $1.5 billion, the groups say. Participants in the agreement, which becomes effective Jan. 1, include Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox, among a dozen providers, along with manufacturers Cisco, Motorola, EchoStar and ARRIS. Broadcasting & Cable (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Writers Guild has plenty of love for "Breaking Bad," cable dramas
    AMC's "Breaking Bad" received five Writers Guide Awards nominations, the most of any TV series. "Breaking Bad" will compete for best dramatic series Feb. 17 against AMC sibling "Mad Men," Showtime's "Homeland" and HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones." Three HBO shows -- "Girls," "The Newsroom" and "Veep" -- are among those vying for best new series honors, while "Girls" also is nominated in the best comedy series category, where its competition includes FX's "Louie." Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • YouTube aims to become TV-like destination
    YouTube's redesigned site is meant to make it easier for users to subscribe to their favorite channels and watch content as they would TV programming, instead of clicking through to various clips based on searches. "This pattern of behavior -- the ability to program YouTube and then develop this habit to know, 'Hey, even if I'm not sure what I want to watch, I've told YouTube what I like' and come back -- increases watch time dramatically," said Noam Lovinsky, director of product management at YouTube. "It's our big bet for how to get to audacious TV-type watch time." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Trends 
  • Coca-Cola partners with HSN to sell branded merchandise
    Coca-Cola is promoting more than 275 Coke-branded items in partnership with HSN as it looks to extend a licensing business that brings annual sales of $1 billion. The multiyear partnership, which will see the products promoted on the HSN cable channel as well as online and on mobile devices and social media, should last through the holidays. HSN is being promoted on Coke's loyalty site in return. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Finding the answers has never been easier
    CTAM's Research and Resources page offers access to original studies, compiled reports and fresh statistics to help you weave your way to a subject-matter expert like a champ. Get the latest research studies, case studies and advanced cable resources all in one location. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Go beyond the number of "tweets" and "likes" in CTAM's latest study
    Today, social TV has a whole new meaning. Viewers can now use a variety of devices and platforms to chat about programming as it airs. So, how do social interactions and chatter affect and augment TV viewing, brand loyalty and engagement? Get the answers in CTAM's study How Chatter Matters in TV Viewing, available for purchase now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Former Nat Geo exec takes production role at part2 pictures
    Kim Woodard, a former development and production executive at National Geographic Channel, has been appointed executive in charge of production at part2 pictures, a production company based in New York. Woodard will oversee such projects as "Our America with Lisa Ling" on OWN and "Off the Hook" on Animal Planet. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Director Affiliate SalesStarz EntertainmentAtlanta, GA
Director of On Demand Movie ProgrammingComcast CablePhiladelphia, PA
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