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March 21, 2013News for the cable and broadband industry

  Business News 
  • Pay-TV providers ended 2012 on a high note for basic video subs
    The number of U.S. multichannel video customers in Q4 edged up by 51,000 to 100.4 million, helping to reverse seasonal subscription losses in the two previous quarters, SNL Kagan is reporting. For the year, cable video rolls fell slightly to 56.4 million, while satellite increased its customer base to 34.1 million and telecoms grew to 9.9 million, according to SNL Kagan estimates. Multichannel News (3/20), The Wall Street Journal (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fox Sports sets long-term deal for "new" Big East
    Fox Sports has reached a long-term pact with the "new" Big East that includes rights to all conference men's basketball games, certain women's basketball games, all Olympic sports and TV Everywhere. Most of the content will air on the forthcoming national network, Fox Sports 1. The financial terms for the 12-year deal, which launches this fall, were not made public. Broadcasting & Cable (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Comcast plans residential-customer-support call center for Pa.
    Comcast this summer will open a sixth residential customer support center in Pennsylvania near Harrisburg, the state capital. The state-of-the-art facility, which will employ 425 workers, will handle calls from customers in 14 northeastern states stretching from Maine to Virginia, plus Washington, D.C. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Services Update 
  • Michelle Pluskota is named regional VP of Comcast's Heartland Region
    Michelle Pluskota, director of enterprise sales for Comcast Business Services and interim vice president of business services in its Greater Chicago Region, has been promoted to vice president of business services for the company's Heartland Region. The latter includes business clients in Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas and Kentucky, for which Pluskota will focus on small-to-medium firms and enterprise sales. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Video 
  • YouTube crosses 1 billion mark for unique monthly visitors
    YouTube is now garnering more than 1 billion unique visitors a month, and they are screening 4 billion hours of content. "If YouTube were a country, we'd be the third largest in the world after China and India," according to a company blog post. "Our monthly viewership is the equivalent of roughly 10 Super Bowl audiences." CNET (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Trends 
  • Turner, MillerCoors agree to exclusive product-placement pact
    Turner Broadcasting has struck a product-placement deal with MillerCoors that gives the beer company exclusive rights to have its brands appear in Turner's original programs. "In the past, it's been one or two shows or no exclusivity at all. This is a much deeper relationship," says MillerCoors' Media Director Stevie Benjamin. Miller Lite, Blue Moon and Coors Light are among the beers that will be integrated -- subtly, the network vows -- into shows such as "Dallas," "Rizzoli & Isles" and "Franklin & Bash." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft spots compare Windows Phone cameras with Samsung's
    Microsoft's "Smoked by Windows" campaign is moving from digital to TV in time to sponsor the NCAA basketball tournament. Spots that broke online compare the photo capabilities of such Windows Phone models as Nokia's Lumia 920 to the Samsung Galaxy S III, though the new S4 model sports a better camera and a higher megapixel count, writes John Koetsier. VentureBeat (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Celebrating 30 years of excellence
    Marketing and advertising within the cable industry have come a long way the last 30 years. This year, the Mark Awards celebrate 30 years of recognizing excellence within the cable industry. Make your mark in history and start your entry today. The deadline for entries is March 27. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry papers, studies and stats housed in one location
    CTAM's Research and Resources pages offer one-stop access to original studies, compiled reports and fresh statistics that will help you weave your way to subject-matter expertise like a champ. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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