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  • Local Choice fight ramps up as CBS refuses to run ATVA ads

    CBS Radio will not run the American Television Alliance's new spot plugging the Senate Commerce Committee's "Local Choice" proposal. The refusal to air the low-budget campaign is not a shocker, given that--should it become law--Local Choice would dispense with broadcast retransmission fees and employ a system of pay-TV compensation that would likely be far less profitable to broadcasters.

Shipments of 4K TV sets top 2.1M in Q2, setting record

A record 2.1 million 4K TV sets were shipped globally in the second quarter, surpassing the 1.6 million that were shipped in all of 2013.

Turner wins cable's summer ratings race, lets programming architect Wright walk away

The management turmoil at Turner Networks continues, with longtime programming architect Michael Wright set to leave the top cable programming conglomerate over the coming weeks.

CenturyLink accuses Comcast of using lobbying heft to block it from competitive areas

CenturyLink has accused Comcast of using its influence with local government officials to prevent the company from entering markets where the No. 1 cable operator is entrenched.

TiVo preps for pay-TV's transition to MPEG 4

TiVo has begun preparing pay-TV subscribers who use its boxes for the cable industry's ongoing transition to MPEG 4 video. In a new service note, TiVo notes that Comcast is the latest to pay-TV operator to reclaim bandwidth by transitioning from MPEG 2 to MPEG 4.

DOCSIS channel shipments break record, reach 1.2M in Q2

Signaling the strength and capacity of the cable broadband market, DOCSIS channel shipments surpassed a quarterly benchmark of 1 million for the first time in Q2, reaching 1.2 million, Infonetics reports.

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