FCC Doubles Down On OTT As Cable Competitor

The FCC has granted Cox and Comcast petitions for “effective competition” determinations in a number of Massachusetts counties, citing over-the-top service AT&T Now as the effective competitor.

AMC Nets, MSOs Partner On Targeted Advertising

Cable networks and streaming company AMC Networks has partnered with the On Addressability initiative, which cable giants Comcast, Charter and Cox launched last summer, to pilot targeted advertising solutions on its linear TV and VOD services.

FCC OK’s $3.5B Purchase Of Cox

The FCC has backed equity firm Apollo Global Management’s takeover of TV and radio stations owned by Cox Enterprises and Northwest Broadcasting. The FCC approved the transactions, totaling almost $3.5 billion, sought by Apollo-controlled Terrier Media Buyer Inc. Media advocacy groups Common Cause and United Church of Christ opposed the deal, arguing it would reduce local media content and viewpoint diversity.

NCC Media Changes Name To Ampersand

Cox Sells Radio, CoxReps, Gamut To Apollo

Cox Enterprises will retain a minority in the new company substantially owned by Apollo Global Management.

DOJ Settles With Five TV Companies

The agreement with CBS, Cox, Scripps, Fox and Tegna requires them to “terminate and refrain from sharing revenue pacing information and other competitively sensitive information.”

Cable Giants Launch Joint Advertising Unit

Three of the country’s largest cable providers, Comcast, Charter and Cox, are launching a shared advanced advertising unit that will design, deploy and sell ads across their national footprint. The new unit will be part of NCC Media, the advertising and sales company jointly owned by the cable firms.

NBCU’s ‘Crazy Talk’ Clearances Hit 80%

ThomasAaronStations from groups including  Fox O&Os, Sinclair, Hearst, Cox and others will air the new show from NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution this fall. The show will be co-hosted by WNBC New York contributor Ben Aaron and Bad Girls Club reality star Tanisha Thomas.

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Cox, LIN Reach Retransmission Deal

Cox Communications and LIN Media announced a new retransmission agreement Friday for WTNH and MyTV9 , just minutes before a 5 p.m. deadline imposed by the Providence-base broadcast television company. LIN Media had threatened to pull its programming from Cox’s three Connecticut cable systems if a new retransmission agreement had not been reached.

Cable Operators Team Up On Wi-Fi Initiative

Cox Debuts iPad App

Cox Kills Sprint-Based Cellphone Service

NEW YORK (AP) — Cox Communications, the country’s third-largest cable company, stopped offering cellphone service Wednesday, saying it’s too small to compete with the big phone companies. Cox, based in Atlanta, inaugurated the service less than a year ago, and kept adding service areas throughout the year. It added San Diego and Santa Barbara, Calif., […]

10 Groups, ConnecTV To Offer 2nd Screen

The partnership will offer a “second screen” app in early 2012, allowing viewers to tap into related content and swap comments with friends watching the same broadcast TV show at the same time. Broadcasters hope the app with lead to increased revenue, greater engagement and better tune-in promotion. Participating station groups include those of Pearl, the joint venture formed last year to pursue the mobile DTV business. They include Belo, Cox, Scripps, Gannett, Hearst Television, Media General, Meredith, Post-Newsweek and Raycom.

FCC Push To Expand Net Access Gains Help

The FCC is hoping to close the digital divide by developing cheap high-speed Internet access for low-income households. Today, the commission will announce commitments from most of the big cable companies in the United States to supply access for $9.99 a month to a subset of low-income households. The low introductory price is meant to appeal to new customers who have not had broadband in the past.

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DC Bureaus Give Stations A Local Edge

As TV stations struggle to distinguish themselves with hyperlocal strategies, one old solution is looking new again. A number of station groups — including Hearst, Belo, Cox, Gannett and Scripps — are finding that the specialized, localized reporting they get from their Washington bureaus has become a differentiator for them. As the head of Cox’s bureau says: “Our sole mission is to give stations hyper-local, unique coverage they can’t find anywhere else.”