Google is looking to sell offMotorola Mobility Inc.'s set-top box business before it closes its $12.5 billion acquisition in part because Google won't get a warm welcome by MSOs, The New York Post reports. If so, the U.S. Motorola-Cisco Systems Inc. set-top box duopoly could be on the way to its final days as software takes over the key set-top functions in IP-connected TVs and tablets. Cisco, sources have confirmed to Light Reading Cable, has been putting feelers out for its set-top box business, with private equity firms among the potential suitors. (See Why Cisco Wants Out of Set-Tops (Or Not) and Google-Moto Deal Fans Cable Fears .)
Cox Communications Inc. has promoted Jill Campbell to EVP and COO. Campbell, mostly recently SVP of field operations, succeeds the retiring Leo Brennan, a 28-year Cox vet. Meanwhile, EVP and CFO Mark Bowser will expand oversight to include the company's Cox Business and Cox Media divisions.
ABC Family is making full episodes of original series, including Switched at Birth, available on iOS devices. In addition to free, ad-supported episodes, ABC Family is also offering some for outright purchase via the iTunes store.
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