Elsewhere: MTV optimizes for iPad, Hulu and YouTube push for originals, Dish ends Lin TV spat, and Franken rallies for net neutrality

March 14, 2011

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Data Debunks Cord-Cutting Theories

New data suggesting that very few consumers are cutting the cord on pay-TV subscriptions leads Monday's cable news roundup.

  • In an indication that all that cord-cutting talk is overblown, SNL Kagan says the total number of U.S. pay-TV subscribers grew by about 65,000 during the fourth quarter. (See Comcast CEO Dismisses Cord-Cutting Trend .)

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) cut a retransmission consent deal with Lin TV Corp., ending a dispute that saw the satellite-TV giant lose some local broadcast network feeds in 17 markets.

  • MTV Networks ' MTV and VH1 are among the first cable networks to build new versions of their websites optimized for Apple's iPad and other tablets. (See iPad 2: Cable Friend or Foe?)

  • Each touch screen in Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad 2 costs $127 to produce, making it the tablet's most expensive component, according to IHS iSuppli . (See iPad 2: Fast & Skinny But No USB and Samsung-Built Chip Powers iPad 2.)

  • Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) will attempt to rally support on Monday, while House Republicans plan to mark up a resolution to repeal the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's net-neutrality resolutions Monday afternoon. (See Net Neutrality Rules in Jeopardy.)

  • YouTube Inc. is telling some Hollywood producers and agents that it's willing to pay them up to $5 million to produce original content channels for its site.

  • Hulu LLC is also beginning to push into original content, and may soon integrate with Facebook and move on a plan to stream video to mobile phones running Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Froyo platform for Android phones.

  • Cable vet Michael Malcy is on to a new pastures, but won't have to move far. He's been named SVP of business development of Alticast Corp. , a tru2way and video software specialist that has an office just down the road from his former company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) /Vidiom Systems Inc. , in Broomfield, Colo. There, Malcy will be reconnecting with David Housman, a former Videom exec who took over Alticast's Americas unit in 2009. (See Housman Takes Reins at Alticast .)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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