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Dish Stalks TerreStar

Welcome to the cable news roundup, hump-day edition:

  • A bankruptcy court has given Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) permission to be the stalking horse bidder for the assets of TerreStar Networks Inc. Dish, which is looking to boost its wireless spectrum holdings, has offered $1.38 billion. The bidding deadline is June 27. (See Charlie Ergen's Spectrum Grab .)

  • The rumor mill still insists Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is building a connected TV. (See Is Apple Building a Smart TV?)

  • Hulu LLC is weighing a buyout offer, Reuters says.

  • Complaints about the quality of Cox Communications Inc. service in Sun Valley, Idaho, have local officials threatening to scrap a franchise renewal.

  • Sling Media Inc. will soon launch an app for the Boxee Box. (See Q&A: Sling Media Founder Blake Krikorian .)

  • SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC) hooked up up with Civolution to add forensic watermarking for premium video-on-demand content, including $30 "Home Premiere" movies that are offered soon after their theatrical debut. Verimatrix Inc. announced a similar video watermarking system earlier this month.

  • Dish Network is targeting Netflix subscribers who may be frustrated with the temporary loss of movies from Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) and Starz Entertainment LLC .

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) paid its former lobbyist David Krone $1.2 million for his apartment after he began working for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

  • The Cable Center named Cequel III CEO Jerry Kent chairman of its board, and added Bright House Networks president Nomi Bergman and Motorola Mobility LLC President Dan Moloney to its board.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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