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CBS Might Cut Off Dish

Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.

  • CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) will consider severing its ties to Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) if the satellite TV giant insists on using AutoHop, an HD-DVR feature that automatically zaps the ads of prime-time programs on major broadcast stations. "If they want to eliminate our commercials, we will not be in business with them," CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said Wednesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference, according to Broadcasting & Cable. Dish and the broadcasters have filed dueling lawsuits over AutoHop. (See Dish Sticks It to the Broadcasters and Dish, Broadcasters Go to War Over Ad-Zapper .)

  • Google Fiber has added 19 new channels, including ESPN and other networks from the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) stable, as it gets ready to launch its broadband and TV service bundle in the Kansas Cities. That fills some key programming gaps as Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) gets ready to disclose the final number of "fiberhoods" that have qualified for service. (See 89% of Google Fiberhoods Make the Cut .)

  • The American Cable Association (ACA) has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to identify in its next video competition report to Congress the number of small cable systems that have shut down in the past year and investigate the reasons, including rising programming costs and infrastructure fees. According to the ACA, the number of cable systems has declined by 26 percent (from 7,208 to 5,312) since 2005, with a higher percentage attached to systems with fewer than 10,000 subs. (See ACA: Little Cable Faces Some Big Issues.)

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has launched Business Class Signature Support, a new 24/7 tech support and equipment protection program for the MSO's small business customers. Comcast has introduced the service, which starts at US$29.95 per month, in its Northeast division and expects to extend it to all markets by year's end.

  • Hitron Technologies Inc. is adding PacketVideo Corp. 's Twonky Server to its Docsis 3.0 gateway, a move that will let users discover, manage and stream digital music and photos via PCs, smartphones, game consoles and tablets that are linked to the home network.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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