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Charter Lands a Fourth Cablevision Exec

A familiar pattern leads off today's cable roundup....

  • Charter Communications Inc. has added yet another former Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) executive: Scott Weber, who is joining as executive vice president of network operations. He'd been an executive VP at Cablevision as well. The Thursday announcement is the fourth major Cablevision-to-Charter move to happen in the last eight months. (See Another Ex-Cablevision Exec Lands at Charter, Engineering EVP Latest Exec to Exit Cablevision and Ex-Cablevision COO Becomes Charter CEO.)

  • Disney/ABC is extending its TV Everywhere efforts at Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK). Subscribers can now get three new packages -- Watch Disney, Watch Disney XD and Watch Disney Junior -- which let Apple iOS devices receive live and on-demand programming. Comcast had similarly announced a TV Everywhere app for ESPN, another Disney property, in May. (See Comcast Streams ESPN (Almost) Everywhere .)

  • The Business Insider team really, really likes DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV)'s U.S. Open broadcast.

  • DirecTV will try its hand at original programming, financial analysis site Trefis reported earlier this week. The site compares the move to Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX)'s original-content plans and describes it as a way for DirecTV to lessen its dependence on the likes of News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX). Apparently, one cannot live on golf and NFL Direct Sunday Ticket alone.

    — Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, Light Reading

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