Cox Stokes Wireless Expansion

Here's a look at the calm before the The Cable Show storm, which gets underway next week in Chicago.

  • Cox Communications Inc. picked Roanoke and Northern Virginia as the next markets to get its wireless service, joining Hampton Roads, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; Orange County, Calif.; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Rhode Island; Cleveland, Ohio, and parts of Connecticut. Cox is piggybacking on the Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) 3G network and recently ditched the buildout of its own wireless network. (See Cox Chucks Wireless Network Plan and Speculating About Cox's Spectrum.)

  • Mediacom Communications Corp. will pay investors $10.2 million to settle a lawsuit that challenged a buyout from CEO Rocco Commisso. The Mediacom founder -- a former banker who had offered to buy 60 percent of the company's shares that he didn't own for $8.75 each -- also must sweeten the deal by 25 cents per share. (See CEO Offers $600M for Mediacom.)

  • Top U.K. cabler Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) expanded its 100Mbit/s downstream EuroDocsis 3.0 service to 4 million homes, and says it's on track to extend it to 13 million homes by mid-2012.

  • Is there enough video competition between telcos and cable operators for a DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV)–Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) merger to win government approval? DirecTV CEO Michael White predicted that there would be "challenges in half of the country" if such a deal was to come under U.S. Department of Justice review. (See DirecTV CEO: Dish Merger 'Tough Hill to Climb'.)

  • More than 2 million Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad owners have downloaded ABC Inc. 's app and viewed more than 28 million episodes of Dancing With the Stars and other series. (See Nielsen to Fix iPad Blind Spot.)

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) CFO Michael Huseby resigned. The MSO said EVP Gregg Seibert will add CFO duties to his job overseeing its treasury, investor relations and business development activities.

  • ESPN is using Motorola Mobility LLC gear to upgrade all programming on its flagship network and ESPN2 to MPEG-4 format. The gear will also help it deliver programming in 1080p60 HD and 3D formats.

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

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