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Broadcast retrans not main culprit for high subs costs

Despite regulator action to the contrary, SNL Kagan data has revealed that broadcasters' retrans fees amounted to just 8.9% of what multichannel operators paid to basic cable networks and regional sports networks in 2013.

Shaw to restructure, axe 400 positions

Canadian cableco Shaw Communications is planning to lay off 400 people and restructure its business.

MPW opts not to renew Viacom carriage

MPW DigitalTV has decided to 'decline participation' in the newly negotiated agreement between the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and content provider Viacom.

RT nabs gold medal from New York Festivals' TV and film awards

RT, an international news network that broadcasts round-the-clock in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow and Washington, DC, has become a 2014 gold medalist at the New York Festivals Television and Film Awards, in the documentary category. The network also took two bronze medals.

Alibaba to take $1.05BN stake in Wasu Media

The value of shares in Chinese cable TV company Wasu Media Holding Company rose by 10% the day after it agreed to sell a 20% stake to Alibaba's founder Jack Ma, co-founder Simon Xie, and fellow billionaire Shi Yuzhu for ¥6.54 billion (US$1.05 billion).

MLB goes to bat for Cinegy's DANIEL codec

MLB Network, Major League Baseball's 24/7 cable TV network has selected Cinegy's Digital ANImation Encoder Library (DANIEL) codec.

Discovery launches 2014-2015 upfront slate

Discovery Communications has launched its 2014-2015 upfront slate, centred on live events, including, natural history programmes and new series such as Tree People, American Muscle and Siberian Cut.

Hemisphere Media completes $101MN Spanish-language network acquisition

Hemisphere Media Group has completed the previously announced purchase of three Spanish-language cable television networks from Media World for $101.9 million in cash.

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