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In the December 28, 2011 Issue:

NBC tackles post-season NFL coverage with online offerings
Total ad spend grows 1.5 percent during first nine months of 2011, says Kantar Media
FCC grants assignment of Qualcomm D, E Block licenses to AT&T
OTT year in review
Online political news, advertising grow in importance, finds new research
Austrian telecom deploys Agama for IPTV service monitoring

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 Top Story
NBC tackles post-season NFL coverage with online offerings
by Phil Kurz

The network will make available this season’s Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and two Wild Card games online, while the league streams coverage to Verizon mobile phones.

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 Industry News
Total ad spend grows 1.5 percent during first nine months of 2011, says Kantar Media

Most types of TV saw increases in the third quarter, including the Spanish Language Television category, which saw advertising soar 18 percent.

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Private equity firm Thoma Bravo to acquire Telestream

The transaction, which will facilitate further growth of Telestream’s core businesses, is expected to close in early January 2012.

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 Policy & Regulation
FCC grants assignment of Qualcomm D, E Block licenses to AT&T

The transaction will enable AT&T to repurpose the spectrum for broadband services.

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Spectrum Bridge receives FCC nod for white spaces database

The commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology has approved the Spectrum Bridge TV white space database system.

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OTT year in review

Listen in on snippets of podcast interviews done throughout 2011 with Pat McDonough of The Nielsen Company, Glen Friedman of Ideas & Solutions!, Danny Wilson of Pixelmetrix and Greg Herman of Watch TV.

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 Technology & Trends
Online political news, advertising grow in importance, finds new research

The new “2011 Politics Online Report” from Topix and Equation Research reveals 48 percent of voters rank the Internet as the first or second most impactful advertising medium, coming in behind television at 66 percent.

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iVOD movie rentals remain in doldrums, says new report

A new report from The NPD Group finds just 5 percent of U.S. consumers who own an iVOD-capable device used it to rent iVOD movies.

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Austrian telecom deploys Agama for IPTV service monitoring

A1 Telekom Austria has deployed Agama’s Embedded Monitoring Solution to support monitoring from the headend to the point of actual service consumption.

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Webcaster streams European Commission Conference with Haivision KulaByte encoders

FreeCaster simultaneously streamed three different conference rooms in four languages and at three bit rates for delivery to Flash-enabled computers and mobile devices.

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Blackmagic Design unveils new price for Teranex VC100

The Teranex VC100 video processor, now priced at $19,995, includes all available processing for one price.

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Vimond offers cross-format streaming system for Nordic broadcasters

Finland's MTV3 and Norway's TV 2 used Vimond Media Solutions’ online TV platform to stream content to each other’s Web portals.

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BIM, Yidio to collaborate on blend of linear TV schedules, online video content

The two platforms already have aligned through an API that matches TitanTV.com’s program data to Yidio’s warehouse of online episodes.

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