aioTV scores a unified guide patent; Cable operator Wi-Fi hotspots may top 10M in 2015

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Startup aioTV was awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the company said covers, among other things, the method for culling together video channels from multiple different sources, such as OTT, cable and broadcast content.  Article

> Starz stock price rose 5.6 percent yesterday after reports circulated that the company has hired an investment bank to look for deals.  Article

> ESPN has suspended Grantland editor Bill Simmons after he called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a "liar" for his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy. Article

> An analyst report suggests that U.S. cable operators will have about 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots by early 2015.  Article

> Warner Brothers' Jeff Robinov is opening a production company called Studio 8, with $250 million in funding.  Article

Telecom News

> Huawei makes three-year, $4 billion bet on wireline broadband research and development. Article

> TDS introduced "younited" personal cloud service. Article

Wireless News

> T-Mobile is looking to get more 700 MHz A Block spectrum covering parts of Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Texas. Article

> T-Mobile plans to discontinue its support for the federal Lifeline phone program, which provides subsidized phone service to low-income Americans, as of the end of 2014.  Article

And finally … Google says its Project Loon will have rings of balloons floating across the southern hemisphere in the next year or so.   Article