Broadcasters Nexstar, Media General report solid Q2; Viacom's Media Net biz shows slowing income

More cable news from across the Web:

> TV broadcaster Nexstar Broadcasting Group posted financials that exceeded the company's expectations. The company said its revenues from retransmission agreements climbed a whopping 99 percent to $69.7 million. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Pluto TV hired Spotify executive Ken Parks as its new executive chairman. Multichannel News article

> The American Cable Association urged the FCC to exempt smaller broadband ISPs from its net neutrality rules "to lessen the regulatory burdens on these economically vulnerable providers that are already keeping their customers satisfied with informed disclosures about their network's commercial terms, performance characteristics, and network management practices." Release

> In Viacom's Media Networks unit, which houses the likes of Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET, operating income fell 1 percent to $1.11 billion with revenues flat at nearly $2.60 billion. Deadline article

> The Recording Industry Association of America is going after BitTorrent, arguing the site "facilitated approximately 75% of the over 1.6 million torrent based infringement of our members' works last year in the US." Ars Technica article

> Universal Electronics said it acquired Ecolink Intelligent Technology. Releases

> AMC Networks scored a jump in revenue, which the company partly attributed to the inclusion of BBC America to its lineup. Reuters article

> TV broadcaster Media General reported net revenues of $321 million in the second quarter, up 108 percent over the same quarter from last year. Broadcasting & Cable article

> According to a new Variety report, Samsung has discontinued plans to build a new remote control and as a result has laid off the staff it acquired through its purchase of Boxee in 2013. Variety article

Telecom News

> Windstream is accelerating its consumer DSL profile with plans to launch 50 Mbps speeds to nearly 1 million locations, including 380,000 existing customers. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The head of the FCC's office of engineering and technology is asking the wireless industry for more information on exactly how LTE operations in unlicensed spectrum will work. Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC's office of engineering and technology, took special aim at Verizon Wireless' LTE-U Forum, which has proposed a standard for the technology called LTE-U that uses Carrier Sense Adaptive Transmission (CSAT) to check for other users in unlicensed spectrum. Article

> Although Wall Street analysts continued to fret over declines in the number of pay-TV subscribers, the nation's cable players generally offered positive views of Wi-Fi and their plans to expand the use of the technology. Indeed, a number of cable companies specifically mentioned their Wi-Fi plans during their second quarter conference calls with analysts. Article

Wireless News

> Sprint parent SoftBank considered selling Sprint at one point but is resolutely backing the carrier now, according to SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son. Meanwhile, financial analysts are divided around how much the leasing arrangements for handsets and network gear Sprint and SoftBank are creating will help Sprint. Article

> Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said the cable company is looking to launch some kind of mobile wireless product and is willing to explore working with T-Mobile US or any other wireless carrier. Article

And finally… HBO Now is now on Google's Chromecast. Article

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