Cable franchise bill moves through Minnesota Senate; More on 3D TV

>  A closely watched cable TV franchise bill has cleared the Minnesota Senate by a close 63-1 vote. The bill clarifies how much a competing provider-telco has to do to get a franchise to compete with an incumbent cable operator and could help smaller companies move into the cable market. Story.

> Still more on 3D TV. Sensio Technologies will collaborate with Teranex Systems at next month's NAB Show in Las Vegas to showcase how Sensio's 3D technology can be integrated into broadcast products to simplify broadcasters' move to 3D on current and future infrastructures. News release.

> Cass Cable TV, Mediastream, MTC (Margartville Telephone Company) and Plantation Cable will use VoD in a Box, a joint offering of Comcast's Media Center HITS business unit and Arris, to deliver video-on-demand to their customers. News release.

> Polish cable TV operator Aster is using Motorola RF over Glass (RFoG) technology to roll out a fiber-to-the-home network for a triple play of services. News release.

> The SCTE has published three industry tech standards to give cable operators a "framework to manage network components end-to-end," the organization said in a news release.

> Comcast owes 19 percent of its total value to its voice business, making it the third most important division after digital cable and broadband and constituting about $10 billion in value. Story.

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