Cable pioneer Kenneth Gunter dead at 83; Comcast extends its Extreme 505 fiber

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Former UA Columbia Cablevision exec Kenneth Gunter has died at the age of 83 Story

> Smart TVs will represent about 54 percent of all TV shipments in 2015, 63 percent in 2016 and 73 percent in 2017, according to Strategy Analytics and BI Intelligence estimates. Story

> Comcast confirmed that it has recently extended the reach of its Extreme 505 fiber-based broadband service to systems in its south division including Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., and South Florida. Story

> One year after product launch, Google says its Chromecast over-the-top dongle has been used 400 million times to cast media on TVs. Story

> Amazon announced revenue of $19.34 billion for the quarter ending June 14, missing analyst forecasts and sending the company's stock down 7 percent in after-hours trading. Story

> Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholders Services has voiced its opposition to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse's $49 million salary package in 2013. Story

> The FCC has approved Sinclair's purchase of Allbritton TV stations. Story

> Major League Baseball's digital media arm was one of the millions who sent net neutrality commentary to the FCC, opposing the creation of Internet fast lanes. Story

And finally... A DVD-quality digital copy of the upcoming Sylvester Stallone action sequel The Expendables 3 was downloaded on piracy sites more than 189,000 times over a 24-hour period. Story