CableOne, CBS College Sports spat leaves Idaho State University fans in the dark

> Idaho State University fans in communities served by CableOne had to watch their beloved gridiron team somewhere other than their homes last weekend after the cable operator and CBS College Sports were unable to come to carriage terms in time for kickoff. Reps from both sides told local press that they were hopeful that a resolution would come soon. Story

> AT&T (NYSE: T) launched its U-verse service today to residents in parts of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties; including the cities of Charleston, North Charleston, Summerville, Mount Pleasant, Goose Creek, Kiawah and Hanahan, S.C. News release

> Low power TV stations must come up with a digital transition plan with the FCC proposing it a 2012 deadline. The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking late last week listing a number of issues to be resolved including whether to include the hard deadline. Full power TV stations had to migrate to digital by June 12, 2009 but low power stations had no deadline. Story

> Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) has teamed up with IFC to launch a short film contest encouraging aspiring filmmakers to showcase their talents. Video submissions will be accepted until Oct. 21 via TWC's new YouTube channel. Four grand prize winners, to be announced in December, will get a four-night trip for two to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January. News release

> Cable operators and technology vendors are expected to begin laser-focusing on "t-commerce" opportunities next year using the cable industry's interactive platform, Arthur Orduna. "It's not going to be at scale yet, but I would say 2011 is going to be a good year for testing, trialing, and probably seeing some big companies coming out of the e-commerce space and moving into the t-commerce space," Canoe said. Announcements detailing cable industry efforts to expand into t-commerce are expected to be made in the fourth quarter. Story 

And finally... Not all retrans agreements have to be preceded by acrimonious negotiations. Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Time Warner Cable have reached an agreement to provide Verizon's FiOS TV customers in upstate New York with access to additional Syracuse University football and men's basketball games. The games will be available on Channel 1 for FiOS TV customers. Story

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