Cablevision, Netflix make S&P indices; Crown Media re-ups with NCTC

@FierceCable RT @reelseo - Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Nielsen, the oldest dog in the TV ratings space, has changed its statistics tracking to recognize Internet-ready TVs. Story | Follow @FierceCable

> As of Dec. 17, Cablevision Systems (NYSE: CVC) will have a place on Standard & Poor's 500, replacing King Pharmaceuticals which is dropping off because it's been acquired by Pfizer. Also, S&P MidCap 400 members F5 Networks, Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Newfield Exploration will switch with S&P 500 constituents the New York Times Co., Office Depot and Eastman Kodak. If you're financially savvy you probably know what all this means. Story.

> Crown Media Holdings has signed a multi-year renewal of its distribution agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative so that its Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel will continue to be available to NCTC members. News release.

> SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC) business took a third quarter hit, especially damaged by server and storage revenue which dropped 50 percent. Overall, the VoD software provider said its media services business is growing and producing a profit but there are improvements needed in its software business. News release.

> In news so earth shattering it probably rattled windows in the nation's capital, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (the man who couldn't beat George W. Bush for president) has urged Democrats at the FCC to support what he concedes is a flawed net neutrality proposal. Story.

And finally ... what would an issue of FierceCable be without some Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) mention? An issue of FierceCable without some Apple mention. Anyway, silliness aside, Peel TV has introduced an app that turns the iPhone into a universal remote control. Remote and phone--what a concept. Story.