Cablevision touts new analytics tool for political advertisers; Roku rolls out third-gen streaming stick

More cable news from across the Web:

> Roku has introduced a third-generation streaming stick that's thinner and faster than its predecessor. The Verge story

> Cablevision Media Sales has announced a new analytics tool targeted to political advertisers. Press release

> The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative has launched a referral program to promote Sling TV through its NeoNova unit. Multichannel News story

> YipTV has joined T-Mobile video service Binge On. Multichannel News story

> Disney COO Tom Staggs, who was viewed by many has the successor to chief executive Bob Iger, announced that he's leaving the company. Deadline Hollywood story

> Zenita Henderson has joined the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers as director of marketing operations and business development. Advanced Television story

Telecom News

> In the colocation space, New York, London, Washington, Tokyo and Silicon Valley were the top worldwide metro areas that generated the most colocation revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015. According to Synergy Research, these markets account for 27 percent of worldwide retail and wholesale colocation revenues. Article

> Ericsson has acquired NodePrime, a San Francisco-based data center management startup, enhancing its efforts to help service providers configure and manage data center hardware. Article

Wireless News

T-Mobile continued to expand its zero-rated offerings, adding content sources for both its Binge On and Music Freedom offerings. Nickelodeon, Dailymotion, EPIX, Spike and TV Land are among the latest partners for Binge On; new content partners for Music Freedom include Amazon Music and ESPN Radio. Both offerings enable users to stream content without having an impact on their monthly data plans, although video for Binge On users is "optimized" -- or degraded -- to minimize the network payload. Article

> Verizon issued a report today touting the broader Internet of Things marketplace and business opportunity, and boasting of the carrier's growing presence in the space. The company also announced it hired a former Cisco executive, Mrinalini Ingram, to lead its growing smart cities business. Article

And finally… Research firm informitv said the top 100 global pay-TV operators added 8.16 million subscribers in 2015. CED Magazine story

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