Charter completes digital transition; ESPN to sell programmatic ads for SportsCenter

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Charter Communications said it's turning off the last of its analog TV signals this week as it completes its digital transition. Story

> ESPN will soon begin selling ads for SportsCenter through a web-based programmatic exchange. Story

> Addressing DirecTV's decision not to carry Time Warner SportsNet LA, company CFO told a UBS Global Media audience Tuesday, "I think you'll see more of that." Story

> Rentrak says it has a new patent that lets it measure audience engagement and reveals which shows are the most effective advertising tools. Press release

> Buckeye CableSystem has signed on to carry RLTV. Story

> DreamWorks Animation has partnered with HBO to launch a new branded TV channel in 19 Asian countries. Story

> NBCUniversal is partnering with Under Armour to launch an on-demand health and fitness channel. Story

> Notorious file sharing site Pirate Bay was knocked offline Tuesday when Swedish police raided its data center. Story

> TransGaming's on-demand gaming platform GameTree TV is now available to pay-Tv operators worldwide through a partnership with ActiveVideo. Press Release

And finally …  In the latest wave of blistering attacks carried out by a mysterious hacking group, confidential emails from top Sony Pictures executives reveal nasty internal dialog pertaining to some of the top creative talent in Hollywood. Story