Clearwire's money needs could lead to partnership/ownership changes; NCAAOM scoffs at Comcast pledge

> Hard-spending Clearwire, Sprint-controlled but cable-dependent, could see some major financial shifts that would impact its cable owners, according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal, which hints that Sprint might need to buy out minority owners to keep Clearwire from linking up with competitive mobile providers. Story (sub. req.)

> The National Coalition of African American Owned Media (more easily known as NCAAOM) has issued a news release scoffing at Comcast's pledge to add four African American-controlled networks to its digital tier and $20 million to assist minority entrepreneurs, calling the promises "extremely insulting."

> In an example of why analyst firms make the big bucks, The Diffusion Group has gone out on a limb and said that cable TV operators will at some point start charging for TV Everywhere subscriptions. The next prediction: the sun'll come up tomorrow. Story.

> Red Wing, Minn. and its (for now) cable provider Charter Communications are at loggerheads and the MSO's franchise renewal could be the victim. Story.

> Yet another analysis for readers to ponder. Gerson Lehman Group has laid out groundwork suggesting why it might be time for the cable industry to consider cutting back on the size of its programming packages. Of course, even GLG concedes "the cable operators can only do what the programmers will allow." News release.

And finally... Like a bulldog with a bone, AT&T continues to pursue high definition programming from Cablevision and MSG Network, refilling-or supplementing, depending on how you look at it-a claim that it has a right to the programming. Story.

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