Comcast RSNs quietly begin streaming NBA games; Japan's Softbank launches a la carte mobile service

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Six Comcast regional sports networks have negotiated multichannel rights with NBA teams and have begun offering authenticated streams of games to subscribers. Story

> Tokyo-based Softbank has launched an a la carte streaming service for mobile users in Japan. Story

> Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios has struck a deal with AT&T for authenticated, TV Everywhere distribution of Justice Central.TV network. Story

> Hasbro has broken off merger talks with DreamWorks Animation, concerned about the impact the deal talk was having on its stock price. Story

> Disney Movies Anywhere, which just expanded beyond iOS to Android devices, will now be available through Wal-Mart's Vudu transactional service. Story

And finally … Netflix closed its public API Friday, ending the ability of third-party apps to extract metadata from the streaming service. Story

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