Comcast signs deal to let subs return STBs through UPS Stores; Sony stems Q3 loss

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> After anticipating a recovery in the "scatter" market from slow upfront TV ad sales in the spring, analysts say the third-quarter selling season is actually slower than expected. Story

> Turner Broadcasting is once again talking to former Fox Broadcasting chairman Rick Reilly about filling the chief executive role vacated months ago by Steve Koonin. Story

> Comcast has signed a deal with UPS to lets the cable company's subscribers return equipment for free through 4,400 UPS store locations. Story

> Cogeco Cable Inc. will become the first Canadian pay-TV service to integrate the Netflix app into its TiVo-supplied boxes. Story

> Hungarian government officials have cancelled a plan to tax Internet usage by traffic volume following massive protests. Story

> Sony Corp. reported a smaller-than-expected third-quarter loss following solid sales of its PlayStation 4 game console. The conglomerate still experienced widening overall losses of $1.2 billion. Story

> The NCTA says 50 million CableCARDS have been deployed by the nine largest MSOs since the FCC issued its integrated security ban in 2007. Story

> Kelly Kulchak has been named head of current programming for DreamWorks Animation's TV division. Story

> Redbox parent Outerwall reported a 78.4 percent drop in third-quarter revenue to $17.9 million. Story

And finally … E! Entertainment extended its overall deal with on-air personality Joel McHale through 2016. Story

Suggested Articles

Cable, satellite, and telecom pay TV providers should expect one of the worst years ever for cord cutting, according to eMarketer.

Comcast may be under pressure to split up its cable and media businesses and one analyst said that such a move could unlock value for both assets.

Blockgraph has partnered with TVSquared to provide omni-channel TV measurement and audience activation.