Comcast targets Frontier's abandoned FiOS customers; Fox cuts ties with two more affiliates

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Talk about low-hanging fruit. Frontier has dissed about 100,000 of its FiOS customers and Comcast is standing by with baskets to haul them in. Story

> Fox continues to shuffle its affiliates, no doubt as part of a retransmission consent fee effort. This time it's cut out Nexstar Broadcasting in Springfield, Mo. and Fort Wayne, Ind. and added a deal with Granite Broadcasting. Story

> It's probably not worth going to war over, but a U.S. export, Netflix, is a "veritable threat to the Canadian character" of the television industry up north, Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau says. Story

> Civolution and SeaChange International have partnered to offer forensic watermarking for premium VoD content, helping cable operators comply with Hollywood demands for more stringent security. News release

And finally ... Comcast's NBC has found a place to put some of those affiliate and retrans fees they get. The network has agreed to pay Donald Trump and his co-producer $160 million over the next two years for The Celebrity Apprentice. Sources say Trump will pocket about $65 million from the deal. Story


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