Discovery audience devours Shark Week; Blonder Tongue sales climb

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> Discovery Channel's Shark Week debuted with its highest-rated night ever in 27 years of telecasts when more than 3.6 million prime-time viewers tuned in, the channel said. Story.

> Cable equipment vendor Blonder Tongue Laboratories credited increased digital video headend sales for boosting second quarter sales numbers 23.5 percent year-over-year to $8.83 million. Story.

> Cablevision Systems, Charter Communications and Cox Communications have joined the SCTE Corporate Alliance Program. Press release.

> Missouri telecom Green Hills implemented Innovative Systems' IPTV middleware. Story.

> Comcast and NBCUniversal have hired 3,000 veterans since January 2012, outpacing the company's goal to hire 2,000 by 2015 as part of its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Story.

> Hutchison Global Communications is working with 3Home Broadband and Letv, a Chinese Internet TV content provider, to launch Hong Kong's first bundled offer of 4K home broadband service and entertainment content. Story.

> Pluto.TV is now available on the Amazon Fire TV, the company announced. Consumers can begin watching immediately by downloading the free Pluto.TV app from the Amazon Appstore. Press release.

Telecom News

> Ridgemont Equity Partners is cashing in on the emerging dark fiber opportunity by reaching a deal to acquire Cross River Fiber. Full article.

And finally … Rapper T.I. and MTV settled a suit brought by the family of a man whose dead body appeared in an episode of an MTV program chronicling T.I.'s life as he waited to serve a one-year prison sentence on gun charges. Story.