FilmOn likely in contempt again; Rovi hires former Arris executive Javald

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> A New York federal judge says she'll likely rule streaming service FilmOn and its operator, billionaire Alki David, in contempt of court once again for continuing to stream the broadcast signals of local TV stations. Story

> Aspire, the African-American-targeted cable network founded by Ervin "Magic" Johnson, is set to launch on Time Warner Cable systems in Texas. Story

> Interactive TV technology company Rovi has named former Arris and Motorola executive Omar Javald senior VP of discovery. Story

> AT&T CFO John Stephens told investors during the company's July 23 Q2 earnings report that states reviewing the company's proposed merger with DirecTV have concluded their analysis without mandating or proposing any conditions. Webcast

> Facebook stock prices climbed to an all-time high as the company once again reported better-than-expected earnings during its Q2 report. The company brought in $2.9 billion for the quarter, besting Wall Street forecasts of $2.8 billion. Story

> Apple spent $1.6 billion on research and development in the just completed fiscal quarter, a company 8K SEC filing revealed. That's up $425 million from the same three-month span in 2013. Story

And finally... After purposely and successfully manufacturing a made-for-TV "bad movie" camp phenomenon in 2013 with Sharknado, NBCUniversal's Syfy network is pulling out all the stops to promote an upcoming sequel. Story