Former NCTA legal chief Brenner killed crossing street; Comcast-backed NextVR signs deal with Fox Sports

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> Daniel Brenner, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge who previously led the NCTA's legal department and served as an advisor to the FCC, was hit and killed by a car crossing a street Tuesday in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Daily News story

> TiVo's Warsaw-based subsidiary, Cubiware, announced expansion into South Asia. Press release

> Comcast Ventures has joined a $25 million C funding round for Zoomdata, a big data company based in Redwood City, Calif. Multichannel News story

> ARK Investment Management predicts that Netflix will more than double its global subscriber base to 175 million by 2020. CED Magazine story

> Gray Television says it has closed its purchase of Schurz Communications. TV NewsCheck story

Telecom News

> Windstream has wrapped up the expansion of its metro fiber network in the Charlotte, N.C., area, enabling it to address business service opportunities with connections into more buildings and data centers. Article

> Wireless operators like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon may be anxious to get their hands on 600 MHz of spectrum that will become available in the upcoming incentive auctions of TV broadcasters' spectrum, but industry experts are concerned that the FCC's 39-month timeframe won't be long enough for the tower workforce to safely complete the antenna installation job. Article

Installer News

> A federal judge in Florida last month refused Time Warner Cable's request to throw out a suit filed against it by a local installer, which claims the MSO interfered with its sale back in 2012. Article

> The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) are teaming up to promote skills development for telecommunications tower workers. Article

Online Video News

> With educators and legislators in New Hampshire hoping to give toddlers and elementary school students early encouragement in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, a private company, Learniverse LLC, has teamed with New Hampshire Public Television to offer a free online video learning program aimed at Pre-K to second graders. Article

> News that Apple is working with music icon Dr. Dre on a new original series, Vital Signs, may be spurring speculation that the company is finally moving forward with a linear over-the-top video service. But at the moment, Vital Signs is aimed squarely at competing in another streaming hot spot: music. Article

Wireless News

> While the wireless industry gears up to bid on TV broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum licenses in the FCC's scheduled incentive auction, tower-climbing companies are preparing for the work involved in repacking those broadcasters' remaining operations. Article

And finally… NextVR, a Comcast-backed start-up focused on the virtual reality presentation of live events, has signed a five-year deal with Fox Sports. Multichannel News story

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