Frontier faces false advertising suit in West Virginia; Layer3 hires Gardner to lead programming

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> John Wren, CEO of Omnicom Group, said during the advertising conglomerate's third quarter earnings call Tuesday that there has been a noticeable shift of TV dollars to programmatic advertising and other digital platforms. Story

> Frontier Communications, which is already under investigation in West Virginia for possible mishandling of government subsidies, is also facing a class action suit in the state for allegedly failing to offer advertised services. Story

> Self-proclaimed "next-generation cable service" Layer3 has hired Lindsay Gardner to handle content acquisitions and programming. Story

> CableLabs has opened vendor registration for the first DOCSIS 3.1 Interop, which will be held during the week of Dec. 1 at the org's Louisville, Colo., headquarters. Announcement

> Google VP of product management Mario Queiroz said Chromecast users have tapped the "cast" button 650 million times since the streaming dongle was released in 2013. Story

> TiVo says it's petitioning the FCC for a waiver on the integrated set-top security ban, not a permanent end to the law. Story

> The CBS TV Stations group and Weigel Broadcasting are teaming to launch Decades, a national entertainment programming network themed around classic shows. The network will run across local TV stations' digital subchannels. Story

And finally …  After several years of shaking up Sony's film and TV studio operations with incendiary public comments, activist investor Dan Loeb has sold his interest in the Tokyo-based conglomerate. Story

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