Frontier to enter TWC SportsNet LA talks; CNN drives Time Warner Inc. to strong Q1

More cable news from across the web:

> Frontier Communications, which recently took over Verizon's wireline assets in Southern California, has agreed to meet with Time Warner Cable to discuss carriage of TWC SportsNet LA. Los Angeles Times story

> Thanks to a strong performance from CNN, Time Warner Inc. beat analysts' consensus projections in the first quarter, generating $1.21 billion in net income, up 25.2 percent year over year. Deadline Hollywood story

> The Society of Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is now part of Villanova University's RISE Forum (Resilient Innovation through Sustainable Engineering). CED Magazine story

> Amazon has hired former Relativity Media executive James DeLorenzo to head a new sports programming division. Re/code story

Telecom News

> Birch Communications has named Tony Tomae as its next president and CEO, succeeding Vincent Oddo, who will become president and CEO of Birch's sister company Birch Equity Partners. Article

Installer News

> Dan Fallon, senior RF engineer at Dielectric, says temporary antennas could be the way to go for broadcasters in order to meet the 39-month time frame allotted for channel repacking after the 600 MHz incentive auction. Article

Online Video News

> CBS is paying close attention to the growth of its two OTT properties, CBS All Access and Showtime Anytime, which "are beginning to make a meaningful contribution to our revenue and our profit," Les Moonves, chairman, president and CEO, told investors on the its first-quarter earnings call, as the network reported record-breaking revenues of $3.85 billion. Article

> Netflix wants viewers to quit browsing and start watching its massive catalog, and it's juicing up its content recommendation tech in order to convince them to do so. The first stop on its journey: figuring out which image associated with the title of a movie or TV series will convince a user to click into the content and watch it. Article

Wireless News

> Sprint continues to improve its liquidity as it defers -- or is forced to defer -- network spending. But whether that's a winning combination is far from clear. The struggling operator has secured $11 billion in "total committed liquidity," Wells Fargo Securities analysts noted in a research note following the release of Sprint's first-quarter earnings report. That sum stems primarily from parent company SoftBank's creation of financing vehicles involving Sprint's network assets and leased handsets. And Sprint last week announced a $2 billion bridge financing arrangement with Mizuho Bank. Article

And finally… In a survey of 620 teens conducted by content ratings org Common Sense, half admitted to feeling "addicted" to their mobile devices. Broadcasting & Cable story

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