Gracenote buys Australian metadata company HWW for $19M; Consumerist blasts Comcast for throwing pizza party

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> The Federal Communications Commission has told TV stations across the U.S. that they could raise as much as $45 billion by selling broadcast airwaves at next year's wireless auction. Story

> WOW! Business is upgrading and expanding its Ethernet network in 19 markets across the Midwest and Southeast based on Alcatel-Lucent technology. Press release

> The NBA League Pass package of out-of-market live games will now be available for viewing on Xbox One. Story

> Through his production company, Happy Madison, actor-producer Adam Sandler has agreed to star in four upcoming films for Netflix. The films will bypass theatrical production and premiere on Netflix's SVOD service in 50 countries. Story

> Verizon will not proceed with a plan to throttle subscribers with unlimited data plans when its 4G LTE network is at its highest usage point. Story

> Metadata company Gracenote is continuing its acquisition spree, spending $19 million to buy Australia's HWW, a provider of TV and movie data for pay-TV program guides. Press release

> FCC commissioner Tom Wheeler is urging local governments to resist state government legislation, as well as lobbying efforts by big ISPs, that restrict the development of municipally-backed high-speed Internet services. Story

And finally … Activist blog has lashed out at Comcast's attempt to throw a pizza party--a pizza party!--for the residents of a new apartment-complex development in Seattle. Post


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