Malone on the prowl? He's buying shares of Liberty; Dish, Fox affiliate agree on retransmission in Charlotte, NC

> Market watchers are looking closely at Liberty Media Chairman John Malone who recently spent $19.8 million on shares of Liberty Media Interactive and Liberty Media Capital, marking his first purchases of Liberty Media stock in two years. Story. (sub. req.)

> Dish Network and Fox local affiliate WCCB-TV have agreed to terms on a new retransmission deal, avoiding any service disruption in Charlotte, N.C. As is becoming the norm these days, the negotiations "came down to the last minute" according to WCCB station manager Jim White. Story.

> Bright House Networks will keep things in the family when Chairman Bob Miron retires at the end of the year. Steve Miron, now CEO of Bright House Networks, will assume his dad's role and daughter Naomi Bergman will continue as president. Story.

> Quantenna Communications has introduced an 802.11n Wi-Fi chipset with four transmit and receive antennas. The high powered silicon is being positioned as a way to distribute high bandwidth digital video services throughout a residence because it can sustain speeds of 145 Mbps or more. Story.

> The cable television unit of Emirates Telecommunications Corp. (ETISALAT) is looking abroad for business as its domestic market becomes saturated. Countries on the lookout for ETISALAT services include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India and Pakistan. Story.

> It's always interesting to learn what the term "smart TV" means--especially when the term "boob tube" is still closely associated with television. Willard Martis, general manager of Retail CE and the Digital Home Group at Intel will offer his thoughts during a presentation June 10. News release.

And finally... Telus has told the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that it would have a tough time competing and offering cable TV if it's forced to unbundle its high-speed Internet and offer it to third party wholesale buyers. Story.