Mediacom ups Larsen and Lyons to senior VP; Comcast begins testing XG2 gateway

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> Mediacom has promoted Tom Larsen and Peter Lyons to senior VP titles. Broadcasting & Cable article

> AT&T says DirecTV Advertising Sales will now be part of the AT&T AdWorks division. Release

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated a protective order for information on the proposed merger of Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Multichannel News article

> A customer forum reveals that Comcast has started testing its DVR-less XG2 gateway. Multichannel News article

> Driven by sales of its camera sensors and PlayStation 4 consoles, Sony generated a $780 million operating profit in its fiscal first quarter, a 39 percent year-over-year improvement. Marketwatch article

> Viacom has named Alex Berkett senior VP of corporate development. Release

> Universal Electronics says it has now shipped 150 million devices based on its QuickSet remote control technology. Release

Telecom News

> Zayo has completed the buildout of a dark fiber route between the New York Stock Exchange data center facility at 1700 MacArthur Blvd in Mahwah, N.J., and Equinix's International Business Exchange (IBX) data center at 800 Secaucus Road (NY5), enabling it to better respond to financial companies' desire for low-latency network services. Article

> Continuing to be aggressive in expanding in its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Fioptics business by passing more multi-dwelling units (MDUs) and single-family homes in its territory, Cincinnati Bell passed an additional 25,000 units in the second quarter with Fioptics, ending the period with a total of 382,300 dwellings. Article

Wireless News

> Verizon considers Sprint's 2.5 GHz airwaves something that could fit into its spectrum portfolio, but has not made any moves to look into buying that spectrum, according to a report from J.P. Morgan analyst Philip Cusick. Article

And finally… Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network and AT&T, respectively, ranked in the bottom five in terms of customer perception in a survey conducted by Zogby Analytics. Article