NAB chief: no spectrum deal with FCC

> There's no backroom spectrum deal between broadcasters and the FCC, NAB President Gordon Smith told the Senate Small Business Committee broadband oversight hearing. Smith said he met with FCC Chair Julius Genachowski at the recent NAB Show but he and the chairman never reached "any deal." The FCC is looking for spectrum to fill out its national broadband plan and has targeted broadcasters in a controversial "spectrum grab." Story.

> Arris saw first quarter revenues spike up 5.2 percent to $266.7 million compared to first quarter 2009 revenues of $253.5 million but slump 11.1 percent as compared to fourth quarter 2009 revenues of $300.0 million, the company said in preliminary and unaudited financial results for the first quarter 2010. News release.

> Philadelphia and therefore Comcastland-based Temple University is using a $1.2 million donation from former disc jockey and trade magazine magnate Kal Rudman to reinstate the cable TV channel it shut off in 1995. Story.

> Rovi has upgraded Cox Communications' video-on-demand service with a new version of its ShowRunner application deployed in Cox's Motorola systems. "As a result we're pleased to see consumers are accessing and viewing more on demand content and discovering programming they otherwise wouldn't know was available to them as part of their Cox Advanced TV subscription, said Steve Necessary, Vice President, Video Product Development at Cox in a news release.

> It's a good thing Cox doesn't run in Brazil or their on-demand numbers wouldn't be nearly as good--ShowRunner or no ShowRunner. According to the report "Triple play services in Brazil: slow progress," only the wealthy can afford high-speed broadband access and pay TV and regulatory issues are preventing operators from offering discounted triple play bundles. Story.