News of Note—AT&T, Comcast, TiVo and more

news of note

> Dispatch Broadcasting has pulled WTHR, the Indianapolis NBC affiliate, and WBNS, Columbus’ CBS affiliate, off AT&T’s U-verse and DirecTV platforms. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Ira Bahr, TiVo’s former chief marketing officer, has left the company, while Ted Malone has joined Tivo to head up the company's consumer business. Multichannel News article

> Comcast provides the fastest wireline broadband service in the U.S., according to a report compiled by Ookla. PC World article

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> Discovery Communications CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels told the audience at Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that his company’s $14.6 billion purchase of Scripps Networks Interactive has a shot to ‘over deliver’ on the $350 million synergy estimate. FierceBroadcasting article 

> Facebook has reportedly set a $1 billion budget to spend through 2018 on programming for its recently launched Watch platform, putting the social media giant on par with Apple’s reported content plan. FierceOnlineVideo article

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