Nielsen says out-of-home viewing boosts ratings to 9%; Worcester, Mass. approves license transfer to 'terrible' Comcast

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves told investors this week that an online, a la carte version of Showtime will launch in 2015. Story

> After one of its members called Comcast "a terrible company," the Worcester, Mass., city council voted 8-3 to allow the transfer of the city's cable TV license from Charter to Comcast. Story

> Disney reported a 7 percent rise in fiscal Q4 revenue to $12.38 billion, driven by a 5 percent spike in media networks performance. Story

> A new Nielsen study found that measuring out-of-home viewing provided a 7 percent-9 percent boost in total day ratings. Story

> Lionsgate reported a nearly 11 percent boost in fiscal second quarter revenue to $552.9 million, driven by the performance of a TV studio that produces shows including AMC's Mad Men and Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. Story

> Wal-Mart is about to introduce a streaming stick, the Vudu Spark, which will support the mega-chain's transactional online video service. Story

And finally … Time Warner Cable has quoted a resident living in rural New York $20,000 to connect him to broadband services. Story