OpenTV, Nagravision suing Apple; ACA promotes three staffers

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> The Kudelski Group's OpenTV and Nagravision subsidiaries filed a patent infringement suit against Apple, alleging Apple iOS mobile devices, Apple TV, App Store, iTunes, IADs, Safari and OSX-based computers infringe on five U.S. patents owned by OpenTV and Nagravision. Press release

> The American Cable Association promoted Ross Lieberman to senior vice president of government affairs, Robert Shema to executive vice president of membership/finance and chief of staff and Stacey Leech to senior director of meetings and industry affairs. Press release

> Broadband Forum reported IPTV is nearing the 100-million-subscriber threshold worldwide with 21 percent growth in 2013. Story

> AT&T announced high-speed service coming to Austin, Tex., where it's competing with Google. In North Carolina, AT&T, Google and Time Warner Cable are all planning ultrafast service. Article

> The Saugus, Mass. board of selectmen, citing a strained working relationship and failure to negotiate a new agreement for the channel, ordered the Saugus Cable Television Station board of directors to cease and desist managing the operations of the PEG cable channel immediately. Story

> Executives from Time Warner Cable, Univision News, Cablevision Systems and Fox Broadcasting have been named winners of NAMIC's (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) 2014 Next Generation Leaders Awards. Press release

OnlineVideo News

LAS VEGAS--The broadcast industry has reached an "inflection point" where broadcast licensees, such as online video providers like Netflix, "can move from being the disrupted to the disruptor," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told NAB Show attendees at a keynote here. And he warned that the industry needs to pivot or risk being overtaken by companies that are taking advantage of the changing technology landscape. Full article

Wireless News

Apple argued in court that it is due $2.19 billion in damages related to patent infringement by Samsung Electronics in the smartphone titans' latest patent trial. A witness Apple called also indicated that Apple is pushing for a ban on the sale of older Samsung smartphones. Full article

And finally… Contemporary Research, which designs and creates QMOD HD Modulator-IPTV Encoders, HDTV display control systems and ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuners, has acquired Dallas-based J.S. Techtronics Inc. and formed a new CR Assembly division for contract electronics assembly labor. Story

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