PGA Championship to be broadcast in 3D; NBC Universal brings aboard Jeff Fleeher

> Internet-enabled TV shipments are far outpacing 3D TV and will continue to do so--at more than double rates--for the foreseeable future, according to iSuppli. Perhaps that model will need to be rewritten after viewers get a look at the PGA Championship (that's professional golf for the non-sporting inclined) which will present 3D coverage on the 12th and 17th holes at Whistling Straits during the first two rounds Aug. 12-13. Turner Sports and PGA of America are cooperating on the coverage.

> Who says this is a jobless recovery? NBC Universal, perhaps anticipating the whims of its potential new boss, has named Jeff Fleeher senior VP and CFO of TV Networks and Digital Distribution where he will be responsible for NBCU's cable networks. Pay TV technology supplier NDS said it expanded its senior management team in China with the appointments of three VPs: Walter Wang, Tom Zhang and Yvonne Wang. On the down side (perhaps) word out of Kansas City and Nebraska is that Time Warner Cable's VP-operations Dan Wright, a fixture since 1986 has "left the company" and a TWC spokeswoman "declined to say why."

> In Washington, where there's never a shortage of work if you're a lobbyist, Michigan Congressman John Dingell has written a letter advising FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to abandon broadband reclassification efforts and leave things to Congress. Story.

> Latvian Internet and cable TV companies Baltkom and Izzi want to merge and are asking for permission from the competition council to do so. They claim a merger is necessary to compete with Lattlecom. Just thought you'd like to know. Story.

> Even with better sales to big customers Comcast and Time Warner, Arris posted revenues that were only slightly higher than a year ago ($280.4 million compared to $278.5 million). On the plus side, the company thinks business will pick up as operators start to roll out DOCSIS 3.0, according to Chairman CEO Bob Stanzione. News release.

And finally... completing this all-Comcast, all-the-time issue comes word that the MSO and NBCU are backing an American Cable Association (and others) request for a two-week extension of the FCC deadline for comment on the 599 pages of comments the operator submitted supporting the merger. Story.


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