Season 4 'Downton Abbey' premiere draws 10.2M viewers; Cablevision wants KMOV sale blocked

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> PBS' Downton Abbey premiere on Sunday night drew a record 10.2 million viewers, making it the highest rated drama premiere in the network's history. Article. Viewership was up 24 percent from the season-three finale and up 29 percent from the season three opener, according to numbers from Nielsen. Article

> Cablevision Systems Corp. has asked the FCC to deny Meredith Broadcasting's bid to buy KMOV-TV in St. Louis and is even challenging the commission to look into whether the broadcaster is fit to even own stations. The bid comes as a retrans battle between Cablevision and Meredith continues in Hartford, Conn. Gannett, which owns KMOV, is selling the station to Meredith as part of a package deal after the FCC mandated it spin off the station to a third party. Article

> TiVo is showing off a prototype of a network-based DVR CES this week. Article. In addition to moving Roamio, TiVo's current generation interface and service to the cloud, a network-based approach will also help operators and programmers manage complex content rights, enabling them to create catch-up TV services and other new tiers, and to splice targeted ads shows that are recorded in the cloud. Article

And finally... The Cable & Telecommunications Human Resources Association has tapped Sheryl Anderson, executive vice president of human resources administration for Starz, for a two-year term. She has served on CTHRA's board for more than 10 years, most recently as vice president/president elect. Article

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