Shy bladder group targets DirecTV's 'painfully awkward Rob Lowe; Comcast seeks stay for CSN Houston

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> A U.S. District Court Judge on Wednesday will hear Comcast's request to stay a bankruptcy court ruling last week that transfers ownership of CSN Houston to AT&T and  DirecTV. Story

> The International Paruresis Association has asked DirecTV to stop airing a commercial in which actor Rob Lowe portrays a fanny-pack-wearing, cable-subscribing "painfully awkward" version of himself with a shy bladder. Story

> Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav used his company's third-quarter earnings report to reiterate his opposition to the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, telling investors, "There's real issues this raises." Story

> Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) reported third-quarter revenue growth of $6.1 percent to $82.3 million, with cable revenue rising by $1.2 million. Story

> Third-quarter overall revenue rose 49 percent to $131.7 million for TV station operator Gray Television, with broadcast retransmission fees spiking 115 percent to $19.7 million. Story

> Pirate Bay founder Fredrik Neij has been arrested in Asia. Story

> Comcast is doubling Internet speeds for most of its customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington by the end of the year. Story

And finally … BET founder Robert Johnson is launching a new OTT platform, Urban Movie Channel, dedicated to urban-themed documentaries, comedies, horror films and stage plays. Story

Suggested Articles

FierceVideo is putting together an Emerging Leaders feature, and we’d love to consider somebody from your organization.

Comcast and NBCUniversal officially welcomed Peacock into the world this week.

Comcast/NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service, Peacock, will have a version that can be accessed for free by all consumers.