Spotify joins the mobile video crush; Sprint lays off 2,500 workers

More cable news from across the Web:

> Nexstar Broadcasting is preparing to sign a $2.3 billion agreement to buy Media General. New York Post story

> The U.S. TV advertising market was flat last year, despite 7 percent growth of the total advertising market, according to the Standard Media Index. Marketwatch story

> Comcast reported record usage of its Xfinity On Demand VOD platform amid last weekend's Northeastern snow storm, with 1.29 million users watching concurrently. Multichannel News story

> One World Sports has signed a carriage deal with Verizon's Go90 mobile video platform. Multichannel News story

> Canadian Broadcaster Rogers Media said it will cut 200 jobs as government mandated unbundling of cable TV gets set to take effect in March. Hollywood Reporter story

Telecom News

> Comcast Business has begun offering its small to medium business (SMB) and enterprise branch office customers a Wi-Fi solution, playing into the growing BYOD (bring your own device) and Wi-Fi usage trends within businesses. Article

> Joseph Zimmel, one of CenturyLink's board members, recently resigned from his post over allegations that he was creating bad "chemistry" with other company directors and management. Article

Wireless News

> Spotify will begin rolling out its mobile video service to this week, jumping into an increasingly crowded market. The new offering will be available for Android users this week and for owners of iOS devices next week. Content will initially consist primarily of short TV clips, according to The Wall Street Journal, although some providers are creating original content for the service. Article

> Sprint has slashed 2,500 jobs in a third round of layoffs as it continues to trim its budget. The jobs, which represent roughly 7 percent of its workforce, will primarily be lost from closing call centers, according to a Reuters report. Article

And finally… Five suspects were arrested in connection with a Jan. 6 armed robbery of a Cable One office in Globe, Ariz. Arizona Silver Belt story

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