Suddenlink hit with Media General blackout threats; Huawei part of CableLabs DOCSIS 3.1 tests

More cable news from around the Internet:

> Starz will launch SVOD service Starz Play Arabia across 17 territories in the Middle East and North Africa on April 2. Press release

> Media General is threatening to pull its stations off Suddenlink Communications systems if a renewal agreement for a retrans deal that expires April 7 isn't made. Story

> Dish Network says it will once again offer the MLB Extra Innings for out-of-market Major League Baseball games. Press release

> Alaskan operator GCI has added five channels to its TV Everywhere service and 11 networks to its VOD offering. Press release

> After cratering 6 to 9 percent this year, Moody's expects TV advertising to rebound in a big way in 2016. Story

> Chinese telecom supplier Huawei Technologies says its Distributed Converged Cable Access Platform (D-CCAP) participated in CableLabs' first two interoperability tests for DOCSIS 3.1. Story

And finally … Comedy Central is publicly backing its new Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, after old tweets surfaced featuring sexist and anti-Semitic jokes. Story

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