Ted Turner hospitalized in Argentina; Crimean cable channels disabled

Cable industry news from around the Web.

> Cable TV mogul and CNN founder Ted Turner has been hospitalized in Buenos Aires, where he complained of abdominal pain and could have appendicitis, media sources reported. Story

> Crimean cable operators have reportedly been forced to disable broadcasting Ukrainian channels following armed intervention by pro-Russian separatist forces. Story

> Dutch cable operator Ziggo is cozying up to Netflix and YouTube in deals that would reportedly mimic the U.S.-based Comcast/Netflix agreement. Story

> Comcast will start encrypting its limited basic TV service in the Tuscaloosa area tomorrow. Customers without a digital set-top box, digital adapter or retail CableCARD device will lose the ability to view those channels. Story

> A widespread Time Warner Cable outage affected subscribers in High Point, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and cities across the southern Piedmont of North Carolina thanks to downed power lines and widespread outages that prevented crews from making necessary repairs.  Story

Telecom News

> Reliance Globalcom's new CEO Bill Barney said it is abandoning its effort to sell itself off and will instead try to raise debt or equity to fund future expansion efforts, reports the Economic Times. Article

Wireless News

> Verizon Wireless could potentially tap new business models thanks to LTE Multicast technology, though it will take a few years for customers to take advantage of it on a widespread basis, according to a top Verizon executive. Article

And finally … Quebecor Inc.'s wireless division--a part of cable service provider Vidéotron--should benefit when the Canadian conglomerate posts expected adjusted net profit of $70-million or 53 cents a share fourth-quarter results Thursday. Story

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