TWC infuriates New York 'Game of Thrones' fans; Comcast ready to break ground on new tower

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> DirecTV subscribers in Columbia, Miss. have regained access to local NBC and CW stations after the satellite carrier resolved its two-month-long retransmission fee dispute with the affiliates. Story

> Golf-themed channel the Back9Network Network has signed its first major carriage agreement, getting picked up by DirecTV starting Sept. 29. Story

> Winter Olympics programming spurred a 9.7 percent first-quarter surge in U.S TV advertising, reports Kantar Media. Story

> Time Warner Cable received numerous complaints from New York subscribers last week by shifting around its program guide right before the season finale of HBO's highly popular Game of Thrones. Story

> Comcast announced that it will break ground on its $1.2 billion, 59-story Innovation and Technology Center in Philadelphia next month. Story

> The NPD Group reported Monday that 56 percent of 18-34-year-olds in the U.S. use their tablets for "activitiesd related to the TV program they are watching or for other programming related activities." Report

> Potential Univision buyers are balking at the proposed $20 billion price tag for a company sattled with $9 billion in debt. Story

And finally... The Major League Baseball Network nearly doubled its average primetime viewership on June 18, showing portions of Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter to a large number of disenfranchised L.A. sports fans who don't have access to the new Time Warner SportsNet L.A. channel. Story

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