The Weather Channel buys ads to dispute DirecTV; Belmont, Mass. seeks comments on Comcast franchise

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> The Weather Channel has taken out ads in the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times to dispute claims made by DirecTV in the latest exchange of unpleasantries between the programmer and the satellite service provider. Story

> The town of Belmont, Mass. and the Belmont Media Center will host focus group sessions to determine the merits of renewing the current Comcast cable TV franchise which expires in October. Story

> BBC Worldwide is joining with South Korea's KT to launch CBeebies SVoD on the 'KT olleh TV' platform, effectively providing 5 million-plus KT olleh TV viewers IPTV access to CBeebies programming.  Story

> Amino Communications has declared a record $6.69 million profit, a 46 percent year-over-year improvement. Story

> Lawmakers want to know what's behind Telekomunikasi Indonesia's plans to establish a new Internet-based pay TV unit especially since the 51-percent state-owned company sold a similar business last year. Story

> Online video and its accompanying Internet traffic will shift the balance of power in video distribution over wireline networks from cable and IPTV service providers, according to a Research and Markets' report. Press release

And finally … Sundance Channel is rebranding to SundanceTV next month with a new logo and website. Story

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