CBS looks to grow digital revenues; Verizon planning nationwide online offering?

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> Think CBS chief Les Moonves is reveling, à la Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes, in Netflix continuing struggles? Think again. Moonves on Tuesday told the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that a healthy Netflix helps CBS take advantage of digital distribution deals for its programming that have become increasingly lucrative. Article

> Verizon Communications is planning to launch a nationwide online video similar to Netflix service. The service, according to Reuters, will be available online to consumers outside its FiOS footprint. Article

> Bernstein & Co.'s Craig Moffett predicts that pay-TV operators, looking to cash in on America's surging love affair with services like Netflix, Hulu and other bandwidth-dependent operations, may soon institute the oft-discussed, but seldom instituted, charges for bandwidth consumption. Article

> Netflix has hired as its head of global government relations Christopher Libertelli, a former Skype executive and legal advisor to the chairman of the FCC. Libertelli will replace Michael Drobac, who said he'll leave Netflix to launch his own public-service and health-care company. Last year, Drobac established a government-relations office in Washington. Article

> After multiple quarters of inconsistent results as it struggled to find its sweet spot, video equipment maker SeaChange is changing its top management. Article

> Count this one as a win for Comcast, but don't look for Verizon to amend its claim that its FiOS TV offers the "No. 1 HD Picture Quality" anytime soon... if at all. Article

> Verizon is rolling out a marketing and awareness campaign for its FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services aimed at Echo Boomers. Article

> Minnesota-based ILEC HickoryTech has acquired IdeaOne, which operates a metro fiber network in Fargo, N.D., for $28 million. Article

And finally... A music teacher in Michigan took the word "gay" out of the song Deck the Halls and changed the lyrics to "don we now our bright apparel," because her students kept giggling. Video