The TV industry had an eventful 2013 with the expansion of TVE, social TV deals and MSO consolidation chatter. The new year might be even busier as 4K starts its initial rollout. Look no further than the FIFA World Cup Final in the summer being broadcast in 4K, as several vendors suggested. Sub-$3,000 TVs and other factors could give 4K a boost.

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In the Courts: The DC Circuit Court of Appeals denied the petition by NAB and several local broadcasters over the FCC’s decision to allow the viewability rule to sunset in Dec ’12. The rules required cable ops not offering all digital service to provide must-carry stations’ analog and digital signals.

Over-the-Airheads: Tribune closed its $2.7bln Local TV acquisition, creating the largest combined independent broadcast group in the country.

Energy Savings: The Dept of Energy’s plan to issue a set-top box energy efficiency rulemaking is out the window following a new voluntary agreement between NCTA, CEA and energy efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Counsel.

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Mediacom Shows Off 10G Smart Home in Iowa

Folks got a first look at what a future with 10G could look like last week at Mediacom’s 10G Smart Home in Ames, Iowa.

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