Add Disney [DIS] pres Bob Iger to those believing broadcast and cable should be subject to the same indecency regulations. "It’s all TV," Iger told a Deutsche Bank conference Tues. "It should be regulated as one or not regulated at all. .. I’d prefer no regulation." — Iger said there’s no timeline for ESPN to begin talks with the NFL. Covering the full NFL season has "paid off handsomely" for Bristol, he said. "I’m not suggesting that ESPN wants to do without the NFL, but it could survive without it," he added. "The priority is to extend the agreement." — Cox’s [COX] Jim Robbins feels good about the upfronts. "Cable clearly has got more eyeballs than broadcast … [and it’s] closing the gap between eyeballs and dollars every single year," Robbins says. Over time, he thinks cable programmers’ good fortunes will flow down to the local cable advertising business. "I have a window as to what goes on at Discovery … and I know for a fact that the Discovery upfront has been very nice this year." — Mediacom [MCCC] CFO Mark Stephan reiterates the MSO is working to offer VoIP by year-end, adding that the company’s trying to settle on a provider. "The more we wait, the more enhanced the arrangements can be, but we have to cut the negotiations and get a good deal and get things moving," he says.

The Daily


iNDEMAND Exclusive Home for Askren-Paul

Can iNDemand do it again? Last November’s Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr PPV fight wend down as one of the Top 8 PPV events of all time, with more than 1.6 million pay-per-view buys according to Tyson’s

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up


Seeking an INDUSTRY JOB?

Hiring? In conjunction with our sister brand, Cynopsis, we are offering hiring managers a deep pool of media-savvy, skilled candidates at a range of experience levels and sectors, The result will be an even more robust industry job board, to help both employers and job seekers.

Contact for more information.