Crown Media renewed its distribution agreement with DirecTV for Hallmark Channel, a multi-year deal also granting the DBS op both the SD and HD rights to Hallmark Movie Channel. The deal gives Hallmark renewals with its 3 largest distributors, with Time Warner and Comcast re-signing in recent months. Next contract to work on is Cablevision. — BendBroadband and En-Touch Systems in Houston have launched Outdoor Channel in high-def.

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Dems Criticize FCC Broadband Report

The FCC on Tuesday released its annual broadband deployment report, which drew criticism and dissents from the agency’s two Democratic commissioners who have long complained about flaws in the data and

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