Late Wed, the L.A. City Council approved the transfer of 4 Adelphia franchises to Comcast and Time Warner Cable. It also approved the transfer of Comcast’s franchises to Time Warner Cable, making TW the dominant MSO in the market. — Comcast launched VoIP service in its Richmond, VA, system. — DirecTV is making its DVR (DirecTV Plus) available at retail outlets, including Circuit City and Best Buy. The DVR will be free to consumers after a $100 mail-in rebate. — Nielsen Media completed phase 1 of its plan to double the size of its National People Meter sample, adding 2K HHs. — 75% of those polled said they prefer the current system of municipal franchising over statewide franchising; 9 in 10 said Verizon should not be able to cherry-pick residents. The study was conducted for the NJ Cable and Telecom Assoc. — Mediacom dropped RFD TV in IA this week.

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