First, the Hill gives some serious attention to retransmission consent. Now, 2 members have heard cable’s age-old complaints about the set-top integration ban. The bill, introduced Thurs by Reps Bob Latta (R-OH) and Gene Green (D-TX), would do away with FCC rules that require boxes deployed after July 1, ’07 to feature separable security (generally a CableCARD). Read on to see who has backed the legislation and who is likely to speak out against it.

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The FCC affirmed a Media Bureau order directing Comcast to place Bloomberg TV in news neighborhoods, per the conditions in the Comcast-NBCU Order. More about the order and Comcast’s statement here.
 
Sinclair is snatching up more stations, plunking down $90mln for 8 owned by New Age Media (7 full power, 1 low power).
 
The pace of signing up TV service providers, especially mid-tier operators, is above “historical norms” in the US for TiVo, CFO Naveen Chopra said at the Goldman Sachs investor conference Thurs. More on this and a potential DISH/Sprint Nextel collaboration.

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Liberty Global agreed to sell 100% of its operations in Poland to Iliad S.A. ’s Polish subsidiary Play for $1.8 billion. Liberty’s UPC Poland passed 3.7 million homes and served 1.5 million customers at

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