Despite making landfall, Hurricane Sandy continues to churn across the U.S. And FCC chmn Julius Genachowski during a Tues press call said communications outages could get worse before they get better. David Turetsky, public safety & homeland security chief, said initial reports suggest that 25% of communications services across platforms (including cable) were affected in areas hit by Sandy. No specifics at this point, including the number of subs affected, as agencies and companies are still assessing damage. Read on for more recovery efforts and damage assessments from Comcast, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable.
More top stories in today’s CableFAX Daily:
As Hurricane Sandy pummeled NY, some Time Warner Cable subscribers thought they had lost the MSO’s 24-hour news net NY1. With power out in Lower Manhattan, the net was working off of a generator. So, it was on the air, but not in HD… hence the confusion. Here are more details on how New York-based nets weathered the storm.
Prepare for Episode 7. Disney will acquire Lucasfilm in a stock and cash transaction valued at $4.05bln and will release first new Star Wars film in 2015, with one film every 2-3 years.
Hurricane Sandy’s effects could be felt as far as 4G World in Chicago. Speakers had trouble getting to the event—but one drove all the way from New Jersey to make his keynote.