Weekend Headlines for 6/8—6/9/13

Dispatch Names Delia GM In Indianapolis
Larry Delia, the former head of Tribune’s Indy Fox-CW duo, is succeeding John Cardenas as head of NBC affiliate WTHR and Cozi TV station WALV-CD. [TVNewsCheck]

The FCC’s spectrum repack currently makes no provision for TV translators and low-power television stations, threatening the way rural TV viewers receive their OTA signal. [Broadcast Engineering]

Glenn Beck Says He Regrets Some Of His Fiery Talk
Could we be seeing a kinder and gentler Glenn Beck? The AP reports Beck, "regrets that some of his fiery opinions caused division in the country over the last several years." [All Access]

Applause For Media General's Young Merger
Industry analysts think the move, which will give Media General 30 network affiliates across 27 markets reaching 14% of U.S. TV households, makes a lot of sense. “It's nothing short of a great deal," says Barry Lucas, SVP-research at Gabelli & Co. "It's a home run for them." [TVNewsCheck]

Netflix rival Redbox Instant to be available on Roku this summer
Pressing its bid to cut into Netflix’s market share, Redbox’s streaming video service will soon be available to Roku users. Redbox Instant by Verizon -- a joint venture by Coinstar Inc.’s Redbox and Verizon Communications Inc. that officially launched this year -- will be available on Roku’s set-top devices this summer, the companies said Thursday. [LA Times]

Comcast to Offer Remote-Controlled Light Bulbs
Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) will offer light bulbs that can be dimmed by a smartphone application, part of a strategy by the biggest U.S. cable company to branch out beyond television service. The company will begin selling Osram Sylvania Inc.’s Ultra iQ LED BR30 bulb, which are controlled using a wireless technology called ZigBee, according to a statement. [Bloomberg]

Cable TV Still Locked to the Box
The set-top box may find living rooms increasingly crowded with other video-delivery devices, but as next week’s annual industry confab the Cable Show will make clear, it’s not going away anytime soon. [Variety]


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