YES Network will launch a new stand-alone HD channel April 1. YES, which carries New York Yankees home and away games, has secured carriage deals with Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cablevision and DirecTV for access to the new HD channel.
Fourth-quarter local broadcast ad revenues increased 11.5%, according to an analysis by the Television Bureau of Advertising. Ad revenues for network and syndicated television in the top-100 markets slipped in the same quarter.
The $3.2 billion deal Cisco Systems struck to buy WebEx Communications, which specializes in Web conferencing, highlights the recent trend of major tech firms using the Internet for jobs that used to be done by software. Microsoft Corp., Google and other tech giants are also buying up companies that focus on Web technology to perform tasks.