Comcast on Tuesday activated its cloud-based DVR service in Philadelphia and plans to introduce the service next week in Chicago. The DVR, which is part of enhancements to Comcast's X1 platform that include in-home streaming to multiple devices, made its national debut in February in Boston.
The RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards for overall excellence this year will honor CBS affiliate KYW-TV in Philadelphia in the large market TV category and Fox affiliate WVUE-TV in New Orleans in the small market TV category. On the radio side, KOA-AM in Denver and WJBC-AM/FM in Bloomington, Ill., won for overall excellence in large and small market radio, respectively.
CBS Radio in Philadelphia will launch a simulcast of sports-talk outlet WIP-AM on its long-running rock station, WYSP-FM, on Sept. 6. WIP, besides its lineup of talkers, is the radio home of the three of the city's major sports franchises: the Philadelphia Eagles, 76ers and the Flyers.
Comcast has bulked up its MultiLatino tiers in the Philadelphia area and parts of New Jersey with the debut of more than 20 Latino networks. Amy Smith, regional senior vice president for Comcast, said that the added channels -- which include Gran Cine, HTV Musica, La Familia, Mexicanal, TeleFormula and TVE -- are "dedicated to providing our customers with programming that reflects their unique and diverse interests."
Philadelphia finalized a 10-year contract with EarthLink to set up a Wi-Fi network across the city. The contract stipulates that EarthLink build and maintain the network with its own money and is contingent on whether the City Council approves a second agreement to let the ISP put access points in city-owned lightposts.