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Vid-Biz: TWC-Fox, FCC, Avatar

Time Warner Cable, Fox Negotiations Near 11th Hour; cable subscribers could lose access to American Idol, The Simpsons and some of the NFL playoffs if the cable company fails to resolve a fee standoff with Fox by Dec. 31. (

FCC’s Levin: Broadband Plans Don’t Threaten Future of Broadcasting; but the commission’s broadband adviser also says broadcaster revenue streams do not support retaining all of their spectrum all of the time. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Avatar Unleashes a New Kind of Creative; for heavily CG movies, the concept designer has emerged as a new profession. (Variety)

Rainbow Media, MSG Face Contract Expiration With DirecTV; multi-year distribution contracts for Rainbow Media’s national services AMC, We TV, IFC and Fuse conclude with DirecTV on Dec. 31, as do the deals for regional sports networks MSG and MSG Plus. (Multichannel News)

Broadband Consumers to Foot £500M Bill to Tackle Piracy; ISPs say the UK’s Digital Economy Bill would add £25 ($39.95) a year to broadband subscriptions. (Times Online)

Cablevision Extends Exec Contracts; cable company entered into employment agreements with President and CEO James Dolan, Chief Operating Officer Tom Rutledge and Vice Chairman Hank Ratner through Dec. 31, 2014. (Multichannel News)

Loud Commercial Bill Passes House, Heads to Senate; the disparity between the audio output of television shows and commercials is soon to be cleared up, if the bill is able to pass through the Senate. (High-Def Digest)