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Fast Chat: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Sean Combs, aka Diddy, likes to compare himself to Sinatra. He's done it in interviews for years, and in his new ad for Ciroc vodka (see below—it was filmed in Las Vegas to the tune of "Luck Be a Lady"), he uses the video form.

Time Warner, Cablevision Bow HBO Go

Two of the last major cable provider holdouts have finally agreed to carry HBO's online streaming video service HBO Go.

Finally, Time Warner and Cablevision to Offer HBO GO

Two of the last major cable provider holdouts have finally agreed to carry HBO's online streaming video service. Earlier today, Cablevision announced that it has reached a deal that will bring HBO GO, a service that allows the channel's subscribers to access its content on the computers and mobile devices of its roughly 3.3 million customers in the next few months.

Hulu Sees Audience Growth

After one of the most tumultuous years in the site’s history, Hulu has happened upon some good news. According to a report by online marketing research firm comScore, the video streaming platform saw an audience gain of 23 percent year over year for the month of November, to 34.5 million unique viewers.

After Reshuffling Schedule, CNN Sees Ratings Lift

After a bleak 2010, CNN has seen an improvement in its ratings. For the year (as of mid-December), prime-time viewership is up 18 percent (with an average total viewership of around 694,000).

Christiane Amanpour Departs ‘This Week’

Christiane Amanpour has left her position as host of the ABC News Sunday morning program This Week. She will become global affairs anchor and host prime-time specials at ABC. Amanpour will also host a new weekday public affairs program on CNN International (the title of which hasn’t yet been announced) set to premiere sometime next year, according to CNN. 

Reporting From Baghdad, I’m Ryan Seacrest

The rumors last week about NBC considering Ryan Seacrest as a replacement for Matt Lauer on The Today Show raised some eyebrows in the blogosphere. Isn’t The Today Show still in the news division at NBC? And how exactly is Seacrest—host of American Idol and the celebrity gossip show E! News—qualified to do news?

Executives at Struggling OWN Consider Changing Course

Executives at OWN think they may have found a way to salvage Oprah Winfrey's struggling network: by catering more to an African-American audience. That may help ratings, but it would mean a dramatic shift, and one that could put the channel at odds with Winfrey's own brand. 

IFC Bets the House on Hipsters

You may never watch IFC again. Any other network might be concerned about that, but IFC is cool with it.

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