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Mediacom puts NBC on tablets

Mediacom Communications customers will be able to enjoy NBC Universal programming across on their tablet or TV thanks to a multiyear affiliation agreement that will offer the company’s entire portfolio of broadcast and cable content.

The deal, announced this week, includes expansive rights to carry the Olympic Games, as well as on-demand content and access to live channels across multiple platforms domestically and internationally.

Middletown, N.Y.-based Mediacom does business in 22 states, including northern Indiana. It primarily serves small communities, such as Angola, Auburn, Columbia City and Kendallville. It does offer some services in Fort Wayne.

“As the most watched media company, NBC Universal wants to ensure Mediacom’s customers can experience its award-winning programming whenever and wherever they want,” Matt Bond, executive vice president of content distribution, said in a statement. “With this agreement, Mediacom underscores the growing value of our broadcast and cable brands.”

Ream Steckbeck shuts down business

Ream Steckbeck Paint Co. is out of business.

According to its website, the company, 200 W Superior St., ceased operations Dec. 14. The company was rooted in downtown Fort Wayne since about 1918. The family-owned business had at least one other location, at 5915 Covington Road.

It is uncertain what caused the closing. There is no bankruptcy information on record for the company. A phone recording at the business simply states that all locations are closed.

In 1987, the company had 55 full-time employees in a dozen Indiana and Ohio stores.

GM recalls pickups, saying hoods fly open

General Motors is recalling nearly 119,000 pickup trucks in the U.S. because the hoods can fly open unexpectedly and block the driver’s vision.

The recall affects Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize trucks from the 2010 through 2012 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says some of the trucks may not have a secondary hood latch. If the main latch isn’t fastened, the hood could open.

GM found the problem after getting two complaints.

Owners will have the option of checking the hoods for the secondary latch or taking it to a dealer. If there’s no secondary latch, GM will replace the hoods free of charge.

GM’s Allen County truck plant assembles the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra.

Madoff’s brother gets 10-year sentence

The brother of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for crimes committed in the shadow of his notorious sibling by a judge who said she disbelieved his claims that he did not know about the epic fraud.

Peter Madoff, 67, agreed to serve the maximum sentence allowable to the charges of conspiracy and falsifying the books and records of an investment adviser that he pleaded guilty to in June.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain urged him to tell the truth even after he reports to prison on Feb. 6 about what he knows about the multidecade fraud that cost thousands of investors their original $20 billion investment.

Two investors spoke during the proceeding, which ended in less than an hour.

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