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Verizon FiOS growth slows as saturation nears

Verizon may have continued to add more FiOS Internet and video customers in the third quarter, but those gains were lower than what it reported in the same period a year ago, illustrating that it is continuing to reach the upper limits of penetration in its existing 13-state region. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has an expansive look at the market dynamics Verizon now faces here.

AMC pays $200M for 49.9 percent share of BBC America

Looking to bulk up as an independent cable programmer facing a wave of pay-TV consolidation, AMC Networks will pay $200 million to acquire a 49.9 percent share of BBC America.

Content spending for major SVOD services will rise to $6.8B in 2015, analyst says

The top three SVOD services, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, will collectively spend $6.8 billion to acquire already produced, non-original, "off-network" programming next year. That is 31 percent more than the $5.2 million they'll spend in 2014.

Comcast-TWC approval chances now stand at 75 percent, analyst says

Few people think that Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable is in regulatory jeopardy. "But the market is worried," said high-profile media analyst Craig Moffett, citing the growing spread between the two companies' respective share prices--a metric that has swelled to over 8 percent, the highest it's been since the deal was first announced in February.

Cable upfront dropped 6 percent to $9.6B, advertising bureau says

Giving specific size and scope to the advertising slowdown the TV business is currently experiencing, cable networks saw their collective upfront ad haul drop 6 percent over the summer to $9.6 billion, according to statistics released by the Cable Advertising Bureau.

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