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  • AT&T's de la Vega: DirecTV merger will help us simplify convoluted digital content deals

    ATLANTA--AT&T will be in a much better position to renegotiate content licensing deals with content owners once it closes its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, according to AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega. AT&T's goal is make it much easier for consumers to get TV content on their smartphones and tablets without having to worry about whether or not they will be able to do so because of content rights, he said.  

Comcast says it hasn't even been approached by Apple about new pay-TV service

Responding to the latest back-and-forth from a coalition opposing its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast shot back at the assertion that it rejected an opportunity to have NBCUniversal participate in Apple's upcoming over-the-top pay-TV service.

Emergence of new HEVC patent pool clouds 4K's future

The emergence of a new patent pool for HEVC compression technology threatens to slow the deployment of 4K/Ultra HD services within the pay-TV industry and beyond. On Thursday, a new group called HEVC Advance announced that it will begin licensing patents for high efficiency video encoding technology (aka "HEVC" or "H.265").

Adobe: Only 12.5 percent of pay-TV subscribers are 'active TV Everywhere users'

While usage of authenticated multiscreen services from pay-TV providers has increased markedly over the last two years, only 12.5 percent of cable, satellite and IPTV customers regularly use TV Everywhere services. This is the conclusion put forth by Adobe in its U.S. Digital Video 2014 Inaugural Report.

Cable operators shake up special access market long dominated by telcos

Telcos AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink have owned the wholesale special access market for decades. But cable operators have emerged to shake up this moribund market, giving competitive local exchange operators a bit of choice in their ability to connect their multi-site business customers in rural areas.

Arris brings its mergers and acquisitions attorney in-house; says it's 'evaluating opportunities'

Suwanee, Ga.-based Arris announced that attorney Patrick Macken, who has been providing Arris legal services for 10 years from a large leather chair at Troutman Sanders LLP, will be brought in-house as senior VP and general counsel.

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