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New Charter: A look at the newly combined company's integration plan

With the closure of its deals in May, the so-called New Charter now serves around 19 million broadband users and about 15 million pay-TV customers, forming the cable industry's second biggest player next to Comcast.

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New Charter overbuild mandate spurs 'artificial' competition fears, and not just among cable operators

It had to be at least somewhat relieving to smaller MSOs when Charter Communications President and CEO Tom Rutledge told investors in May that his company wouldn't use the so-called "overbuild" conditions as an excuse to charge into rural markets and compete with much more diminutive cable operators.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend

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Sheriff Wheeler says the cable industry's tail light is broken

BOSTON -- Watching the cable industry, led by its chief lobbyist and sympathetic Republican FCC commissioners, wail about what they're calling the "relentless government assault" on their business at INTX this week, I was reminded of the unwitting driver who asks the small-town sheriff why he was just pulled over.

At INTX, AT&T hints at its DirecTV vision for the future of TV

BOSTON -- Here at the INTX show, there's plenty of discussion about "the future of TV." The issue in question, of course, is how the nation's cable operators will continue to play in the market they once dominated but that is now in a state of upheaval due to the large and growing number of streaming players like Netflix, Amazon, Roku and others. AT&T may have an answer. The carrier in the fourth quarter of this year will release the first version of what I'll call DirecTV 2.0, essentially the combination of AT&T's U-verse and DirecTV video businesses.

In its second year as INTX, NCTA says rebranded trade show is fulfilling its objective for broadened reach

A year after performing the arduous task of rebranding its signature trade show into the broader-skewing INTX, producer NCTA says the event is making good on its promise to broaden its reach outside the cable industry.

Comcast, Verizon and AT&T battle for the mobile video future at INTX

Video is at the heart of the brewing battle between the wireless and cable industries, as both telecom sectors chase a new generation of consumer who has made entertainment on mobile devices a usage priority.

Sizing up cable's top vendors in four key sectors

In FierceCable's latest special report, we worked with research firm IHS to look at how the vendors in four key pay-TV sectors are competing by examining their challenges, opportunities and leaders.

DirecTV is slowly but surely paving the way to live 4K

DirecTV struck out in its first two attempts to put a live 4K MLB broadcast in play but those hiccups are just the latest of many ups and downs for the MVPD as it travels the lonely road to translate 4K into linear content.