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Authentication, awareness are big issues, but TVE must get licensing straightened out first

More than 60 months after Time Warner, Inc. chief Jeff Bewkes and Comcast grand puba Brian Roberts first introduced the broad, sweeping industry-wide initiative known as TV Everywhere, this vital link to pay-TV's future remains a broken web of incomplete rights negotiations.

Fast Wi-Fi, nifty interfaces are nice, Comcast, but customers clearly want better manners

Time Warner Cable has finally stopped sending me direct-mail come-ons, with Comcast trying to buy the company and get the combined video subscriber girth into regulatory fighting shape (i.e. 30 million subscribers or less). But for several years, TWC spent--gosh, I don't know, hundreds--on postage and mailers alone, courting me to become a triple-play subscriber. This was after they had me locked up, but failed to close the deal out.

The nasty battle over retrans: Titanic deck chairs, Rome burning come to mind

With broadcasters hemorrhaging ratings points and advertising dollars not only to cable but to the Internet, and cord cutting recently deemed by the tech press to be a "real thing," do these guys know what time it is?

No issue Friday

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, FierceCable will not be publishing Friday, July 4. We will be back in your inbox Monday, July 7.

High Court does what TV Everywhere failed to do: stop Aereo

On Tuesday, executives from ABC Television, digital advertising delivery company FreeWheel and Verizon Media Services gathered on a Los Angeles TV-industry panel to discuss what was being lauded as the successful launch of the Watch ABC TV Everywhere app. What the panelists didn't discuss was the elephant in the room … the one they were about 15 hours away from dodging.

Responding to Netflix PR stunts 101: Don't get into a fight you can't win

Daniel FrankelIn the vote between the upstart digital company and the big corporate monoliths, the little disrupter wins every time. Netflix certainly understands this, as it looks for ways to turn public opinion about the rather nuanced, and highly complicated, net neutrality debate in its favor.

No issue Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, FierceCable will not be publishing Monday, May 26. We will be back in your inbox Tuesday, May 27....

From Hollywood, by way of Silicon Valley, I have finally arrived

Please allow me to introduce myself: I'm Daniel Frankel, and I am now the editor of FierceCable, taking over the publication amid the greatest disruption to hit the video entertainment sector in the last half-century. I'm pretty excited to have the job of chronicling this technological evolution for what remains its most powerful driving force, the pay TV industry.

A new face at FierceCable

You may recognize a new byline at FierceCable today. Daniel Frankel has joined the FierceMarkets editorial team as editor of FierceCable. Frankel's name may be familiar to you as he has been covering the entertainment and pay-TV market for more than a decade for new sites and publications such as GigaOM/paidContent, TheWrap and Variety.

Cable's Wi-Fi ambitions are about much more than customer retention

Although members of the CableWiFi Alliance have said repeatedly that the primary incentive behind their growing Wi-Fi hotspot portfolio (which now stands at 250,000 nationwide) is to complement their customers' broadband service in the home and differentiate themselves from their telco competitors, there are signs that a bigger agenda is afloat.