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As video service margins degrade, cable moves into the uncharted opportunity of carrier-grade Wi-Fi

The lightning-quick emergence of cable's carrier-grade Wi-Fi business is well timed, given the ongoing degradation of the business that built the cable industry, video services. Analysts predict cable Wi-Fi will grow, in about three years time, to become the primary mobile network, ahead of cellular. But what will the economics of these networks look like?

Doing the math on Suddenlink's decision to kick out Viacom: A good call by the cable company

According to the story circulating around the cable industry, top Viacom executives were shocked--shocked!--when they called their Suddenlink counterparts at the eleventh hour on Sept. 30 and told them they were finally ready to talk turkey about a new carriage deal.

Pay-TV is getting slim and going OTT, but will the kids come?

Normally when the captains of media industry announce new products, it's kind of nice when they seem excited. But that's not what's happening at the major programming conglomerates, as they reluctantly plunge forward with over-the-top distribution.

Extreme NFL dependence poses risks to U.S. TV business

Tech startups are stridently warned these days not to become too dependent on giant online platforms such as Google and Facebook. Your page or video views might be sky high right now, but if your business model can be undone with the mere tweak of an algorithm, you don't really have much of a business.

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In observance of Labor Day, FierceCable will not be publishing on Monday, Sept. 1. We will be back in your inbox Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Are cable operators making fiber-fueled over-promises based on DOCSIS 3.0?

Suddenlink recently raised the eyebrows of cable tech heads when it announced plans to spend $250 million to deploy 1 Gbps downstream services to all of its 16-state footprint, with half of the deployment occurring before the end of 2016.

Making 4K a reality

4K is the next-generation of high definition TV with four times the resolution of current HD screens. Unlike 3D, which failed to take off due to multiple technical hurdles, many expect 4K to blossom and become the next step in the high-definition migration path.

Playing the SportsNet LA blame game: Include the fans and the team, too

It's tough enough explaining the entrenched pay-TV carriage battle over SportsNet LA to adult trade readers. So I didn't really know what to tell my 8-year-old son, Reece, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, when his favorite player, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, suddenly appeared on our DirecTV program guide after the Dodgers had been blacked out on our pay-TV service since late-March.

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.