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Charter-TWC merger reportedly passes FCC vote; Pai votes no

Charter Communications' purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have secured the necessary three Commission votes to clear regulatory approval from the FCC, the major news services have reported.

Comcast and other 5G hopefuls take note: gobs of millimeter wave spectrum in FCC hands

Interesting news for wireless companies, and cable outfits including Comcast, who are making 5G plans — a new map provided by Allnet Insights & Analytis shows gobs of millimeter wave spectrum currently under the control of the FCC.

Cable faces Hulu-spawned cord-cutting storm without umbrella of usage caps, analyst says

With back-to-back reports this week that both Hulu and YouTube are prepping streaming skinny programming bundles, cable operators will soon face a re-invigorated "storm" of OTT competition, said MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

Cable One loses another 13K residential video subs, gets ready to tack on a $5 retrans fee

Cable One continued to move away from video growth, losing nearly 13,000 pay-TV customers in the first quarter as it preps to start charging TV customers $4.96 a month starting in June to help offset broadcast retransmission fees.

YouTube reportedly steps on the gas to develop pay-TV channel bundle, 'Unplugged'

YouTube has been working on assembling a live-streamed bundle of premium TV channels called "Unplugged" for the last four years and has recently prioritized the project.

Cablevision grows revenue, slows pay-TV sub losses as Altice takeover looms

Making what will likely be its last earnings reports before it is folded into European telecom conglomerate Altice NV, Cablevision Systems reported revenue growth of 1.6 percent to $1.641 billion in the first quarter, with high-speed Internet customers expanding by 19,000, the best Q1 HSD expansion for the company since 2012.

Arris Q1 revenue spikes 33% as both network/cloud and CPE sales tick up

Arris reported a 33 percent uptick in first quarter revenue to $1.615 billion, a result that exceeded analysts' forecast and was driven by improvements in both network/cloud and CPE sales.

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.

Frontier loses 10,300 video customers in Q1

Frontier Communications reported the loss of 10,300 video customers in the first quarter, including 6,700 satellite video customers. This loss was wider than the fourth quarter net reduction of 5,800 video customers, including a reduction of 5,400 satellite video customers. Frontier ended the quarter with a total of 543,400 video customers.

Comcast-backed NextVR signs deal with Live Nation to stream hundreds of concerts in virtual reality

Comcast-backed virtual-reality event producer NextVR has signed a deal with music promotor Live Nation to stream hundreds of concerts in VR, Variety reports.

Charter-TWC merger opposition group presses FCC for more conditions

With FCC Commissioners set to vote on Charter Communications' takeover of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, opposition group Stop Mega Cable has made an 11th-hour plea with the agency to impose more conditions on the deals.

Comcast accounts for half of cable industry EBITDA, driving industry growth, Moody's says

The cable industry, despite its challenges, will grow its aggregate top-line revenue by 4 percent this year, and Comcast will be driving that growth.

Hulu confirms pay-TV plans, says it's 'not a declaration of war' on cable

Hulu chief executive Mike Hopkins has confirmed that his company is developing a streaming pay-TV service.

Altice's Cablevision purchase gets sign-off from FCC

Altice NV is in regulatory striking distance of closing its $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision Systems Corp., gaining approval from the FCC, and near a sign-off from New York City officials.

Ranking Arris, Jinni, Huawei and more: Market share for vendors in set tops, multiscreen, broadband and video processing


For cable industry vendors, it's the best of times and most challenging of times, all at once. Keeping up with the rapid evolution of video technology -- everything from over-the-top delivery to high dynamic range (HDR) and 4K -- is not easy. In this FierceCable special report, we've 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.

Democratic Congressmen turn on FCC set-top proposal

While Democratic lawmakers helped get the ball rolling for the FCC to propose new rules to break up the pay-TV set-top leasing business, the party is hardly in lock step on the issue.

Verizon accused of trying to force customers off copper and onto fiber

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, along with public interest groups Common Cause and Public Knowledge, are accusing Verizon of threatening to shut off DSL and copper services for customers if they don't move over to Verizon's fiber network.

Dish gets into the smartphone repair business, gives its idle techs something to do

Dish Network announced its entry into what seems to an unlikely new business venture, launching a new smartphone repair business.

Only 20% of pay-TV users think leased set-tops are waste of money, survey says

When asked if their leased HD set-top is a waste of their hard-earned money, only 20 percent of pay-TV users polled by Leichtman Research said yes, while more than twice as many, 44 percent, disagreed.

Mediacom loses 2K video subs, adds 29K HSD customers in Q1

Mediacom reported largely flat customer metrics in the first quarter, but did increase quarterly revenue by 5.9 percent to $444.8 million.

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