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More retrans drama for Dish; operator sued by Indiana station for allegedly shorting it on fees

A week after facing down Sinclair Broadcast Group in a heated retransmission negotiation that involved the blackout of 129 stations, Dish Network was sued by a single CBS affiliate in Evansville, Ind. for allegedly coming up short on retransmission payments. 

New Comcast CFO Cavanagh on wireless plans: We're 'putting some time into issue'

In one of his first long-form interviews since taking over as CFO of Comcast, former JPMorgan executive Mike Cavanagh said the company is considering the launch of a wireless service.

Sling TV announces Amazon Fire HD and HDX capability, explains its latest streaming issues

Dish Network said its Sling TV service can now work on Amazon's Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. The company also released a statement explaining Sling TV service interruptions during AMC's ratings-record-breaking debut of Fear the Walking Dead.

Fourth-gen Apple TV reportedly set to roll out in October for $199

Apple is reportedly on the cusp of releasing the fourth version of its Apple TV. The move is notable considering the increasing popularity of third-party streaming devices like Apple's TV when compared with the standard set-top boxes typically issued by pay-TV operators.

Premium cable channel Epix gets booted from Netflix, signs deal with Hulu

Illustrating a changing tide in the SVOD distribution business, pay-TV programmer Epix has shifted on-demand streaming of its content from Netflix to Hulu.

Multiplatform pay-TV vendor Vubiquity acquires digital distributor Juice Worldwide

In a move that significantly enhances its over-the-top video distribution capabilities, pay-TV multi-platform services vendor Vubiquity has purchased Juice Worldwide for an undisclosed sum.

NAB, others sue to block FCC's ruling on 'effective competition' for cable operators

The National Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) the local Minnesota Franchise Authority have filed suit in federal court in order to stop a June "effective competition" ruling, which presumes competition for cable operators in every market.

CenturyLink ready to take on cable as Comcast, Charter emerge in SIP trunking segment

CenturyLink acknowledged that it is in a competitive battle with Comcast Business, Charter Communications and other cable operators in the SIP trunking segment of the business services market, as more enterprise customers ditch their TDM-based PRI lines and analog PBX's for IP-based hosted services.

NCTA: FCC's Downloadable Security Committee 'veers off course' with AllVid support

An FCC advisory committee has presented the agency with several different software-based options for securing MVPD video content on retail devices.

Sinclair says FCC actually 'delayed' new deal with Dish, didn't help lead to it

Taking a shot at a regulatory agency that is about to make key decisions on the future of broadcast retransmission negotiations, Sinclair Broadcast Group said the FCC did "nothing" to lead it to make a deal with Dish Network earlier this week that ended a record-sized TV station blackout.

Ballmer's Clippers reportedly reject $60M-a-year RSN offer, may forge ahead with OTT plan

The NBA's Los Angeles Clippers under their new owner, former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, will pass on a $60 million-a-year offer to stay on their regional sports network (RSN) and will instead embark on a direct-to-consumer (DTC) streaming video distribution scheme. The New York Post reported on the action, citing unnamed insiders.

TWC ordered to pay nearly $6M for Kansas City restaurant explosion

Jurors ruled that Time Warner Cable should pay $5.78 million stemming from a natural gas explosion that killed one worker and injured more than a dozen people at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant in February 2013.

Casa debuts downstream DOCSIS 3.1 module, the DS8x192

Casa Systems has introduced a new DOCSIS 3.1-compliant module for its Converged Cable Access Platforms (CCAP) intended to enable cable operators to support downstream broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

TV Everywhere usage up 200% in Q2, FreeWheel report says

Usage of TV Everywhere apps was up 200 percent in the second quarter, with authenticated multiscreen viewing now accounting for 4.5 percent of all programmer ad deliveries, up from 1.8 percent a year ago.

DirecTV reportedly testing Pac-12 Network; 3-year-old carriage impasse could end by Sept. 3

DirecTV is now testing high-definition and standard-definition signals for the Pac-12 Network on channel 612 in what appears to be a preparation for a long-anticipated launch of the regional sports network.

CBS renews affiliation agreement with Tegna, brings 10M more homes into All Access OTT tent

CBS Corp. has announced a new affiliation agreement with station group Tegna Media (formerly Gannett), bringing 10 network affiliates covering 10 million U.S. households into its CBS All Access OTT service.

Dish and Sinclair agree to another short-term extension, stop mega-blackout

Dish Network said it has reached another short-term broadcast retransmission extension with Sinclair Broadcast Group, halting a 24-hour blackout of 129 Sinclair TV stations on Dish's satellite pay-TV service.

10 years of consolidation in cable: The rise of Comcast, TWC, Charter, Cox and Cablevision

Let's take a step back in time, when pay-TV was on the rise and the idea of streaming a video over a dial-up modem was a laughable proposition. This chart depicts the major acquisitions and mergers consummated by today's top five cable operators during the past 10 years.

Amid pay-TV's biggest station blackout ever, Dish handily beat Sinclair in perception

The dynamics of cable carriage and broadcast retransmission negotiations differ. But in blacking out its 129 broadcast affiliate stations on the program guides of around 5 million Dish Network customers this week, Sinclair might have been thinking it found a late-summer scheduling sweet spot to dig its heels in -- not yet pre-empting into any serious viewing events, but cutting it close enough to get Dish's attention.

Google's YouTube leads online video market, with Facebook and Yahoo trailing

Google's video sites, including YouTube, attracted the most viewers during the second quarter, according to comScore. Facebook and Yahoo Sites held firmly to the second and third positions, the firm said, with Google taking the lion's share of unique views.