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Report: Verizon enables full streaming of DVR content outside the home

Verizon is releasing an upgraded mobile app that enables streaming of all DVR content outside the home, reports media tech blogger David Zatz.

ESPN taking a $900M hit from reduced subscriber reach, analyst says

A steep drop in subscribers over the last two years has resulted in a $900 million annual hit to ESPN's bottom line. That's the conclusion of hedge fund manager Eric Jackson, who used his "Tech and Media" newsletter to showcase some pretty compelling data from 10-K filings to the Security Exchange Commission rendered by ESPN's parent company, Walt Disney.

Cox failed to stop music copyright infringement, judge rules

In a ruling that could open the door to other copyright infringement suits against cable operators and other ISPs, a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., has sided with music companies in a suit against Cox Communications.

Operators carefully vet installers following contractor crime wave

Do a Google search with the basic term "pay-TV installer," and you'll get a veritable rap sheet of recent crime reports by pay-TV customers involving installation contractors.

TiVo adds an all-time-best 418K MSO subs in Q3

TiVo said it added 418,000 subscriptions through cable operators in the third quarter, its best third-quarter performance in that area ever.

Comcast to cooperate with DOJ investigation into possible anti-competitive ad sales practices

The U.S. Justice Department is looking into whether Comcast is wielding too much influence in the $5 billion "spot" cable advertising market. Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice told FierceCable today that her company will fully cooperate with the DOJ inquiry, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

CenturyLink's Seattle outage enters third day

CenturyLink's Seattle customers are now in their third day without internet and TV service. CenturyLink competes with Comcast and Wave Broadband in Seattle.

DisneyLife launches in the UK, goes head-to-head with Netflix

Disney has launched its SVOD platform, DisneyLife, right on its announced schedule in the UK.

Charter's TWC, Bright House deals may not close until June because of California regulators, analysts say

Multiple analysts are now predicting that Charter's proposed dual takeover of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks won't close until June, thanks largely to hang-ups with California regulators.

Comcast gets renewed heat for injecting copyright warnings

Comcast's several-year-old, well-documented practice of injecting copyright warners into the video streams of customers who may be illegally watching content has drawn renewed criticism from Internet pundits who say the company should leave its users' traffic alone.

Comcast-owned CTI Towers buys 120 towers from Vyve Broadband

In another possible signal of Comcast's intent to enter the wireless business, CTI Towers Inc., a company majority-owned by the MSO's venture capital arm, has acquired 120 communications towers from Vyve Broadband.

Arris says security threat posed by reported cable modem backdoor is 'low'

Arris said it's aware of a backdoor vulnerability to its cable modems, but that the security risk is "low."

Turner set to go SVOD, group president says

As its parent company, Time Warner Inc., is throttling back on the amount of content it licenses to outside SVOD platforms like Netflix, Turner Networks is getting set to deliver a direct-to-consumer OTT offering.

Suddenlink expands partnership with NetCracker, includes CRM services

Suddenlink Communications announced it will expand its agreement with business services vendor NetCracker to include CRM solutions, in addition to billing and other backend services it already uses from the vendor.

Dish continues to hammer on Charter-TWC-Bright House merger

The merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House networks will put too much ISP marketshare in the hands of just two cable companies (Comcast would be the other one) and the deal should be rejected, according to Dish Network. The company made its claims in another filing to the FCC on the topic.

Some Arris cable modems reportedly can be hacked through back door

A Brazilian security analyst has documented multiple backdoors allowing remote access to Arris cable modems.

Comcast dropping YES is a 'gutless money grab,' Yankees president says

The regional sports carriage battle between Comcast and the YES Network has grown to include one of the channel's key programming constituents, with New York Yankees President Randy Levine taking a shot at the MSO.

Verizon and Consolidated top Q3 latency report

Along with availability and throughput, latency is one of the most important factors dictating network performance.

MLB finally allows authenticated streaming, enables 15 Fox RSNs to live stream games next season

Major League Baseball, which has previously taken a miserly approach to extending TV Everywhere rights to regional sports networks, is softening its stance just a bit on authenticated streaming.