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Dish joins Sprint, T-Mobile to influence FCC on auction rules

Dish Network is joining forces with T-Mobile, Sprint, C Spire Wireless and a group of policy and public interest groups on a new alliance created to pressure the FCC as it creates rules for the 600 MHz incentive aucitons.

ESPN sues Verizon over 'Custom HD' bundle

ESPN is suing Verizon over the pay-TV company's new network bundling product, "Custom HD." In a suit filed Monday in New York Supreme Court, the Disney-owned channel says it's seeking to stop Verizon from "unfairly depriving" it of "the benefits of its bargain."

Analyst: Comcast was lucky the feds rejected TWC deal

Comcast was lucky to get out of an antiquated deal that was proposed before landmark events such as the launches of Sling TV and HBO Now fundamentally changed the pay-TV game.

Comcast's DC 'general,' Cohen, could take fall for failed merger attempt

The regulatory rejection of Comcast's $45.2 billion plan to merge with Time Warner Cable represents a huge, stunning defeat for the conglomerates' legion of lobbyists and corporate lawyers.

GreatLand Connections, the 5th largest MSO that never was, dissolves

Key among the collateral impact of the scuttled merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable last week was the simultaneous collapse of GreatLand Communications, a new cable company that was set to be formed as an adjacent part of the megadeal.

Charter reportedly laying the groundwork for new TWC bid

Just hours after Comcast and Time Warner Cable officially confirmed that their marriage is off comes word that Charter Communications is preparing to make its next bid for TWC.

Turner signs huge deal with Hulu, as evidence for linear TV's destruction points straight at SVOD

Despite ever-more-conclusive evidence that syndication sales to SVOD platforms is having an dramatic, ongoing negative effect on linear channels, Turner on Thursday announced a sweeping program rights deal with Hulu.

Disney blocks commercials for Verizon skinny bundles

TV and radio stations owned by the Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox are refusing to run commercials in New York promoting Verizon's new "Custom HD" pay-TV program bundle system, the wireless giant says.

Report: FCC wanted Comcast to break up NBCU and X1

To gain approval for its proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, FCC commissioners demanded that Comcast choose between keeping NBCUniversal or its X1 video platform.

AT&T bond sale raises $17.5B for DirecTV acquisition

AT&T announced Thursday the completion of the third largest corporate bond sale ever, $17.5 billion, to help pay for its $49 billion purchase of DirecTV.

Comcast kills $45.2B Time Warner Cable takeover

As expected, Comcast has announced that it's ending its $45.2 billion quest to buy Time Warner Cable. The termination announcement comes a full 14 months after Comcast originally announced one of the biggest, most controversial media infrastructure deals in history.

Report: Comcast set to walk away from TWC deal

Comcast could announce as soon as Friday that it's walking away from its proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, according to Bloomberg.

Cablevision bundles a digital antenna with broadband, calls it 'cord-cutter' package

Cablevision has introduced a new broadband offering specifically targeted to "cord cutters and cord nevers," packaging its Optimum broadband service with a Mohu Leaf digital TV antenna.

AT&T-DirecTV deal gets support from California Gov. Brown

Amid what now appears to be an insurmountable number of unfriendly locales, California has not embraced the proposed $45.2 billion marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Analyst: Netflix's damage to linear TV could be mostly done for now

Netflix has incurred a huge influence in the decline of linear pay-TV. But acceleration of that impact will probably slow down, as the SVOD service is forced to infiltrate homes with less affluent and older consumers.

Dish eschews UFC 186, cites 'contractual issues'

Dish Network will not be presenting the UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi pay-per-view event, with the satellite operator and the fight org unable to reach a carriage agreement.

Comcast-TWC deal decision ominously sent to administrative judge by FCC

Regulatory prospects for the proposed $45.2 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable went from bad to bleak Wednesday, with the Federal Communications Commission recommending that final approval for the deal be handled by an administrative law judge.

Pace acquisition gives Arris offset to volatile U.S. pay-TV market, analyst says

Merging the world's two largest set-top makers, Arris' $2.1 billion acquisition of Pace offers insulation from a volatile U.S. pay-TV market, as well as the unpredictable revenue streams of the disparate CPE product cycles, analysts say.

Is Verizon's Custom HD an Ergen-esque strategy for negotiating OTT rights?

I put my conspiracy theory guy pants on this morning as I emailed a couple of media analysts with a half-baked theory whose time has come: In hoisting a controversial new bundling strategy that has irked its programming partners, Verizon is really working to build leverage to negotiate content rights for its upcoming wireless OTT service.

AT&T video sub growth slows to 50K in Q1, DirecTV acquisition to close in Q2

AT&T experienced a slowdown of its U-verse pay-TV service in the first quarter.  However, the company is still bullish on its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, which it expects to close in second quarter.