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Analysis: Verizon wireline business 'lags' other providers

Even as management has "done some interesting things with FiOS services," Verizon's overall wireline business "lags the major wireline operators such as AT&T, Comcast and Cablevision," a Seeking Alpha analysis has concluded.

Report links OTT on television with increase in cord cutting

A report by consumer data company Experian shows a direct link between the availability of over-the-top content such as Netflix and an increase in consumers cutting the cable cord.

Aereo will have tough time proving its case, legal experts say

Aereo is going to have a hard time proving its right to exist when takes its case to the Supreme Court April 22, according to legal experts asked to handicap the proceedings.

Small cities face dilemmas over franchise fees from Charter, Cable One

The ongoing spat between Cable One and Viacom over how much Viacom's programming is worth—and whether Cable One is willing to pay for it—could cause Duncan, Okla. to lose $130,000 in franchise fees. Meanwhile, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., city officials are considering eliminating the 2 percent franchise fee the city collects from Charter Communications cable subscribers.

AT&T, Sprint CEOs among the best paid in telecom

Every year Fierce checks out the highest-paid CEOs in the telecom space. This year, executives from Sprint and AT&T topped the list. For a complete list of the highest-paid CEOs in the wireless industry, click here. And for a list of the highest-paid CEOs in the wireline sector, click here.

Ziggo loses 16K cable subs, but sees growth in wireless, broadband customers

Dutch cable TV operator Ziggo reported a first quarter rise in broadband, enterprise and wireless customers while at the same time reporting a decline in cable customers. This trend is similar to what U.S. operators are facing.

NBCU ready to push programming from a digital-first perspective

Comcast's NBCUniversal is doing more than dipping its toes into the digital TV space; it's taking a headlong plunge with more than a dozen new video series slated to appear first via digital venues.

 

Comcast to disclose political spending; Silicon Valley bosses like TWC acquisition

Comcast will disclose how much corporate money it's using for political purposes, including contributions to political candidates and parties, payments to trade associations and money funneled into PACs. The disclosure is part of an agreement with one of the company's larger shareholders, the New York State Common Retirement Fund, which owns almost 8 million shares or about 1 percent of outstanding shares of Comcast stock.

RNN melds broadcast news with online to meet new demands

Jeffrey Thompson, senior vice president and general manager of business development for RNN talks with FierceOnlineVideo about the era of preparing and distributing white-label news content.

Washington Post, Free Press take opposing sides on Comcast-TWC merger

The Washington Post editorial board has thrown its support behind Comcast's $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable with the proviso that "regulators will respond if big industry players begin to violate basic principles of market fairness."

Time Warner Cable developing its first RDK-based IP set-top

Time Warner Cable is developing its first Humax-built IP set-top that integrates the Reference Design Kit platform and features TWC's cloud navigator. The operator expects to deploy the new box by the end of 2014.

Peoples Communication uses Skitter to push IPTV into East Texas

Peoples Telephone Cooperative subsidiary Peoples Communication, in the midst of a 600-mile fiber transport network expansion in East Texas, has chosen Skitter TV's advanced IPTV platform as the way it plans to offer a mix of television services.

Shaw cutting 400 jobs, restructuring operations

Shaw Communications will lay off 400 management and non-customer facing employees and hire up to 100 others as part of a companywide restructuring that will, the MVPD hopes, "improve overall efficiency while enhancing its ability to grow as the leading content and network experience company."

Mediacom hikes broadband speeds to 305 Mbps to compete with CenturyLink

Facing competition from telco CenturyLink in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mediacom is reportedly looking to raise its broadband speeds to 305 Mbps via what it calls the Ultra 305 level of service.

Viacom-NCTC programming deal rejected by community-owned operator MPW

Muscatine Power and Water, a local utility and digital cable TV provider in Iowa, has decided it would rather switch off than fight when it comes to the newly negotiated program carriage agreement between the National Cable Television Cooperative and Viacom. Multiple NTSC members, including one of the largest, Cable One, have also rejected the agreement.

zeebox rebrands as Beamly to move beyond second screen into social TV

Conceding that the second screen is only a limited application, zeebox has relaunched itself as Beamly and will now focus on "the art of social television."

Franken rails against Comcast-TWC merger, says media companies fear retaliation

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, the only member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to openly oppose Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable during a public hearing last week, took his offensive to the cable airwaves yesterday.

Mass Relevance, Viacom advance social media measurement

Viacom will use the EchoGraph social media measurement platform from Mass Relevance to track and analyze social activity of Viacom client campaigns across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Google+ and YouTube.

Cable operators ally to chase cloud-based Wi-Fi, as Los Angeles resurrects its citywide plan

Large businesses are the primary target of an alliance of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Google, Microsoft and the CEA, which have banded together as WifiForward with the goal of freeing up spectrum to more efficiently manage wireless services across adjoining networks.

Comcast's Roberts and Burke rake in $31M, while Cablevision execs take pay cut

The top execs at the nation's top MSO, Comcast, each pulled in more than $31 million in total compensation in 2013 with CEO Brian Roberts leading the way at $31.4 million and Steve Burke, now chief executive of NBCUniversal, gaining $31.1 million.