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HBO Now expands onto Google platforms

HBO has extended its new over-the-top service, HBO Now, beyond the Apple constellation of IP devices, with Google announcing at its developers conference Thursday that the product will soon be available for Android devices and Chromecast.

Report: Comcast under investigation by FCC and DOJ for possibly violating 2011 NBCU purchase mandates

The FCC and Justice Department are investigating possible violations by Comcast of mandates put forth in 2011 as conditions for regulatory approval of its NBCUniversal purchase.

Global satellite TV revenue to overtake cable revenue in 2015, research firm says

Global revenue from satellite TV distribution will surpass that derived from cable TV in 2015, according to new data published by Digital TV Research.

Verizon FiOS fights cancellations with Big Data

Verizon collects a vast amount of data about its FiOS users, which is used to effectively halt subscriber cancellations amid a competitive pay-TV market, a company presentation at a New York Big Data conference revealed this week.

AT&T, DirecTV push back against merger conditions, as FCC shot clock remains stopped

With their $49 billion merger agreement passing its one-year anniversary and still bogged down in an interminable regulatory review process, AT&T and DirecTV sent a memo to the FCC this week, pushing back on proposed deal conditions suggested by rivals including Dish Network and Cogent Communications.

Charter's acquisitions make it legit ILEC and CLEC business threat

Charter Communications' $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, and simultaneous $10.4 billion grab of Bright House Networks immediately vaults the company into the No. 2 position among U.S. broadband service providers, and the No. 3 slot for U.S. pay-TV suppliers.

Suddenlink becomes the latest MSO to integrate Hulu

St. Louis-based mid-sized cable operator Suddenlink Communications has become the latest MSO to integrate Hulu into its program guide.

Cable chip supplier Broadcom swallowed up by Singapore's Avago for $37B

The global chipmaking business continued to consolidate Thursday morning, with Singapore's Avago Technologies confirming its $37 billion purchase of Broadcom, a leading supplier of silicon device parts to cable, wireless and other telecom sectors.

Gracenote pays $54M to buy sports data firms, launches Gracenote Sports

Gracenote, a prominent provider of metadata services to the pay-TV industry, has announced the $54 million purchase of to several sports data services and the launch of its new Gracenote Sports division.

Altice's Drahi: 'If I buy five small operators, I can be as big as Time Warner Cable'

European telecom magnate Patrick Drahi told a French parliamentary hearing Wednesday that Charter Communications' $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable is actually a win for his burgeoning Altice SA telecom empire.

Penthera licenses mobile download apps to Charter, TWC, renews Comcast deal

Pittsburgh-based Penthera Partners says it has now licensed its multiscreen video download software to Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable, while renewing its existing deal with Comcast.

Memo to Tom Wheeler regarding Charter-TWC: Hurry it up this time

As Charter's $56.7 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable this week may well prove again, acquisition proposals can take just days to assemble, but the ensuing regulatory angst can be never-ending.

Cisco says 80% of broadband traffic will be video by 2019

The amount of total broadband traffic is set to further skyrocket over the next four years, Cisco says, with new, denser technologies such as 4K/Ultra HD pushing video usage to account for fully 80 percent of all traffic by 2019. FierceOnlineVideo has a report on Cisco's brow-raising revelations right here.

Comcast notifies Atlanta customers of rate hike, says it's just part of earlier announced price increases

Comcast has issued a memo to customers in the Atlanta area, warning them about rate increases set to take effect July 1.

TWC's Marcus set to pocket $85M with analysts predicting smoother regulatory sailing for Charter deal

Forced to lick his financial wounds after the collapse of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal with a relatively pedestrian 2014 salary of just $34.6 million, TWC CEO Rob Marcus can once again sleep soundly, knowing that his retirement savings plan is back on sound footing.

TiVo adds 285K subs in Q1, extends MSO reach to 4.81M

TiVo, which is now the leader in the market for cord-cutting DVRs, continues to play both sides of the disruptor fence, announcing the addition of 285,000 new subscribers in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, most of them coming from MSO relationships.

Mediacom and Viacom strike long-term carriage deal

Viacom has secured an important long-term carriage agreement with a mid-sized cable operator, announcing a pact with New York-based Mediacom Communications Wednesday.

Charter's Rutledge promises to end Dodgers channel impasse in L.A.

Just hours after his company announced its $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Tom Rutledge, Charter Communications' president and CEO promised to end the impasse that has paralyzed TWC's SportsNet LA regional sports network.

DirecTV launches '72 Hour Rewind' feature, aims to compete with Hulu for catch-up viewing

Seeking to turn its on-demand programming into a product feature that can better compete with OTT services like Hulu, DirecTV has officially launched its "72 Hour Rewind" feature.

OTT will drive pay-TV growth over the next 5 years but push down ARPU, research firm says

Pay-TV operators around the world will aggressively deploy over-the-top services like Dish Network's Sling TV over the next five years to stave off cord-cutting, but these services will result in lower margins overall for the global industry.