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Comcast-TWC clock stopped again by FCC to review more documents

The FCC has stopped the clock on its review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger again after the discovery of more than 7,000 pages of TWC documents the agency hadn't accounted for.

DirecTV launches Spanish-language streaming service Yaveo

DirecTV has announced the soft launch of its Spanish-language streaming service Yaveo, providing subscribers with programming from Latin America and Spain for $7.99 a month.

TWC to institute $2.75 sports surcharge, other price increases

Time Warner Cable will implement broad-reaching price increases across its video and Internet services starting Jan. 1, starting with a $2.75-per-month surcharge for sports programming.

DirecTV talks with Disney drag on nearly 3 months after deal expiration

Despite haggling that dates back to the early part of the year, DirecTV and Disney will likely end 2014 without a new long term program licensing deal in place.

Dish quietly renews deal for Comcast RSNs; Fox's Carry calls Dish model 'antiquated'

As its carriage impasse over Fox News rhetorically boiled over, Dish Network quietly announced over the weekend that it came to terms on a long-term deal with Comcast for four regional sports networks.

Examining Europe's push for a 5G wireless future

"If we get 5G right there won't be a 6G," says Andy Sutton, principal network architect at UK-based operator EE. Sutton contends that 5G networks involve more than just a shift to a new generation of mobile networks as with 2G, 3G and 4G.

Ultra HD finally evolves beyond CES hype and into real products

It has been hard to observe all the 4K/Ultra HD hype at CES the last few years without a healthy dose of cynicism. With a multiscreen revolution going on outside, the touting of the television industry's next great resolution standard felt a little tone-deaf. Who is worrying about screen resolution at a time when we don't really know what the primary screen is anymore?

Fox News blackout of Dish is on: Will Ergen dig his heels in?

Media conglomerate 21st Century Fox has removed Fox News and Fox Business from the programming guides of over 14 million Dish Network subscribers.

Cox sets up 1,700 Wi-Fi hotspots in Las Vegas and Phoenix

Cox Communications has announced major progress of its aggressive Wi-Fi buildout, with 1,700 hotspots being rolled out across Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Hulu attracting exclusive program deals with better terms than SVOD competition

Hulu culminated a busy shopping week, announcing a deal Friday with MGM to acquire exclusive streaming rights to FX's Emmy-winning mini-series Fargo.

4K demand in North America, Western Europe to grow 72% by 2018, firm says

Demand for 4K/Ultra HD displays in North America and Western Europe will have a compound annual growth rate of 72 percent through 2018, according to new research published Friday by Futuresource Consulting.

DirecTV and Fox Networks carve TV Everywhere deal

Filling in an important patch in the ever-so-complicated web of TV Everywhere rights deals, DirecTV and Fox Networks announced a multiscreen agreement covering the Fox broadcast network as well as cable channels FX, Fox Sports 1 and National Geographic.

Fixed-mobile convergence overtakes Europe

Mobile operators such as Vodafone, Telekom Austria and Orange have been buying up or eyeing up cable and fixed network assets in markets across Europe as they seek to bolster their existing mobile businesses to better compete in individual markets--especially where incumbent operators such as Belgacom or Telefónica's Movistar already offer strong multi-play propositions.

What would an unbundled ESPN cost? $30 a month, says Manhattan consulting firm

Currently distributed in just under 100 million U.S. homes and commanding $7 billion annually in pay-TV subscriber fees, Disney's ESPN has the most to lose if the traditional program bundle gets disrupted away.

NBC threatens blackout of Cable One

Giving consumers one more retrans dispute to end the year, NBCUniversal has threatened to block out its broadcast network and 10 cable channels on Cable One if a renewal deal isn't in place by New Year's Day.

Broadcasters want to make sure Aereo is really dead, seek to block asset sale

After driving Aereo into bankruptcy, the major broadcast networks have asked a judge to block any asset sale that would allow the shuttered streaming media company to reinvent itself as a cloud-based DVR service.

Comcast's latest service upgrade: Xfinity users can schedule callbacks via app

Continuing to implement common-sense customer service protocols under new customer service czar Charlie Herrin, Comcast is now letting its Xfinity customers schedule a specific time for a rep to call them instead of waiting on hold.

Slicing up IoT: Who will get the biggest piece of a $19 trillion pie?

Cisco projects that the Internet of Everything--which it defines as the networked connection of people, processes, data and things--will generate $19 trillion in value between 2013 and 2022. Given the colossal nature of the IoT and activity buzzing around the industry, FierceWirelessTech decided to take a closer look at some of the companies making the biggest waves, querying a handful of industry analysts for their take on which ones to watch in 2015. You can read the full report here.

Comcast launches 4K service with NBC and USA shows

Comcast has become the second pay-TV operator to begin offering customers programming in the 4K/Ultra High Definition format.

Pay-TV VOD exclusive for 'The Interview'? Sony says no

With most of the large U.S. theater chains backing away from its mid-budget comedy feature The Interview amid an unprecedented global computer hacking threat, might Sony consider releasing the $42 million film via online streaming or pay-TV VOD?