An inside look at Comcast's 'Viper' development team

With Comcast involved in an all-out promotional blitz of its X1 platform amid the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio, the MSO trotted out members of the video platform's development team (codenamed "Viper") for a Denver Post feature story, which ran today.

'Ditch the Box' backers to make DVR functions in apps optional

The NCTA's "Ditch the Box" proposal will make DVR functions optional in third-party apps and will not include elements of the FCC's "Unlock the Box" NPRM, which it is countering.

Comcast 'must capture the imagination of the customer' to succeed in wireless, Kagan says

In its second attempt to enter the U.S. wireless business, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) faces a significantly greater challenge, says analyst Jeff Kagan.

MobiTV launches virtual pay-TV platform, signs C Spire as first operator client

Mississippi-based wireless operator C Spire will be the first to deploy a new virtual pay-TV platform developed by MobiTV that delivers multichannel video to OTT and mobile platforms.

Wurl launches streaming cable channel network with 51 operators

Wurl today launched the Wurl Network, an IP-based streaming cable TV network featuring four new channels that will show up on operators' set-top boxes and slot into onscreen guides next to traditional linear channels.

With DirecTV Now launch coming, AT&T claims 5M for bundled unlimited data

As AT&T readies the launch of its DirecTV Now streaming pay-TV service later this year, the company told investors Thursday that 5 million customers have already signed up for an offer that bundles DirecTV service with unlimited wireless data plans.

NCTA responds to FCC 'Ditch the Box' questions with huge data dump

The NCTA has delivered more than 1,000 pages of technical information on its "Ditch the Box" proposal to the FCC after the agency published a series of questions seeking more information about the counter-initiative.

Dish's 'steady stream' of carriage wars has reduced customer base by 7.5% in 1 year, analyst says

Punctuated by the loss of 281,000 customers in the second quarter, Dish Network's steady stream of retrans battles and carriage wars has resulted in the loss of 7.5 percent of its subscriber base in just one year.

Sling TV's Lynch: Platform has fixed 'systemic' tech problems and has moved on to 'whack-a-mole'

Plagued early in its development by technical issues for highly watched events like NCAA Tournament basketball games and season premieres, Sling TV has overcome what CEO Roger Lynch called its "systemic" live-streaming issues.

AT&T's adds 342K DirecTV subscribers in Q2, loses 391K U-verse TV subscribers

AT&T reported net domestic pay-TV customer losses of 49,000, with a strong gain of 342,000 DirecTV satellite subscribers being more than offset by losses of 391,000 U-verse TV users in the second quarter.

Ergen: Dish and Tribune 'tens of millions of dollars apart'

Entering the second month of a blackout that has kept 42 Tribune-owned network affiliates in 33 markets off Dish Network, Charlie Ergen, chairman and CEO of the satellite TV service, said his company is "tens of millions of dollars apart" with the broadcaster, and didn't sound hopeful about one of the largest ever retrans-related blackouts ending soon.

Comcast announces Xfinity prepaid internet and TV service

Comcast today announced Xfinity Prepaid Services, a pay-as-you-go offering that lets customers buy TV or internet service and add refills for either seven or 30 days.

Altice no longer signing up new Freewheel customers

A month after closing its $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision, Altice USA has announced that the MSO's Freewheel Wi-Fi calling service will not be singing up any new customers.

Programmer lawsuits beg question: Who bought who in Charter-TWC deal?

Lawsuits recently filed against the freshly consolidated "New Charter" by 21st Century Fox and Univision beg the question, "who technically bought who in the Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House transactions," says media analyst Richard Greenfield.

Dish loses 281K subs in Q2 as Sling TV growth 'hits a wall'

Dish Network's customer losses exceeded even robust analysts forecast for the second quarter, with the DBS provider dropping a whopping 281,000 net pay-TV subscribers, the company reported today.

ESPN to start a digital-only network with the ACC

ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) have announced a new regional sports network that will initially be digital-only and carried via ESPN's TV Everywhere app.

Ergen, Drahi highlight Fierce's list of top telecom disrupters

A former card cheat creates the multibillion satellite TV business from scratch, then finds himself on the leading edge of pay-TV's convergence with the wireless business.

Wheeler: 'Unlock the Box' will exempt small analog cable systems

Addressing the concerns expressed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) over his "Unlock the Box" proposal, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in letters to two the lawmakers that his NPRM will exempt smaller analog cable systems.

Ailes ouster threatens Fox's cable news dominance amid CNN resurgence

As Fox News chief Roger Ailes negotiates terms of his exit with 21st Century Fox, his imminent departure threatens to not only shake up conservative politics, for which he has long served as a leading influencer, but cable news as well.

HBO and Discovery surpass ESPN as more 'must keep' channel to consumers, research group finds

HBO and Discovery have surpassed ESPN in an annual ranking of the most "essential" TV brands to U.S. consumers, according to Solutions Research Group.