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Comcast's wireless flirtation is being closely scrutinized by spending-cautious investors

Investors and analysts are concerned about the level of capital spending potentially involved with Comcast's entry into the wireless business, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

Leichtman: 81% of U.S. households have DVR, Netflix or some other on-demand viewing option

About 81 percent of U.S. households have a DVR, subscribe to Netflix or use an on-demand service from a pay-TV operator, according to a new Leichtman Research Group (LRG) report.

Charter still figuring out Spectrum Guide rollout strategy

Charter Communications shed light on its plans to roll out its Spectrum Guide cloud-based user interface, not just across its own footprint, but those of soon-to-be acquired cable systems for Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Cox reaches retrans deal with Nexstar, restores Super Bowl in Las Vegas

Cox Communications has agreed to terms on a new broadcast retransmission deal with Nexstar Broadcasting Group, ending a five-day blackout that threatened to pre-empt the Super Bowl in several markets, including Las Vegas.

Senators take Comcast, other MSOs to task for modem leasing

With the FCC moving on the issue of pay-TV set-top leasing, six U.S. Senators have turned their attention to another consumer CPE expense, cable modems.

Verizon, Consolidated and CenturyLink: How did their networks perform in Q4?

Network latency, throughput and availability all have a direct impact on how well operators are able to serve their customers. Thanks to a partnership with Cedexis, FierceTelecom is shedding some light on how the top seven U.S. wireline networks performed in these areas in the fourth quarter.

Redstone resigns as chairman of Viacom and CBS, but isn't going away

Sumner Redstone has resigned from his positions as chairman of both CBS Corp. and Viacom. CBS CEO Les Moonves will take over as chairman of CBS Corp., while Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman will assume the chairmanship at his company.

Comcast: Better 'segmenting' of video consumers has returned the MSO to growth

With Comcast reporting its best quarterly video subscriber metrics in nearly a decade Wednesday, one word that came up a lot during the company's earnings call was "segmenting."

Cord cutting overblown? 6 leading pay-TV operators add 37K video subs in 2015

With fourth quarter earnings reported for six leading pay-TV platforms, it appears the business could actually finish with customer growth this year despite ample hand-wringing over cord cutting.

Charter adds 11K subs in 2015, declares no rate increases for 2016

After growing its video subscriber base for the first time in over a decade, Charter Communications said it will be the only major operator not to raise customer pricing in 2016.

CBS works to conquer live-streaming tech issues as watershed Super Bowl event nears

As the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos work to refine their offensive and defensive schemes ahead of Super Bowl 50, so does CBS in regard to its live-streaming technology.

Netflix product chief: 'HDR is more visibly different than 4K'

Giving a clear indication of the shift occurring in the evolution of display technology, Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt said high dynamic range (HDR) is now a greater industry priority than 4K.

CableLabs rebrands NetworkFX spin-off into 'Kyrio'

CableLabs has rebranded its three-year-old for-profit, security-focused spin-off subsidiary, NetworkFX, into the more broadly skewing "Kyrio."

TWC's $9.7M franchise-fee dispute settlement approved by L.A. City Council

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a settlement with Time Warner Cable, ending a two-year-old dispute over franchise fees.

NBCU's Burke: NFL football is profitable for us, $225M for five games makes sense

A day after announcing that his company had paid $225 million to split 10 NFL Thursday-night regular-season games with CBS, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said that despite the expense, pro football is profitable for NBC.

Comcast adds 89K video subs in Q4, best quarter in nine years

Culminating a big rebound year for cable video services, Comcast added 89,000 pay-TV customers in the fourth quarter, its best quarterly performance in the category in nine years.

Google, the most profligate lobbyist of all, drinks the cable biz's milkshake with FCC set-top proposal

When word leaked last week that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) was showing off in D.C. a set-top that sounded an awful lot like FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler engineered it himself, I found myself asking, how did the cable industry get out-lobbied so badly?

Comparing AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon on 3G/4G wireless latency

It's no secret that a significant amount of attention and interest has been paid to wireless network speeds in the United States and globally. And LTE networks clearly provide faster download speeds than 3G networks.

21st Century Fox is seeking to cut $250 million in expenses this year

Signaling a major retrenchment by a leading media conglomerate, 21st Century Fox said it will cut $250 million out of its budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which starts in July.

Bright House announces pay-TV's latest round of rate increases

Bright House Networks has upped the cost of its bundles and below-the-line fees, according to DSLReports forum posters.

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