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Comcast's NBCU confirms it won't run advertisements for Dish's Sling TV

NBCUniversal confirmed to FierceCable that it will not run advertisements for Dish Network's OTT Sling TV service on its owned and operated stations in San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Washington D.C.

What should AT&T do now with DirecTV? Wireless analyst has the plan

Mark Lowenstein, managing director of Mobile Ecosystem, admits he's never been a big fan of AT&T's $49 billion DirecTV purchase. "Pay-TV is not a growing business, and I believe AT&T's dollars would have been better spent expanding its broadband business in the U.S.," he writes in FierceWireless.

TWC's Marcus: 12% of customers supply their own modem, but BYOD-only world still years away

The cable industry will eventually move to a BYOD (bring your own device) world, Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Rob Marcus conceded. But he said in the meantime the MSO will continue to aggressively lease set-tops and modems.

MoffettNathanson: HBO Now has as many as 1.9M subs, Sling TV has up to 200,000

Delving into what he admits is the very inexact science of measuring app downloads, MoffettNathanson media analyst Michael Nathanson estimates that HBO Now currently has between 970,000 and 1.9 million subscribers.

Report: Comcast's 2011 MVNO deal with Verizon full of pricing and packing hurdles

While Comcast's 2011 MVNO agreement with Verizon has been widely viewed as an easy entry point for the MSO to create a Wi-Fi-first mobile service, the four-year-old deal actually presents Comcast with a range of pricing and packaging challenges.

Roberts, Ergen, White deliver most value vs. salary, media exec compensation study finds

Dish Network chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen, DirecTV's retiring chief executive, Mike White, and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts deliver the most value versus salary compensation, according to a report released by the Carmel Group.

NCTA responds to senators' set-top complaints, says consumers already have plenty of choice

The NCTA responded aggressively to comments made by two Democratic senators today, refuting their assertion that pay-TV consumers are paying too much for video set-top boxes and that more competition is needed in the set-top market.

 

Mediacom ends 14-market blackout with Media General

Mediacom has renewed its broadcast retransmission license with Media General, ending a blackout that affected 16 stations in 14 markets.

Ultra-competitive video market ramps up arms race for content personalization

In a video market over-heated with OTT and linear competition, the race is on not just to deliver popular exclusive programming, but do it an algorithmically charged way that targets indivudal consumers.

SCTE sets network power consumption standards for Energy 2020 program

The SCTE has established the first standard sets for its year-old Energy 2020 electrical-power consumption initiative.

Time Warner Cable loses only 45K video subs, best Q2 performance since 2008

Time Warner Cable reported a net decline of 45,000 pay-TV subscribers in the second quarter, its best second quarter subscriber performance since 2008.

Arris sees 18% drop in CPE revenue as U-verse and FiOS business craters

Arris reported an 18 percent drop in customer premises equipment sales in the second quarter, driven by a 7 percent drop in sales of set-tops and gateways to cable companies, and a 17 percent decline in sales of these products to telco services AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

Starz CEO Albrecht cool on direct-to-consumer OTT plans

After declaring a stand-alone, OTT version of his premium cable service as a "tide that has to turn" last October, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told investors today he hasn't decided when the company will actually launch a direct-to-consumer product.

Showcasing the top female decision-makers in wireline

In its sixth annual Women in Wireline feature, FierceTelecom once again showcases the most relevant female executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry.

The Weather Channel's Kenny: 'The old cable model is sort of like the DVD model of Netflix'

With Comcast cutting its investment into the network, subscribers down an industry-leading 11.2 percent since 2011, and no agreement in sight to get back onto the program guide of Verizon FiOS, one of the pay-TV ecosystem's last big indie networks is considering over-the-top options.

Apple, Amazon and other big online video distributors tell FCC not to regulate them as MVPDs

A group of large technology companies including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft are asking the FCC not to move forward with plans to regulate online video operators as MVPDs.

NCTA to FCC: Qualcomm has failed to prove LTE-U, LAA won't interfere with cable Wi-Fi

The NCTA has filed another ex parte letter with the FCC, claiming that Qualcomm has done nothing to prove the LTE-U and LAA technologies it is backing will not interfere with cable Wi-Fi.

Analyst: Technicolor-Cisco deal marks divergence of video market into CPE hardware and cloud software segments

Despite its move to sell its customer premises equipment (CPE) division to French media technology conglomerate Technicolor in a deal announced last week, don't think of Cisco as leaving the video business.

Verizon latest to market HBO Now sans pay-TV subscription

Verizon has joined Cablevision as the second pay-TV operator to offer HBO Now without requiring a pay-TV service.

Arris sells cable supplies unit to UK's Technetix, streamlines for Pace purchase

Arris Group has sold off its Arris Supplies unit to the UK-based Technetix Group for an undisclosed sum.