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Running the numbers on a la carte vs. pay-TV

Fresh off last week's big a la carte programming announcements from HBO and CBS, gleeful cord cutters are crunching the numbers, adding up the monthly bills on the SVOD series they'll need to once and for all ditch that dreaded cable bill. As TV News Check shows, you can cobble quite a few of these services together and still come out way ahead in terms of the average monthly pay-TV bill.

Nielsen teams with Adobe, tries to finally get cross-platform measurement right

Further upping the ante in the race to measure TV audiences, Nielsen has announced a partnership with Adobe to create a new cross-platform tool for tallying online TV and other digital content, slated for release in 2015.

TV Everywhere use surges: authenticated viewing jumped 388% in Q2, Adobe says

Buoyed by a flurry of high-usage global sports events, TV Everywhere viewing surged in the second quarter, with Adobe measuring a 388 percent uptick in authenticated online video watching over Q2 2013.

Dish pulls CNN, Cartoon Network, other Turner channels

Dish Network has taken CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and half a dozen other Turner Networks channels off its program guide after reaching an impasse in program licensing renewal talks.

Shammo: Verizon will increase FiOS video rates in Q4 to offset rise in content costs

Verizon Communications plans to increase the price of its FiOS Video service in the fourth quarter to offset the hike in content licensing fees that will go into effect Jan. 1, said a top executive today.  Speaking to investors during Verizon's third quarter earnings call, company EVP and CFO Fran Shammo said that the FiOS Video price hike is something the company did in fourth quarter 2013 and it will do again in 2014.

FX launches authenticated SVOD-plus platform, SimpsonsWorld.com

Continuing its latest blitz to monetize its 552-episode large, 25-years-old classic animated series, The Simpsons, Fox's FX Networks will launch on Tuesday a comprehensive online platform dedicated to all things Springfield.

Pay-TV's 3rd quarter earnings season: Complete summary starts now

Duck season. Rabbit season. No--earnings season. Leaders of the top cable, satellite and IPTV operators will be forced in the coming weeks to get on the phone with their investors and analysts and spill some beans. Who is losing gobs of subscribers? Who is watching program costs shred their bottom lines? It is all summarized in FierceCable's running third-quarter earnings report diary, which can be found here.

Rentrak secures patent for set-top that detects when TV is on or off

Rentrak has secured a new patent on a set-top box technology that lets the device know when a TV set is turned on and off.

Leahy asks Comcast to permanently get rid of fast lanes

The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked Comcast to permanently ban Internet fast lanes, putting further pressure on the conglomerate as it tries to get its increasingly controversial purchase of Time Warner Cable through regulatory processes.

Dish 'Primetime Anytime' doesn't infringe on broadcasters, judge tentatively rules

A federal judge has issued a key tentative decision in favor of Dish Network in its court battle with Fox, ruling that the pay-TV operator's "Primetime Anytime" DVR feature does not infringe on the programmer's copyright.

'Doomed before it starts': HBO's OTT service to run at a pricey $15 a month, report says

HBO's new streaming service will be priced at around $15 per month, an uncompetitive $6 higher than Netflix's most common $8.99 plan. This is according to a Monday report in The Information, which cites an unnamed source said to be familiar with the HBO service's development.

Sizing up pay TV earnings for the third quarter of 2014

How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies perform in 2014's third quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.

Multitasking during TV viewing takes steep uptick, TiVo says

U.S. TV viewers are increasingly less engaged, choosing more and more to do things that have nothing to do with TV simultaneously as they watch programming.

Wheeler's competition agenda, dark fiber, small cells and permitting dominate COMPTEL discussion

The COMPTEL Fall Plus 2014 trade show centered on how the competitive telecom industry is evolving to meet its customers' needs and what new challenges they will face as industry consolidation and the IP transition continue to ramp. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley gives a panoramic view on what went down on the show floor in Dallas here.

Careful what you wish for, cord cutters: Unbundled TV could prove more expensive

"Cord cutters rejoice" has been the oft-written headline preamble to numerous stories written this week about the groundbreaking a la carte programming announcements from HBO and CBS. But in a world in which every programming network is stripped out of the pay-TV bundle and sold individually, consumers could find themselves paying a lot more to get the channels they want.

AT&T-DirecTV to FCC: We're not like that other merger

Striking a defensive tone eerily similar to another FCC petition issued by Comcast three weeks ago, AT&T and DirecTV tried to distance their proposed merger from that being undertaken by Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

ACA's Lieberman ponders new kind of blackout: Will CBS block operators' broadband access?

CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves hadn't even finished first-day press duties for his company's big OTT announcement, when cable industry pundits began speculating on what might occur during the next big retrans impasse between the programmer and a major MSO.

Worcester opposes transfer from Charter to Comcast

With one of its members referring to Comcast as "the worst company in America for customer service," the city council for Worcester, Mass., has voted 8-3 against a measure that would transfer control of the city's cable subscribers from Charter to Comcast.

Comcast wins $7.5M damage award in patent suit against Sprint

Comcast won a $7.5 million award against Sprintafter a jury agreed that the wireless company violated Comcast's patents for VoIP and other telecommunications technologies. FierceWireless has the complete story here.

Aereo registers lobbyist, faces skeptical federal judge

As it seeks to have the federal government reclassify it as a pay-TV company, Aereo has registered its top corporate communications executive as a lobbyist.