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Why the FCC should take the Title II path to net neutrality

Practically speaking, Netflix chief Reed Hastings believes the Federal Communications Commission will ultimately end up enforcing the new net neutrality rules it develops through merger approval conditions, with the Commission currently vetting deals for three of the largest Internet service providers.

Satellite pay TV revenues will surpass cable in 2014, reach $99.9B by 2020, report says

Revenue from satellite pay TV companies will surpass that generated by cable operators worldwide and reach $99.9 billion by 2020. However, satellite revenue generated in Western Europe will soon begin to decline as operators face new competition from online platforms.

Comcast Business strikes sports deal, enables Pony Baseball to stream its World Series

As media business deals go, it's not as big as securing broadcast rights to Major League Baseball for NBCUniversal. But for Comcast's fast-growing business services division, helping Pony youth baseball stream its annual World Series Tournament isn't bad PR.

AT&T and Chernin set to make the next big YouTube network buy, Fullscreen

YouTube network Fullscreen appears to be the next item on shopping list created earlier this year when AT&T budgeted former Fox mogul Peter Chernin $500 million to assemble a collection of online-video assets.

Fast Wi-Fi, nifty interfaces are nice, Comcast, but customers clearly want better manners

Time Warner Cable has finally stopped sending me direct-mail come-ons, with Comcast trying to buy the company and get the combined video subscriber girth into regulatory fighting shape (i.e. 30 million subscribers or less). But for several years, TWC spent--gosh, I don't know, hundreds--on postage and mailers alone, courting me to become a triple-play subscriber. This was after they had me locked up, but failed to close the deal out.

Comporium, Service Electric sign on for Arris Sling-equipped streaming platform

Set-top giant Arris has announced that two small cable operators, Pennsylvania's Service Electric Cable TV and South Carolina's Comporium Communications, have signed onto offer its Sling Media-enabled video gateway to their subscribers.

AT&T's growing U-verse now controls 62% of company's consumer wireline business

Driven by the growth of its U-verse platform and subscriber gains in its wireless postpaid business, AT&T reported a 1.6 percent increase in second quarter consolidated revenue to $32.6 billion, and an 8 percent drop in operating income to $5.6 billion on a 4 percent uptick in operating expenses.

NBCU's Burke says conglom won't 'bulk up' in response to possible Fox/Time Warner merger

Already owned by the No. 1 U.S. pay TV provider, which is trying to buy the No. 2 operator, NBCUniversal chief executive Steve Burke told investors Tuesday that the programming conglomerate won't look for acquisitions amid the very likely prospect that huge competitors Fox and Time Warner Inc. will merge.

Connected TV devices in U.S. to double by 2017, study says

Signaling that a major shift in the way Americans watch television is accelerating, the NPD Group predicts that the number of connected TV devices in the U.S. will double by 2017 to 204 million.

ACA tells FCC to also look out for 'edge providers' in net neutrality debate

While most of the million-plus net-neutrality comments delivered to the FCC recently have focused on the behavior of Internet service providers, the American Cable Association has formally asked the Commission to also consider Internet content, applications and service providers.

Comcast expands X1 eligibility as it seeks to further accelerate deployment

Comcast is looking to more aggressively accelerate deployment of its next-generation X1 video platform amid an early performance that has seen marked decreases in churn and significant upticks in VOD transactions and DVR usage compared to legacy platforms.

Comcast COO: Customer retention rep recording was 'painful to listen to'

A week after one of his company's customer retention reps was caught in a virally distributed audio recording repeatedly refusing a service-cancellation request, Comcast COO Dave Watson sent a memo to company employees, essentially blaming the gaffe on company training.

House passes STELA, boosts pay TV retrans leverage, ends CableCARD requirement

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that renews the compulsory license allowing satellite operators Dish Network and DirecTV to import distant broadcast network TV station signals into markets that don't have a particular network affiliate.

New 'Comcast Labs' feature lets X1 users beta-test new products

Comcast has launched a new feature for its X1 set-top boxes that lets subscribers beta test new products before they're deployed.

Arris teams with startup Wurl to create new OTT platform for set-tops

Arris is teaming with a Silicon Valley startup to create a new pay TV set-top software platform designed to mix traditional broadcast and cable network programming with content from over-the-top services.

Verizon to debut LTE multicast in 2015

Verizon Communications will commercially launch its LTE broadcast network in 2015 enabling it to broadcast events, such as sporting events, to a large number of subscribers at the same time. Fran Shammo, Verizon's CFO, said that the company will have the LTE broadcast network ready in third quarter with commercial launch next year. Shammo announced this development during the company's second quarter earnings call today.

Comcast posts strong Q2 with $16.8B in revenue, delivers best cable subscriber data in six years

Comcast reported strong second quarter earnings, driven by its cable network performance, as well as some of its best cable communications numbers in six years.

Hastings: Don't worry, ISPs, Netflix won't charge you for the 'privilege' of carrying its data

Among the fringe speculation sometimes indulged in by media investment analysts has been the notion that Netflix might not be content to merely not pay interconnection fees to Internet service providers.

Mr. Wheeler, unbundle this bundle: Mediacom files petition with FCC

Mediacom has filed a petition for expedited rulemaking with FCC, claiming that Washington rules have resulted in a dysfunctional current state of affairs in which a small, consolidating, ever-powerful group of content giants are using coercive tactics to force bundles of programming on smaller pay TV operators.

Pay TV providers ramp up Q2 earnings reports

Ready or not, earnings season is here. And from large and medium-sized publicly traded pay TV companies, to big technology and programming companies impacting the pay TV market, we've got you covered from now until early August.