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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.

Comcast clears way for CSN Houston sale, will not appeal valuation

Comcast has decided not to appeal a ruling by a bankruptcy judge on the valuation of regional sports network CSN Houston, clearing the sale of the network to DirecTV and AT&T.

Aereo crusher CBS launches $5.99-a-month online service

CBS has announced a new SVOD service which will deliver thousands of current and archival series episodes to the IP devices of consumers for $5.99 a month.

Hastings addresses HBO competition: 'It's just one more channel'

With Time Warner Inc. announcing that HBO would launch as a standalone product in 2015, available for streaming without a pay-TV subscription, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was predictably asked about the move during his company's third-quarter earnings call Wednesday.

The puck stops here: Google unveils first Android TV device, the Nexus player

Google has finally unveiled the first device to support its Android TV platform, the puck-shaped Nexus Player gaming and streaming device.

Time Warner Cable expands VOD access through Roku with app update

With VOD emerging as one of the most coveted pay-TV features, Time Warner Cable has expanded access to its VOD library through its Roku app. Now, Roku-using TWC subscribers scrolling through the live program guide will be given a VOD alternative to watch an episode that may already be in progress from the beginning.

Netflix now shooting all its originals in 4K, Sarandos says

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the SVOD service is now shooting all of its original shows in 4K resolution.