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Google cooks up new open-source video compression standard, VP10

Google is developing a successor to its open-source encoding standard VP9 in attempt to head off competing video compression technologies like HEVC/H.265.

MStar's Nagra-on-chip security integration enables pay-TV 4K services to play directly on Ultra HD TVs

Content security specialist Nagra and chipmaker MStar Semiconductor have announced a new partnership that allows pay-TV operators to integrate 4K services directly on connected Ultra HD TV sets without the need for a set-top.

Hulu offers commercial-free option as pay-TV crams in more spots than ever before

In a move that signals yet another viewer-experience advantage for SVOD services, Hulu announced an $11.99-a-month commercial-free subscription option.

CBS takes TV's most expensive program asset OTT, plans unauthenticated streaming of two NFL games

CBS Corp. will offer unauthenticated streaming access to two NFL regular season games this season, taking the pay-TV ecosystem's most expensive programming asset over the top.

Verizon's go90 video service to debut in the 'coming days,' Bloomberg reports

Verizon's ad-supported mobile video service, reportedly dubbed go90, is set to launch "in the coming days," Bloomberg reported.

Comcast testing $30-a-month unlimited data option

Comcast is testing in select Florida markets a new broadband billing plan that enables customers to use all the data they want for an extra $30 a month.

Espelien: Luxury TV and how it relates to broadband, mobile and video spending

TV in all forms has primarily been marketed as a one-size-fits-all quasi-utility. In other words, MVPDs never developed luxury offerings, offering basically the same services to households across the income spectrum. This approach served the industry well for decades as a rising tide of subscriber and ARPU growth lifted all boats. Unfortunately, those days are over.

From Verizon's Marni Walden to Apple's Angela Ahrendts: Tracking the most influential women in wireless

Since 2008, Fierce editors have been tracking the top female stars in the wireless industry. In 2015, this list was particularly difficult to compile because we've seen a significant surge in the number of women making their way to the top ranks of wireless companies.

Scripps ramps up live TVE streaming, dynamic ad insertion from Anvato

Scripps Networks Interactive has ramped up live authenticated streaming and dynamic ad insertion (DAI) for its HGTV, Travel Channel, Food Network, DIY Network and Cooking Channel.

Comcast ups Soto to new chief information security officer role

comcast Myrna Soto

Comcast has created the new role of chief information security officer and has promoted Myrna Soto into the position. The action follows a number of high-profile corporate hacking events, including those affecting Ashley Madison and Sony Pictures.

Amazon Prime enables video downloads for Android and Apple mobile devices, beats TVE to punch

Amazon has taken a major competitive leap forward in the area of mobile video, announcing a new feature that lets users of its SVOD Prime Video service download select movies and TV shows to Android and Apple mobile devices.

Report: Apple in talks with Hollywood execs about producing original video programming

Apple is reportedly the latest technology giant to approach Hollywood about producing original programming.

More retrans drama for Dish; operator sued by Indiana station for allegedly shorting it on fees

A week after facing down Sinclair Broadcast Group in a heated retransmission negotiation that involved the blackout of 129 stations, Dish Network was sued by a single CBS affiliate in Evansville, Ind. for allegedly coming up short on retransmission payments. 

New Comcast CFO Cavanagh on wireless plans: We're 'putting some time into issue'

In one of his first long-form interviews since taking over as CFO of Comcast, former JPMorgan executive Mike Cavanagh said the company is considering the launch of a wireless service.

Sling TV announces Amazon Fire HD and HDX capability, explains its latest streaming issues

Dish Network said its Sling TV service can now work on Amazon's Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. The company also released a statement explaining Sling TV service interruptions during AMC's ratings-record-breaking debut of Fear the Walking Dead.

Fourth-gen Apple TV reportedly set to roll out in October for $199

Apple is reportedly on the cusp of releasing the fourth version of its Apple TV. The move is notable considering the increasing popularity of third-party streaming devices like Apple's TV when compared with the standard set-top boxes typically issued by pay-TV operators.

Premium cable channel Epix gets booted from Netflix, signs deal with Hulu

Illustrating a changing tide in the SVOD distribution business, pay-TV programmer Epix has shifted on-demand streaming of its content from Netflix to Hulu.

Multiplatform pay-TV vendor Vubiquity acquires digital distributor Juice Worldwide

In a move that significantly enhances its over-the-top video distribution capabilities, pay-TV multi-platform services vendor Vubiquity has purchased Juice Worldwide for an undisclosed sum.

NAB, others sue to block FCC's ruling on 'effective competition' for cable operators

The National Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) the local Minnesota Franchise Authority have filed suit in federal court in order to stop a June "effective competition" ruling, which presumes competition for cable operators in every market.

CenturyLink ready to take on cable as Comcast, Charter emerge in SIP trunking segment

CenturyLink acknowledged that it is in a competitive battle with Comcast Business, Charter Communications and other cable operators in the SIP trunking segment of the business services market, as more enterprise customers ditch their TDM-based PRI lines and analog PBX's for IP-based hosted services.