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Comcast, AT&T swear they don't do fast lanes … as FCC ponders rules that will allow them

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is considering the expansion of his commission's authority over U.S. broadband, but is also contemplating a position of standing out of the way when it comes to paid prioritization deals signed between ISPs and content companies.

Juenger: SVOD leading cause of 4 percent fall TV ratings drop

Linear broadcast television has lost 4 percent of its total audience this fall, but Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger doesn't think the viewers left the couch. In his latest report, Juenger says TV watchers are simply migrating to online SVOD services like Netflix and Hulu.

Dish in another RSN kerfuffle, won't show 35 Timberwolves games on Minnesota's Fox Sports North

Dish Network is involved in yet another rights dispute with a regional sports network and, as things stand, will not carry 35 Minnesota Timberwolves games on Fox Sports North during this just-started NBA season.

Albrecht: Starz may go over the top, too

Already set to roll out an online SVOD service in select international markets, premium cable network Starz is strongly considering doing the same in the United States.

World Series rebounds with clutch 23.5M-viewer game 7

Going into the proverbial 8th inning with a record-low audience average of 12.1 million viewers, it did not look good for one of sports TV programming's perennial tentpoles, the World Series. Pundits were examining a range of factors: was it the involvement of the small-market Kansas City Royals? Were the low-scoring post-steroid games too unexciting? Were people tuning into the NFL and Walking Dead instead?

Bankruptcy ruling finally clears sale of CSN Houston to AT&T and DirecTV

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a restructuring that calls for the sale of struggling regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston to AT&T and DirecTV.

Scaaary kids! Recapping the most terrifying tales in wireline and wireless

Halloween is typically a scary time filled with little ghosts and goblins roaming the streets... your neighbor's kid egging your house because he thinks club-store candy corn is lame ... your teenage daughter trying to sneak out of your house in a "slutty witch/vampire/nurse/etc." costume ... your 9-year-old son going to bed with Dots candy stuck to $3,000 worth of recently installed orthodontics. But it's a really scary time in the wireline and wireless businesses, too.

Magid survey: 83 percent of U.S. consumers now stream TV

Online video streaming continues its major transgression into the consumer mainstream, with Frank N. Magid reporting that 83 percent of U.S. TV watchers now stream movies and TV shows, at least occasionally.

Charter to sell $3.5B in bonds to buy TWC systems

Charter Communications continues to line up the financing it needs to buy cable systems currently covering 1.5 million Time Warner Cable customers, announcing on Wednesday that it will sell $3.5 billion worth of speculative-grade bonds.

Comcast settles 11-year-old, $875M class-action suit for $16.7M and some free VOD movies

After 11 years of failed settlement attempts and legal arguments that reached U.S. Supreme Court, a class-action group of Philadelphia-area cable subscribers will get only a small fraction of the $875 million they had originally sought from Comcast.

TWC reports 3.6% revenue spike on business services growth, but loses 184K video subs

Time Warner Cable reported 3.6 percent year-over-year third-quarter revenue growth to $5.71 billion, driven partly by 21.9 percent growth in business services. However, the cable company missed analysts' consensus revenue forecasts of $5.74 billion.

Arris reports 32 percent revenue spike to $1.4B

Technology company Arris posted 32 percent growth in year-over-year revenue to $1.4 billion in the third quarter, resulting in a profit of $54.6 million and earnings per share of 81 cents that beat analysts' forecast of 72 cents.

CBS, Moonves lose nerve on tough OTT position with launch of All Access

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia Conference in New York on Sept. 10, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves made it very clear. "We the networks should not be penalized because you the station do not negotiate retrans properly," he said.

More merger conditions for Comcast? Free broadband for NYC public housing proposed

Facing strong public-opinion headwinds in a merger that is too far along to scuttle, Comcast is getting a lot of "conditions" thrown its way these days. One of the latest: A group of New York area lawmakers wants the conglomerate to provide free broadband to New York City public housing as a condition of the $45 million purchase of Time Warner Cable.

Viacom expands Hulu partership … and debate about its value to pay-TV

Fueling arguments by pay-TV providers that its content is too widely distributed across over-the-top channels, Viacom has significantly expanded its partnership with Hulu.

BSkyB invests $7M in online channel Whistle Sports

European satellite company BSkyB continues to invest in American online video, announcing a $7 million series B investment in digital programming channel Whistle Sports.

Charter posts 8 percent revenue growth on narrower video sub losses, big broadband gains

Charter Communications reported 8 percent growth in third-quarter revenue to $2.3 billion, driven by narrowing video subscriber losses and burgeoning broadband customer gains.

Comcast begins notifying customers: Congrats, your home is a Wi-Fi hotspot

Amid an aggressive expansion of its Wi-Fi network that aims to have around 8 million hotspots deployed in the U.S. by the end of 2014, Comcast is selling its subscribers on the hospitality angle.

FCC officially proposes pay-TV status for linear OTT services

The FCC has circulated a memo through its Media Bureau, formally proposing that linear over-the-top services like Aereo be considered multichannel video program distributors, with accompanying rights to retransmission consent licensing agreements.

Wall Street analyst pines for CBS-Viacom reunion

Eight years after they split into two separately traded media and entertainment conglomerates, an investment analyst is calling for CBS Corp. and Viacom to reunite their forces. "A combined company would have a better ability to negotiate carriage with large MVPDs and preserve affiliate fee and retransmission growth rates," wrote Brett Harriss of Gabelli & Co.