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Report: Justice Department looking to block Comcast-TWC

Antitrust attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department are nearing a recommendation to block the proposed $45.2 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, according to a Bloomberg report that cited anonymous sources.

Former Hulu chief Kilar raises another $58M for video start-up Vessel

Bolstering yet another online player competing in the pay-TV market, Vessel, the SVOD service launched by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, has raised another $58 million in venture capital.

ACA's Polka continues Local Choice push despite NAB warnings

Ignoring warnings from the NAB to back off its quest for a la carte distribution of broadcast channels through pay-TV services, American Cable Association president and CEO Matthew Polka took to the blogoshpere to once again plug the cable industry's "Local Choice" initiative.

Dutch media company Bravia launches world's first 4K/Ultra HD channel

Dutch company Brava Media is launching the world's first 4K/Ultra HD channel.

HBO issues takedown notice to Twitter-owned Periscope regarding 'Game of Thrones' live streams

HBO has sent takedown notices to Twitter's new live-streaming app, Periscope, after a number of its users were caught illegally streaming the fifth-season premiere of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.

OTT finally moves out of the fringe at NAB

For the first time at the NAB convention, this year broadcasters seemed to finally openly acknowledge that new technologies and business models are no longer just "fringe showcase items" but things that must be embraced immediately.

Mediacom goes all-digital in Missouri; NAB hints at support for net neutrality

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Verizon FiOS will debut skinny bundle that rivals Sling TV

Verizon's FiOS will introduce a flexible, customized pay-TV bundling service, not too different from that of Dish's recently launched Sling TV.

Rogers blames new regs for increased Canadian cord cutting

Rogers Communications, Canada's largest pay-TV operator, reported losses of 36,000 cable TV subscribers in its second quarter.

HBO online platforms accounted for only 4.1% of Internet traffic during 'Game of Thrones' premiere

TV Everywhere platform HBO Go accounted for 3.4 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic during Sunday night's highly anticipated fifth-season premiere of Game of Thrones, while new OTT service HBO Now accounted for 0.7 percent.

Windstream launches IPTV service Kinetic in Lincoln, Neb.

Windstream has launched its IPTV service in Lincoln, Neb., offering video services to 50,000 local residents who previously had only one pay-TV choice, Time Warner Cable.

Verizon adds college-sports programming to upcoming mobile video service

Continuing to flesh out a video-programming service aimed squarely at younger consumers and their smartphones, Verizon has announced content deals with ESPN, CBS Sports and several other college-sports-focused platforms.

Google Fiber's Medin: video a must to compete in broadband

Google Fiber built its name on its 1 Gbps service. But speaking at the Comptel Plus Conference in Orlando, Fla., this week, Milo Medin, VP of access services for the company, said the key to the service's high market demand is content.

Hastings downplays HBO competition; Sling TV, Sony Vue now the real threats

After telling investors for several years that his company's principal competition is HBO, Netflix is now downplaying the Home Box Office threat. The new threats, the company says, are emerging over-the-top services launched by pay-TV providers and tech companies.

Cable's new cloud-based reality laid bare at NAB: We don't need no stinkin' certification lab

Cisco's Conrad Clemson says he gets a familiar reaction from his cable-industry clients when he tells them he's about to execute one of his favorite technological principles, "destructive testing." "They always go, 'Why would you do that?'" The answer: You can't fix things until you know how they break.

FCC's Wheeler declares cord cutting to be an official thing, puts hard sell on spectrum auction

Speaking to a packed Las Vegas Convention Center ballroom at the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 Conference here, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the pay-TV industry is in decline, and broadcasters should take advantage of the emerging cord-cutting trend.

Comcast signs on to upgrade video, data and voice for Atlanta Hawks home court

Announcing its second Atlanta-area stadium deal in the past month, Comcast Business Services says it's been contracted to integrate video, voice and data services into Philips Arena, home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

Nokia's Alcatel-Lucent buy means fewer options for wireless biz

In a major consolidation move by top wireless vendors, Nokia has agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion (€15.6 billion). The deal, if approved, would form a powerhouse to rival Ericsson and Huawei in the global market for telecom equipment.

Rovi integrates natural-language voice-control processing into Dish remotes

After acquiring voice-recognition software startup Veveo for $62 million 14 months ago, Rovi announced a major sale of the technology, embedding it into the video products of Dish Network.

Karmazin: CBS and Time Warner Inc. need to merge

The best corporate marriage in the media business right now would be a merger of CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc. So says former CBS Corp. and SiriusXM Radio boss Mel Karmazin, who, although retired from the big-media world he helped rule not too long ago, remains vital and very much engaged in the media business.