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AT&T's U-verse TV growth slows to 73K subscribers in Q4

AT&T reported the addition of 73,000 U-verse TV subscribers in the fourth quarter, a significant decline from the 194,000 added in the same period of 2013. In its full year and Q4 earnings call with investors Tuesday, the conglomerate attributed the decline to a "strategic move to improve profitability" by concentrating on subscribers with lower churn rates.

Cox raises rates by 4% starting in March

Cox Communications has become the latest major pay-TV operator to raise consumer prices, upping monthly subscriber fees by $1 to $6, depending on the service package.

Charter promotes DiGeronimo to EVP of product strategy

Charter Communications has promoted Rich DiGeronimo to executive vice president, product and strategy. DiGeronimo, who had served at the senior VP level since 2011, will continue to report to Charter COO John Bickham.

Imagine adds dynamic ad insertion capabilities with RGB Networks acquisition

Imagine Communications is adding a dynamic ad insertion component to its online video infrastructure portfolio, acquiring RGB Networks for an undisclosed amount. Terms of the purchase, which was announced at Imagine's Global Sales Summit on Monday, were not announced. FierceOnlineVideo has a full overview of this story here.

The NFL, pay-TV's priciest content, comes to YouTube

Google struck a  multimillion-dollar licensing deal to put National Football League game clips, interviews, TV series including pay-TV staple A Football Life, and fantasy-themed shows on a new NFL YouTube channel.

Report: Comcast ghost-writing pro merger letters from politicians to FCC

Letters from politicians to the FCC supporting Comcast's purchase of Time Warner Cable have been ghostwritten by Comcast PR executives, according to The Verge.

Wireless biz should look past Freewheel's limitations and into Dolan's beady eyes

Don't expect the announcement of Cablevision's Freewheel Wi-Fi-only phone service  to spin Randall Stephenson into reenacting the bunker scene from Downfall when AT&T delivers its fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday afternoon. Freewheel is not a threat of any kind to the incumbent wireless industry.

Brian Roberts called Barack Obama, tried to talk him out of Title II proposal

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called a top Obama aide late last year in an unsuccessful attempt to dissuade the President from endorsing strident Title II-based Internet regulation.

NCTA calls 25 Mbps broadband definition excessive in FCC filing

The National Cable Telecommunications Association has written the FCC, calling a proposed redefinition of broadband to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream excessive.

FiOS Quantum gateway users get new parental controls, guest Wi-Fi features

Verizon is offering customers who use its FiOS Quantum Gateway a suite of guest Wi-Fi and enhanced parental controls.

Early Sling TV reviews: Technologically solid, but the programming is for geezers

Dish Network made its new over-the-top streaming service, Sling TV, available for select tech bloggers and media journalists last week, who seemed to arrive at rather unified conclusions: The technology works great, but the programming is not going to appeal to millennial-aged consumers.

Cable will begin to reclaim video share from satellite in 2015, analyst predicts

Take that, cool, well-adjusted, normal-armed, DirecTV subscriber Rob Lowe: Media analyst Craig Moffett predicts that starting this year, cable will reverse a decade-long trend of losing video market share to satellite.

Cablevision launches Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service

Cablevision announced it will launch a mobile phone service using its Wi-Fi network, making it the first cable MSO to do so.  The no-contract service will cost just $9.95 for current Cablevision broadband customers and $29.95 for non-customers.

Bad timing? TWC tops in Better Business Bureau complaints in Charlotte

It's just a regional snapshot, but the latest news out of the Better Business Bureau in Charlotte, N.C., isn't going to burnish the fractured customer service reputation of Time Warner Cable.

AT&T pondering name change for DirecTV post-purchase

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says AT&T is currently reviewing a major branding change for DirecTV, as federal regulators finish off their own review of the telco's purchase of the pay-TV operator.

Proposed Senate bill targets municipal broadband restrictions

Three Democratic Senators have developed a new bill to overturn existing state laws banning or restricting cities and towns from building their own broadband networks. The bill, called the Community Broadband Act, was jointly developed by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). FierceTelecom has a complete breakdown of the news here.

NBC stations refuse to air Comcast attack ad from conservative PAC

NBC stations in five election "battleground" states have refused to air a two-minute commercial from a conservative political action committee attacking parent conglomerate Comcast for alleged liberal bias.

Suddenlink (finally) signs deal for Showtime Anytime platform

Several years after the debut of the premium cable channel's TV Everywhere platform, Suddenlink Communications has announced a deal to support Showtime Anytime.

SNL Kagan: sports cost growth to accelerate to 7.3% from 2014-18

For pay-TV operators, fast-growing sports program licensing costs are about to expand even faster. According to new data released by SNL Kagan, the cost of licensing sports networks will rise by 7.3 percent over the next five years. That compares to a 5.3 percent expansion over the previous five years.

Illinois court: Dish violated FTC telemarketing rules 'tens of millions' of times

Dish Network continues to face federal flack for its telemarketing practices. The latest blow came from federal court in Springfield, Ill., which found Dish liable for "tens of millions" of calls that violated the Federal Trade Commission's Telemarketing Sales Rule.