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Driven by MSO deals, TiVo surpassed 5.1M subs in fiscal Q3

Driven by burgeoning partnerships with U.S. cable operators, TiVo added 328,000 news subscribers in its fiscal third quarter, upping its customer base to 5.1 million.

4K TV shipments spiked 500% in Q3 to 3M, DisplaySearch says

Driven by downward price pressure, shipments of 4K televisions spiked 500 percent year over year in the third quarter, exceeding an all-time high of 3 million.

BlackArrow CEO Dean Denhart steps down

BlackArrow, a leader in advanced advertising services for the pay-TV industry, has announced the departure of Dean Denhart as CEO after seven years in the role.

CBS and Dish still talking, sign another extension agreement

CBS Corp. announced that it has once again extended a just-expired retrans deal with Dish Network, giving the satellite operator until Tuesday to come to terms before executing a blackout.

Franchise agreement portends Google Fiber's entry into Nashville

Is Google Fiber coming to Nashville? That's the well-founded speculation after the high-speed Internet operator signed a franchise agreement in Tennesee. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has a complete report here.

Thanksgiving publishing break

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, FierceCable will not be publishing its regular newsletter issue on Thursday, Nov. 27 or Friday, Nov. 28. We will be back in your inbox on Monday, Dec. 1. Happy Thanksgiving!

Cablevision accuses NYC Mayor and CWA of 'scheming' in secret meeting

The New York Department of Investigation (DOI) has accused New York Mayor Bill de Blasio of improperly conducting a secret meeting with unionized Cablevision workers at a public school.

SlingTV gets nifty YouTube integration

Looking to enhance its user experience with the power of YouTube, Sling Media has integrated a contextual overlay feature that delivers relevant video snippets to compliment whatever programming the user might be consuming at the time.

DOCSIS 3.0 channel shipments stay strong at 1.2M in Q3, up 95% year-over-year

Displaying the continued strength of the cable broadband market, global shipments of DOCSIS 3.0 channels remained at around 1.2 million for the third quarter, down only very slightly from their record high in Q2 and up 95 percent year over year.

DirecTV: 'We could integrate a FanDuel or DraftKings into' NFL Sunday Ticket

DirecTV is looking to enhance a key feature to its pricey NFL Sunday Ticket package by possibly partnering--or perhaps acquiring--one of the fast-growing daily fantasy sports league operators.

ESPN taking a hard look at a la carte ... for cricket

Giving serious thought to a la carte models that won't disrupt its existing U.S. pay-TV business, ESPN is examining the possible launch of an OTT service for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

As AWS-3 bidding hits $34B question becomes, what's Dish doing?

Now that the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction has raised more than $34 billion in provisional winning bids, a great deal of attention is turning to the role Dish Network may be playing in the bidding--and what the company might do with any spectrum it winds up with once the auction ends. FierceWireless' Phil Goldstein examines the satellite operator's strategy in this report.

Key Congressional committee members invest in Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, report says

Members of Congress serving on subcommittees charged with legislating the Internet are invested in major broadband service providers including Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, some of them with significant holdings.

They're Cooked: The top pay-TV turkeys of 2014

Much as we see our family members' foibles, we see the biggest strategic blunders in pay-TV this year in the same way--not as a chance to pick on operators' decisions, good or bad, but to analyze their mistakes and determine how to avoid similar problems. Here are the five biggest pay-TV turkeys of 2014, in all their glorious plumage.

Ovation CEO Segars: Comcast-TWC merger is 'unequivocal win' for programmers

Flying in the face of rampant dissent toward the deal among programmers, Ovation CEO Charles Segars blogged strident support for the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

PON revenue outpaced DSL declines in Q3, Infonetics says

PON-equipment vendors may have seen a good revenue uptick in the third quarter of 2014, but the overall global broadband-aggregation-equipment market declined to $2 billion, according to Infonetics.

Amazon set to launch ad-based streaming-video platform, NY Post reports

Citing its usual assortment of unnamed sources, the New York Post reports that Amazon is on the cusp of launching an advertising-supported over-the-top service.

Dish sees third carriage tiff heat up as four more Comcast RSNs threaten to go dark

Already in various states of impasse with Turner Networks and CBS Corp. over program-rights renewals, Dish Network is facing the prospect of four Comcast-owned regional sports networks going dark on its service during the first week of December.

Verizon extends free Netflix triple-play promotion nationwide

After a limited trial in New York City, Verizon has expanded an aggressive triple-play promotion that offers new FiOS voice, data and TV subscribers a $150 Visa gift card and a free year of Netflix.

Appeals court blocks FCC from sharing program-deal info

Siding with a group of major programmers, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has blocked the FCC from publicly disclosing information about deals between pay-TV operators and networks as part of its ongoing merger reviews.