Google's Chromecast was the world's top streaming device in Q3, Strategy Analytics says

Google's dongle-sized Chromecast was the top streaming device in terms of worldwide sales in the third quarter, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, capturing 35 percent of global revenue.

Cable business services revenue up 20% to $12 billion, analyst says

Revenue from MSO business services divisions is set to finish 2015 up 20 percent year-over-year to $12 billion, according to report from Zacks Equity Research.

DirecTV to deliver live 4K in early 2016, company exec says

DirecTV is currently testing live UltraHD sports transmission and expects to have a live 4K service sometime "early in 2016," according to Phil Goswitz, senior VP of video and space communications for the satellite TV operator.

Dish targets Charter-Bright House deal in latest FCC filing

Now averaging about one ex parte filing a week, Dish Network targeted the Bright House Networks piece of Charter Communications' aggressive cable acquisition spree in its latest query to the FCC.

Shentel says AMC is looking for 379% fee increase from NCTC operators

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) is the latest NCTC member company to pipe up about stalled carriage renewal talks with AMC Networks, accusing the programmer of seeking an excessive 379 percent fee increase over its current contract.

From DAI to programmatic: Why advanced advertising is giving pay-TV operators a reason to stay in the video biz

In television's most disrupted hour, pay-TV operators are in a prime position to not only control the broadband infrastructure that will transport the video of the future, but also to facilitate the advanced advertising schemes that will support it. "We don't report it publicly, but over the last 18 months, [serving national advertisers with addressable data from set-tops] has grown to be pretty big part of our data business," said Ben Tatta, president of Cablevision Media Sales. "We're now able to offer advertisers much more granular measurement, and it's opened up opportunities we haven't had before."

SCTE names Comcast exec Chris Bastian as new CTO

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has named veteran Comcast executive Chris Bastian as its new senior VP and CTO, replacing Daniel Howard, who shifted to an org fellow position back in February.

Operators ponder potential pot of gold with advanced advertising services

As TV viewers atomize amid proliferate on-demand programming choices, and networks, advertisers and audience researchers desperately try to keep up with it all, pay-TV companies are finding themselves in a unquietly advantageous position.

ACA lauds FCC's pole-attachment ruling

The American Cable Association has applauded the FCC for adopting an order that brings parity to the amounts that telcos, wireless carriers and cable companies pay to attach equipment to uility poles.

Cable broadband penetration and pricing both set to rise, bullish analyst says

Count NewStreet Research's Jonathan Chaplin as a cable industry bull. In his latest report to shareholders, the analyst predicted that cable broadband penetration into U.S. homes, and pricing for broadband services, will both rise markedly in the near future. 

Advanced search makes customers more likely to stick with incumbent pay-TV service, Digitalsmiths says

Nearly half of survey respondents who said they're likely to make a change to their existing pay-TV service in the coming six months said they'd stick with their incumbent video operator if that company somehow made it easier for them to find something they'd like to watch.

MLB Advanced Media to collect 4% of media rights deals for baseball streaming on Fox RSNs

Major League Baseball Advanced Media will indeed handle the technical execution of authenticated live-streaming of MLB games on 21st Century Fox-owned regional sports networks, starting next year.

Comcast dispute with YES boils down to 'most-favored nation' clause, WSJ says

An impasse between Comcast and a regional sports network (RSN) carrying the Yankees boils down to the intricacies of so-called "most-favored nation" contract language being included in a renewal deal, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Amazon looking to bundle other streaming services into Prime

Amazon is close to bundling other streaming services into its Prime Instant Video subscription product, Bloomberg reported. 

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Report: Verizon enables full streaming of DVR content outside the home

Verizon is releasing an upgraded mobile app that enables streaming of all DVR content outside the home, reports media tech blogger David Zatz.

ESPN taking a $900M hit from reduced subscriber reach, analyst says

A steep drop in subscribers over the last two years has resulted in a $900 million annual hit to ESPN's bottom line. That's the conclusion of hedge fund manager Eric Jackson, who used his "Tech and Media" newsletter to showcase some pretty compelling data from 10-K filings to the Security Exchange Commission rendered by ESPN's parent company, Walt Disney.

Cox failed to stop music copyright infringement, judge rules

In a ruling that could open the door to other copyright infringement suits against cable operators and other ISPs, a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., has sided with music companies in a suit against Cox Communications.

Operators carefully vet installers following contractor crime wave

Do a Google search with the basic term "pay-TV installer," and you'll get a veritable rap sheet of recent crime reports by pay-TV customers involving installation contractors.

TiVo adds an all-time-best 418K MSO subs in Q3

TiVo said it added 418,000 subscriptions through cable operators in the third quarter, its best third-quarter performance in that area ever.