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Brexit could impact US TV productions like 'Game of Thrones' that film in the UK

Brexit, the now-approved measure for Great Britain to leave the European Union, could end up impacting the U.K.'s TV and film business.

Dish uses Senate hearings to blast broadcasters over blackouts

During a Senate hearing Thursday aimed at questioning pay-TV operators about customer service, Dish Network used the occasion to take another shot at broadcasters and blackouts caused by retransmission disputes.

Massachusetts official backs Comcast cable over fiber for rural expansion project

The commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications Cable is throwing her support to Comcast cable over another fiber-based proposal in a battle to win state grants for rural broadband expansion.

Discovery Channel is cord-cutters' favorite cable network, according to survey

Maybe it's because Shark Week is right around the corner, but Discovery Channel could be seeing blood in the OTT water if a recent survey is any indication about the network's popularity with non-pay-TV subscribers.

New Charter expected to lose 40,000 video subs, gain 248,000 broadband subs in solid Q2 performance

New Charter, the newly formed cable behemoth combining Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network, is expected to have a messy second-quarter due to integration. But at least one analyst firm is expecting a solid performance from the company and an improvement over the year-ago quarter.

Comcast's Q2 video subscriber numbers should benefit from Verizon strike, analyst says

Comcast's second-quarter video and broadband subscriber number estimates got a slight bump from Jefferies analysts, who credited the increase in part to Verizon's now-resolved wireline worker strike with the CWA and IBEW unions.

Comcast, Charter, others under fire at Senate hearing; reports blast cable, satellite customer service

The cable and satellite TV industries came under heavy fire today during a Senate hearing on customer service and billing in the industry, an event underscored by the release of a pair of lengthy Senate investigations into the issues. Executives from Comcast, Charter Communications and other providers sought to downplay and deflect criticisms of their business practices, while also acknowledging they have work to do to improve their practices and reputations.

Altice's Drahi hints at original programming plans, will bring i24 News to U.S. market

Fresh off the closure of his blockbuster $17.7 billion acquisition of Cablevision, Altice's Patrick Drahi said he will bring the company's Israeli news channel, i24 News, to the U.S. market within the next year.

FCC's Wheeler may bow to pressure, could change 'Unlock the Box' set-top proposal

There appear to be growing cracks in FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's "Unlock the Box" proposal, such that he may consider changes to the effort following growing support for the alternative "Ditch the Box" effort backed by AT&T, Comcast and others.

Comcast acquires Xfinity Home vendor Icontrol Networks, will maintain Austin offices

Comcast announced today it purchased Icontrol Networks Inc., an Austin, Texas-based company that developed key technologies for Comcast's Xfinity Home service. The company said the Icontrol employees in Austin joining Comcast "will make up a new Comcast engineering center of excellence in Austin that can take advantage of the great energy and talent that city has to offer."

ACA says satellite, cable providers should pay equal regulatory fees

The American Cable Association is calling on the FCC to make satellite providers like Dish Network and DirecTV pay the same amount in regulatory fees as other MVPDs.

Viacom's first-ever direct-to-consumer SVOD app is BET Play

Viacom announced the international launch of BET Play, the programmer's first-ever direct-to-consumer, subscription video on demand (SVOD) service.

Netflix price hike could help raise $500M, but could also spark subscriber churn

Netflix is starting to raise rates on grandfathered subscription prices in the U.S. by as much as $2, from $7.99 or $8.99 to the current price of $9.99. That move could score the SVOD provider up to another $520 million per year in additional revenue, according to a Nomura Securities report.

Verizon moves Go90 onto Verizon Digital Media Services to fix early technical issues

Verizon has completely moved its Go90 video service onto its Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS) platform, the company confirmed to FierceCable.

Tribune: Dish constantly puts itself before needs of its subscribers

Dish Network this week filed lawsuits against Tribune Broadcasting and Tower Distribution, owner of WGN, over a blackout affecting 42 stations in 33 markets. Tribune responded by calling the lawsuits "frivolous" and accusing Dish of always putting itself before the needs of its subscribers.

Google says pay-TV's set-top proposal alternative is a 'constructive effort'

Google appears to be showing some support for a pay-TV group's recently proposed alternative to FCC Chairman's "Unlock the Box" set-top proposal.

Altice CEO: Drahi's comments about firing people were 'misinterpreted'

Before officially closing its acquisition of Cablevision, Altice was under some fire regarding comments that founder and controlling shareholder Patrick Drahi made about job cuts and not liking to pay big salaries. When questioned about the comments by CNBC's David Faber, Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei said Drahi's comments have been a "little misinterpreted."

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman makes his case for keeping his job

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman is fighting to keep his position as Sumner Redstone moved to remove Dauman and four other Viacom Board members amid shareholder cries for management change.

Big Ten scores ESPN, FOX Sports TV deal worth $2.64B over next six years

ESPN, CBS and FOX Sports are shelling out $2.64 billion over the next six years to the Big Ten NCAA college football conference, triple the amount they're currently paying, according to Recode, which cited a Sports Business Journal report.

Verizon updates Go90, adds large screen casting, ditches registration to watch

Verizon said it is updating its Go90 online video platform to offer a number of new features, including the ability to cast Go90 to larger screens via set-top devices like Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Verizon also added curated networks including Action, Comedy, Drama and Reality for users to explore.

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