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Will Verizon and AT&T follow Windstream's REITious path?

Windstream shook the telecom and financial community Tuesday when it announced that it's spinning off some of its network assets into an independent Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), then leasing them back to remove a layer of federal tax liability.

Report: Apple TV upgrade delayed until at least 2015, as content talks stall

Apple's plan to release a major upgrade of its over-the-top device, Apple TV, has apparently hit a snag, with the Cupertino, Calif., technology giant stuck in an impasse on content rights.

DirecTV to be ready for 4K VOD later this year, CEO says

DirecTV will be set up to deliver 4K VOD by the end of this year and will be ready to render live 4K video as soon as 2015, according to the company's president and CEO, Mike White.

CSG re-ups Comcast deal through 2019, takes bigger piece of residential pie from Amdocs

CSG Systems International has announced a renewal of its contract with Comcast through July 2019, a deal that expands the billing and customer care provider's Comcast residential portfolio by approximately 2.3 million subscribers.

Arris smashes investor forecast on Q2 revenue of $1.43B; video set-top/gateway sales spike 8%

Arris Group reported second-quarter revenue of $1.43 billion, up 43 percent year over year, driven by an 8 percent volume rise over Q1 in video set-top/gateway sales and an 11 percent volume rise over the first quarter in sales of broadband devices.

DirecTV close on SEC Network deal, working with NFL, miles apart on SportsNet LA

DirecTV chairman and CEO Mike White said the satellite company has agreed on rates with ESPN/Disney on the soon-to-launch SEC Network regional sports channel, and is "optimistic" about coming to terms with the National Football League by the end of the year for a crucial renewal of the "NFL Sunday Ticket" package.

Verizon, thePlatform team up on new IP video solution

In a rare case of collaboration between communications-industry giants, Verizon Digital Media Services and Comcast subsidiary thePlatform have announced a strategic alliance to create an end-to-end IP video solution.

Parks: Over 45% of U.S. pay-TV subscribers want cloud-based DVR

With the Supreme Court rendering an earlier legal affirmation of cloud-based DVR technology intact, Parks Associates has found that 45 percent of U.S. pay-TV subscribers are interested in such a service.

DirecTV Q2: Latin American sub growth triples thanks to World Cup

Partially driven by rabid World Cup TV consumption in its overseas point of strength, Latin America, DirecTV reported second-quarter earnings growth of 22 percent to $806 million, with revenue increasing 5 percent year-over-year to $8.1 billion and beating analysts' consensus forecast.

TWC to cover 3M customers with 300 Mbps Maxx service by year-end, including Austin

Time Warner Cable plans to speed up its deployment of Maxx, its all-digital DOCSIS 3.0-based high-speed data offering that delivers speeds of up to 300 Mbps. During its second quarter earnings call, CEO Rob Marcus said that the company will deploy Maxx in a number of markets including Austin, Texas; Dallas; Raleigh, N.C.; and San Diego. The company expects to reach 3 million customers with Maxx by year-end and cover 6 million customers by year-end 2015.

Charter Q2: Video subscriber losses slow to 29K

Charter Communications announced a narrowing second-quarter loss on a growing broadband subscriber base and reduced losses among TV video customers.

Barry Diller really is done with Aereo, takes write-down on company

Aereo has pledged to fight on after its landmark Supreme Court defeat in late June, seeking to reclassify itself as a pay-TV operator and obtain a statutory license to retransmit broadcast TV signals. As for the company's primary investor, Barry Diller, it looks like he's done.

Windstream REIT plan kicks up stock price...and possibly a cable industry trend

Windstream Communications sent its stock soaring when it revealed that it's spinning off its copper and fiber network assets into a tax-shielded real estate investment trust, then leasing them back.

Cablevision expands board, adds industry vet Steve Simmons

Cablevision has named longtime cable industry executive Steve Simmons to its board of directors, expanding the panel to 18 members.

Investor's rejection imperils 'Sky Europe' pay-TV giant

Crispin Odey, who manages the hedge fund that's the second biggest investor in Sky Deutschland, and who is also the former son-in-law of Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, has rejected a deal that would create the biggest pay-TV operator in Europe.

Time Warner looks to get bigger HBO revenue cut from pay-TV operators

Under pressure to from investors to wring more revenue out of its crown jewel, Time Warner Inc. will use its upcoming affiliate licensing renewals for HBO to get a bigger cut of the premium channel's revenue from pay-TV operators.

Authentication, awareness are big issues, but TVE must get licensing straightened out first

More than 60 months after Time Warner, Inc. chief Jeff Bewkes and Comcast grand puba Brian Roberts first introduced the broad, sweeping industry-wide initiative known as TV Everywhere, this vital link to pay-TV's future remains a broken web of incomplete rights negotiations.

Four reasons why TV Everywhere isn't ready for prime time: A simple look at a complex problem

More than five years after its introduction, U.S. pay TV's complex multiscreen initiative, TV Everywhere, remains a work in progress. Despite record streaming audiences for the World Cup on ESPN and Univision, the industry is struggling in areas like authentication, audience measurement, and consumer awareness. FierceCable explores four key issues keeping TV from being truly everywhere.

AT&T and Netflix struck interconnection deal in May, companies reveal

That time in early June, when AT&T legislative affairs chief Jim Cicconi zinged Netflix for "double talk" in the net neutrality debate? Just part of the honeymoon, it appears.

Wheeler letter to Marcus urges TWC to clean up its SportsNet LA mess

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has sent a letter to Time Warner Cable chief executive Rob Marcus, demanding he do something--soon--to end a carriage dispute that has blacked out Dodgers baseball games in 70 percent of the Los Angeles market this season.