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Robbing Comcast to pay Netflix: The surprisingly high cost of cutting the cord

You did it, fashionably bearded millennial consumer. You unscrewed that coax from the cable box and stuck it straight into the eye of the man! Now it's time reap the savings reward, right? Not so fast.

SCTE expands engineering committee to 15 members, gets ANSI reaccreditation

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced Thursday that his has expanded its engineering committee to 15 members. The org also announced the reaccreditation of its standards program by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Netflix goes into damage control mode after CFO calls net neutrality rules too strong

Netflix issued a statement Wednesday reiterating its support for the FCC's newly codified net neutrality guidelines after one of the SVOD company's top executives seemed to backtrack from the company's earlier stated position.

Carey: Fox readying OTT platforms, says TV Everywhere 'not anywhere near where it should be'

With the pay-TV industry still struggling to fill rights holes on TV Everywhere, 21st Century Fox COO Chase Carey said his conglomerate is looking to sate the multiscreen lust of its audience by launching direct-to-consumer SVOD services.

ACA looking to go it alone as it pursues litigation against FCC on Title II plan

American Cable Association president and CEO Matthew Polka said his trade group is looking into possible litigation against the FCC over its just-codified net neutrality regulations. But the trade group will not partner with any other entities in pursuit of legal recourse.

Rumor mill: 'HBO Now' will launch as a $15-a-month a la carte service in April

HBO's new a la carte service reportedly will be called "HBO Now," and it will launch next month, amid the April 12 season premiere of series hit Game of Thrones, with a $15-a-month price tag.

Comcast handles its 'Tonight Show' viewing problem with new NBCU comedy SVOD service

At Comcast's fourth-quarter earnings call on Feb. 24, Steve Burke, CEO of the conglomerate's NBCUniversal division, said that as much as 70 percent of viewing for NBC's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is done digitally and goes unmonetized.

TVE buildout goes on: FiOS Mobile app adds 5 Fox channels, TWC TV hits Xbox One

Continuing to complete an infinitely complex web of multiscreen rights deals that probably should have happened several years ago, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and HBO all announced key TV Everywhere agreements Tuesday.

TiVo reports 40% rise in MSO subs, but cord-cutting Roamio OTA sales drive revenue

In the pitched battle raging between incumbent pay-TV operators and insurgent OTT services, TiVo continues to profit quite nicely from playing Switzerland.

Charter more ready than ever to go after TWC if Comcast can't close deal, Liberty's Maffei says

Charter's top executives are still working to uphold their end of the complex three-way deal built around the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. But if federal regulators don't approve that deal this spring, Charter executives say they are even more ready than before Comcast proposed the marriage to swoop in and buy TWC themselves.

Dish takes AMC, Encore live on Sling, enables Showtime Anytime on core service

Dish Network made a series of moves Tuesday that are bound to please its multiscreen enthusiast customers.

Comcast's Angelakis: Wi-Fi tech needs to evolve before fancy new products are launched

A week after Comcast executives insisted that it's "premature" to discuss new products and services that leverage the company's burgeoning Wi-Fi network, Comcast vice chairman and CFO Peter Angelakis hammered home the point Tuesday.

Google's Pichai: Company will launch MVNO in coming months

Speaking in Barcelona Monday at Mobile World Congress 2015, Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed that the search giant will launch a mobile virtual network operator in the U.S. on a limited basis in "the coming months" to spur innovation in the wireless market.

Pay-TV sub losses accelerated to 125K in 2014, Leichtman says

The 13 largest pay-TV operators lost 125,000 subscribers in 2014, up from 95,000 in 2013, according to new data released Tuesday by Leichtman Research Group.

Synacor enlists Comcast's thePlatform to form end-to-end multiscreen solution

Multiscreen tech company Synacor announced an agreement with Comcast-owned online video subsidiary thePlatform to provide crucial technology for an end-to-end multiscreen solution for pay-TV operators, programmers and OTT video companies.

Rumor mill: Cablevision's Dolan exploring NY Daily News purchase

Cablevision and Madison Square Garden Company CEO James Dolan have enlisted a team of bankers to explore the possibility of buying the New York Daily News, rival publication the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Moonves: 'A smaller bundle is a very good thing'

Once again proving he can be counted on as a maverick voice for counterintuitive perspectives, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves says he supports smaller programming bundles.

Video business power players: Executives to watch in 2015

Who are the fresh-faced young go-getters who are leading, more behind the scenes at this point, the innovation needed to transform the industry for the digital era? Who are the rising executive stars of the TV video business? FierceCable profiles five leaders who are taking their companies to the next level.

Charter rebrands biz unit as Spectrum Business, splits enterprise, SMB units

After splitting its business services division into two units, small-to-medium and larger-enterprise, Charter has rebranded the operations as "Spectrum Business."

AT&T, Verizon say net neutrality rules will neutralize Internet innovation

The FCC is putting place strident new regulation on wireless and wireline networks in order to stop such practices as throttling traffic and coercing video programmers to make interconnection agreements. However, telco giants AT&T and Verizon say the FCC's new net neutrality rules will merely drive up consumer costs and stifle private investment into networks.