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TWC bill goes viral: What cable can learn from celebrities in the age of social media

Just as athletes, actors and other celebrities have to deal with a new code of conduct in a world in which words, images and video travel fast, pay-TV providers are finding that their misdeeds and customer unfriendly billing practices can assume an exaggerated presence on the Internet.

Liberty Global effectively splits company with introduction of Latin America tracking stock

Liberty Global said it will introduce a new tracking stock for its Latin American operations, splitting trading of its European cable operations and Latin American and Caribbean media businesses.

DirecTV techs file 24 labor complaints in last 7 days, report says

Employees of companies that perform technical work for DirecTV have filed two dozen federal lawsuits in the last seven days, arguing that they should treated as employees of the satellite operator.

What's Roku up to? Company raises another $25M

Streaming video company Roku revealed in SEC documents that it has raised an additional $25 million in private funding, putting its total backing at $153.1 million.

Comcast video sub losses fall to 81K, best Q3 performance in 7 years

Comcast reported third-quarter net income of $2.6 billion on revenue of $16.8 billion, up 4 percent year over year. Revenue from cable operations spiked 5.2 percent, with TV subscribers decreasing 81,000 for the quarter, down 36 percent from the 127,000 lost in Q3 2013.

As video service margins degrade, cable moves into the uncharted opportunity of carrier-grade Wi-Fi

The lightning-quick emergence of cable's carrier-grade Wi-Fi business is well timed, given the ongoing degradation of the business that built the cable industry, video services. Analysts predict cable Wi-Fi will grow, in about three years time, to become the primary mobile network, ahead of cellular. But what will the economics of these networks look like?

Cable sees big future in Wi-Fi as video gives way to OTT, high programming costs

The year 2014 will probably be remembered as one of the most transformational in the history of the cable business--and that's besides the huge pending mergers. While the sustained growth of the once wildly profitable business that built the industry, video services, has begun to give way to over-the-top distribution, a massive opportunity with unknown dimensions has quietly emerged.

AT&T adds 216K U-verse TV subscribers, passes 6M mark

AT&T reported $33 billion in consolidated revenue for the third quarter, up 2.5 percent year-to-year but missing investor forecasts by about $240 million. U-verse TV subscribers spiked at 216,000 in Q2, and U-verse high-speed Internet customers increased by 601,000.

Doing the forensics on online video's 'Boneyard': Why did platforms like Redbox Instant die so young?

Redbox Instant. Justin.TV. Xbox Studios. For every Netflix or Hulu, there's an online video programmer that started out with ambitious next-generation audience-building goals, but ended up in the "Boneyard" of failed next-generation programming initiatives.

Fast-growing SVOD won't displace pay-TV but will cut into premium services, Gartner predicts

Pay-TV remains the biggest segment on the overall consumer video services market, but it's masking an incendiary spending rise for SVOD services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Suddenlink adds another non-Viacom network, Sony Movie Channel

Seeming to further distance itself from a program renewal deal with Viacom, Suddenlink has signed yet another carriage agreement with a smaller programming network, putting Sony Movie Channel on its program guide.

FCC pauses shot clock on AT&T-DirecTV merger, as Andreessen and Cuban offer their support

While that other big proposed pay-TV mega-merger has seen increasing amounts of flak thrown at it via FCC filings, the suggested union of AT&T and DirecTV seems to be mounting powerful backers in the media technology world.

Ergen 'digging his heels' in on 'now expendable' CNN, report says

With CNN's ratings hitting record lows recently, Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen is using licensing renewal negotiations with Turner Networks to scale back on smaller services.

TWC rolls out six-tuner Arris DVR in NYC, L.A.

Time Warner Cable has officially entered the era of digital video recorder excess, announcing the rollout of its six-tuner, 1-terabyte DVR in New York and Los Angeles.

Running the numbers on a la carte vs. pay-TV

Fresh off last week's big a la carte programming announcements from HBO and CBS, gleeful cord cutters are crunching the numbers, adding up the monthly bills on the SVOD series they'll need to once and for all ditch that dreaded cable bill. As TV News Check shows, you can cobble quite a few of these services together and still come out way ahead in terms of the average monthly pay-TV bill.

Nielsen teams with Adobe, tries to finally get cross-platform measurement right

Further upping the ante in the race to measure TV audiences, Nielsen has announced a partnership with Adobe to create a new cross-platform tool for tallying online TV and other digital content, slated for release in 2015.

TV Everywhere use surges: authenticated viewing jumped 388% in Q2, Adobe says

Buoyed by a flurry of high-usage global sports events, TV Everywhere viewing surged in the second quarter, with Adobe measuring a 388 percent uptick in authenticated online video watching over Q2 2013.

Dish pulls CNN, Cartoon Network, other Turner channels

Dish Network has taken CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and half a dozen other Turner Networks channels off its program guide after reaching an impasse in program licensing renewal talks.

Shammo: Verizon will increase FiOS video rates in Q4 to offset rise in content costs

Verizon Communications plans to increase the price of its FiOS Video service in the fourth quarter to offset the hike in content licensing fees that will go into effect Jan. 1, said a top executive today.  Speaking to investors during Verizon's third quarter earnings call, company EVP and CFO Fran Shammo said that the FiOS Video price hike is something the company did in fourth quarter 2013 and it will do again in 2014.

FX launches authenticated SVOD-plus platform, SimpsonsWorld.com

Continuing its latest blitz to monetize its 552-episode large, 25-years-old classic animated series, The Simpsons, Fox's FX Networks will launch on Tuesday a comprehensive online platform dedicated to all things Springfield.