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Amazon, HBO sign exclusive multiyear content deal

Online video has become a Wild West shootout with new media company gunslingers battling to sign programmers to long-term deals. The latest winner in the battle--although the war has just begun--is Amazon, which signed an exclusive multiyear online deal with HBO.

Time Warner Cable ready to offer up Fan TV

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About a year after its launch, Fan TV has snared a big cable operator to push out its live TV and streaming content service--at least for the time being. Time Warner Cable said that it will launch Fan TV to its video subscribers starting in the second quarter of this year. As with all things TWC, however, that could be subject to change if and when Comcast acquires the nation's second biggest MSO for $45.2 billion.

Dish Network could start Internet TV service by late summer

Dish Network hopes to be online and running with an Internet TV service as early as this summer, Bloomberg reports.

Rumor mill: Charter 'near deal' to get 1.5M subs from Comcast

Charter Communications is reportedly in line to get 1.5 million Comcast subscribers and a stake in a newly formed company that Comcast would spin off if it acquires Time Warner Cable.

Time Warner Cable boosts broadband speeds in Los Angeles, NYC

Time Warner Cable announced plans to launch 300 Mbps service to customers in several New York City and Los Angeles communities where it has completed network upgrades.

AT&T adds 200K U-verse video subs in Q1

AT&T continues to make inroads with U-verse. The company added 200,000 U-verse video subscribers in the first quarter of 2014 and noted that churn for the product is very low. In addition, AT&T touted the fact that U-verse is now a $14 billion annualized revenue stream for the company, growing at almost 30 percent year-over year.

AT&T, Chernin teaming up on $500M OTT play

Cable operators who might be laser-focused on keeping customers from fleeing to Netflix have just gotten a bigger headache. AT&T and The Chernin Group say they're putting $500 million into a joint venture to "acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top video services."

Comcast execs create, deflate Wi-Fi mobile network speculation

Comcast executives teased analysts with comments that made it seem as if the company's expanded Wi-Fi network--and the potential Time Warner Cable add-on--would be the gateway to a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile service.

Buffalo officials, residents want Verizon to change its FiOS course

Elected officials in the Buffalo region of New York have an uphill task if they expect Verizon to change its mind about adding new FiOS markets. Nevertheless, Assemblyman Sean Ryan and State Sen. Timothy Kennedy want the service in Buffalo and other local communities.

Comcast adds 24K video subscribers, bucking downward trend

Comcast's do-everything X1 platform must be doing something right. The country's top MSO says it added 24,000 video customers in the first quarter of 2014, marking the second straight quarter with video customer gains and bucking an industry trend going in the opposite direction.

Surveys say most people still like their live TV linear

Despite a plethora of connected devices both within and outside the home, most people want to watch live TV on their TV, a pair of reports has concluded.

Netflix opposes Comcast-TWC merger, raises subscription by up to $2 in some markets

Netflix executives have come out of the shadows and admitted they oppose the idea of Comcast acquiring Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion because the combined company would control too much of the nation's high-speed broadband capacity.

AT&T ready to launch ultra-fast broadband in up to 100 cities

Communities that fit the bill might be in line for U-verse ultra-fast broadband from AT&T. The carrier said it's looking at up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities, including 21 major metropolitan areas, as places to put its U-verse GigaPower service with broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps.

Samsung facility fire temporarily dumbs down smart TVs

An electrical fire at a Samsung subsidiary facility in Gwacheon, South Korea temporarily knocked the smarts out of the company's smart TVs and left them presenting error messages to viewers.

Disney riding high on cable networks, online offerings

The Walt Disney Co., with a portfolio at least as diversified as Comcast, is riding high on its cable TV networks and the initial online offerings of ESPN as the company takes those networks in a new direction.

Comcast expected to ride Internet and sports to Q1 gains, but analysts wary of TWC merger

Comcast will rely on two of its strengths--super-fast broadband and televised sports via its NBCUniversal group--to deliver "significantly higher" first quarter earnings, analysts predict ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.

Muni broadband support flaring up again as digital divide widens

With the digital divide now spanning gigabits as opposed to megabits, the idea of community broadband--also known as municipal broadband, a way for municipalities to drive broadband into lightly serviced areas, is again flaring up across the country.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable reportedly discuss selling subscribers to Charter

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have reportedly entered talks to determine how to sell off up to 5 million subscribers to Charter Communications. The selloff is worth potentially $20 billion or more, based on recent valuations.

Arris buys SeaWell Networks, will integrate adaptive bit rate technology

Arris has acquired Mississauga, Ontario-based SeaWell Networks in a move that the company expects will smooth its path to developing products in the emerging IP video delivery space. SeaWell's adaptive bit rate streaming technologies will be integrated into Arris' network and cloud business

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