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Media pundit takes down analyst for 'anti-cable-and-broadcast and pro-disruption agenda'

Very quotable BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield is no stranger to media-technology-focused publications, including FierceCable. Not one to shy from a quotable, high-profile position in the media zeitgeist himself, media pundit Michael Wolff penned what essentially amounts to a 1,334-word takedown of Greenfield in this week's Hollywood Reporter.

Comcast rolls customers from new streaming services into video adds, Sling style

While Comcast made noise last week in announcing its best video subscriber performance in nine years, it quietly furthered an emerging trend in the pay-TV business -- that is, the practice of rolling customer acquisitions from fledgling streaming operations into one big video customer number.

USTelecom drops out of anti-Charter mergers group Stop Mega Cable Coalition

USTelecom said that it is dropping out of the Stop Mega Cable Coalition, less than a month after formation of the group, which is intended to halt Charter Communication's takeovers of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

NYC lobbies against Altice-Cablevision deal at state Public Service Commission

New York City officials said they have "serious concern" over the proposed $17.7 billion takeover of Cablevision by Europe's Altice NV.

Wheeler: AT&T taking set-top debate to 'the extremes'

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler shot back at an AT&T blog post he said takes the debate over his new set-top box proposal to "the extremes."

Critics poke holes in math behind Wheeler's set-top proposal

Critics are taking to task the math behind FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to "unlock" the pay-TV set-top leasing business.

Comcast's wireless flirtation is being closely scrutinized by spending-cautious investors

Investors and analysts are concerned about the level of capital spending potentially involved with Comcast's entry into the wireless business, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

Leichtman: 81% of U.S. households have DVR, Netflix or some other on-demand viewing option

About 81 percent of U.S. households have a DVR, subscribe to Netflix or use an on-demand service from a pay-TV operator, according to a new Leichtman Research Group (LRG) report.

Charter still figuring out Spectrum Guide rollout strategy

Charter Communications shed light on its plans to roll out its Spectrum Guide cloud-based user interface, not just across its own footprint, but those of soon-to-be acquired cable systems for Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Cox reaches retrans deal with Nexstar, restores Super Bowl in Las Vegas

Cox Communications has agreed to terms on a new broadcast retransmission deal with Nexstar Broadcasting Group, ending a five-day blackout that threatened to pre-empt the Super Bowl in several markets, including Las Vegas.

Senators take Comcast, other MSOs to task for modem leasing

With the FCC moving on the issue of pay-TV set-top leasing, six U.S. Senators have turned their attention to another consumer CPE expense, cable modems.

Verizon, Consolidated and CenturyLink: How did their networks perform in Q4?

Network latency, throughput and availability all have a direct impact on how well operators are able to serve their customers. Thanks to a partnership with Cedexis, FierceTelecom is shedding some light on how the top seven U.S. wireline networks performed in these areas in the fourth quarter.

Redstone resigns as chairman of Viacom and CBS, but isn't going away

Sumner Redstone has resigned from his positions as chairman of both CBS Corp. and Viacom. CBS CEO Les Moonves will take over as chairman of CBS Corp., while Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman will assume the chairmanship at his company.

Comcast: Better 'segmenting' of video consumers has returned the MSO to growth

With Comcast reporting its best quarterly video subscriber metrics in nearly a decade Wednesday, one word that came up a lot during the company's earnings call was "segmenting."

Cord cutting overblown? 6 leading pay-TV operators add 37K video subs in 2015

With fourth quarter earnings reported for six leading pay-TV platforms, it appears the business could actually finish with customer growth this year despite ample hand-wringing over cord cutting.

Charter adds 11K subs in 2015, declares no rate increases for 2016

After growing its video subscriber base for the first time in over a decade, Charter Communications said it will be the only major operator not to raise customer pricing in 2016.

CBS works to conquer live-streaming tech issues as watershed Super Bowl event nears

As the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos work to refine their offensive and defensive schemes ahead of Super Bowl 50, so does CBS in regard to its live-streaming technology.

Netflix product chief: 'HDR is more visibly different than 4K'

Giving a clear indication of the shift occurring in the evolution of display technology, Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt said high dynamic range (HDR) is now a greater industry priority than 4K.

CableLabs rebrands NetworkFX spin-off into 'Kyrio'

CableLabs has rebranded its three-year-old for-profit, security-focused spin-off subsidiary, NetworkFX, into the more broadly skewing "Kyrio."

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