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Charter's acquisitions make it legit ILEC and CLEC business threat

Charter Communications' $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, and simultaneous $10.4 billion grab of Bright House Networks immediately vaults the company into the No. 2 position among U.S. broadband service providers, and the No. 3 slot for U.S. pay-TV suppliers.

Suddenlink becomes the latest MSO to integrate Hulu

St. Louis-based mid-sized cable operator Suddenlink Communications has become the latest MSO to integrate Hulu into its program guide.

Cable chip supplier Broadcom swallowed up by Singapore's Avago for $37B

The global chipmaking business continued to consolidate Thursday morning, with Singapore's Avago Technologies confirming its $37 billion purchase of Broadcom, a leading supplier of silicon device parts to cable, wireless and other telecom sectors.

Gracenote pays $54M to buy sports data firms, launches Gracenote Sports

Gracenote, a prominent provider of metadata services to the pay-TV industry, has announced the $54 million purchase of to several sports data services and the launch of its new Gracenote Sports division.

Altice's Drahi: 'If I buy five small operators, I can be as big as Time Warner Cable'

European telecom magnate Patrick Drahi told a French parliamentary hearing Wednesday that Charter Communications' $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable is actually a win for his burgeoning Altice SA telecom empire.

Penthera licenses mobile download apps to Charter, TWC, renews Comcast deal

Pittsburgh-based Penthera Partners says it has now licensed its multiscreen video download software to Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable, while renewing its existing deal with Comcast.

Memo to Tom Wheeler regarding Charter-TWC: Hurry it up this time

As Charter's $56.7 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable this week may well prove again, acquisition proposals can take just days to assemble, but the ensuing regulatory angst can be never-ending.

Cisco says 80% of broadband traffic will be video by 2019

The amount of total broadband traffic is set to further skyrocket over the next four years, Cisco says, with new, denser technologies such as 4K/Ultra HD pushing video usage to account for fully 80 percent of all traffic by 2019. FierceOnlineVideo has a report on Cisco's brow-raising revelations right here.

Comcast notifies Atlanta customers of rate hike, says it's just part of earlier announced price increases

Comcast has issued a memo to customers in the Atlanta area, warning them about rate increases set to take effect July 1.

TWC's Marcus set to pocket $85M with analysts predicting smoother regulatory sailing for Charter deal

Forced to lick his financial wounds after the collapse of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal with a relatively pedestrian 2014 salary of just $34.6 million, TWC CEO Rob Marcus can once again sleep soundly, knowing that his retirement savings plan is back on sound footing.

TiVo adds 285K subs in Q1, extends MSO reach to 4.81M

TiVo, which is now the leader in the market for cord-cutting DVRs, continues to play both sides of the disruptor fence, announcing the addition of 285,000 new subscribers in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, most of them coming from MSO relationships.

Mediacom and Viacom strike long-term carriage deal

Viacom has secured an important long-term carriage agreement with a mid-sized cable operator, announcing a pact with New York-based Mediacom Communications Wednesday.

Charter's Rutledge promises to end Dodgers channel impasse in L.A.

Just hours after his company announced its $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Tom Rutledge, Charter Communications' president and CEO promised to end the impasse that has paralyzed TWC's SportsNet LA regional sports network.

DirecTV launches '72 Hour Rewind' feature, aims to compete with Hulu for catch-up viewing

Seeking to turn its on-demand programming into a product feature that can better compete with OTT services like Hulu, DirecTV has officially launched its "72 Hour Rewind" feature.

OTT will drive pay-TV growth over the next 5 years but push down ARPU, research firm says

Pay-TV operators around the world will aggressively deploy over-the-top services like Dish Network's Sling TV over the next five years to stave off cord-cutting, but these services will result in lower margins overall for the global industry.

Cable, get ready: A look at the wireless biz's 10-year journey into consolidation

How did the U.S. wireless business come to a position in which four Tier 1 carriers control 90 percent of the market? FierceWireless along with Quexor Group graphically examine the industry's 10-year journey, during which major players like Alltel, Leap Wireless and MetroPCS were all gobbled up.

Cable analysts: Altice's Drahi will target Cablevision, Cox, Mediacom

While European telecom magnate Patrick Drahi and his Luxembourg-based firm Altice SA could counter Charter Communications' proposed $56.7 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, at least one media investment analyst says it's far more likely that he'll turn his attention to another U.S. cable property.

TWC's Marcus asks his 'fatigued' staff to get back on the merger 'rollercoaster'

Just 32 days after his staff abruptly aborted a 14-month M&A integration process with Comcast, Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus sent a memo to his charges Monday asking them to do it all over again.

Charter makes it official: Will buy TWC for $56.7B, keep its deal to purchase Bright House

Charter Communications has officially announced a deal to purchase Time Warner Cable, agreeing to acquire the No. 2 cable operator for $56.7 billion in cash and stock. The deal values TWC at $78.7 billion and comes just 32 days after Comcast walked away from its own $45.2 billion agreement to purchase the company.

Charter closing in on $55B purchase of TWC, reports say

Charter Communications is closing in on a long-anticipated acquisition of Time Warner Cable, according to several reports, which peg the overall deal value at $55 billion.