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Cablevision launches Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service

Cablevision announced it will launch a mobile phone service using its Wi-Fi network, making it the first cable MSO to do so.  The no-contract service will cost just $9.95 for current Cablevision broadband customers and $29.95 for non-customers.

Bad timing? TWC tops in Better Business Bureau complaints in Charlotte

It's just a regional snapshot, but the latest news out of the Better Business Bureau in Charlotte, N.C., isn't going to burnish the fractured customer service reputation of Time Warner Cable.

AT&T pondering name change for DirecTV post-purchase

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says AT&T is currently reviewing a major branding change for DirecTV, as federal regulators finish off their own review of the telco's purchase of the pay-TV operator.

Proposed Senate bill targets municipal broadband restrictions

Three Democratic Senators have developed a new bill to overturn existing state laws banning or restricting cities and towns from building their own broadband networks. The bill, called the Community Broadband Act, was jointly developed by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). FierceTelecom has a complete breakdown of the news here.

NBC stations refuse to air Comcast attack ad from conservative PAC

NBC stations in five election "battleground" states have refused to air a two-minute commercial from a conservative political action committee attacking parent conglomerate Comcast for alleged liberal bias.

Suddenlink (finally) signs deal for Showtime Anytime platform

Several years after the debut of the premium cable channel's TV Everywhere platform, Suddenlink Communications has announced a deal to support Showtime Anytime.

SNL Kagan: sports cost growth to accelerate to 7.3% from 2014-18

For pay-TV operators, fast-growing sports program licensing costs are about to expand even faster. According to new data released by SNL Kagan, the cost of licensing sports networks will rise by 7.3 percent over the next five years. That compares to a 5.3 percent expansion over the previous five years.

Illinois court: Dish violated FTC telemarketing rules 'tens of millions' of times

Dish Network continues to face federal flack for its telemarketing practices. The latest blow came from federal court in Springfield, Ill., which found Dish liable for "tens of millions" of calls that violated the Federal Trade Commission's Telemarketing Sales Rule.

Parks: 17% of broadband homes likely to subscribe to HBO's upcoming a la carte service

Research firm Parks Associates says 17 percent of U.S. broadband homes are likely to subscribe to HBO's over-the-top, a la carte video service when it launches later this year.

Sarandos says Netflix will sustain up to 20 original scripted shows a year

Netflix plans to sustain up to 20 original scripted series a year, according to the SVOD service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.

Windstream gets away with it: state approves REIT spinoff

Windstream has received all of the state regulatory approvals it needs from state public service commissions in its territory to move ahead with its planned real estate investment trust spinoff. Among the state agencies that granted approvals was the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has a full report here.

Comcast's next-generation Xi4 set-top passes FCC muster

Comcast has received approval from the FCC for its next-generation Xi4 set-top box, according to a regulatory filing to the agency.

Verizon adds 116K video subs in Q4, up 26%

Verizon Communications added 116,000 FiOS video subscribers in the fourth quarter, a 26 percent year-over-year uptick, upping its total video subscriber base to 5.6 million.

Comcast to use Super Bowl to promote TV Everywhere initiatives

Comcast plans to punctuate its ongoing TV Everywhere promotion campaign with a blowout Super Bowl Sunday, during which it will stream 11 hours of programming to anyone with a compatible IP device, no pay-TV subscription required.

Netflix touts HDR video amid bullish Q4 earnings call

Already a leader in the push towards 4K/Ultra HD video, Netflix confirmed Tuesday during its fourth-quarter earnings call that it will soon release high dynamic range video.

Wall Street calls for CBS-Viacom reunion ahead of Dish battle

Facing investor headwinds as it approaches upcoming licensing renewal deals with the No. 3 pay-TV operator in the U.S., Viacom is getting pressure in some Wall Street circles to remarry CBS Corp.

AT&T targets copper networks for shutdown

AT&T is going to shut down certain copper assets as it moves forward with its ongoing IP network transition, according to an SEC filing. As a result of abandoning these copper assets, AT&T's fourth-quarter 2014 operating results will also include a $2.1 billion noncash charge. AT&T will release its fourth-quarter 2014 earnings on Jan. 27. FierceTelecom has a complete report here.

CableLabs CEO McKinney discusses the DOCSIS 3.1 rollout, carrier-grade Wi-Fi and 4K

Former Hewlett-Packard CTO Phil McKinney was hired as president and CEO of the research consortium CableLabs 28 months ago to pick up the pace of innovation in the cable industry. A self-described "innovation guy," McKinney came in with a mandate from cable CEOs to accelerate product cycles across DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, set-tops, 4K and other industry initiatives. FierceCable caught up with McKinney in Las Vegas and discussed the broad topic of cable industry innovation.

Longhorn Network launches on DirecTV Wednesday

DirecTV-subscribing college sports fans on the West Coast can't watch the Pac-12 Network, but they can watch University of Texas games on the Longhorn Network.

Court rules Dish Anywhere does not infringe on broadcaster copyrights like Aereo

Rendering what ultimately amounts to a setback to 21st Century Fox in licensing negotiations with Dish Network, a federal judge has ruled that Dish's mobile streaming and ad-skipping services do not infringe on broadcast network copyrights.