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Chronicling former lobbyist Tom Wheeler's transition into cable-industry's dreaded foe

How does a guy go from being a cable industry lobbyist to proposing two of the most unpopular ideas to hit the business since the retrans fee was invented? However FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler did it, such a transition is not all that common.

Universal Pictures chief on Comcast's DreamWorks purchase: 'Movie business was everything they didn't like'

In a feature story tracking Comcast's steady march to movie-business power, Bloomberg connects the dots to how the MSO learned that the film biz can be consistently profitable if family hits are tied to theme park attractions and consumer products, much the way Disney has done it for decades.

TWC's Marcus: NYC streaming trial results 'encouraging,' calls it 'where the world is headed'

While not declaring his MSO's trials in New York of IP-based pay-TV services an outright success, Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Rob Marcus reported a mostly positive review during his company's last earnings call as a stand-alone company Thursday.

Charter merger conditions not 'unduly onerous,' analyst says

Having had a chance to review the conditions agreed to by Charter Communications in exchange for FCC approval of its Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks purchases, media investment analyst Craig Moffett has deemed them livable.

Rovi buys TiVo for $1.1B, will call combined company 'TiVo'

The cash and stock deal, which Rovi expects to close in the third quarter, creates a new company valued, Rovi said, at around $3 billion and armed with nearly 6,000 patents and $800 million in annual revenue.

Wheeler: Comcast just proved the point for 'Unlock the Box'

Pivoting course on the terse response he issued last week when Comcast announced it was integrating its set-top functionality into Samsung smart TVs and Roku streaming devices, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler offered backhanded praise for the MSO's new "Program Partners" initiative. He said the plan is exactly the kind of strategy he hopes will become ubiquitous once his "Unlock the Box" proposal becomes law.

NCTA says FCC 'special access' proposal will result in 'onerous new rate regulation,' 'obvious harm'

Once again finding itself at odds with former cable-industry lobbyist and current FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the NCTA blasted a divided FCC vote this morning to propose new regulations for business broadband.

DirecTV drawing on early trials as it blazes a live 4K trail

DirecTV has encountered some early bumps on the road to live 4K broadcasts but it is drawing on more than a year's worth of experience to sort through the struggles of being an early mover for the emerging technology.

Comcast pays $3.8B for DreamWorks Animation, puts 'Minions' mastermind in charge

In a move aimed at further boosting its thriving NBCUniversal film, consumer products and theme parks operations, Comcast said it will pay around $3.8 billion to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.

Charter set to close on new company called 'Charter,' full transition will run through 2018

Charter Communications expects to finally close its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks "within a few days" of the California Public Utilities Commission's May 12 approval vote of the deals.

TWC adds 21K video subs in Q1, still misses forecast for customer growth in last earnings report ever

In what will likely be its last ever earnings report, Time Warner Cable said it added 21,000 video customers and 314,000 high-speed Internet users in the first quarter.

Comcast bumps data caps to 1 terabyte

Comcast said its bumping up the ceiling in its controversial data-usage trials to 1 terabyte, effective June 1.

DirecTV's trials and tribulations in the early days of live 4K

DirecTV will be the recipient of both cheers and jeers as the early mover for live, linear 4K broadcasts in the U.S. At the moment, it's seeing the downside, as the first two of its planned 25 MLB games broadcast in 4K had to be scrubbed due to technical issues.

From Seeso to Starz, analyzing the year's big OTT launches

It was an active first quarter for SVOD launches, with NBCUniversal hoisting comedy platform Seeso, Sony expanding and improving on its PlayStation Vue live-streaming service, and Starz finally following chief rivals HBO and Showtime into the direct-to-consumer market.

Google looks gift horse in mouth, opposes FCC privacy protections for set-tops

While the FCC's "Unlock the Box" proposal seems remarkably tailored for Google, the technology giant has one little bone to pick with the agency in comments submitted earlier this week.

Rumor mill: Comcast looking to get its Disney on with possible $3B DreamWorks Animation buy

Comcast is in discussions to buy DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. in a deal valued at around $3 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Comcast adds 53K Xfinity TV customers, 438K HSI subs in Q1

Reporting its 26th consecutive month of reduced churn, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) added 53,000 Xfinity TV customers in the first quarter, along with 438,000 high-speed Internet users.

AT&T's 328K DirecTV adds more than offset by whopping 382K losses for U-verse

AT&T continues see its U-verse video platform shrink faster than it can grow its DirecTV satellite TV platform.

Global market for 4K set-tops set to hit $3.65B by 2024, Grand View Research says

The worldwide market for 4K-capable "set-tops" is set to reach $3.65 billion by 2024, according to Grand View Research, which factors OTT devices into its tally.

AT&T, Verizon, others warm to dark fiber

A relic of the go-go '90s, dark fiber is once again en vogue, driven by emerging services such as small cell backhaul, data center connectivity and the FCC's E-Rate program.

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