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CenturyLink ready to take on cable as Comcast, Charter emerge in SIP trunking segment

CenturyLink acknowledged that it is in a competitive battle with Comcast Business, Charter Communications and other cable operators in the SIP trunking segment of the business services market, as more enterprise customers ditch their TDM-based PRI lines and analog PBX's for IP-based hosted services.

NCTA: FCC's Downloadable Security Committee 'veers off course' with AllVid support

An FCC advisory committee has presented the agency with several different software-based options for securing MVPD video content on retail devices.

Sinclair says FCC actually 'delayed' new deal with Dish, didn't help lead to it

Taking a shot at a regulatory agency that is about to make key decisions on the future of broadcast retransmission negotiations, Sinclair Broadcast Group said the FCC did "nothing" to lead it to make a deal with Dish Network earlier this week that ended a record-sized TV station blackout.

Ballmer's Clippers reportedly reject $60M-a-year RSN offer, may forge ahead with OTT plan

The NBA's Los Angeles Clippers under their new owner, former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, will pass on a $60 million-a-year offer to stay on their regional sports network (RSN) and will instead embark on a direct-to-consumer (DTC) streaming video distribution scheme. The New York Post reported on the action, citing unnamed insiders.

TWC ordered to pay nearly $6M for Kansas City restaurant explosion

Jurors ruled that Time Warner Cable should pay $5.78 million stemming from a natural gas explosion that killed one worker and injured more than a dozen people at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant in February 2013.

Casa debuts downstream DOCSIS 3.1 module, the DS8x192

Casa Systems has introduced a new DOCSIS 3.1-compliant module for its Converged Cable Access Platforms (CCAP) intended to enable cable operators to support downstream broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

TV Everywhere usage up 200% in Q2, FreeWheel report says

Usage of TV Everywhere apps was up 200 percent in the second quarter, with authenticated multiscreen viewing now accounting for 4.5 percent of all programmer ad deliveries, up from 1.8 percent a year ago.

DirecTV reportedly testing Pac-12 Network; 3-year-old carriage impasse could end by Sept. 3

DirecTV is now testing high-definition and standard-definition signals for the Pac-12 Network on channel 612 in what appears to be a preparation for a long-anticipated launch of the regional sports network.

CBS renews affiliation agreement with Tegna, brings 10M more homes into All Access OTT tent

CBS Corp. has announced a new affiliation agreement with station group Tegna Media (formerly Gannett), bringing 10 network affiliates covering 10 million U.S. households into its CBS All Access OTT service.

Dish and Sinclair agree to another short-term extension, stop mega-blackout

Dish Network said it has reached another short-term broadcast retransmission extension with Sinclair Broadcast Group, halting a 24-hour blackout of 129 Sinclair TV stations on Dish's satellite pay-TV service.

10 years of consolidation in cable: The rise of Comcast, TWC, Charter, Cox and Cablevision


Today's cable industry looks much different than the one from 10 years ago, when the likes of Adelphia and Susquehanna still roamed the market. So let's take a step back in time, when pay-TV was on the rise and the idea of streaming a video over a dial-up modem was a laughable proposition. This chart depicts the major acquisitions and mergers consummated by today's top five cable operators during the past 10 years.

Amid pay-TV's biggest station blackout ever, Dish handily beat Sinclair in perception

The dynamics of cable carriage and broadcast retransmission negotiations differ. But in blacking out its 129 broadcast affiliate stations on the program guides of around 5 million Dish Network customers this week, Sinclair might have been thinking it found a late-summer scheduling sweet spot to dig its heels in -- not yet pre-empting into any serious viewing events, but cutting it close enough to get Dish's attention.

Google's YouTube leads online video market, with Facebook and Yahoo trailing

Google's video sites, including YouTube, attracted the most viewers during the second quarter, according to comScore. Facebook and Yahoo Sites held firmly to the second and third positions, the firm said, with Google taking the lion's share of unique views.

Video Advertising Bureau: 'Majority of cord cutters and cord nevers can't afford pay-TV'

The Video Advertising Bureau said cord cutting is being caused by consumer economic conditions and not an emerging avalanche of direct-to-consumer video choices.

Smart TVs now in 50% of homes in U.S., NPD Group says

More than half of all American households now own Internet-connected TVs, according to the NPD group.

Charter investor sues over TWC/Bright House purchase, alleges Liberty is getting sweetheart deal

A Charter Communications investor is trying to spur a class-action lawsuit against the company, alleging that Liberty Broadband has been granted unfairly discounted share prices as part of Charter's pending purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Verizon, CenturyLink, AT&T, Netflix weigh in on FCC's probe into retransmission fees, 'MVPD' definition

Verizon, CenturyLink, AT&T, Netflix and other players in the telecommunications market have filed comments with the FCC over its investigation into the rules governing broadcast retransmission licensing negotiations and the definition of "multi-channel program video provider" (MVPD). The comments generally reflect the desire of companies across the industry to obtain more favorable regulations for their respective businesses.

Updated: FCC calls emergency meeting to deal with record-sized Dish-Sinclair blackout

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called an emergency meeting of the agency's Media Bureau, following the blackout of 129 Sinclair Broadcasting stations in 79 markets on Dish Network.

Comcast Business rolls out fiber network to Chino, Calif.

Comcast Business announced it will spend $350,000 to roll out a fiber network to the Meyers Business Park in Chino, Calif. Comcast will install more than three and a half miles of fiber through underground conduit and aerial poles from existing lines to the business park and its 166 business residents.

ACA: 91 small cable systems were shut down in 2014, primarily due to high programming costs

The American Cable Association has filed a research paper with the FCC, claiming that 1,078 small and rural cable systems serving 50,000 subscribers have shut down since 2008, primarily due to fast-increasing programming costs.