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NCTA admits to backing mysterious 'Onward Internet' campaign

The National Cable Telecommunications Association has admitted to backing a mysterious grassroots-like campaign designed to gather feedback from millennial-aged consumers regarding the Internet.

NBA deal will raise average pay-TV bill 'couple dollars a month,' report says

Disney and Time Warner Inc. paid through the nose to lock up an additional nine years of NBA rights and secured access to one of the most coveted assets in what is now the Sports Age. But according to research company The Diffusion Group, the $24 billion deal left pay-TV--and consumers--vulnerable.

Analyzing the biggest job-cutters in wireless

The U.S. unemployment rate is at its lowest point, 5.9 percent, since a bunch of fancy financial products based on terrible real estate loans sent the global economy into ruin. Finally, companies in the telecommunications industry are on the mend. But some are still making huge personnel cuts. FierceWireless takes a look at some of the biggest job cutters in the wireless business over the last year and analyzes where they stand now in this special report.

Rentrak buys WPP's measurement assets for $98M, now challenging Nielsen

Taking a major step forward in its bid to challenge Nielsen in the business of TV audience measurement, Rentrak has acquired the Kantar business unit from advertising conglomerate WPP for $98 million in common stock.

Comcast loses key CSN Houston ruling, clearing sale to AT&T and DirecTV

The sale of troubled regional sports network CSN Houston to AT&T and DirecTV now appears likely, with a bankruptcy court judge ruling against Comcast on the key matter of the network's remaining value.

Viacom threatens to bolt Canada if a la carte rules adopted, warns pay-TV faces 'death spiral'

Making it rather clear that he doesn't support new rules proposed by Canada's version of the FCC that would unbundle pay-TV programming, Viacom's Keith Murphy, SVP of government relations has told the commission that so-called "pick and play" mandates would set off a "consumer welfare-destroying death spiral" for the Great White North's TV industry.

Comcast apologizes for latest customer service travesty, but denies getting ex-PwC accountant fired

Reeling from the latest virally explosive story about egregiously bad customer service, Comcast has issued a public apology to a former PwC accountant who accused the cable company of getting him fired from his job.

Doing the math on Suddenlink's decision to kick out Viacom: A good call by the cable company

According to the story circulating around the cable industry, top Viacom executives were shocked--shocked!--when they called their Suddenlink counterparts at the eleventh hour on Sept. 30 and told them they were finally ready to talk turkey about a new carriage deal.

FoxSports' Davies talks 4K impact and the future of sports broadcasting

with Michael Davies, senior vice president of field and technical operations at FoxSports

Fresh off coverage of the 2014 baseball All Star game, with 36 mostly HD cameras and a sprinkling of 4K devices catching every smile on Mike Trout's face, Michael Davies, senior vice president of field and technical operations at FoxSports sat down with FierceCable's Contributing Editor Jim Barthold to talk about 4K's impact now and in the future of sports broadcasting.

AT&T not content with just DirecTV in Latin America

Despite the fact that its proposed purchase of DirecTV would give it 18 million satellite TV subscribers in Latin America, AT&T remains very much on the lookout for other expansion opportunities in a region that is growing 10 times faster than the United States.

Comcast shareholders approve TWC purchase by 99 percent-plus margin

Comcast announced that its shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the company's $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable by a margin over 99 percent.

Pac-12 Networks offers a la carte streaming on campuses

Pac-12 Networks has partnered with technology company Synacor to offer a la carte multiscreen services to students on select conference campuses.

FCC moves to calm programmers' fears that shared deal info will be leaked

The FCC has announced a series of privacy protections, designed to allay the fears of programmers that deal info they share as part of the commission's ongoing pay-TV merger reviews will be leaked.

Dish will charge extra for broadcast channels in new OTT package, report says

Media pundits have questioned how Dish Network is going to cram pricey cable channels like ESPN into its upcoming OTT service, and also include the major broadcast networks in a package that cost only around $30.

Comcast SportsNet Houston value has dropped from $700M to $22M, consultant says

The fate of carriage-crippled regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston now hinges on what dilapidated value a bankruptcy court deems that it has left. The teams want to sell the bankrupt network to AT&T and DirecTV at a value of around $22 million, down from an initial value of $700 million.

Dark fiber and small cells: Examining the wireless backhaul land grab

With much of the large-scale wireless backhaul networks built out to accommodate the growing 4G LTE service base, the question is: What's the next frontier for wholesale providers? FierceTelecom Editor Sean Buckley drills down on this dynamic in his latest column.

Frontier re-ups deal to bundle Dish Network video services

Dish Network has signed a multiyear extension to continue letting Frontier Communications bundle its satellite video services with Frontier's bundled broadband and voice packages.

Google Fiber chief: program rights are 'biggest impediment' to deployment

While laying down fiber-optic cable is not cheap, Google Fiber chief Milo Medin says the "single biggest impediment" to wider deployment of his company's popular broadband service is TV program licensing costs.

NBA TV deal is 'latest example of reckless spending' by big networks, Mediacom VP says

With the pay-TV industry starting to digest the news that Disney and Turner will triple the licensing fees they pay the NBA to around $24 billion over nine years, industry analysts and operators are asking the inevitable question: how are these massive programming costs going to get paid for?

Turner set to cut 1,475 jobs ... after committing $11B to the NBA

On the same day that it announced a new NBA broadcast contract worth nearly $11 billion over nine years, Turner Broadcasting said it will cut about 10 percent of its global workforce, about 1,475 jobs.