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WSJ: Hulu may include ad-free option to SVOD service for $12 or $14 per month

Seeking to keep its much larger SVOD rival, Netflix, within shouting distance, Hulu is contemplating the inclusion of a higher-priced, ad-free service.

CBS All Access has now signed up 40 affiliates, covers 75% of U.S.

Driven by a flurry of recent deals with Media General, Scripps, Sinclair and other station groups, CBS Corp. said it now has 40 affiliates signed up for its over-the-top service, CBS All Access.

Federal court rules that Alki David's FilmOn should be treated as MVPD

A federal judge said that streaming company FilmOn X LLC should be treated as a cable company and have the right to negotiate licensing agreements with broadcasters.

Cablevision's Kristin Dolan: 'I never faced any glass ceilings' for women in the cable biz

cablevision COO Kristin Dolan

In a wide-ranging interview on Beet.tv, Cablevision COO Kristin Dolan said the cable industry doesn't have nearly the glass ceiling for female executives that businesses like publishing do.

Verizon granted patent for program guide that sorts shows based on reviews and ratings

Verizon has been granted a patent for a new program guide that lets users sort shows by such factors as reviews, as opposed to just time and channel.

Fast-growing HBO Now expands beyond Apple, launches on Android, Amazon, Chromecast devices

HBO Now has finally expanded beyond the Apple device universe, with the platform launching apps for Android mobile devices and Amazon Fire tablets.

Investors, analysts cheer Netflix as firm nets 3.3M new subscribers in Q2

Netflix added 3.3 million new subscribers during the second quarter (that's 900,000 U.S. subs and 2.4 million internationally), figures that raise the company's global customer base to 65 million. Investors sent the company's stock up 14 percent on the news--and, according to the Wall Street Journal, analysts too cheered the results by raising their price targets on Netflix shares.

New Slingbox M2 offers unlimited free mobile apps, introduces ad-based model

sling media slingbox m2

Sling Media has introduced the latest version of its 10-year-old place-shifting gadget, the Slingbox, which replaces a pay-per-mobile-app model with ads.

How the global set-top market lapsed into recession ... and how it can return to growth

In the 2000s, global sales of pay-TV set-tops boomed, as operators raced to keep up with consumer demand for digital video recorders, HD and digital cable. But all winning streaks eventually come...

Big Four broadcasters still more essential than ESPN in pay-TV bundle, survey finds

The Big Four broadcast networks are still more essential to American TV consumers than cable networks like ESPN and Discovery Channel.

Sling TV's March Madness trouble costs Dish $1M, research firm says

A new white paper from research firm nScreenMedia reported that Dish Network lost $1 million in revenue and support costs when its Sling TV crashed during Turner Networks' presentation of the March Madness Semifinal game featuring Wisconsin and Kentucky. Dish, which has reportedly acquired more than 250,000 users to the OTT service since launching it in early February, admittedly didn't anticipate the live-streaming load it encountered that April Saturday.

Why the once-great pay-TV set-top box market is now in retreat

The once fast-growing pay-TV set-top market is changing fast. And for set-top manufacturers, it's not for the better, as the forces of operator consolidation and pay-TV market maturity, as well as the emergence of cloud-based video distribution systems, begin to take their toll.

From CDPD to iDEN: Commemorating the wireless business' shuttered networks

In the wireless technology industry, the only constants are change ... and the need to shut down legacy networks.

Netflix to support Charter's bid for TWC, Bright House in exchange for free network use

Charter Communications has gained a powerful ally in its bid to acquire both Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks: In a new filing with the FCC, Netflix agreed to support Charter's purchase of TWC and Bright House in exchange for free usage of Charter's network through 2018.

Experts: Cord shavers are a much bigger threat than cord cutters

ASPEN, Colo.--Cable subscribers who are looking for ways to shrink their cable subscription package--dubbed "cord shavers"--should be a much bigger concern for traditional pay-TV operators than cord cutters, according to a panel of experts speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference here.

Media General blacks out stations on Mediacom in 14 markets

Media General has blacked out 16 stations in 14 markets on Mediacom's cable system after failing to come to a broadcast retransmission renewal agreement with the MSO.

DirecTV and NFL hit with another class-action suit over 'Sunday Ticket'

DirecTV and the NFL have been hit with the second class-action antitrust lawsuit in less than a month over their NFL Sunday Ticket games package.

Synacor signs on as a reseller of Siemens' OTT Swipe technology

Pay-TV multiscreen vendor Synacor has announced a deal with Siemens Convergence Creators to become a preferred provider of Siemens OTT Swipe technology.

Revenues from OTT services could triple to $12B by 2018, Ooyala-Vindicia report says

Revenue from "premium" U.S. OTT services will grow from $4 billion in 2014 to somewhere between $8 billion to $12 billion in 2018, according to a study conducted by London's MTM and commissioned by online video service providers Ooyala and Vindicia.

Cox bumps sales and marketing chief Greatrex to executive VP role

Mark Greatrex, to executive VP cox

In a move it says underscores the value of data-driven marketing and sales, Cox Communications has promoted its sales and marketing chief, Mark Greatrex, to executive VP.