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Charter Spectrum OTT app puts up a brick during Cavs' big win in Game 7

The Cleveland Cavaliers capped a historic comeback last night when the team beat the Golden State Warriors in Game Seven of the NBA Finals -- but for some Charter Spectrum TV Plus subscribers, the moment was missed.

ACA tells FCC new set-top rules could affect smaller MSOs' ability to borrow from banks

As the debate rages on over FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to "unlock the box" and open up linear TV services on third-party devices, the ACA is now saying that the proposal could potentially hurt smaller MSOs' ability to borrow from banks.

Hulu's live TV service reportedly will start at $35/month, more than both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue

Hulu recently confirmed the imminent launch of its live TV streaming service, and now new details are leaking out about different pricing tiers for the service. According to Cord Cutter News, which obtained a survey Hulu is sending out to select subscribers, the basic package will start at $35 and will allow streaming to only one in-home device or mobile device. A $50 option allows for streaming to multiple devices.

HBO Now stream fails during key 'Game of Thrones' episode, enraging subscribers

Forget the "Battle of the Bastards," the massive, long-awaited set piece that Game of Thrones' current season has built up to. HBO Now may be facing a battle for subscribers after its stream failed shortly after the episode began and did not recover until at least 10 minutes after the episode was complete.

ABC affiliate says DirecTV blackout 'not about greed,' NBA Finals affected

A DirecTV blackout affecting three ABC North Dakota affiliates started just before the NBA Finals and is still going now that the championship series has ended. In a message to viewers, Forum Communications said the ongoing negotiations with DirecTV have been frustrating but that the standoff is "not about greed."

Google-backed group says 'Ditch the Box' proposal a ploy to delay negotiations with FCC

A trade group backed by Google, Netflix and Amazon has derided the pay-TV industry's counter-proposal to an FCC plan to open cable, satellite and telco TV set-tops to third-party manufacturers, labeling it a ploy to delay negotiations with the agency.

Execs from Comcast, Charter, DirecTV headline Senate pay-TV customer service hearing

Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) have announced the witnesses (aka those getting grilled) for their upcoming hearings on pay-TV customer service.

Verizon asked to change ads after Comcast complaint

A government panel has asked Verizon to change a series of potentially misleading ads, following a complaint by Comcast.

Dish ditches NFL Network, NFL RedZone in carriage dispute

Dish Network has dropped the NFL Network and NFL RedZone after failing to come to terms on a carriage renewal agreement, the National Football League said.

Tribune calls Dish offer 'hollow,' proposes letting FCC monitor negotiations

Tribune Broadcasting today responded to Dish Network's call for binding arbitration in the two companies' retransmission negotiations, calling it a "hollow offer, designed to mislead consumers and avoid returning to meaningful negotiation."

Sumner Redstone ousts five Viacom board members, including CEO Dauman

Sumner Redstone's National Amusements moved today to oust five members, including Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, from the Viacom Board of Directors.

AT&T looking to push mobile services on DirecTV subscribers

AT&T is looking at ways to up-sell mobile services to its DirecTV customers, according to Jefferies.

Pay TV pitches open, apps-based set-top alternative to FCC: 'Ditch the Box'

After months of complaining about the FCC's "Unlock the Box" proposal, the pay-TV industry has finally made a formal pitch for an alternative.

Cable customer service not improving fast enough to keep up with competition, analyst says

With a Senate subcommittee panel set to grill pay-TV executives on customer services and billing practices on June 23, analysts say recent improvements in these areas by top operators like Comcast do not go far enough.

Altice finally closing on Cablevision after NY regulatory approval

Dutch telecom conglomerate Altice has cleared the final regulatory hurdle for its $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision.

Dish asks Tribune to submit to 'baseball-style arbitration,' says it worked for NBCU deal

Dish Network has asked Tribune Broadcasting to submit to "binding, baseball-style" arbitration in order to end a retrans dispute — the same type of procedure, Dish said, that were "successful' when applied to its recent retrans/carriage impasse with NBCUniversal.

Jilted Boston NBC affiliate WHDH files appeal against Comcast

Ed Ansin and his Sunbeam Television sued Comcast after the conglomerate decided not to renew its affiliate contract for NBC with WHDH and instead decided to launch a new NBC owned and operated station in Boston early next year.

New Charter overbuild mandate spurs 'artificial' competition fears, and not just among cable operators

It had to be at least somewhat relieving to smaller MSOs when Charter Communications President and CEO Tom Rutledge told investors in May that his company wouldn't use the so-called "overbuild" conditions as an excuse to charge into rural markets and compete with much more diminutive cable operators.

Comcast and DirecTV vendor UniTek ramps back up

Nearly 18 months after emerging from restructuring from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Pennsylvania pay-TV services installer UniTek Global Services appears to be ramping back up.

ACA, lawmakers hammer away at set-top proposal burden on small MSOs

Continuing to make the case that the FCC's "Unlock the Box" set-top proposal will do great harm to smaller MSOs, the American Cable Association met with FCC Media Bureau officials this week, while Republican and Democratic lawmakers made statements on the House floor.

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