ACA, NCTA issue public support for FCC in effective competition fight with NAB

While battling the FCC in court over Title II Internet re-classification, the ACA and NCTA are backing the agency in its battle with the broadcast industry over its June "effective competition" ruling.

Comcast puts down $1.5B for controlling stake in Universal Studios Japan

With attendance and cash flow bubbling over for its theme parks business, Comcast has announced that it is paying $1.5 billion for a controlling interest in Universal Studios Japan. 

Wireless giants get behind LTE-U, LAA coalition

Cable companies anxious about radio interference with carrier-grade Wi-Fi cause by emerging LTE-U and LAA technologies now face an even bigger oppositional force. 

FCC's Sallet: Comcast-TWC merger would have thrown 'sand in gears' of online video distributors

Shedding light on the FCC's rationale for rejecting Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable earlier this year, agency general counsel John Sallet said concerns over how the merged cable giant would handle online video competition weighed most heavily in the FCC's decision-making.

Cablevision says shareholder suit contesting Altice takeover is 'completely without merit'

Cablevision is downplaying a shareholder lawsuit filed against it in a Delaware federal court, which is looking to stop the $17.7 million takeover of the company by European telecom magnet Altice NV.

Nexstar makes $4.1B hostile bid for Media General as broadcast consolidation binge kicks into overdrive

Just weeks after it agreed to pay $2.4 billion to acquire rival Meredith, Media General is now itself the target of a hostile takeover bid, with Nexstar Broadcasting Group bidding $4.1 billion for the station group.

Dish says Tegna rejected its retrans extension offer as blackout involving millions looms

Dish Network said Tegna Media has rejected its offer to extend its current retrans deal beyond its Oct. 1 expiration and is threatening to black out its 51 stations in 39 markets.

FTC reportedly probing Google on anti-trust issues, says it might have improperly favored Android

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched a probe into possible anti-trust violations by Google. The inquiry is in the beginning phases, said the report, which is fully abstracted here by FierceWireless


Sling TV launches updated interface, starts with Xbox One

Dish Network has rolled out the first major upgrades to its Sling TV user interface, with Xbox One users receiving an updated player app this week.

AT&T facing Tribune blackout on U-verse, Media General interruption on DirecTV

AT&T (NYSE: T) is facing the looming possibility of dual blackouts on Oct. 1 involving nearly 100 stations as retransmission contracts involving its U-verse service and Tribune Media, as well as DirecTV and Media General, are set to expire. 

Go90 to leverage LTE Multicast, but Verizon isn't sure how much

Verizon hopes to leverage LTE Broadcast technology, which the company calls LTE Multicast, for a significant number of live music and sports events that will program its new mobile video service, Go90.

ACA fires back at NAB, says it has no problem with privately negotiated exclusivity arrangements

The American Cable Association has criticized the National Association of Broadcasters for what the cable lobbying org says is the incorrect description of its position on privately negotiated exclusivity arrangements between broadcasters and cable operators.

Are cable companies bullying wireless operators in the LTE-U vs. Wi-Fi debate?

Cable companies are "moving in overdrive to create fear, uncertainty and doubt around the proposed rollout of LTE-U," according to Media Freedom's Mike Wendy.

DirecTV tops J.D. Power pay-TV customer satisfaction ranker; TWC once again dead last

DirecTV ranked No. 1 among pay-TV service providers in J.D. Power's annual survey of consumers on TV, Internet and phone service providers.

BTIG's Greenfield disputes Nielsen, says SVOD ratings unnecessary

BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield dismissed Nielsen's move into SVOD ratings as an unnecessary action made in a "misguided and flawed" effort to keep the audience measurement company relevant in the digital age.

Cable One raises broadband customers' bill by $5 per month

Cable One has announced an across-the-board, $5-a-month increase in residential broadband services.

Altice will take a shopping spree break, CEO says … unless Cox is suddenly available

Altice CEO Dexter Goei said the company will pause its aggressive M&A activity after proposing last week to buy Cablevision for $17.7 billion. Altice, he said, will take some time to integrate its new purchases and trim costs.

HEVC Advance patent group might give Netflix, Amazon and other 4K players a break

HEVC Advance, a new patent group seeking to collect 0.5% of the revenues from all HEVC-encoded 4K content sold, said it will adjust its fees … maybe.

Cox details DOCSIS 3.1 trial and deployment plans

Cox Communications says it's ready to move forward with DOCSIS network technology in field trials in 2016, with deployment coming in 2017.

Akamai: Only 21% of U.S. homes have enough bandwidth to stream 4K

The percentage of U.S. homes capable of streaming 4K video is increasing, but at a very slow rate.