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Comcast, The Weather Company, Sling TV say mobile platforms drive changing TV Everywhere viewing behaviors

BOSTON -- While the chatter for months has revolved around the way that millennials – that coveted, 18-36 year old age demographic – view out-of-home video content, industry players Comcast and The Weather Company are finding that different TV Everywhere platforms, such as smartphones or tablets, are driving viewer behavior more than age groups do.

AT&T buying Quickplay to support upcoming DirecTV streaming offers

AT&T today announced it's buying OTT and TV Everywhere specialist Quickplay to support the upcoming launch of its DirecTV streaming services.

TiVo's Chopra says Rovi deal 'not premised on patent strategy'

Is the ongoing $1.1 billion merger of TiVo and Rovi an attempt to create one of the biggest patent trolls the video industry has ever seen? That was essentially the question put forth Thursday to...

Suddenlink operating profit up 21% under Altice control

While Cablevision investors watch and wait for the inevitable close of Altice NV's $17.7 billion purchase of the company, they can take heart in the performance of another recent Altice cable acquisition.

Oregon's BendBroadband removes usage caps for customers who sign up for TV service

According to a company blog post, customers who subscribe to the operator's Bronze tier or above (Silver, Gold or Platinum) don't have to worry about usage-based pricing if they also subscribe to a TV service tier of Essentials or above (Preferred, Preferred Plus and The Works).

Charter fined $640K for blocking third-party modems

Charter Communications will pay $640,000 and has agreed to a three-year compliance plan for preventing customers from using their modems for a period of several years.

Charter-TWC merger set to close after California PUC approval

The California Public Utilities Commission voted in favor of Charter Communications' takeover of Time Warner Cable today, clearing the final regulatory hurdle of a three-way merger deal also involving Bright House Networks.

From Comcast to Cox, sizing up pay-TV's top 7 companies in Q1

How did the top seven pay-TV operators stack up in terms of subscriber additions, market share and ARPU in the first quarter?

Malone quietly escapes conditions amid FCC's Charter-TWC approval order

While the FCC outlined a range of conditions to make more palatable what it described as a cable merger that was "harmful to the public interest," one influential figure seems to have escaped scrutiny in the agency's scathing approval of "New Charter."

Cablevision begins (tiny) payouts for set-top class-action suits

Following six years of litigation in which class-actioners successfully sued Cablevision over their anti-trust claim that the MSO restricts them from using cheaper third-party set-top boxes, the payouts have finally begun.

Comcast tells FCC it's not "feasible" to run its network code on third-party set-tops

Comcast this week met with the FCC to spell out its various objections to the agency's proposed new set-top rules. The MSO told FCC officials that it's not "feasible" for Comcast's network code to run on third-party devices without its applications.

Arris CEO Stanzione: 'Our customers are going to spend more on network infrastructure'

While one of pay-TV's biggest vendors has struggled amid a wave of consolidation, Arris CEO Bob Stanzione told investors at the Jefferies Technology Conference that his company should profit handsomely in the coming years as demands on cable network infrastructure increase.

Watchdog group seeks to delay Thursday Charter-TWC closing in California

A consumer watchdog group is trying to delay the removal of the final hurdle for Charter Communications' takeover of Time Warner Cable.

Top 9 cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators in Q1: Ranking Comcast to TWC to Charter to Cablevision

Now that the first-quarter 2016 earnings season is done, it's time to reflect on what is likely the last quarter before Charter acquires Time Warner Cable and Altice NV acquires Cablevision. FierceCable has assembled a complete look at the first-quarter earnings season, ranking the top cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators and offering a look at their performance in a number of key metrics, including subscriber growth and average revenues per user (ARPU).

In its second year as INTX, NCTA says rebranded trade show is fulfilling its objective for broadened reach

A year after performing the arduous task of rebranding its signature trade show into the broader-skewing INTX, producer NCTA says the event is making good on its promise to broaden its reach outside the cable industry.

Comparing AT&T, Verizon and others on wireline latency, throughput and availability

Through a partnership with Internet measurement and solutions provider Cedexis, FierceTelecom has once again stacked up U.S. carriers including AT&T, Verizon and Consolidated Communications, comparing them across such benchmarks as wireline network latency, throughput and availability.

Comcast pays $490M to founder's widow, settles perks debt from bygone era

Comcast has paid $490 million to the 94-year-old widow of late company founder Ralph Roberts to cover perks that were awarded back more than two decades ago.

Comcast dodges $20B bullet with dismissal of Byron Allen discrimination suit

For now, Comcast can breathe a sigh of relief as a court has dismissed Byron Allen's $20 billion discrimination suit against the MSO. But Allen and the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM) have one more shot at making the litigation stick.

ESPN's continued sub losses in Q1 irk investors despite 4% revenue growth

Disney said its ESPN network grew revenue by 4 percent in the first quarter, a number analysts said is too low and driven by rate increases, not subscriber growth.

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