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Time Warner Inc. rejects $80B takeover bid by Murdoch, Fox

In a probable bellwether of pending merger activity among entertainment conglomerates, Time Warner Inc. has rejected an $80 billion cash and stock acquisition offer from 21st Century Fox.

Sling debuts entry-level Slingbox M1, revamps interface of high-end SlingTV

Sling Media has announced a couple new Slingbox streaming devices including a lower priced entry-level model and an improved interface for its high-end unit. 

CBS' Moonves: Aereo never tried to work with us

Aereo never reached out to CBS to try to cut a content deal with the programmer, a step that may have altered the course of the startup.  "We sell content to cable companies, satellite companies and the telcos and online companies," said CBS CEO Les Moonves. "We were open and willing to talk to them."

Comcast rep won't let Engadget founder cancel service

While Comcast has continually battled a reputation for bad customer service, you've got to credit the tenacity of the service rep who handled tech blogger Ryan Block's attempt to cancel service.

Netflix calls out Verizon again on streaming speed after ISP continues PR war

Continue to mess with the bull, and you get the horns … all over again. Verizon found that out the hard way, several days after rekindling a PR war with Netflix over network streaming performance.

NBA looks to double licensing fees with already pricey ESPN and TNT

Look for the two most expensive channels in the pay TV universe to become even pricier. The National Basketball Association is talking about licensing renewal deals with Disney-owned ESPN and Turner Network's TNT that would double fees currently paid.

Court doesn't buy Fox's Aereo argument, won't block Dish's Hopper

Fox has failed in its attempt to leverage the Supreme Court's Aereo verdict into a preliminary injunction on Dish Network's Hopper DVR.

Ergen settles LightSquared dispute

Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen appears to have settled a long-simmering dispute with hedge fund operator Phil Falcone over the bankrupt wireless networking company LightSquared.

Report: YouTube getting antsy, wants to invest millions more in 'premium' content

With its audience growth stagnating, rivals like Yahoo acquiring splashy new shows and its top creators moving off the platform, YouTube is reportedly in discussions about making yet another premium content push.

Report: DirecTV won't shun the SEC Network

DirecTV has notably turned a cold shoulder to big launches of regional sports networks recently, shunning TimeWarner SportsNet LA, the Pac-12 Network and CSN Houston, for example. Why will things be different for the SEC Network, the new ESPN-backed channel focused on Southeastern Conference sports that launches in August?

Cable networks AMC, Discovery, others face hard times, analyst says

After a highly profitable three-year run, pay-TV programmers, particularly "pure-play" cable networks, are facing some tough times.

AT&T, Chernin name $500M joint venture 'Otter Media,' make first purchase

The joint venture between AT&T and former top Fox executive Peter Chernin has an official name, Otter Media, as well as an initial investment, the video home-craft "how-to" platform Creativebug.

Epix secures another pay TV platform, AT&T U-verse

Epix's long, slow rollout across the U.S. pay TV spectrum took another important step with a deal to launch four standard-def and HD channels on AT&T U-verse.

Comcast acquires Wi-Fi router maker PowerCloud Systems

Comcast has quietly purchased PowerCloud Systems, the privately held maker of the Skydog Wi-Fi router and app that lets users monitor and modify how broadband is used in their homes.

Hulu bags exclusive streaming rights to 'South Park'

Hulu announced that it has obtained exclusive streaming rights to all 244 episodes of South Park. The online video provider has already started streaming the animated series on its free site. On Sept. 14, the show will move over exclusively to subscription-based Hulu Plus.

Analyst: Did Supreme Court just allow Internet companies to call themselves cable operators?

It's not just about Aereo. In its nebulous June 25 ruling against the streaming video company, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to kick the door wide open for Internet-based distributors to deem themselves cable operators under copyright law.

Small, rural-focused RFD-TV becomes force amid merger approvals

It's a small rural cable network, reaching about 40 million pay TV providers across the U.S., and focused on "bluegrass bands, farming news and Hee Haw reruns." (Hat tip, Philadelphia Daily News.) But with federal lawmakers concerned about the impact on specific consumer groups caused by two major pay TV industry mergers, RFD-TV has suddenly assumed a rather outsized influence.

World Cup reveals TV Everywhere issue: latency

While the nearly completed World Cup soccer tournament has delivered TV Everywhere its highest usage to date, it has also laid bare an issue related to any kind of video delivered over the Internet: latency.

Let it go? Heck no--Verizon says congestion caused by Netflix transit providers

The corporate blog-based finger-pointing between Verizon and Netflix has continued, with Verizon launching a new screed accusing Netflix's own transit providers of causing sluggish streaming video performance over the Verizon network.

Comcast's Salinger, Cisco's Chapman headline SCTE Wireless & DOCSIS 3.1 Symposium

Technologists including Comcast's Jorge Salinger, Cisco's John Chapman and CableLabs' Belal Hamzeh, Mark Poletti and Vivek Ganti will headline the SCTE's pre-conference Wireless and DOCSIS 3.1 Symposium on Sept. 22.