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FCC set to unveil pay-TV programming deals on Nov. 17

Major media conglomerates Disney, Fox, CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc., among others, have asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the FCC from publicly disclosing detailed information about programming deals with pay-TV operators.

AMC will not go OTT, CEO Sapan says

Even though it's blessed with some of the most in-demand original series on television, AMC Networks has no plans to take its programming over the top of the existing pay-TV model.

M-Go becomes first transactional VOD service to offer 4K programming in U.S.

M-Go has become the first transactional online-video provider to deliver 4K programming in the United States.

FCC's net neutrality vote pushed to 2015 as Wheeler pushes back against Obama

President Obama's strident stance on net neutrality appears to have added even more complexity to an already contentious issue, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly reasserting his independence from the president and attempting to charge ahead with his plans to attempt a compromise on the issue.

Comcast says it agrees with the President on net neutrality … to a point

While the NCTA and a number of its cable-industry constituents have registered shock and dismay regarding President Obama's forceful backing of Title II Internet regulation Monday, the nation's No. 1 cable operator has struck a more conciliatory response.

Frontier re-ups 27 Viacom channels

Reversing a trend of serious, chronic carriage impasses with small- and mid-sized cable operators, Viacom has announced a deal with Frontier Communications to renew 27 programming channels.

Pass or fail? Grading the top U.S. wireless carriers in Q3

The top eight wireless carriers in America can run, but they can't hide from FierceWireless' quarterly grading report. FierceWireless lays out a graphical case for which carriers made the grade in the third quarter of 2014.

TWC and Cablevision team up on quarterly NYC DMA reports

Around 74 percent of TV programming watched by Cablevision and Time Warner Cable subscribers in the New York DMA is viewed outside of prime time. These subscribers, on average, watch only about 25 of their channels each month. And 100 channels control 90 percent of the viewing. These are the findings of the first ever "New York Television Audience Insights Report," a quarterly research component focused on 3.5 million cable subscribers in the New York DMA and jointly produced by Cablevision and TWC.

Big media reports worst Q3 TV ad revenue performance since Great Recession

The results from the major media conglomerates' third-quarter earnings reports are, for the most part, in. And the ad-sales metrics, while entirely distressing, aren't that surprising.

Canoe reaches milestone: 10B VOD ads served

Just two years after its drastic restructuring to focus on inserting ads into VOD, Canoe Ventures announced that it has delivered its 10 billionth national TV impression.

Moonves responds to Ergen: 'You're going to miss those Broncos games'

Responding to tough earnings-call comments made by Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen regarding ongoing retrans talks with his conglomerate, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves let loose with some pointed remarks of his own on Monday.

Netflix becomes part of BT cable bundle in the U.K.

Netflix has crossed a threshold in the United Kingdom that it has been unable to surpass in the United States, with telco giant BT now bundling in the SVOD programmer as part of the regular pay-TV service it offers to subscribers.

FilmOn's Alki David on meeting with the FCC, litigating, Aereo's chances

Swinging through Washington, D.C. last week to meet with the FCC's Media Bureau and discuss his company FilmOn's finally getting classification as a pay-TV operator, Greek billionaire heir/actor/online-video gadfly Alki David told FierceOnlineVideo that he's encouraged by the feedback he's getting from regulators.

NCTA, cable companies 'stunned' by President's Title II endorsement

With President Barack Obama stridently encouraging the FCC to adopt Title II Internet regulation, National Cable Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell was among the high-profile cable-industry denizens who let out an equally strident negative response.

Obama tells FCC to take the Title II path

President Barack Obama delivered a statement Monday, urging the Federal Communications Commission to render broadband a utility under Title II reclassification. "This set of principles--the idea of net neutrality--has unleashed the power of the Internet and given innovators the chance to thrive," Obama said in a prepared statement.

Next-gen Comcast X1 gateway makes cameo appearance

Comcast representatives have confirmed that a picture making the Internet rounds is indeed the Cisco Systems-made next-generation gateway for Comcast's X1 platform.

DirecTV finally reveals details about Al Jazeera suit: It wants news channel off its program guide

DirecTV sued Al Jazeera America in July to terminate its carriage agreement with the cable news network, claiming the channel's programming is not what it signed up for.

Mobile operators made 'gigantic blunder' by ceding Wi-Fi to cable, analyst says

Deployment of carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks by cable companies will far surpass the rollout of small cells by telecommunications companies, according to U.K. analyst Joe Madden of Mobile Experts, who also says telcos missed a huge opportunity to capitalize on Wi-Fi

Suddenlink reports narrow 2.2K video sub gain in Q3

Suddenlink Communications added 2,200 pay-TV subscribers in the third quarter, despite its removal in September of 22 Viacom channels. The narrow gain in video subscribers was juxtaposed against a loss of 3,200 pay-TV subs in Q3 2013, at a time when the nation's seventh biggest MSO still had Comedy Central, MTV, BET and the rest of the Viacom outlets.

AT&T buys Iusacell for $2.5B, expanding its Mexican wireless business

AT&T will acquire Mexican wireless network operator Iusacell for $2.5 billion, a figure that includes Iusacell's debt. With the acquisition, AT&T said it will gain Iusacell's 8.6 million wireless customers, its 3G GSM/UMTS network that covers roughly 70 percent of Mexicans, and the ability to offer "the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering over 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States," the company said.