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Comcast: We'll ditch set-tops, just not anytime soon

As its lobbying org, the NCTA, pitches an alternative set-top regulation regimen calling for CPE to be ditched in favor of apps, Comcast walks a fine line.

Wheeler: FCC won't add to retrans regulation

In a latest decision that will somehow make him even less popular with the cable industry, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said that his agency will not add to regulations governing negotiations of broadcast retransmission licensing.

Dish Network finally launches voice remote

Dish Network is finally following through with the launch of its own voice remote, after a long-gestating research and development process.

Cord cutting will be down by about 100K in Q2, Evercore predicts

After hemorrhaging around 625,000 subscribers in the second quarter of 2015, pay-TV operators should report far more moderate declines in this year's Q2 period, Evercore predicts.

Pay-TV earnings for Q2: A complete calendar

Will Comcast once again grow video subscribers? What will New Charter say about its ongoing integration of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks? What will AT&T reveal about plans to take DirecTV virtual?

Programmers have best upfront in 3 years, sell $18.6 billion worth of ads

Broadcast and cable networks sold $18.6 billion worth of advertising in their just-completed upfront market, reversing several years of declines with a 4.5 percent uptick, according to research firm Media Dynamics.

Rosenworcel sides with Pai and O'Rielly, agrees Wheeler set-top proposal is 'flawed'

Subjected to more than three hours of grilling, along with her FCC Commission colleagues, by a House subcommittee Tuesday, Jessica Rosenworcel strongly hinted that she has turned against FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler's pay-TV set-top box regulatory proposal.

ABC relaunches unauthenticated streaming service with 7 new original shorts

ABC is taking another stab at original, short-form online and mobile video, relaunching its unauthenticated streaming platform with seven original series.

Comcast Business hit with nationwide outage affecting voice calling

Comcast Business Services customers nationwide lost access to their phone service due to a nationwide outage affecting the MSO Tuesday.

New Charter: A look at the newly combined company's integration plan

With the closure of its deals in May, the so-called New Charter now serves around 19 million broadband users and about 15 million pay-TV customers, forming the cable industry's second biggest player next to Comcast.

Tracking pay-TV earnings in Q2 2016

How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies perform in 2016's second quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest pay-TV industry players.

Suddenlink expands 1-gig services to Amarillo, Canyon and Tulia, Texas

Suddenlink is apparently keeping with broad rollout plans for 1-gig services announced before the sale of the MSO to Altice, rolling out the product to the Texas towns of Amarillo, Canyon and Tulia.

Dish further expands addressable ad capabilities, partners with data company Neustar

Dish Network continues to build its advanced advertising capability, announcing a new partnership with ad measurement and analytics company Neustar.

Wheeler: 'I'm following Reagan's advice' on set-top regulation

Speaking at the House Energy and Commerce Committee's broader oversight hearing focused on the FCC Tuesday, agency Chairman Tom Wheeler seemed aware he was talking to a committee led by Republicans.

Fox starts delivering authenticated live streams in all 210 of its markets

Making broadcast television's boldest TV Everywhere move yet, Fox announced that it is now offering authenticated live-streaming of its prime-time programming in all 210 of its markets.

Roku pushes back against pay-TV's 'Ditch the Box' plan in FCC meeting

Roku, which has supported the cable industry in its effort to stop FCC regulation of pay-TV set-tops, has pushed back against the industry's alternative plan to create an app-based distribution standard based on HTML5.

Rovi's $1.1B TiVo acquisition gets OK from FTC and DOJ

Rovi received what it describes as the "key regulatory clearance" for its proposed $1.1 billion merger with TiVo, securing approvals from the Federal Trade Commission and the anti-trust arm of the U.S. Justice Department.

Top U.S. wireless carriers say their networks are convention-ready

With the Republican National Convention set to hit Cleveland from July 18-21, and the Democratic National Convention slated for Philadelphia from July 25-28, the four U.S. nationwide wireless carriers say they've made the necessary provisions to their networks to handle a spike in traffic in those cities.

Verizon hires former YouTube and Vessel exec Kirkbride to lead Go90 content

Verizon has hired former YouTube and Vessel executive Ivana Kirkbride as chief content officer for its mobile video platform Go90.

Charter hires former Cablevision exec Bair to oversee RSNs, Clifford Harris for counsel role

Charter Communications has formally announced the hiring of former Madison Square Garden Group executive Michael Bair to lead its newly acquired news and regional sports programming networks.

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