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Cox ups patent battle with AT&T, claims three infringements

A patent battle between Cox Communications and AT&T has escalated, with the cable company this time suing the wireless giant for alleged infringement of three registered patents.

Pay-TV subscriber growth saw weak Q1 but still added 10K, report says

Leichtman Research Group found that the 13 largest pay-TV operators grew video subscriptions by less than 10,000 customers in the first quarter, signaling a major slowdown from the 250,000 added in Q1 2014--but not the actual recession signaled by an earlier analyst report.

Charter's Rutledge: Merger with TWC would not 'meaningfully change' programming talks

Talking openly about a prospective merger with Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications President and CEO Tom Rutledge told New York media investors Wednesday that such a deal would be "opportunity driven" and not propelled by the desire to achieve scale for programming negotiations.

AT&T integrates Hulu programming into mobile apps and websites

Hulu has continued its aggressive rollout of major distribution deals, with AT&T announcing a pact to include the SVOD service's programming on its mobile apps and websites.

CenturyLink launches IPTV service in Portland, officially kicks off battle with Comcast

A brewing, multiregion turf battle between CenturyLink and its IPTV service and incumbent cable operator Comcast has gotten underway in Portland, Ore., where CenturyLink has launched its fiber-backed Prism TV service to the handful of residents with the necessary 1 Gbps-plus broadband speed.

TiVo to integrate Plex cloud-based media management into set-tops

With its MSO constituents aggressively using cloud-based services to, among other things, differentiate their video products from satellite, TiVo plans to integrate Plex cloud-based media-management capabilities into its set-tops. The integration will enable users to manage their digital music, photos and videos in the cloud, via their living-room entertainment center or connected device.

AT&T-DirecTV deal nears closure, still A-OK with regulators

Performing yet another heat check on the smooth-sailing AT&T-DirecTV merger proposal, the Wall Street Journal reports that regulator closure is just weeks away and that the FCC and the Justice Department still have no major issues with it.

Top cable execs: Programming agreements allow operators to experiment with skinny bundles

Ever so slightly pulling up the veil on the pay-TV industry's shrouded program licensing deals, top pay-TV executives have agreed with Verizon's assertion that operators have the contractual leeway to at least conduct limited experiments with "skinny" bundles.

Roberts: 'We're not feeling the need to rush out and do something' after TWC deal collapse

Continuing to hammer away at the "we're moving on" messaging campaign adopted after the collapse of his company's attempted acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts told a group of investors Wednesday that the No. 1 cable operator is in no hurry to propose another megadeal.

CenturyLink could join Windstream in REIT conversion, analysts say

CenturyLink could follow Windstream into a profitable corporate-tax-law loophole, say analysts, who speculate that the company could be next in line to spin off its wireline assets into a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Macquarie Research wrote in a research note that CenturyLink is most likely looking closely at how Windstream's new REIT, called Communications Sales and Leasing (CS&L), performs.

Verizon's $4.4B AOL acquisition gives it immediate advanced-advertising edge in the pay-TV market

Verizon has clearly stated that its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL is, to a great extent, intended to bolster its quest to establish a leading mobile video programming service targeted to younger consumers. But with the move the company has also positioned itself as a leader in the pay-TV market in terms of advanced advertising.

Report: Charter not giving up on Bright House, sees acquisition as precursor to TWC deal

The major players in cable's latest round of M&A talks continue to position themselves via leaks to major mainstream news outlets, with unnamed sources affiliated with Charter Communications telling Bloomberg that the cable company is not giving up on acquiring Bright House Networks.

Cablevision confirms addressable advertising deal with Disney/ESPN

Desperate to develop alternative revenue streams for a video business being hammered by competition from IPTV services, Cablevision has entered into a deal to sell its new addressable advertising products to ESPN and the Walt Disney Company.

Ergen delivers subtle--but ominous--threats regarding upcoming Viacom carriage-renewal talks

Although his comments didn't rise to the level of inflammatory rhetoric he's often known for, Dish Network chairman and CEO reminded investors Monday that Dish's pending talks with Viacom are pay TV's most anticipated upcoming carriage negotiation for a reason.

INTX 2015 recap: Winners and losers

In this special report, FierceCable takes a look at the companies and entities that came out on top during last week's INTX show--and those that didn't do as well. Let us know if you agree with our selections.

Cablevision strikes deal to provide addressable ad data to ESPN, report says

ESPN is reportedly set to announce at its upfront presentation to advertisers Tuesday a new deal in which it will use viewer data compiled by Cablevision to sell and package its commercial time.

Ergen: Sling TV 'not as good as it needs to be technically'

Early results for new OTT service Sling TV have been "encouraging," but the product needs to improve in the challenging technological area of streaming live TV, according to Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen.

Level 3 carves interconnection deal with AT&T

Level 3 has announced the signing of a bilateral interconnection agreement with AT&T. The two service providers say the deal will improve the efficiency of traffic exchanged between their respective networks, allowing them to deliver a better quality experience for their subscribers.

Analyst: With pay-TV down 31K subs in Q1, 'It's not too early to get worried about cord-cutting'

With subscribers for pay-TV companies collectively down 31,000 in the first quarter, cord cutting can officially be classified by the industry as a worrisome trend.

Charter lining up TWC bid with banks as Liberty's Maffei says takeover would be 'friendly'

Charter Communications is meeting with banks to line up $25 billion to $30 billion in financing to buy Time Warner Cable, according to the Wall Street Journal.