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House passes STELA, boosts pay TV retrans leverage, ends CableCARD requirement

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that renews the compulsory license allowing satellite operators Dish Network and DirecTV to import distant broadcast network TV station signals into markets that don't have a particular network affiliate.

New 'Comcast Labs' feature lets X1 users beta-test new products

Comcast has launched a new feature for its X1 set-top boxes that lets subscribers beta test new products before they're deployed.

Arris teams with startup Wurl to create new OTT platform for set-tops

Arris is teaming with a Silicon Valley startup to create a new pay TV set-top software platform designed to mix traditional broadcast and cable network programming with content from over-the-top services.

Verizon to debut LTE multicast in 2015

Verizon Communications will commercially launch its LTE broadcast network in 2015 enabling it to broadcast events, such as sporting events, to a large number of subscribers at the same time. Fran Shammo, Verizon's CFO, said that the company will have the LTE broadcast network ready in third quarter with commercial launch next year. Shammo announced this development during the company's second quarter earnings call today.

Comcast posts strong Q2 with $16.8B in revenue, delivers best cable subscriber data in six years

Comcast reported strong second quarter earnings, driven by its cable network performance, as well as some of its best cable communications numbers in six years.

Hastings: Don't worry, ISPs, Netflix won't charge you for the 'privilege' of carrying its data

Among the fringe speculation sometimes indulged in by media investment analysts has been the notion that Netflix might not be content to merely not pay interconnection fees to Internet service providers.

Mr. Wheeler, unbundle this bundle: Mediacom files petition with FCC

Mediacom has filed a petition for expedited rulemaking with FCC, claiming that Washington rules have resulted in a dysfunctional current state of affairs in which a small, consolidating, ever-powerful group of content giants are using coercive tactics to force bundles of programming on smaller pay TV operators.

Pay TV providers ramp up Q2 earnings reports

Ready or not, earnings season is here. And from large and medium-sized publicly traded pay TV companies, to big technology and programming companies impacting the pay TV market, we've got you covered from now until early August.

TiVo founders scuttle their streaming startup, Qplay

TiVo co-founders Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton have announced that they're shutting down their video streaming startup, Qplay.

Report: CNN worth double what Wall Street thinks it is

Beset by what are now chronic ratings declines on U.S. linear television, many analysts believe the sale of CNN--a real possibility, with Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox circling parent company Time Warner Inc.--would generate only a modest purchase price.

Study finds only 17% of U.S. broadband users are aware of 4K

If 4K/Ultra-HD is to become a consumer electronics phenomenon on par with HD a decade ago, it will have come from humble beginnings: A new Diffusion Group study shows the technology suffers from low consumer awareness but very high price sensitivity.

Sizing up pay TV earnings for the second quarter of 2014

How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies perform in 2014's second quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.

Time Warner Cable responds to Los Angeles request for 1 Gbps using DOCSIS 3.1

Time Warner Cable has officially joined the process of developing a 1 gigabit-per-second-capable broadband network for Los Angeles residents, businesses and government, responding to a request for information (RFI) put out by the city.

Fox-Time Warner deal could give Murdoch what he really wants: to compete with ESPN

One of Rupert Murdoch's primary reasons for pursuing the acquisition of Time Warner, Inc. is to bolster Fox Sports 1 into a cable network that can legitimately compete in the national sports programming arena currently dominated by ESPN.

Comcast signs on to carry the SEC Network

Proving that a regional sports network can still obtain major carriage agreements, as long as it has the right audience and the right leverage, the Disney-backed SEC Network will launch nationally on Comcast when it debuts August 14.

Level 3: Verizon is slowing Netflix to extract money from us

After nearly six weeks of back-and-forth, a confusing corporate blog dispute relating to Netflix streaming performance over the Verizon network has finally, at least, assumed some level of clarity.

Microsoft shutters Xbox original programming unit, irks advertisers

Less than three months after touting an ambitious original programming slate at its April 29 Newfront presentation, Xbox Entertainment Studios has been shuttered by Microsoft.

FCC rules for Armstrong in dispute over regional sports network pricing

The FCC has sided with independent pay TV operator Armstrong Utilities in a pricing dispute over the Root Sports Pittsburgh regional sports network (RSN).

Dissonant Synacor shareholders react to poison pill

A month-old kerfuffle involving Buffalo, N.Y.-based TV Everywhere technology company Synacor continues to boil over. Dissonant shareholders JEC Capital Partners and Ratio Capital Partners issued a statement condemning Synacor's board of directors for adopting a shareholders' rights plan earlier in the week that is essentially a poison pill.

TiVo embeds switched digital video support into new software client

As part of its new software client, TiVo has embedded support for cable switched digital video (SDV) without the need for a separate tuning adapter.