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NBC O&Os launch live TV Everywhere viewing, Android and iOS apps

TV Everywhere access to live NBC programming has finally arrived, provided you live in a metropolitan area close to one of the conglomerate's owned and operated stations.

A look at the wireless industry's fastest rising stars

Almost everyone in the wireless industry knows who the top executives are in the market: Tim Cook, Tom Wheeler, Randall Stephenson and John Legere are generally household names--at least in households built by working in the wireless industry. But it's much harder to know where innovation is coming from next.

Rival cable analyst refutes Moffett report, says sector is just fine

One day after noted cable industry analyst Craig Moffett downgraded the stocks of Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications to neutral on fears of cord-cutting and price-regulation tied to Title II Internet reform, analyst Jonathan Chaplin stepped forward with a dissenting viewpoint.

ESPN miffed as Fox Sports and Telemundo swoop in for FIFA World Cup rights

ESPN is experiencing something new--getting left out of a major sports TV licensing deal.

A+E rolls out Rovi's new targeted advertising tool

Becoming the latest programmer to try to package its inventory for advertisers with greater insights as to what kind of viewers are watching it, A+E Networks has become the first to deploy Rovi's data-driven, targeted advertising platform, Ad Optimizer.

Comcast says TV Everywhere use has reached 30% of Xfinity TV subscriber base

Comcast's XFinity TV Go platform continues to gain traction with subscribers. The company revealed that more than 30 percent of its Xfinity TV customers are now using its authenticated TV Everywhere app to watch shows, representing about 20 percent year-over-year growth.

Howard steps down as SCTE CTO, moves to new role as org fellow

Daniel Howard has stepped down from the role of chief technology officer of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and will assume a new position as an org fellow.

AT&T looks to challenge Google Fiber in Kansas City

AT&T made it official that Kansas City is the next stop in its ongoing fiber-to-the-premises journey, putting it in direct competition with Google Fiber and Consolidated Communications for fiber-based broadband service.

NBCU research chief: Change in millennial viewing behavior is 'stunning'

Falling at around 4 percent a year since 2012, viewership of traditional TV by adults 18-34 suddenly slipped much faster in the fourth quarter, accelerating its decline to 10.6 percent, according to Nielsen.

Diginets rise to challenge cable, as Wiegel's MeTV reaches 94% U.S. clearance

While media analysts and pay-TV executives have their sights set on over-the-top distribution and pending Title II regulation of the Internet, there is another looming threat looking to bite into cable, satellite and telco video market share.

Comcast, TWC and Charter downgraded to neutral on analyst concerns over Title II, cord-cutting

Citing the looming issues of over-the-top competition and Title II regulation of broadband services, top cable analyst Craig Moffett has downgraded the stocks of Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications to neutral.

Cablevision's unionized Brooklyn workers approve collective bargaining agreement

Approximately 260 Brooklyn-based Cablevision employees represented by the Communications Workers of America have voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with Cablevision, ending a nasty three-year labor battle.

Viacom and Dish make deal: EPIX to run on Sling TV

Citigroup Research analyst Jason Bazinet cratered Viacom's share price last month when he suggested that the media conglomerate's upcoming carriage talks with Dish Network could go south in a hurry.

Cablevision signs collective bargaining agreement with Brooklyn tech workers

Cablevision announced Friday that it has signed a collective bargaining agreement with 260 Brooklyn workers represented by the Communications Workers of America, ending a long, contentious battle with the unionized workers.

New MLB commissioner won't intervene in TWC SportsNet LA impasse

With spring training almost at hand, and Major League Baseball's Opening Day less than two months away, new league commissioner Rob Manfred has told reporters that he has no intention of stepping into the regional sports network carriage impasse that has blacked out the Los Angeles Dodgers from 70 percent of their market.

Municipal broadband providers also against FCC's Title II plan

A group of 43 municipal broadband providers have come together asking the FCC to exempt them from being included with large incumbent telcos and wireless operators as being common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. FierceTelecom has a complete summary of this story here.

Presidents Day publishing break

In observance of Presidents Day, FierceCable will not be publishing on Monday, Feb. 16. We will be back in your inbox on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

SeaChange and Concurrent partner up to bag video services client

Video tech companies SeaChange International and Concurrent Computer Corp. have teamed up to provide software and content delivery network technologies to what they term as a "leading North American video services provider."

NCTA will probably sue FCC over Title II regulation, Powell says

National Cable & Telecommunications Association president and CEO Michael Powell told C-SPAN Thursday that the cable lobby will probably sue the FCC over its pending Title II-based net neutrality rules.

Moonves declares C7 the dominant ratings metric, predicts 2016 Super Bowl will net $5M a spot

Proving once again that he can generate multiple story angles from a single quarterly earnings call, CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves delivered a typically confident Q4 download to investors Thursday.