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Verizon FiOS adds 36K pay-TV subs in Q1, says Custom TV is now 38% of video sales

Verizon's FiOS service added 36,000 pay-TV subscribers and 98,000 broadband subscribers as total FiOS revenues continued to grow, up another five percent to $3.5 billion. But those numbers fell well short of results from the year-ago quarter.

Comcast-backed start-up NextVR uses NAB to show it can take pay-TV viewers to the game

LAS VEGAS - Before I get into cheerleading for the VR demos I just saw at NAB, you should know that I'm not easily swayed by new display technologies.

Comcast teaming with Samsung, Roku to ditch set-tops; FCC not impressed

Comcast announced the launch of a new initiative meant to enable consumer electronics devices to access the MSO's video services without the need of a set-top box.

Cablevision dives deeper into addressable TV ads and DAI with Google partnership

LAS VEGAS -- New York-based Cablevision is upping its investment in advanced advertising and dynamic ad insertion, teaming with Google's DoubleClick ad platform to enable better decisioning around purchasing and placement of ads during TV time slots, the company announced here at the National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow.

Wheeler tips hand at siding with NAB on retrans reform

LAS VEGAS - Those hoping for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to lead significant reform of rules governing broadcast retransmission negotiations are probably in for a long wait.

Dish's Ergen on Viacom deal: 'We're prepared to move on'

Dish Network Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said he sees a path to continued carriage in his company's current negotiations with Viacom, but that Dish is "prepared to move on as others have without the content."

Bright House offering to cover switching costs for frustrated Frontier customers

Bright House Networks has a deal for Frontier Communications customers in Florida who are frustrated with the telecom provider's shaky transition after acquiring Verizon's wireline assets in the state.

Future of TV Coalition says 70,000 have signed petitions against FCC's set-top proposal

The Future of TV Coalition said that more than 70,000 Americans from all over the country have signed a series of petitions opposing the FCC's proposed set-top box mandate, arguing that the rules will "hamper innovation, erode viewer privacy, set back program diversity and drive up consumer bills."

Dish loses 23K pay-TV subs in Q1, still not breaking out Sling TV numbers

Dish Network reported its first-quarter numbers marked by a net loss of 23,000 pay-TV subscribers, compared to a net gain of 35,000 in the year-ago quarter. But it's still difficult to determine how much Dish's Sling TV offset losses to the core DBS service because Dish still isn't breaking out subscriber numbers for its IP-based streaming service.

Viacom stock craters as programmer warns viewers of Dish blackout

LAS VEGAS - The long-anticipated carriage battle between Dish Network and Viacom is officially a thing.

Amazon 'Streaming Partners Program' chief says channel bundling initiative now has 30 streaming platforms, including Seeso

LAS VEGAS - Pay-TV companies closely watching Amazon's attempt to become yet another bundler of video channels take heed: The e-tail giant's five-month-old "Streaming Program Partners" initiative is now working with 30 third-party streaming partners, and is about to launch the NBC comedy SVOD platform Seeso.

Comcast Wholesale and thePlatform combine to launch theVideoPlatform

LAS VEGAS — Following Comcast's decision in October to put management of its online publishing arm thePlatform under the control of its media services house, Comcast Wholesale, the two groups used the NAB show to announce a new joint effort called theVideoPlatform.

Comcast to add 35K video subs in Q1 on X1 deployments driving down churn, analyst says

Comcast should see lower churn in the first quarter thanks to increased deployments of its X1 set-top, leading Jefferies analysts to increase their net subscriber growth estimates for the quarter from 25,000 to 35,000.

Arris sells DSR-7400 transcoder satellite receiver to HBO, announces new line of Surfboard products

LAS VEGAS — Announcing an array of new products and deals at this week's NAB show, Arris said it has reached a deal with HBO to provide its DSR-7400 transcoder satellite receiver.

Netflix responds to Amazon standalone announcement, says it's now up to 81M subs

Taking some of the luster off of Amazon's big announcement Monday that it's going to take its SVOD service out of Prime and go head-to-head with the market leader in video streaming, Netflix had some news of its own.

ABC plans to expand affiliate streaming through agreements with DirecTV, PlayStation Vue

ABC used the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention this week to unveil Clearinghouse, a new program that will see the network hammering out deals with authenticated streaming platforms for its local affiliates.

Public Knowledge's Kimmelman: 'Data' is FCC set-top proposal's 'dirty little secret'

LAS VEGAS — Speaking during a spirited clash of high-level decision-makers positioned on opposite sides of the FCC set-top proposal debate, one of the leading "pros," Gene Kimmelman, chief executive of progressive group Public Knowledge, conceded that access and control of viewer data on advanced pay-TV set-tops is a crucial, overlooked part of the FCC agenda.

Tracking pay-TV earnings in Q1 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 first quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.

DirecTV's 4K MLB debut gets scrubbed due to tech issues

Friday's epic showdown between Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and San Francisco Giants pitching star Madison Bumgarner was supposed to be the first of 25 Major League Baseball games shown live in 4K by DirecTV, but technical issues kept the satellite operator from executing on the plan.

Comcast to debut Sony online video channel Crackle on Xfinity cable service

Sony's ad-supported online video platform Crackle has made a major step in its quest to migrate into a mainstream TV network, carving out a carriage deal with Comcast.

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