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Cable fights video subscriber losses with wholesale, mobile backhaul services

Cable operators are using their established infrastructure to move into wholesale access services while expanding their presence in the wireless backhaul space, a report in FierceTelecom says. The two moves are being used to help offset continuing video subscriber erosion.

Group wants to use broadband to make Detroit a 'technology hub'

In what some might see as an improbable scenario, a group of entrepreneurs envision a 1 Gbps service as the pathway to making Detroit a "technology hub."

Blamethrowers: broadcasters fire back at ACA programming cost complaints

An organization representing local network affiliates and other broadcasters took umbrage at claims that their members are responsible for spiraling cable TV bills.

Comcast locks in Xfinity Home security technology piece

Comcast has locked in an integral element in its Xfinity Home platform by adding the Kwikset SmartCode 914 touchpad electronic deadbolt to its features list. Xfinity Home customers outfitted with the deadbolt--suggested retail price $219.99--will be able to lock and unlock their doors remotely via the Xfinity Home app or an Internet connected smartphone, tablet or computer.

Comcast, Georgia town settle utility pole dispute

A recently resolved dispute between Comcast and Chickamauga, Ga., revisits the need for grassroots infrastructure in cable system operations. In this case, the dispute revolved around the age-old problem of pole attachment fees and how much Comcast should pay.

Microsoft could demonstrate cable strength with Xbox One over-the-air tuner

Microsoft may actually be doing cable operators a favor by adding over-the-air tuning capabilities to its Xbox One platform because it may reveal how difficult it actually is to be a Community Antenna TV (CATV) provider.

SCTE workshop topics focus on cost avoidance, revenue generation, service quality

Six months out from its next Expo in New Orleans, Oct. 13-16, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced overarching themes and topics for its 35 pre-show workshops.

Sling TV pushes back HBO launch to Saturday to fix streaming tech

Dish Network is pushing back the originally scheduled Wednesday launch of HBO on its Sling TV platform to address various technical issues.

DirecTV ditches Rob Lowe ad campaign that helped drive sub growth by 60%

DirecTV is shelving its highly successful TV advertising campaign starring actor Rob Lowe after the advertising industry's self-regulatory body sided with a Comcast complaint regarding the campaign's claims.

Amazon Prime customers dig the shipping, not the streaming, study says

For many of us, the free shipping assiated with a year-long Amazon Prime membership was just a cool add-on advantage over Netflix. But it turns out the cart is leading the horse.

Pay-TV operators writing the rules for their OTT future

In the area of over-the-top distribution, there are plenty of known unknowns, to borrow some rather infamous political phrasing. We have no idea, for instance, how fast the earliest OTT business models put forth by the pay-TV industry will grow, and whether they'll eventually support the kind of robust margins the business has grown used to.

OTT's early impact: 6 rules for monetizing next-gen pay-TV business models

As it was for the music industry before them, pay-TV providers may find that revamping their business models to ensure future revenue growth is problematic. What are operators learning as they dip their toes into the OTT waters?

CBS All Access launches Roku app

CBS' a la carte streaming platform, CBS All Access, has secured a major distribution objective for the American living room, launching a new app for Roku devices. The $5.99 SVOD service, which delivers on-demand streaming access to CBS' current primetime lineup, as well as a robust array of archived shows, has previously been available for Android and iOS devices.

Dish bulks up sports package with Outside Television addition

Willing to expand its programming bundle to get more sports into its portfolio of networks, Dish Network has added Outside Television to its "Multi Sport" programming package.

ACA asks FCC to use Section 706 to curb rising program costs

The American Cable Association continues to hammer away on the notion that cable companies can improve broadband services if they're relieved from the burden of spiraling programming costs.

HBO Now debuts on Apple devices 5 days early

Getting a five-day jump on the announced launch date for its a la carte streaming product HBO Now, HBO announced Tuesday that the service is now available for use on Apple TV, as well as iOS mobile devices.

Comcast expands Elemental partnership, uses its encoding software for X1 cloud DVR

Signaling a major expansion to its relationship with the biggest U.S. pay-TV operator, Elemental Technologies says its video processing software is now being used to power Comcast's X1 in-home streaming and cloud-based DVR services.

ABI Research to MVPDs: Come with OTT if you want to live

Pay-TV operators like Comcast, Dish Network and Liberty Global, which have been ahead of the curve in integrating over-the-top services into their portfolios, are best positioned among MVPDs to maintain growth as the overall pay-TV market stagnates over the next five years.

Viacom takes $785M write-down for layoffs, cratering cable TV ratings

Struggling media giant Viacom has punctuated a major restructuring effort by taking a $785 million charge on its fiscal second-quarter books.

Analysts: Closure of AT&T's DirecTV buy 'imminent,' and 'oh so 2005'

Nearly 10 months after it was originally proposed, AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DirecTV could be finally about to close. In a note to investors Monday, Morgan Stanley analyst Simon Flannery said the next few weeks will be "action packed" for the deal, and that its regulatory approval is "imminent.