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Ready or not, 4K is coming ... and you need a roadmap

As anyone involved in the launch of HD a decade ago can tell you, getting a new resolution standard into the consumer mainstream isn't easy. And once again, we are embarking on an epic resolution upgrade quest, with the industry in the early stages of adopting 4K/Ultra HD. As consumed as we are with mega-mergers and OTT disruption, we all have to wrap our heads around 4K, because it's really happening.

Charter hires former Starz exec Robinson to lead user experience design

Recruiting executive talent as it prepares to push out a new pay-TV user interface to most of its footprint in 2015, Charter Communications announced the hiring of former Starz exec Jodi Robinson as senior VP, user experience design and development.

Netflix to push integration onto the set-tops of top pay-TV services in 2015, report says

While it has negotiated deals to get its app integrated into the program guides of smaller cable operators like Atlantic Broadband, RCN and Suddenlink, Netflix has been largely shut out from the set-tops of the larger pay-TV operators.

FCC majority votes to label linear OTT operators as MVPDs, report says

The three Democratic FCC commissioners have voted to approve a proposal that would give OTT-based providers of linear programming the MVPD status they need to license programming.

Atlantic Broadband turns over top ranks, promotes Shea and Isenberg

Rich Shea has been tapped to replace Edward Holleran as president and CEO of Atlantic Broadband, with Dave Isenberg also being promoted to the role of president and chief revenue officer.

Dish's new deal with CBS prohibits use of AutoHop DVR feature

After fighting hard in federal court to keep "AutoHop" legal, Dish Network has effectively used the commercial-skipping DVR feature as a key bargaining chip in retrans talks with the networks that sued it.

HBO tech chief Berkes quits as network turns to MLB to launch new streaming service

HBO will outsource the technological backbone of its new streaming service to a white label solution provided by Major League Baseball Advanced Media and launch the new product in April, coinciding with the season premiere of Game of Thrones.

A look at cable's latest fashion trend: dark fiber

Dark fiber has re-emerged as the latest fashion trend in the wireline telecom industry, providing a mix of services for both service provider and even enterprise customers that want more control over their service destiny. But the opportunity isn't right for everyone. In its latest feature, FierceTelecom explores the pros and cons.

Comcast responds to hotspot suit: It doesn't hurt you, and you can easily turn it off

Responding to a class-action suit over its deployment of dual use Wi-Fi gateways to residential customers, Comcast said its home hotspots don't impede network performance or undermine security.

More midnight oil burning for Dish: Nexstar sets 12 a.m. deal deadline

Plunging new frontiers of exhaustion, Dish Network's program licensing team finds itself in another down-to-the-wire retrans renewal negotiation, with Nexstar Broadcasting Group granting a third extension to the satellite operator Tuesday as talks continue.

CBS' Poltrack: Netflix is a killer syndication market that's not really killing networks

While conceding that Netflix and other SVOD companies are causing noticeable audience erosion for linear television, CBS research chief David Poltrack told a New York banking audience Monday that streaming is doing more good than harm for networks these days.

Longtime SVOD holdout Discovery Communications caves to Hulu

Discovery Communications announced its first-ever distribution agreement with Hulu Tuesday, putting popular cable reality series including Mythbusters, Say Yes to the Dress and Deadliest Catch on the SVOD service.

Comcast sued for turning residential routers into hotspots

Two Northern California residents have launched a class action suit in a San Francisco federal court against Comcast, claiming the cable company's shared Wi-Fi routers use too much electrical power, violate their privacy and slow their network.

AT&T set to hike U-verse video and Internet prices in 2015

Just in time for the holidays, AT&T has announced $3-a-month rate hikes for nine of its U-verse bundles, including U-family, U100, U200, U200 Latino, U300, U300 Latino, U400, U450 and U450 Latino. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has a complete report here.

Awareness of 4K up to 57%, Strategy Analytics says

Awareness in the U.S. of the 4K/Ultra HD resolution standard has increased from 39 percent of polled consumers in January to 57 percent in November, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

AT&T: Kids watch more video on smartphones than on televisions

Thirty-six percent of those polled in a recent AT&T survey say their kids frequently watch video on smartphones, compared to 34 percent who say their kids frequently watch TV the old-fashioned way, on televisions.

TV's share of advertising market has peaked, report says

TV's dominant share of the global advertising market has peaked and is now in terminal decline. So conclude separate reports by Madison Avenue conglomerates ZenithOptimedia and Magna Global, which both note negative TV ad sales trends amid an overall advertising marketplace that is growing.

Verizon tops in wireless carrier max speed, RootMetrics says

Wireless carriers like to brag about their LTE networks in a lot of different ways, including their coverage, reliability and speeds. And while the average speed for downlink and uplink are probably the most important metrics to judge carriers' performance on--since that is what a consumer can expect to experience on a regular basis--maximum speeds are also worth noting.

Vimeo launches 4K download service

Video sharing platform Vimeo will now let its paying "Pro" members, as well as those selling videos on the platform, deliver 4K/Ultra HD versions of their content via download.

Satellite carrying DirecTV's 4K hopes and dreams enjoys successful launch

A satellite deemed crucial to DirecTV's further rollout of 4K/Ultra HD services successfully launched Dec. 6 out of the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.