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Cord cutting overblown? 6 leading pay-TV operators add 37K video subs in 2015

With fourth quarter earnings reported for six leading pay-TV platforms, it appears the business could actually finish with customer growth this year despite ample hand-wringing over cord cutting.

Charter adds 11K subs in 2015, declares no rate increases for 2016

After growing its video subscriber base for the first time in over a decade, Charter Communications said it will be the only major operator not to raise customer pricing in 2016.

CBS works to conquer live-streaming tech issues as watershed Super Bowl event nears

As the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos work to refine their offensive and defensive schemes ahead of Super Bowl 50, so does CBS in regard to its live-streaming technology.

Netflix product chief: 'HDR is more visibly different than 4K'

Giving a clear indication of the shift occurring in the evolution of display technology, Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt said high dynamic range (HDR) is now a greater industry priority than 4K.

CableLabs rebrands NetworkFX spin-off into 'Kyrio'

CableLabs has rebranded its three-year-old for-profit, security-focused spin-off subsidiary, NetworkFX, into the more broadly skewing "Kyrio."

TWC's $9.7M franchise-fee dispute settlement approved by L.A. City Council

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a settlement with Time Warner Cable, ending a two-year-old dispute over franchise fees.

NBCU's Burke: NFL football is profitable for us, $225M for five games makes sense

A day after announcing that his company had paid $225 million to split 10 NFL Thursday-night regular-season games with CBS, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said that despite the expense, pro football is profitable for NBC.

Comcast adds 89K video subs in Q4, best quarter in nine years

Culminating a big rebound year for cable video services, Comcast added 89,000 pay-TV customers in the fourth quarter, its best quarterly performance in the category in nine years.

Google, the most profligate lobbyist of all, drinks the cable biz's milkshake with FCC set-top proposal

When word leaked last week that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) was showing off in D.C. a set-top that sounded an awful lot like FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler engineered it himself, I found myself asking, how did the cable industry get out-lobbied so badly?

Comparing AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon on 3G/4G wireless latency

It's no secret that a significant amount of attention and interest has been paid to wireless network speeds in the United States and globally. And LTE networks clearly provide faster download speeds than 3G networks.

21st Century Fox is seeking to cut $250 million in expenses this year

Signaling a major retrenchment by a leading media conglomerate, 21st Century Fox said it will cut $250 million out of its budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which starts in July.

Bright House announces pay-TV's latest round of rate increases

Bright House Networks has upped the cost of its bundles and below-the-line fees, according to DSLReports forum posters.

NFL splits 'Thursday Night Football' between CBS and NBC; looking for 'tricast' with digital partner

Continuing to grow sports content licensing rights to stratospheric levels, the NFL will increase its fee for the broadcast portion of its Thursday Night Football franchise next season from $300 million to $450 million.

Comcast rolls out DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit network in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami and Nashville

Comcast has become the first U.S. cable operator to announce wide-scale DOCSIS 3.1 deployment.

Huawei helps roll out DOCSIS 3.1-powered 1 Gbps service across Denmark

Marking one of the first major DOCSIS 3.1 deployments, Huawei said it's partnering with Tele Denmark Communications (TDC) to deploy DOCSIS 3.1-powered 1 Gbps service across TDC's coax network.

CableLabs: HEVCAdvance, MPEG-LA patent pools need to merge, codec licensing costs are too high

CableLabs, citing the licensing confusion that slowed adoption of the MPEG-4 digital video codec, is urging the separate patent pools MPEG Licensing Authority (MPEG-LA) and HEVCAdvance to reconcile or merge lest the same fate befall HEVC, the latest MPEG-4 codec.

Dish rolls out its Hopper 3; another NCTC operator drops AMC Networks

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ESPN touts Nielsen's revised cord-cutting data

Locked in a media war with a bearish analyst, ESPN is promoting revised data from Nielsen indicating that cord-cutting wasn't nearly as bad last year as earlier reported.

Google Fiber considers adding phone services

Google Fiber may be looking into using its expanding fiber infrastructure to offer phone services.

Time Warner Inc. back in talks for piece of Hulu, wants to remove current-season episodes

Talks between Time Warner Cable and Hulu about the media giant buying a stake in the SVOD service have reportedly been heating up.

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