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Report: $170B in revenue could be unlocked if women in developing companies are given mobile phones

An estimated $170 billion in unrealized revenue potential could be unlocked if 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries were to own mobile phones.

Comcast scores high in workplace quality ranking

While it continues to perform miserably in measurements of consumer satisfaction, Comcast has notably ranked high in a Washington Post survey of top D.C.-area workplaces.

ABI Research: Pay-TV now reaches 48% of households globally

Pay-TV has penetrated 48 percent of all homes globally and will surpass 50 percent penetration, or about 1 billion homes, by 2017.

Comcast opens hood on NBCU cross-promo strategy 'Symphony'

Making good on its promise to investors to turn its 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal into a cross-platform-advertising powerhouse, Comcast has pulled back the veil to its broad, multi-media advertising product, which it calls "Symphony."

Analyst: 80%-85% chance that feds will approve Charter-TWC deal

New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin says it's 80 percent to 85 percent likely that the FCC and U.S. Justice Department will approve Charter Communication's proposed $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable.

DirecTV, NFL face class-action suit over Sunday Ticket bundling

DirecTV and the NFL have been hit with a class-action suit, alleging that the bundling of games in the NFL Sunday Ticket package violates antitrust laws.

Wall Street analysts cheer WWE's bumpy moves into online video

Although WWE has faced obstacles in its move into the online video space, financial analysts on Wall Street appear to be changing their view on the company now that it has racked up 1.5 million paying subscribers online.

Sling TV CEO warns of price increases for broadband-only accounts

Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch said he's worried about large cable companies jacking up the prices of broadband-only subscriptions to fight cord-cutting.

NBA unbundles its League Pass OTT platform, offers a la carte access to individual games

The NBA announced plans to unbundle its out-of-market OTT and pay-TV programming service, League Pass, potentially creating significant challenges to national cable channels and regional sports networks.

Charter marketing $13.8B in loans for TWC purchase, report says

Charter Communications has begun marketing $13.8 billion in loans as part of its planned $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, according to Bloomberg, which cited anonymous sources.

Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dies at 95

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Comcast founder Ralph Roberts, who purchased a 1,200-subscriber Tupelo, Miss., cable company in 1963 and grew it into the conglomerate run today by his son, Brian, has died at the age of 95.

Nothing's over! Cablevision merely combining false ad suits against Verizon, not dropping claims

Denying a report that it was dropping a false-advertising complaint against its fiercest rival, Verizon, Cablevision said it is merely combining the action with a previously filed lawsuit in another court.

NYC report says Verizon came up short on FiOS deployment promises

A New York City audit has found that Verizon failed to deliver on its promise of delivering FiOS TV and broadband services to anyone in the area who wanted it by 2014.

8K video content hits YouTube, but almost no one has the goods to play it

While consumer electronics makers and pay-TV companies complain about the dearth of available 4K programming needed to grow the market, 8K video has already surfaced on YouTube.

TWC ups Keib to COO of residential services after big Q1

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Striving to stay operationally viable despite spending 15 out of the last 16 months in regulatory limbo, Time Warner Cable announced the promotion of John Keib to executive VP and COO of residential services.

ACA asks FCC to impose conditions on what DirecTV/AT&T can charge cable operators for RSN rights

The American Cable Association has petitioned the FCC to impose merger conditions on AT&T and DirecTV, mandating that the combined company charge cable competitors reasonable prices to carry its five regional sports networks.

Charter's Rutledge: Consumers will be happier with cable if they never have to see the cable guy

Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said his company can continue to improve its service reputation by limiting its interaction with customers.

The video business is dead … for those without the will and resources to compete in it

To hear executives at America's No. 4 and No. 10 cable companies explain it, television is a dead business. "The video subscription model is broken and cannot be fixed," read one presentation slide from Cable One. I agree with the first part. But I'm not sure about that second part.

Comcast not interested in T-Mobile, doesn't want to push it with regulators: report

According to a new Bloomberg report citing anonymous sources, Comcast hasn't talked to Deutsche Telekom AG about buying T-Mobile US--and isn't interested, anyway.

Only 36% of consumers would add ESPN to their personal a la carte bundle, Digitalsmiths study says

Defying the notion that ESPN is keeping the entire pay-TV universe from collapsing, TiVo-owned research company Digitalsmiths has found that only 35.7 percent of consumers would put the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" in a personal a la carte channel package.