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NAB accuses 'bad actor' pay-TV operators of ginning up retrans disputes, targets Dish, Mediacom, DirecTV

The NAB is accusing pay-TV operators, specifically naming Dish Network, DirecTV and Mediacom, of manufacturing retransmission-related disputes with broadcasters in order to influence regulatory decision-making.

Cablevision to distribute CBS All Access, Showtime OTT services under new carriage deal

Cablevision and CBS Corp. have jointly announced a new multi-year programming carriage and retransmission agreement that will make the MSO the first pay-TV provider to distribute CBS' over-the-top services.

Pay-TV operators ditching lower-income customers, driving up average revenue per sub, analyst finds

A focus on higher-income customers by pay-TV operators is driving both cord-cutting and average revenue per customer, Strategy Analytics analyst Jason Blackwell said to FierceCable.

Apple's Cook not worried about Chinese market plunge

Markets all over the world are coping with sympathy pain following the steep decline of China's stock exchange, but Apple CEO Tim Cook said he's not worried about his company's long-term business prospects in China.

CableLabs reports accelerated development of DOCSIS 3.1 gear, opens for product certification

CableLabs said it has successfully completed four equipment interoperability events (interops) related to DOCSIS 3.1 and is now open to product certification submissions for the technology.

Dish's Sling TV glitches again during AMC's 'Fear the Walking Dead' premiere

Dish Network continues to grapple with technical challenges as it tries to live-stream popular programming events through its Sling TV service.

BlackArrow acquired by Cross MediaWorks in latest ad-tech M&A deal

BlackArrow, the ad tech company working with cable-industry joint venture Canoe to grow pay-TV's dynamic ad-insertion (DAI) business, has been acquired by Cross MediaWorks.

A Muppet always pays his debts – Sesame Street finds new home behind paywall

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, announced a programming deal that will send Sesame Street from its longtime publicly-subsidized home on PBS to the corporate Time Warner-owned home of Westeros on HBO. The move may have surprised viewers, but for those who know the volatile content market, shifting to the premium network is a shrewd strategy driven by the realities of the television market.

Comcast: We'll cover our entire footprint with 10 Gpbs-capable DOCSIS 3.1 tech as soon as 2018

A top Comcast executive said the company is hoping to upgrade its entire cable network footprint with DOCSIS 3.1 technology within the next two years. The company plans to begin market trials of the technology, which can support maximum speeds of 10 Gpbs, later this year.

Cablevision sued for using customer's home gateway for public hotspot

A Cablevision customer is suing the MSO for turning his residential home gateway into a public Wi-Fi hotspot. Paul Jensen, the plaintiff in the case, claims Cablevision's strategy violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because the cable firm never asked for Jensen's permission before modifying the software on his rented router and opening up the public SSID.

New Zealand ISP offers NightShift from Aterlo to preload Netflix content for users with slow connections

An Internet service provider in New Zealand called Wireless Nation is now selling a $229 device designed by Canadian startup Aterlo Networks that plugs into users' Internet routers and helps to preload Netflix video at night so that users with poor or slow Internet connections can still watch Netflix video without grainy pictures or buffering.

Cable One to double Internet speeds with 24-channel bonding as part of $67M network upgrade

Cable One said it will double its downstream speeds for new and existing residential Internet customers in more than 90 percent of its markets, starting in October. Specifically, the company said it will increase its "Streaming" 50 Mbps plan to 100 Mbps, its "Premier" plan from 75 Mbps to 150 Mbps, and its "Ultra" plan from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps.

Comcast or Charter will likely buy T-Mobile, Oppenheimer analyst says

All four Tier 1 wireless operators will either partner, acquire or be acquired by a pay-TV provider, according to Tim Horan, an analyst with Oppenheimer. Specifically Horan theorizes that either Comcast or Charter will purchase T-Mobile US.

With more than 500,000 Xfinity Home customers, Comcast's smart home biz 'ready to take off'

Comcast said it now counts more than half a million customers on its Xfinity Home smart home offering. The company, which counts more than 22 million total customers across the United States, introduced the smart home service in 2010 and recently has been working to expand the platform to support a wider range of third-party products and services. Thus, said a top Comcast executive, Xfinity Home now has the potential to be a "comprehensive solution" in the smart home market.

Atlantic Broadband becomes nation's 12th largest cable operator with $200M purchase of MetroCast

Atlantic Broadband said it is now the 12th largest cable operator in the United States thanks to its just-completed acquisition of MetroCast from Harron Communications for $200 million. Announced in June, the closing of the deal solidifies Atlantic Broadband's owner, Canada's Cogeco Cable, as a notable player in the U.S. cable market.

Following loss of Verizon's FiOS, Weather Channel reportedly seeking sale at $3B value, report says

The Weather Channel is reportedly moving ahead with a sale of the company that could split the business into a cable channel and a much more valuable digital operation, according to a report from Bloomberg. The move comes as pay-TV operators including Verizon have declined to carry the Weather Channel, noting that more and more users are obtaining weather information from the Internet.

U.S. Cellular, C Spire, Shentel and nTelos round out top wireless carrier list

As the second quarter earnings season comes to a close, FierceWireless is ranking the nation's top wireless carriers in terms of subscribers, revenues, ARPU, churn and more. And perhaps the most notable element in this quarter's ranking is the fact that T-Mobile US has handily passed Sprint to become the nation's third largest wireless network operator with a total of almost 59 million customers.

Will Dish and others join Suddenlink and Cable One in dropping Viacom? One firm says no

With declining advertising rates and market share, Wall Street analysts are lowering their outlooks on Viacom on worries that the programmer will suffer the brunt of the cord-cutting trend due to its relatively young viewership and lack of sports programming. And it is exactly those issues that are sparking concerns that other MVPDs will join Suddenlink and Cable One in dropping Viacom's channel lineup altogether.

Comcast tests $10 per month broadband plan for low-income seniors

Comcast is testing a new $10 per month broadband plan for low-income seniors that will provide broadband service, a free modem and a Wi-Fi router as well as access to digital literacy training materials. The service is being piloted in San Francisco and Palm Beach, Fla., and does not require a contract, installation fee or credit chec

Cox quietly challenges Comcast, Amazon and others with flarePlay gaming subscription service

Cox Communications, the nation's sixth largest pay-TV operator, quietly entered the video game space last year with its flarePlay video game subscription package. The offering is notable considering Comcast recently made a noisy -- albeit poorly received -- splash into the streaming video game business with its Xfinity Games service, which offers users access to a handful of EA games.