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Google Fiber set to begin targeted TV advertising in Kansas City

Attempting to mimic the advanced advertising success it's had on the Internet, Google Fiber will begin to offer targeted local TV ads in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.

Report: Suddenlink customers see big rate hikes for video and broadband services

Suddenlink is the latest pay-TV operator to raise consumer prices, notifying customers last week that they'll pay additional fees for sports programming, broadcast retransmission and broadband service.

MLB may grant regional sports networks multiscreen rights

Major League Baseball is reportedly close to a deal that would allow regional sports networks to stream games to IP devices for the first time.

Report: TWC Dodgers channel talks haven't moved, after all

A new report quashes rumors that Time Warner Cable has moved closer to reaching carriage deals in Southern California for its Dodgers-focused regional sports network, SportsNet LA.

It's autumn for Sumner Redstone ... and Viacom, too?

Sumner Redstone built his Viacom empire via a combination of "vision and paranoia," The Economist says, taking his father's exhibition chain, National Amusements, and future-proofing it against emerging paradigms and technologies, such as pay-TV and VCRs.

Wheeler says it again: FCC will not regulate pricing

When asked about the impact of the FCC's new net neutrality rules, top cable-industry executives have offered up a somewhat unified response: the effects should be minimal as long as the agency holds true to its promise not regulate rates.

Dish expands Nagra partnership to include TVE ad insertion, audience measurement

Dish Network has expanded its relationship with multiscreen technology vendor Nagra to include dynamic ad insertion into TV Everywhere services.

Canadian regulators mandate a la carte distribution for pay-TV

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ruled Thursday that pay-TV operators must offer subscribers a basic programming channel selection, priced at no more than $25 a month. Any other networks on top of that must be offered a la carte, or in small bundles.

Comcast giving special traffic treatment to HBO, Showtime, Sony? Unlikely, says analyst

An article suggesting that Comcast was in negotiations with HBO, Showtime and Sony to treat the broadband traffic of the latter three's new OTT products as "managed services" set off skeptic alarms for one analyst.

Comcast's secret online video plans compete directly with TWC, merger opponents tell California regulators

Starting in February 2014, when it first publicly proposed its $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Comcast has framed its regulatory pitch on the fact that its video services footprint have little, if any, overlap with that of TWC. However, a group of California deal opponents say Comcast has plans to launch a broad-reaching, national online video service that render those supposedly safe battle lines moot.

Ranking the cheapest (and most expensive) wireline broadband in the U.S.

It's clear that the U.S. wireline broadband market is in a state of transition. On one side, Google Fiber is turning the broadband industry on its head with its 1 Gbps (FTTP) offerings, and on the other side major players like AT&T and Verizon are selling off their wireline assets. A key component of this transition centers on price.

Discovery founder Hendricks' CuriosityStream goes live

CuriosityStream, the new SVOD service created by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, officially launched Wednesday with about 600 non-fiction series, feature-length documentaries and shorts, all focused on science, technology and history.

Charter CEO Rutledge's salary nearly quadrupled to $16.1M in 2014

Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge saw his compensation nearly quadruple to $16.1 million in 2014, up from $4.5 million the year before, according to Securities Exchange Commission filings.

DirecTV's Goswitz: Satellite operator to have 50-70 4K channels by 2020

DirecTV stands firmly behind the deployment of 4K/UltraHD services and plans to have 50-70 4K channels available to subscribers by 2020, according to SVP Philip Goswitz.

Comcast may be forced to join Apple's new pay-TV service

Federal mandates put in place when Comcast acquired NBCUniversal in 2011 could force the conglomerate to the bargain table with Apple over the tech giant's upcoming streaming pay-TV service.

Pay-TV's revolutionary OTT services are coming up short on revolution

I can't say I'm not intrigued by the possibility--seemingly real this time--that Apple will launch a streaming pay-TV service. But at the end of the day, will it really matter to me if I'm seeing it via a groundbreaking $40-a-month OTT service, or the TV Everywhere component of a stripped down $40-a-month traditional cable package?

Sony's PlayStation Vue 'just paying for cable over IP,' review says

Launching officially in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia Wednesday, Sony's PlayStation Vue over-the-top pay-TV service was subject to its first press reviews. The opinions are mixed.

Imagine launches cloud-based DVR, new DAI tech

Multiscreen solutions provider Imagine Communications, traditionally a broadcast-focused provider, is taking a more holistic view of the IP video ecosystem, launching two components on its new CloudXtream platform: cloud DVR capability, and dynamic ad insertion.

Report: FCC meetings over Comcast-TWC outnumber those for AT&T-DirecTV over 4-to-1

For months, there's been a popular notion held among media analysts that the proposed merger of AT&T and DirecTV is enjoying a smooth regulatory review process largely because all of the focus is on the prospective Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal. Reuters says AT&T and DirecTV's proposed $49 billion deal is indeed getting far less scrutiny.

Canoe now reaching 130 DMAs, 48 out of top 50

Canoe, the cable-industry joint venture specializing in dynamic ad insertion (DAI) into video-on-demand, says its reach has expanded into 130 demographic marketing areas (DMAs) across the U.S., and 48 of the top 50 DMAs.