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Targeting millennials? Median age of Sling TV programming is 48

Marketed with the slogan "Take Back TV," Dish Network has billed its new Sling TV package as an OTT service aimed squarely at millennial-aged consumers. But analyzing the channels included in Sling TV's basic programming tier using Nielsen Live+7 data, Deadline Hollywood's David Lieberman finds some contradictory data.

Cable One has lost 18% of video subs since Viacom blackout, analyst says

After a note by a rival media-investment analyst last week sent Viacom shares spiraling on fears of a pending blackout on Dish Network, Craig Moffett responded with his own memo, dismissing the speculation.

DirecTV ups NFL Sunday Ticket base price 5%

DirecTV has released increased consumer pricing for its 2015 NFL Sunday Ticket packages, following the eight-year, $12 billion re-upping of the satellite operator's licensing deal with the National Football League in early October.

MLK holiday publishing break

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, FierceCable will not be publishing on Monday, Jan. 19. We will be back in your inbox on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Vubiquity hires former Warner Bros. digital marketing exec Edelman

Multiscreen technology company Vubiquity has named former Warner Bros. executive Michele Edelman executive VP of marketing and communications, replacing the departed Laurie Lawrence.

Kroenke expands Liberatore's oversight to all outdoor-themed cable channels

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment has announced the formation of a new division, the KSE Outdoor Group, to manage its growing cadre of outdoors-themed media assets, which include cable networks the Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network.

Charter beefs up government relations team with 3 exec hires

Charter Communications has added three executives to its government relations team, highlighted by the addition of former Cablevision operative Adam Falk as senior VP, government affairs.

Viacom gives Dauman another raise amid Dish blackout fears, falling stock price

Viacom has re-upped CEO Philippe Dauman through 2018, giving a mogul who was already one of the highest paid media executives yet another raise.

A look at AT&T's Foundry innovation center

At an unassuming office park a short drive from Dallas, a group of AT&T engineers have what many might consider the best jobs at AT&T--working at the company's Plano-based Foundry.

Dish makes deal with Fox News, ends blackout

Dish Network announced that it has come to renewal terms with 21st Century Fox, ending a blackout of Fox News and Fox Business News that had been in place on the satellite carrier since Dec. 20.

Missouri bill effectively states, 'Don't show me any municipal broadband'

Missouri has become the latest state to jump on the anti-municipal broadband bandwagon with the introduction of a new bill that would create barriers for local towns and cities that want to build their own broadband networks. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has a complete report here.

President's municipal broadband push gets pushback from cable industry

Cable industry representatives responded pungently Wednesday to remarks made by President Barak Obama, who asked for the repeal of laws restricting towns and cities from setting up their own broadband networks.

FCC asks Dish about Sling TV programming deals

The FCC has asked Dish Network about how it reached its programming deals for its $20-a-month OTT service, Sling TV.

Discovery founder Hendricks launches SVOD service CuriosityStream

After pioneering the nonfiction programming template that formed the backbone the cable industry for the last two decades, Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks is looking to become a part of the SVOD revolution that's currently undermining pay-TV.

Synacor acquires live TV streaming service NimbleTV

TV Everywhere tech company Synacor has acquired streaming startup NimbleTV for an undisclosed sum.

Comcast rolls TWC, Charter assets into 3-division plan ahead of merger

In preparation for what it hopes will be an FCC-approved takeover of Time Warner Cable, Comcast Cable EVP and COO David Watson circulated an internal memo, announcing a new executive structure based on three core regions.

A+E Networks taps Clearleap to support set-top VOD

Atlanta technology company Clearleap says it's stuck a deal with A+E Networks to power set-top-based VOD programming across all of the conglomerate's channels.

Cable One promotes Laulis to president and COO

Cable One has promoted Julie Laulis to president and chief operating officer. Laulis has spent the last 15 years at the Phoenix-based MSO, which touts just under 500,000 video subscribers. She has operated under the title of COO since 2012.

Conservative PAC targets Comcast alleging liberal bias in news divisions

Facing opposition from many progressive groups based on its merger plans with Time Warner Cable, Comcast is now getting headwind from a conservative PAC, which claims the publicly traded corporation has a secret liberal agenda.

TWC takes on Google in Kansas city with Maxx upgrade

Time Warner Cable has responded to the competitive threat of Google Fiber in Kansas City. The MSO will begin transitioning its footprint in that market to all-digital video with the rollout of its DOCSIS 3.0-based "TWC Maxx" service this week.