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Comcast digital conversion on tap for Seattle area

Seattle and surrounding cities and towns represent Comcast's latest target for a conversion to all-digital programming.

Time Warner Cable beefs up Kansas City workforce amid Google TV plans

Google's recent bid to launch TV service, including channels from Starz and Showtime, over its Kansas City fiber properties apparently has caught the attention of Time Warner Cable. The cable TV incumbent in that market reported plans to hire more than 80 new employees locally in an efforts to boost its Kansas City workforce by about 9 percent.

NFL Network on fourth down and forever with Time Warner Cable

NFL Network has made progress getting its NFL Network and NFL RedZone channels on more cable TV systems. However, one last group of customers from a major operator remains unable to access the NFL channels.

Cablevision blacks out 4 Tribune stations in retransmission dispute

Cablevision alleged that the Tribune Co., which is attempting to emerge from bankruptcy, is trying to hike fees to feed its institutional investors.

Cisco posts $1.9 billion in net income in fiscal Q4 2012

Cisco said it generated $11.7 billion in net sales for the fourth quarter ending July 28. The company posted $1.9 billion in net income, up 15 percent compared to the same period last year.

Will NFL Network deal prompt Cablevision to hike subscription fees?

Cablevision said Thursday that it agreed to launch NFL Network and NFL RedZone channel, nine years after the league flipped the switch on the 24-hour football network.

DOJ: Verizon can't market products from cable MSOs in markets where FiOS is available

Verizon and its cable partners will be prohibited from cross-marketing cable and wireless phone services in markets where FiOS TV is available, the Department of Justice said Thursday in approving the telco's spectrum deals Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks.

Dish Network avoids blackout of 45 Sinclair stations; signs 2-week extension on retrans deal

Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group said early Thursday that they agreed to a two-week extension of their retransmission-consent agreement, which expired at midnight.

Time Warner Cable hawks $150 Target gift cards to new triple-play subscribers

Time Warner Cable is stepping up its subscriber acquisition efforts, announcing that it will offer new customers who take a triple play of digital video, high-speed Internet and phone service gift cards that could be used to buy up to $150 in merchandise at Target stores.

Charter to pay Apodaca nearly $650K in severance agreement

Former Charter Communications president of operations Steve Apodaca will receive nearly $650,000 in severance pay, the MSO disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday.

TiVo teams with SeaChange to shop 'Cardio' VOD solution to operators

SeaChange International and TiVo are pitching cable operators a joint "Cardio" software solution that the companies say will allow operators to deliver cable video-on-demand programming to subscribers that buy TiVo DVRs.

NBC shatters TV and online video viewing records with 2012 Olympic Games

In today's spotlight, FierceOnlineVideo takes a look at the record numbers NBCUniversal scored for its television and online video coverage of the Summer Olympics in London.

Comcast contractor remains hospitalized following electrical fire

Authorities say Margarito Mesa, a 47-year-old Comcast contractor who was badly burned while installing fiber optic line in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Monday, remains hospitalized at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Comcast: 100,000 families have ordered $9.95 monthly Internet Essentials service

Comcast said Wednesday that nearly 100,000 low-income families have signed up for its Internet Essentials program since last summer, which offers a 3 Mbps high-speed connection for $9.95 monthly.

Cablevision founder Dolan sells $72M in AMC Networks stock

AMC Networks said Wednesday that Cablevision founder Charles Dolan sold 1.75 million shares of its Class A common stock on Tuesday.

Comcast contractor burned in transformer explosion

A contractor working on a fiber cable for Comcast was badly burned Monday in Santa Cruz, Calif., after a power transformer apparently exploded and set the bucket lift he was using on fire, authorities said.

FCC: Expanded basic rates jumped 4.6 percent

The average price for expanded basic cable programming packages jumped by 4.16 percent to $57.46 for the year ending January 2011, according to an FCC report released Monday.

LRG: Pay TV subscriber losses in Q2 2012 'nearly identical' to Q2 2011

Cable operators, telcos and satellite TV providers lost a total of 325,710 video subscribers during the second quarter, or about 1,000 more than the 324,403 subscribers that the industry dropped during the same period last year, according to Leichtman Research Group.

Dish Network accuses Sinclair of demanding 'massive' retrans fees; will lose 70 ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox stations

Dish Network will lose the feeds from 70 TV stations in 45 markets owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group early Wednesday, unless it reaches a last-minute agreement with a station owner that it claims is demanding a "massive" increase in retransmission-consent fees.

Cablevision lights Ethernet connection at Long Island fire department

Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath division said it has installed an Ethernet-based broadband Internet service at a fire department near the north shore of New York's Long Island.