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AMC Networks loses Dish Network distribution, but renews AT&T U-verse deal

AMC Networks lost 14 million subscribers over the weekend after Dish Network pulled its flagship channel, IFC and WE from its lineup. But the programmer signed a new contract with AT&T which will keep it in about 4 million U-verse TV homes.

Comcast trademarks 'The Future of Awesome' slogan

Comcast trademarked a new slogan, "The Future of Awesome," that it may be able use to market advanced products such as its Xfinity X1 digital video service.

Dish to replace AMC, IFC and WE with free movies, HDNet and Style

Dish Network said Friday morning that it'll replace AMC, IFC and WE with programming from Mark Cuban's HDNet and Comcast's Style Network.

FCC to track how disasters impact VoIP and broadband Internet services

The FCC said Friday that its Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) can now accept information about outages at VoIP and broadband Internet services that are caused by hurricanes and other disasters.

Bronx Cablevision technicians reject proposal to join CWA

Five months after Cablevision employees in Brooklyn, N.Y., voted to join the Communication Workers of America, field technicians in the Bronx rejected a proposal to join the union.

Corpus Media Labs takes a stab at healthcare IPTV

Having implemented hotel IPTV, Bangladore, India-based Corpus Media Labs is ready for its next challenge: healthcare TV via IPTV and digital-signage solutions.

Motorola Mobility president Dan Moloney resigns; former Charter CTO Fawaz to run home business

Motorola Mobility president Dan Moloney and CTO Geoff Roman are resigning, and will be replaced by former Charter Communications executives Marwan Fawaz and Matt Bell, a source told FierceCable Thursday afternoon.

Open IPTV Forum gets three new members

Three new members have joined the increasingly popular Open IPTV Forum (OIPF), which, among other things, will soon become the caretaker of all things MPEG Industry Forum.

Aspire debuts in 7 million Comcast and Time Warner Cable homes

Comcast and Time Warner Cable flipped the switch Wednesday night on Aspire, a new cable network marketed toward African Americans.

MPEG Industry Forum declares 'victory," hands off to Open IPTV Forum

The MPEG Industry Forum apparently has gone about as far as it can go, and is ready to close up shop after more than a decade driving the transition from analog to all-things-digital.

How GSA's Networx Universal contracts have impacted service providers

FierceTelecom takes a look at the impact that the General Service Administration's Networx Universal contract has had on AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon and other companies that got a piece of the $48 billion in contracts awarded in 2007. 

AT&T U-verse subscribers may lose AMC, WE tv and IFC

AT&T said it hopes to strike a deal with AMC Networks by June 30 that would allow it to continue distributing AMC, WE tv and IFC to U-verse TV subscribers, but the telco is refusing demands that it nearly double the license fee it pays to carry the cable networks.

Major cable MSOs to deploy ThinkAnalytics recommendation engine

Scotland-based ThinkAnalytics has struck deals that will see three major cable MSOs in North America add its recommendation engine to their interactive program guide, which will allow subscribers to receive suggestions for TV shows and movies based on their viewing habits.

Cox COO Jill Campbell details strategy for 'right sizing' cable subscribers

One of the first cable MSOs to implement broadband meters designed in part to encourage Internet subscribers to upgrade to a premium tier, Cox Communications is working to stay ahead of the game with packaging and customer service strategies. Chief Operating Officer Jill Campbell details these strategies in an interview with Steve Donohue of FierceCable.

FCC: Comcast must pay $800K for failing to market affordable standalone broadband service

Comcast agreed Wednesday to pay the federal government $800,000 for failing to adhere to a condition of its merger with NBCUniversal that required it to offer subscribers a standalone high-speed Internet service for two years, the FCC said.

News Corp. board approves split of entertainment and publishing businesses

News Corp. said its board of directors approved a plan to separate its entertainment and publishing businesses into two separate publicly traded companies, both of which will be chaired by Rupert Murdoch. 

YouView on again with 'launch event' set for next week

Britain's on-again, off-again YouView IPTV service is apparently on-again, according to multiple reports. Believe it or not--and if you've ready any previous reports you might have a hard time--it could even be ready in time for the Olympics later in July.

Malaysia's Maxis inks 14 IPTV content deals

IPTV continues to percolate in Malaysia, where multiple companies are launching--or have launched--services to chase a lucrative audience of subscribers and a government that wants to see it happen.

Ergen warns of threats posed by Verizon and 'vicious' cable competitors

Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH)  chairman Charlie Ergen warned House members Wednesday of a threat that Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and its cable MSO partners could pose to consumers and rivals through their agreements to jointly market cable and wireless phone products, and to develop new innovations.

Synacor to offer multilingual TV Everywhere authentication

Synacor, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based technology company that supplies TV Everywhere authentication and portals to Charter Communications and other cable MSOs, said it will soon offer cable subscribers multilingual authentication options.