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Google's Chromecast TV offering a hit with reviewers, customers

Apparently there was a lot of pent-up demand for Google Chromecast, the $35 streaming stick that plugs into HDTVs and lets users grab online content like YouTube, Netflix and other streaming services and puts it on TV.

Media servers drive positive Pace results, revenues hit $1.38B

It's probably safe to say that Pace Plc has recovered from the problems that caused turmoil within the company's product lines and a management shakeup a couple years ago.

DirecTV licenses patents for delivering content to mobile devices, game consoles

DirecTV has licensed dozens of patents that could help it deliver multiplatform content, according to a deal announced by Personal Media Communications.

Operators team with programmers and rivals to drive local ad revenue

Battles between cable operators and networks over the cost of programming continue to increase each year. But behind the scenes, many operators are teaming up with cable networks and even rivals like AT&T, Verizon and DirecTV to sell local cable advertising--a business that generated $2.7 billion in revenue in 2012, according to the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau.

Time Warner Cable restores CBS, Showtime after brief blackout

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) dropped CBS Corp.'s (NYSE: CBS) owned-and-operated TV stations and Showtime from its cable systems in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas shortly after midnight...

What CBS and Time Warner Cable could learn from Disney and Comcast

CBS CEO Les Moonves might've avoided this ugly public dispute with Time Warner Cable, if he had considered some of the terms involving mobile video that rival Disney agreed to in a broad carriage deal it signed with Comcast. 

TV Everywhere: YouView partners eye multi-device strategy

Britain's YouView IPTV service is set to expand into the TV Everywhere space, thanks to a renegotiation of the partnership agreement between shareholders BBC, TalkTalk, BT and ITV.

Speed limits: California, Nevada get 45 Mbps U-verse; Ikanos copper tests hits 300 Mbps

The effort to use existing copper infrastructure to deliver higher speed broadband to residential and small business customers--and effectively keep up with the cables--was boosted this week when AT&T said it was finally starting to deliver 45 Mbps U-verse broadband, and Ikanos said that it's already proven it can deliver 300 Mbps over 200 meters using existing VDSL chipsets.

Netflix not a TV cannibal, says TiVo Research

Netflix is many things--including a frontrunner for some Emmy hardware--but it's not a cannibal, according to TiVo Research and Analytics' (TRA) study of traditional TV tuning behaviors of self-identified Netflix subscribers.

DirecTV to pass on carrying Pac-12 sports channels

DirecTV is going to pass on picking up Pac-12 Networks sports channels this season. 

NYC Mayoral candidate Quinn urges CBS and Time Warner to settle dispute

New York City Mayoral candidate and City Council speaker Christine Quinn is urging CBS and Time Warner Cable to settle their dispute over retransmission consent and not disrupt service to customers. According to NY1 news channel, Quinn sent letters to both sides asking them to negotiate without disrupting service and she even threatened to schedule an oversight hearing to hold both parties accountable to the public.

Outside TV snares distribution deal with NCTC

Outside Television inked a master affiliation deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative that could help it get its content on small and mid-size cable systems throughout the U.S.  The NCTC deal, along with Outside's existing agreement with distribution partners such as Comcast XFinity, gives the network the potential to reach more than 40 million homes.

NCTC names PeerApp preferred vendor for OTT content delivery

Caching platform PeerApp is the preferred vendor for independent cable operators to use to deliver OTT content to customers. The National Cable Television Cooperative said it selected PeerApp because it provides a solution that is both efficient and cost-effective.

TiVo: Netflix doesn't cannibalize linear TV viewing

Netflix subscribers watch just as much TV as other TV viewers, according to new research from TiVo  Research and Analytics.  In fact, Netflix viewers not only watch Netflix content in addition to linear TV, but they also watch more premium content.

Comcast HITS expands HD channel lineup without using more bandwidth

HITS, Comcast's wholesale division that provides satellite-based content to independent cable operators, will expand its HITS Q2 satellite-based content distribution platform, making it possible to deliver more channels using existing bandwidth.

NBN would spur growth of HbbTV, save Seven West business, exec says

Australia needs to build its National Broadband Network (NBN) to pave the way for Hybrid Broadband Television (HbbTV) and, more importantly, sustain the Seven West's television business, Tim Worner, chief executive of that country's national broadband media business said.

Infonetics sees increased demand from operators for transcoding technology

Cable operators will likely increase their investments in adaptive bitrate gear and transcoding technology in order to battle increased competition from Netflix and other online video providers, Infonetics said in a research report Friday.

Frontier fighting copper thieves in Washington

In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom takes a look at a spate of copper thefts that Frontier Communications is grappling with in Washington.

ACA pushes FCC to open 5 GHz band for next-gen Wi-Fi services

Cable operators need the FCC to open up more spectrum in the 5 GHz band to meet demand from subscribers for next-generation Wi-Fi services, the American Cable Association said in a filing at the commission on Thursday.

Verizon's latest call center technology: Pick your own CSR

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) may be considering installing new software at its call centers which would allow its FiOS and mobile phone customers to quickly switch to a new customer service representative if they are aren't happy with the first representative who answers their call, according to a patent application obtained by FierceCable.

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