Time Warner Cable to get cut of $2B Lifeline phone subsidies with New York State launch

Time Warner Cable said Tuesday that it is beginning to offer low-income subscribers in New York state Lifeline phone service, which will give it a small share of the $2 billion in government subsidies that are collected each year by Verizon, AT&T, Frontier Communications and other telcos.

DirecTV using dog food coupons, free ID tags to leash DogTV subscribers

DirecTV is using dog food coupons and free canine ID tags to push subscribers to order the $5.99 monthly DogTV, which it plans to launch on Aug. 1.

Infonetics: Cisco, EchoStar, Motorola were biggest U.S. set-top vendors in Q1

Cisco led set-top vendors in the first quarter in revenue share, according to a report from Infonetics.

4G LTE a boon for small wireline telcos

4G LTE is moving steadily out of the urban/suburban markets and into the secondary and tertiary markets where the big carriers have limited, if any, wireline infrastructure to support increased demand. And that's good news for any number of independent telcos which are finding a lucrative new business opportunity backhauling wireless traffic for big carriers.

For AT&T, jumping through the Hulu hoops makes sense

AT&T is reportedly bidding, with Chernin Group, on Hulu. But does the purchase make sense for a provider that already has extensive resources and a thriving IPTV business, complete with content? It might, when one looks at the rise of connected devices.

Aereo-PlayOn combo delivers local TV to PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, Google TV

Aereo customers will be able to watch local TV stations on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Google TV devices if they pay an additional $25 monthly, MediaMall said Monday.

Smaller telcos battle for wireless backhaul revenue

In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom takes a look at Frontier Communications, FairPoint and other Tier 2 telcos that are driving increased revenue from striking wireless backhaul deals with Verizon Wireless, AT&T and other mobile carriers.

Verizon teams with Origin Digital on live video streaming effort

Verizon has simultaneously boosted its TV Everywhere prowess and added another element to the growing OTT space via a new service, Verizon Live Events. Verizon said it will make the service part of its video-on-demand and linear channel service via its video-optimized media platform.

Telcos need to collaborate more, compete less, study says

Telecom operators may be overestimating the threat of OTT and underestimating the value of collaboration, new research from Ovum says.

Japanese broadcasters block Panasonic smart TV ad

Japanese broadcasters apparently don't like the idea of televisions that combine broadcast TV with the Internet, so they've blocked commercials for Panasonic's new "smart" television.

Infonetics: Worldwide IPTV providers gaining on competition

IPTV "upstarts" are proving to be winners in the battle for new pay TV subscribers worldwide, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Russia's Rostelecom, Brazil's GVT and Dutch provider KPN are among the new players that are making it interesting for incumbents.

Verizon teams with Origin Digital to launch Verizon Live Events

Verizon said Monday that it is pitching broadcasters, pay TV distributors, studios and other content owners a new Verizon Live Events service to cover sporting events, concerts and other live events.

Time Warner Cable moving PEG channels to digital-only format

Time Warner Cable said Monday that it will move public, educational and government (PEG) access channels to digital-only format on its cable systems in New York State and New England on July 23.

DirecTV pushing programmers for over-the-top video rights

DirecTV is negotiating deals with programmers in hopes of expanding the amount of over-the-top video it can offer subscribers, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Shazam to use $40M investment from America Movil to boost TV advertising product

Shazam said Monday that America Movil invested $40 million in the company, which has built apps that let users with mobile devices identify music and TV shows.

Report: Cord cutters returning to pay TV

Former cable and satellite TV consumers who cut the cord on pay TV subscriptions are beginning return to subscription TV services, according to a report released Monday from Research and Markets.

AT&T U-verse to compete in Hattiesburg, Miss., with Comcast

AT&T has been cleared to begin installing fiber optic cables and the necessary equipment needed to deliver U-verse and compete with incumbent cable operator Comcast in Hattiesburg, Miss. The IPTV service was given the go-ahead when city council approved a five-year agreement with AT&T Mississippi to add Hattiesburg to a list of about 60 cities in the state where the service is available.

AT&T said to join Chernin in final round Hulu bids

AT&T has reportedly joined Chernin Group to offer up a last-minute bid to acquire video streaming service Hulu.

Infonetics: Pay TV revenues jumped 10% in 2012

While the number of subscribers to cable, satellite and telco pay-TV services continues to plummet in North America, emerging countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRIC countries) are boosting global revenues, an Infonetics Research report says.

AT&T U-verse to challenge Comcast in Mississippi town

Comcast will face new competition from AT&T's U-verse TV in Hattiesburg, Miss., after the city council approved a cable franchise for the telco on Tuesday.