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Net2TV predicts distribution to 20 million connected TVs by 2014

Net2TV, the online video startup backed by ActiveVideo founder Gary Lauder, is in discussions with several consumer electronics manufacturers that could see it reach 20 million connected TVs by early next year, SVP of Programming Jim Monroe said at OTTCON on Wednesday. FierceOnlineVideo is covering the OTTCON event in Santa Clara, Calif.

McDowell resigning from FCC

Republican FCC commissioner Robert McDowell said Wednesday that he will soon step down from the commission. McDowell announced his resignation at the commission's open meeting on Wednesday.

Kagan: Pay TV subscriber growth lags behind housing market rebound

Pay TV subscriber growth at cable operators, telcos and satellite TV providers is lagging behind a rebounding housing market, SNL Kagan reported Wednesday.

How Boxee and Aereo are using antennas to hook Web video surfers

In today's spotlight, FierceOnlineVideo takes a look at strategies from Boxee and Aereo to use over-the-air antennas to draw viewers who want to watch TV programming on Web video platforms and mobile devices.

Google Fiber expanding to Olathe, Kansas

Google said late Tuesday that it will expand its Google Fiber high-speed Internet and pay TV service to Olathe, Kan.

Roku exec: Time Warner Cable app is 'going great guns'

Just weeks after Time Warner Cable launched its TWC TV app on Roku's streaming video set-tops and devices, a Roku executive said the app is "going great guns" and getting lots of downloads.

CableLabs' McKinney touts organizational changes, new Silicon Valley facility

CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney said that since taking the helm of the non-profit research lab last June, he has made some changes at the organization to make sure it is more transparent to vendors. In addition, he has restructured employees so there are more resources dedicated to fewer projects.

Verizon adds beIN Sport to FiOS TV lineup

Verizon said it launched new international soccer network beIN Sport on channel 598 in its Ultimate HD package.

Consumerist pits Cablevision vs. Time Warner Cable in 'worst company in America' tournament

Consumerist kicked off its "worst company in America" tournament on Tuesday, pitting Cablevision and Time Warner Cable against each other in the opening round.

They coulda been--and are going to be--contenders

No doubt thanks to some good marketing and nifty devices, wireless seems to dominate telecommunications as sports dominates talk radio. The thing is, wireline is hardly a relic of the past, a dinosaur destroyed by the incoming blast of new wireless technologies.

Verizon FiOS to adopt faux a la carte pricing model

It's not quite a la carte, the so-called Holy Grail of subscription TV, but what Verizon is proposing for its FiOS TV service comes close to breaking the logjam of bundled channels currently clogging pay TV lineups. Call it "faux a la carte."

Liberty Media to pay $2.62 billion for 27.3% stake in Charter Communications

Liberty Media Corp. said Tuesday that it will acquire a 27.3 percent stake in Charter Communications for $2.62 billion, marking the return to the U.S. cable business of industry pioneer John Malone, the Liberty chairman who sold Tele-Communications Inc. to AT&T in 1998.

Motorola: DVRs drive 29 percent of TV viewing

Nearly one-third of the content that cable and satellite TV subscribers watch each week is programs recorded on digital video recorders, Motorola Mobility said Tuesday. The set-top and mobile device manufacturer said it found in its fourth annual Media Engagement Barometer study that live TV viewing remains the most popular option.

Giveaways, online video needed to draw new subs to IPTV

A substantial group of consumers, unhappy with decades of ill treatment by cable operators and not quite ready to leap to satellite, have been easy pickings for IPTV providers. Those salad days are probably over. To get to the next level of subscribers, IPTV providers need a ladder--or maybe a gimmick.

Pace, Google Fiber, Cisco make list of telecom 'contenders'

In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom profiles companies that are shaking up the telecom industry. Wireline technology providers making this year's list of "The Contenders" include set-top vendors Pace and Cisco.

Intel licenses motion control technology for set-tops

Intel said it struck a licensing deal with Hillcrest Labs which will allow it to embed its motion control technology in cable set-tops.

AT&T sweetens U-verse bundle with free gifts

AT&T has adopted an age-old marketing ploy of giving away a free appliance--or in the case of the service provider, connected device--in exchange for getting new subscribers who bundle up on its AT&T U-verse service.

Charter stock jumps 7 percent on report that Liberty Media will buy 25 percent stake

Shares in Charter Communications jumped more than 7 percent Monday after The Wall Street Journal reported that Liberty Media may buy a 25 percent stake in the cable MSO.

Verizon proposes paying cable networks based on viewership

Verizon is beginning to pitch cable networks the idea of paying license fees based on how many FiOS TV subscribers actually watch their programming, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Concurrent scores Virgin Media deployment

Concurrent said it struck a deal with British MSO Virgin Media, which will use its MediaHawk product to power its cloud-based Virgin TV Anywhere service.

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