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UFC not contemplating launch of U.S. cable channel

While The Ultimate Fighting Championship said Friday that it will flip the switch on a 24-hour channel in Latin America later this year, executives said they don't plan to launch a channel dedicated to cage fighting for U.S. pay TV subscribers.

Fanhattan unveils Fan TV set-top to power cloud DVR, live TV, streaming video

Fanhattan said it will release a streaming video set-top and buttonless "touch remote" later this year that viewers can use to navigate TV and Web video by swiping the device.

Time Warner Cable throws NASCAR party for Sports Pass subscribers

Time Warner Cable, which signed NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne to a sponsorship deal last fall, is using its pact with Kahne to hook subscribers who are racing fans.

MRG: Microsoft leads 2 of 6 IPTV market categories worldwide

Microsoft received one more bit of good press out of Mediaroom before finally selling the IPTV platform to Ericsson. According to research developed by Multimedia Research Group's (MRG's) IPTV Market Leader Report, 2013, Microsoft "leads the world in two of six IPTV market categories" the researchers tracked.

Comcast adds Cisco WebEx Meeting Center to Upware portal

Comcast struck a deal with Cisco to add the company's WebEx videoconferencing product to the Upware portal that it launched earlier this year for commercial customers.

Dish Network raises offer to acquire Clearwire

Looking to thwart Sprint's efforts to acquire broadband wireless provider Clearwire, Dish Network increased its bid to buy the company to $4.40 per share.

Arris: Cable technicians reducing travel time with GPS-enabled tablets and smartphones

Arris released data collected from cable operators using its workforce management product, WorkAssure, that shows dispatchers and field technicians have been able reduce repeat service calls and time spent driving to subscriber homes with a system that relies in part on supplying technicians with GPS-enabled tablets and smartphones.

Time Warner outsourcing fewer customer service calls

Time Warner Cable is hiring more customer service representatives trained to keep subscribers from cancelling service after promotional offers expire and relying less on outsourcing calls, COO Rob Marcus said Wednesday.

BlackArrow product could help Time Warner Cable, Comcast target ads to mobile devices

Ad insertion technology vendor BlackArrow is pitching cable operators a new product that could be used to deliver targeted ads to subscribers watching live TV programming on tablets and other IP devices.

Comcast launches voice controls on X1 Remote iPhone app

Comcast said Wednesday that it added voice controls to its X1 Remote app for Apple's iPhone, giving subscribers the ability to change channels and search for TV shows and movies by speaking commands into their smartphones.

Dish launches 'Social' app for Hopper DVRs, linking Twitter and Facebook

Dish Network said it launched an app called Social for its Hopper multiroom DVR which allows subscribers to share info about the TV shows and movies they are watching with friends on Twitter and Facebook.

'Arrested Development' premiere drives DSL traffic

Procera Networks said Tuesday that the season four premiere of Arrested Development over the weekend on Netflix drove big traffic on broadband networks.

Video caching emerges as subscriber acquisition and retention tool

A look at what led Cablevision to allow subscription video rival Netflix to store content on appliances attached to its network as well as tout Netflix in marketing materials is one of the best examples of why cable operators are embracing video caching technology.

Iowa city charging $275 monthly for 1-Gig broadband service

Mediacom Communications faces increased broadband competition in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where a city-owned utility company launched an Internet service that it said can deliver download speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

Adara scores deployments for switched digital video product

Toronto-based Adara Technologies said Tuesday that two small U.S. telcos deployed its switched digital video solution, which delivers HDTV programming and the ability to offer subscribers over-the-top video.

Weber says AT&T will pay programmers less for U-verse distribution if they go over the top

AT&T would slash the license fees it pays cable programmers such as HBO if they pursue over-the-top video distribution, the company's top negotiator said at an investor conference Wednesday.

Comcast licenses RDK to motion control developer Hillcrest Labs

In a move that could help cable operators deploy remote controls containing motion control technology used in devices like Nintendo Wii controllers, Hillcrest Labs said it licensed Comcast's Reference Design Kit (RDK) software.

Time Warner Cable going all digital in Staten Island

Time Warner Cable is beginning to notify subscribers on New York's Staten Island that it will convert to an all-digital platform in June.

Appeals Court slams Tennis Channel – Comcast ruling

Comcast won't have to adhere to an FCC order to expand distribution for Tennis Channel to an additional 18 million homes, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit shot down a ruling that found Comcast had discriminated against Tennis Channel.

DirecTV – PGA pact gives subscribers exclusive interactive golf content

DirecTV will be able to offer subscribers exclusive interactive programming from four PGA golf events under a deal it announced Monday with the PGA Tour.

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