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Cablevision retrans dispute blackout cost Tribune $18M in ad revenue

A retransmission-consent dispute that left Cablevision subscribers unable to watch Tribune Co. TV stations for more than two months last fall cost the broadcaster $18 million in advertising revenue, Tribune disclosed Monday.

Hulu purchase would make DirecTV a Broadband Virtual Network Operator

By purchasing Hulu, DirecTV would gain a respectable web presence and a bunch of new tech-savvy customers who would transform the satellite provider from a downstream TV purveyor to a content provider. But there's a risk that DirecTV could become, instead, the broadband version of an MVNO.

Catching up with former top wireless execs

In today's spotlight, FierceWireless takes a look at the current whereabouts of 10 former top wireless executives.

IPTV a 'high tech' draw for hotels

IPTV has become a key ingredient for hotels internationally as part of an IP-based effort to entice and retain visitors in a competitive environment.

Sigma Designs' Q1 bottom line boosted by IPTV, set-tops, home connectivity

IPTV, both directly and peripherally, proved to be a good business for connected media platform developer and system-on-a-chip provider Sigma Designs in the first quarter. The company reported net revenues that were up $8.3 million to $52.5 million, 19 percent higher than the previous quarter and 31 percent higher year-over-year.

CableLabs qualifies EPON gear from six vendors

Louisville, Colo.-based research and development facility CableLabs qualified devices from six vendors for version 1.0 of the DOCSIS provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specifications, enabling cable operators to deploy EPON equipment and be assured of interoperability.

Comcast HD glitch impacts Stanley Cup finals game

A glitch in Comcast's equipment that receives HD signals from broadcasters and transmits them to customers caused high-definition viewers in Chicago to miss out on watching part of the Chicago Blackhawks-Boston Bruins Stanley Cup finals game Saturday night.

Charter recruits Cablevision lobbyist Catherine Bohigian

Charter Communications continues to lure execs away from other MSOs. The newest addition to the Charter team is Catherine Bohigian, who was named executive vice president of government affairs and will oversee all aspects of Charter's government relations.

Pay TV subscriber numbers to hit 1 billion by 2018, study says

Belying the ongoing belief that OTT will conquer all, U.K. firm Digital TV Research believes that the pay TV universe will actually expand and reach 1 billion households by 2018.

Rumor mill: Charter may be eyeing Time Warner Cable as an acquisition target

Charter Communications, which is partially owned by Liberty Media, has been in talks with Time Warner Cable, about a possible merger; however, the likelihood of that deal coming to fruition is weak.

Cable's broadband pricing may be preventing higher speed adoption

At last week's The Cable Show in Washington, D.C., Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off a 3 Gbps cable broadband connection, which is three times faster than Google Fiber service and nearly 150 times faster than the current average broadband connection speed in the United States.

AT&T U-verse shake-up: Jeff Weber moves to 'special project role'

Jeff Weber, president of content and advertising sales at AT&T--the driving force and public face of the U-verse IPTV business--is moving to a new position within the company, AT&T confirmed.

In pictures: The Cable Show 2013

The NCTA's annual trade show, The Cable Show, was held in Washington, D.C., from June 10 - 12. Take a look at some of the highlights in our slideshow.

As DirecTV plays damage control, Dish Network waives fees for subscribers impacted by Colorado wildfires

Dish Network said Friday that it will waive fees for lost or damaged equipment to satellite TV subscribers impacted by wildfires in Colorado.

The Comcast Show: Has Brian Roberts become cable's Steve Jobs?

In 2006, NCTA changed the name of the cable industry's annual convention to The Cable Show. With Comcast and its CEO Brian Roberts dominating this years convention--from the general sessions to the show floor--this year's confab could've been called The Comcast Show.

NCTA draws 12,000 to The Cable Show; will hold 2013 convention in Los Angeles

About 12,000 people attended The Cable Show convention this week in Washington, D.C., according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

Time Warner Cable: 'We don't throttle traffic'

Responding to complaints that it intentionally degrades online video services such as YouTube and Hulu being accessed by cable modem subscribers, Time Warner Cable insisted Thursday that it doesn't "throttle" Internet video traffic.

Boxee reportedly has new owner

Internet video set-top vendor Boxee plans to announce next week that it has a new owner, VentureBeat reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources.

Cox signs Rentrak to measure VOD viewing on iPad

Cox Communications expanded its contract with ratings firm Rentrak to include measurement of video-on-demand viewing on Apple's iPad, Rentrak CEO Bill Livek said Thursday on an earnings call.

How the cable industry is threatening online video

In today's spotlight, FierceOnlineVideo editor Josh Wein examines the ways cable is changing to compete with the online video industry.

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