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AT&T Labs tests personalized TV recommendations

AT&T Labs (NYSE: T) is testing personalized TV technology that could eventually allow multichannel providers to offer personalized TV recommendations to subscribers based on profiles it builds

Diller to testify at Senate hearing about online video

IAC chairman and Aereo TV investor Barry Diller is scheduled to testify at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday focused on the future of online video. The hearing, which will also include

Shammo: Verizon eyes more FiOS rate hikes; will 'rebundle' packages

Following a recent rate hike for its set-top and DVR rental fees, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) will soon increase the prices for some of its FiOS programming packages, and "rebundle" some packages that offer

DirecTV gambles on NFL Sunday Ticket price cut

DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) is betting that a big price cut in its NFL Sunday Ticket package can help it combat slower subscriber growth, announcing Thursday that it'll charge just $199 for the exclusive

Rentrak: Free VOD traffic jumped 17% in 2011

U.S. cable operators generated 6.8 billion transactions from free video-on-demand programs from content suppliers such as Comedy Central and CBS in 2011, up 17 percent compared to 2010, Rentrak said

Cablevision expands rollout of live TV computer app

Three months after it began testing a product that lets digital cable subscribers watch live TV channels on laptops in their homes, Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) said Thursday that it expanded the launch

Verizon picks up 180K FiOS TV subscribers in Q1 2012, but growth slows

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) said Thursday that it added 180,000 net new FiOS TV subscribers during the first quarter, along with 193,000 FiOS Internet customers. Its growth slowed compared to the fourth

Will cable networks follow Turner's live streaming moves?

It was 12 years ago this month that MSNBC attempted to stream live video from its cable network 24 hours a day, only to pull the plug three days later after cable operators protested. The all-news

Turner to stream Cartoon Network live on Web, mobile devices

Turner Broadcasting said it will soon deliver Cartoon Network live on the Web and mobile devices from Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL). The move, announced Wednesday at its upfront presentation for advertisers

NBC retransmission consent proxy deal 'on hold'

NBC is having trouble striking deals with network affiliates that would allow it to act as a proxy to negotiate retransmission-consent seals with cable operators and satellite TV providers,

Spectrum sale could help Verizon deals with Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Bright House

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) said it would auction its 700 MHz spectrum in major cities and rural areas if the company gains regulatory approval to purchase Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum

Comcast driver ticketed after crashing into house, cars

Delaware State Police have issued a Comcast (Nasdaq:CMCSA) truck driver a ticket for alleged inattentive driving, after he crashed a company-owned Ford F450 into two parked automobiles and a house

Media General reports 63% jump in retransmission revenue

TV station group owner Media General (NYSE:MEG) on Wednesday reported a 63 percent increase in revenue from retransmission-consent deals during the first quarter, thanks to deals it has struck with

WideOpenWest to buy Knology for $1.5B

Cable overbuilder WideOpenWest agreed to buy Knology in a deal valued at $1.5 billion, which could see WideOpenWest pick up 256,000 video subscribers in Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, South Carolina,

Time Warner Cable adds live TV to Android app

Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) subscribers with smartphones and tablets running Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android operating system can now watch live TV channels from their cable subscriptions on the

Will 2012 be the year operators embrace OTT?

In today's spotlight, FierceOnlineVideo editor Jim O'Neil takes a look at technology vendors that are pitching cable operators products that can be used to deliver over-the-top video to subscribers.

Charter adopts uniform channel lineups, expands HD capacity

Charter Communications (Nasdaq:CHTR) is adopting uniform channel lineups for national cable networks, and adding 28 high-definition channels to its systems in Illinois and Missouri. The fourth

Arbitron measures tablet and smartphone usage

Arbitron is beginning to measure how consumers use tablet computers and mobile phones, announcing Monday that it has launched a syndicated mobile consumer research service. The company, which has

DirecTV pitches HD DVR to hotel chains

DirecTV (Nasdaq:DTV) is beginning to supply DVRs to hotel chains, allowing guests to record live TV shows and pause or rewind programming. But hotel guests will neither be able to schedule programs

Genachowski: FCC watching marketplace to determine if retransmission reform is warranted

The Federal Communications Commission is studying battles between local broadcasters and cable operators to determine if the regulatory agency should move to overhaul retransmission-consent rules,