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WOW! CEO Abdoulah calls for modernized retransmission-consent rules at ACA Summit opener

Washington -- WideOpenWest CEO Colleen Abdoulah opened up the ACA Summit in Washington, D.C., by calling for Congress to reform retransmission-consent rules that she complained have left local

Cablevision EVPs Blackley and Mayo resign; MSO looks to fill dozens of jobs

Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) EVP of corporate engineering and technology Jim Blackley and EVP of consumer operations Kathleen "Kip" Mayo are resigning, the MSO said Tuesday. CEO Jim Dolan is leading

Ericsson to acquire Technicolor for $25M

Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC) continues its acquisition streak, agreeing to buy French technology manufacturer Technicolor for $25 million. The deal follows an agreement it struck last month to acquire

Rogers rolls dynamic VOD ad insertion with SeaChange gear

Rogers Communications (NYSE: RCI) said it is beginning to insert dynamic ads in mid-roll breaks in its free VOD programming, using technology from SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC). The Canadian

Rights issues could thwart Intel and other potential 'virtual MSOs'

While The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is talking to programmers about creating a "virtual MSO," the task of landing rights to distribute networks ranging from ESPN

Aereo hires Cablevision attorney for copyright battle with broadcasters

Aereo has hired David Hosp, a copyright attorney who helped Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) win its landmark network DVR lawsuit, to wage a court fight with broadcasters attempting to shut down its platform

Synacor sees 37% revenue jump in Q4, forecasts 33% increase for 2012

Synacor (Nasdaq: SYNC), which in February launched a successful initial public offering, says it expects to see sales growth top 33 percent in 2012, with revenues of $121 million to $124 million. The

Cablevision names Yvette Kanouff EVP of engineering, software design

Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) on Monday named former SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) executive Yvette Kanouff EVP of engineering and software design. Kanouff

AT&T suffers court setback over Kentucky U-verse deployment

Mediacom Southeast's fight to stop AT&T (NYSE: T) from deploying its U-verse TV service in Kentucky under an 1886 perpetual telephone franchise earned an--admittedly--small victory in court

Ericsson pays $25M for Technicolor broadcast services unit

Swedish wireless equipment maker Ericsson said it has submitted a binding offer of $25 million to acquire the Broadcast Services Division of Technicolor, giving Ericsson several big European

Intel joins Apple, Google, Microsoft in weighing online TV play

The latest name in the ongoing rumors that the dawn of virtual cable operators is just around the corner is a familiar one: Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC). The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the

U-verse expected to pass FiOS subscriber numbers in 2013

Baseball sage Satchel Paige once said: "Don't look back, something might be gaining on you." In the case of Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and its FiOS TV service, that "something" is AT&T's (NYSE: T)

AT&T outspends Verizon and Comcast on advertising in 2011

AT&T (NYSE: T) was the biggest advertiser in 2011, shelling out $2.9 billion on its media buys, according to Kantar Media. It topped Verizon (NYSE: VZ), which spent $1.63 billion on advertising,

Cable, satellite TV providers spotlighted in Consumerist's 'Worst Company' contest

Several cable and satellite TV companies are featured in Consumerist.com's "Worst Company in America" tournament, which follows a format similar to the brackets used for the March Madness basketball

Time Warner Cable drops ABC affiliate in upstate New York

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) dropped Buffalo, N.Y.-based ABC affiliate WKBW-TV from its system in Hornell, N.Y. The MSO already carries the feed for Elmira, N.Y.-based ABC affiliate WENY-TV in

Diller: Aereo targets 75-100 cities with broadcast TV platform

Aereo could expand its online and mobile broadcast TV platform to 75 to 100 cities in the next year, IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) chairman Barry Diller said Sunday. Aereo plans to launch Wednesday in New York,

Mediacom loses 16,000 basic video subscribers in Q4 2011

Mediacom reported that it lost 16,000 basic video customers during the fourth quarter, which was an improvement from the third quarter, when it lost 22,000 basic cable customers. Its performance in

Charter launches 'All In' customer guarantee program, offers $20 daily credits for outages

Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) is beginning to offer subscribers credits of $20 per day for missed service calls or outages as part of a new customer guarantee program it calls "All In."

Cox raises basic cable fees 18% to cover retrans fee hikes

Cox Communications said it will raise the fee for its basic cable programming packages in parts of Virginia to cover increased retransmission-consent fees that it must pay local broadcasters. The

NCTA books Conan O'Brien, David Stern to speak at The Cable Show

TBS star Conan O'Brien and NBA Commissioner David Stern are among the heavyweights that will speak at The Cable Show convention in May, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association said