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Analyst describes 'torturous' TV Everywhere experience watching FX's 'The Americans'

BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield had heard good things about FX's The Americans, and was determined to "catch up" on the original spy drama without paying an additional $1.99 per episode transactional fee on top of his regular pay TV bill.

Should fair use restrict ESPN from pulling down World Cup goal clips?

It seems pretty straightforward to us: Should ESPN, which paid $100 million for broadcast rights to the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments, and bases its business model largely on sports highlights, be allowed to pull down video clips showing the most exciting plays of the matches, i.e. the goals?

Bewkes: Pay TV VOD interfaces still lag behind Netflix and iTunes

Highlighting what is fast becoming a vital growth sector for content providers, Time Warner Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes paid special homage to video-on-demand at a New York speaking engagement.

Globosat to use Envivio 4K platform for final World Cup rounds

Video technology company Envivio said that its 4K compression platform will be used by South American pay TV provider Globostat to broadcast the final rounds of the World Cup in Ultra HD/4K resolution.

Comcast-TWC would control 29% of the U.S. pay TV market, nearly 36% of broadband: report

Culling through all the various due diligence and Securities and Exchange Commission filings, SNL Kagan on Tuesday released what is perhaps the clearest numerical snapshot yet of what a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable would look like, post-merger.

Google contradicts Parks' Chromecast study, says usage is up

Studies about Chromecast's demise have been greatly exaggerated. That was Google's message last week at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco. As GigaOM reported Wednesday, the company used its keynote address to contradict a widely reported Parks Associates research note from last month that showed that usage of the Chromecast streaming dongle was down significantly.

TV Everywhere's Paleolithic rollout continues: Showtime Anytime now on Xbox 360

The confoundingly slow rollout of TV Everywhere across the OTT and mobile device plain continued Tuesday, with the announcement that Showtime Anytime is now accessible through authentication on the Xbox 360 for Showtime subscribers who also use Microsoft's Xbox Live programming service.

Peering fights will soon be thing of the past, Level 3 exec says

The recent public feuds between Netflix and large ISPs over streaming video quality will soon be resolved, according to Bill Wohnoutka, a VP on Level 3 Communications' solutions architecture team.

Dish also bid for DirecTV, SEC filing recounts

As AT&T circled DirecTV in the nearly year-long runup to its $49 billion buyout of the satellite pay TV operator, rival satellite operator Dish Network was also heavily involved through the later stages of the bidding process, not bowing out until just before the deal with AT&T was announced in May.

Aereo's Kanojia implores subscribers: 'Write your local congressman'

Making good on his company's claims that it's not done battling after a devastating Supreme Court defeat, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia on Tuesday released a broadly addressed public letter to Aereo subscribers, urging them to vent their frustration to lawmakers.

Report: NBCU puts Hopper suit on hold, in talks with Dish

NBCUniversal has reportedly placed a hold on its lawsuit against Dish Network over ad-skipping features in the Hopper DVR and has begun negotiations with the satellite carrier.

Roberts extends contract as Comcast chief

Like clockwork, Brian Roberts received his latest one-year extension to remain chairman and chief executive officer of Comcast Tuesday.

Yahoo steps up its original series game, picks up NBC's cancelled 'Community'

Signaling its boldest move yet to compete in the original series game with pay TV, as well as subscription video on demand services like Netflix and Hulu, Yahoo has picked up a sixth season of the just-cancelled NBC comedy "Community."

Comcast looks to accelerate X1 deployment, tests self-install kits

Seeking to accelerate the deployment of its next-generation, IP-capable X1 video platform, Comcast is testing self-install kits with subscribers in select markets.

Report: Comcast's Roberts resisted being TWC's 'white knight' three times

Fending off hostile takeover attempts in 2013 from the likes of Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable management approached Comcast chief Brian Roberts "at least three times" about a potential merger.

SCTE taps Dean Stoneback as senior director of engineering

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced Monday the hiring of cable-telecommunications industry veteran Dean Stoneback as senior director of engineering.

Former TWC engineering exec Helms joins Alticast

Set-top and multiscreen technology developer Alticast announced Monday the hiring of former Time Warner Cable engineering executive Bill Helms as chief architect and senior VP of technology.

So it begins: Fox using Aereo precedent in battle against Dish

Those who scoffed at the notion that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week against Aereo was written too narrowly to affect other media technologies have been proven right--Fox is using the precedent in its two-year-old battle with Dish Network and its Hopper DVR.

Huawei taps into remote CCAP

Capitalizing on the fast-emerging market for Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd is marketing a remote CCAP product that shifts many of the traditional data and video processing functions from the cable headend to the access network.

Synacor management resists activist investors' call for sale

Management for TV Everywhere technology vendor Synacor Inc. on Friday resisted demands by two activist shareholders to terminate an ongoing CEO search and put the company up for sale.