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Verizon adds college-sports programming to upcoming mobile video service

Continuing to flesh out a video-programming service aimed squarely at younger consumers and their smartphones, Verizon has announced content deals with ESPN, CBS Sports and several other college-sports-focused platforms.

Google Fiber's Medin: video a must to compete in broadband

Google Fiber built its name on its 1 Gbps service. But speaking at the Comptel Plus Conference in Orlando, Fla., this week, Milo Medin, VP of access services for the company, said the key to the service's high market demand is content.

Hastings downplays HBO competition; Sling TV, Sony Vue now the real threats

After telling investors for several years that his company's principal competition is HBO, Netflix is now downplaying the Home Box Office threat. The new threats, the company says, are emerging over-the-top services launched by pay-TV providers and tech companies.

Cable's new cloud-based reality laid bare at NAB: We don't need no stinkin' certification lab

Cisco's Conrad Clemson says he gets a familiar reaction from his cable-industry clients when he tells them he's about to execute one of his favorite technological principles, "destructive testing." "They always go, 'Why would you do that?'" The answer: You can't fix things until you know how they break.

FCC's Wheeler declares cord cutting to be an official thing, puts hard sell on spectrum auction

Speaking to a packed Las Vegas Convention Center ballroom at the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 Conference here, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the pay-TV industry is in decline, and broadcasters should take advantage of the emerging cord-cutting trend.

Comcast signs on to upgrade video, data and voice for Atlanta Hawks home court

Announcing its second Atlanta-area stadium deal in the past month, Comcast Business Services says it's been contracted to integrate video, voice and data services into Philips Arena, home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

Nokia's Alcatel-Lucent buy means fewer options for wireless biz

In a major consolidation move by top wireless vendors, Nokia has agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion (€15.6 billion). The deal, if approved, would form a powerhouse to rival Ericsson and Huawei in the global market for telecom equipment.

Rovi integrates natural-language voice-control processing into Dish remotes

After acquiring voice-recognition software startup Veveo for $62 million 14 months ago, Rovi announced a major sale of the technology, embedding it into the video products of Dish Network.

Karmazin: CBS and Time Warner Inc. need to merge

The best corporate marriage in the media business right now would be a merger of CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc. So says former CBS Corp. and SiriusXM Radio boss Mel Karmazin, who, although retired from the big-media world he helped rule not too long ago, remains vital and very much engaged in the media business.

Roku exec: There needs to be a shakeout of TV-connected devices

The world of streaming video devices is too fragmented for the good of the pay-TV industry--and is in need of consolidation, according to a top executive with streaming video provider Roku.

NCTA, ACA sue the FCC over net neutrality rules

Cable's lobbying interests have officially weighed in on the FCC's reclassification of Internet service providers under Title II, with both the NCTA and ACA filing suit against the regulatory group on Tuesday.

Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent confirm merger talks

Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent have confirmed that they're talking about a merger that would form the biggest supplier of wireless-network gear on the planet.

Dish expands Netflix to whole-home Hopper solution, adds Vevo

Dish Network has expanded the in-home availability of the Netflix app on its system, extending its use beyond Dish's Hopper DVRs and to the Joey client boxes in adjacent rooms.

Charter partners with Arris, buys cloud interface vendor ActiveVideo for $135M

Charter Communications and Arris have jointly purchased cloud TV interface company ActiveVideo for around $135 million.

SeaChange's Samit: Cable has already hit 'tipping point' to OTT dominance

Cable' over-the-top future has arrived. So says one of the pay-TV industry's leading technologists, SeaChange CEO Jay Samit, who told an NAB panel audience that the cable industry has already reached a "tipping point," which he defines as cable companies making more money delivering video through broadband than through their traditional cable systems.

Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch on changing programmers' minds, targeted ads, linear TV's 'rabbit hole'

In the past 15 months, programmers have finally opened up to reality that today's mobile TV consumer wants more choice. Roger Lynch, VP of advanced technologies for Dish Network, has had a front-row seat to this dramatic change of attitude. FierceCable recently caught up with Lynch to talk targeted advertising, Dish's work with Disney and the decision to reuse the "Sling" brand.

NAB rife with Ultra HD deals and demos: SES shows live 4K over cable; NeuLion unveils LG and Broadcom pacts

With 4K being one of the main topics at the ongoing National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas this week, satellite operator SES is showing off the first live video presentation of...

Sling TV glitches on Roku reported during 'Game of Thrones' premiere

After delaying for 24 hours the launch of HBO service on its Sling TV platform last week to iron out technical glitches, Dish Network's OTT platform still experienced streaming hiccups Sunday during the much-watched season-five premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones.

Amazon sets HDR plans as OTT services jump ahead of pay TV

Amazon announced that it is following Netflix into the high-dynamic-range arena, making its original series available in HDR on its Prime Instant Video service later this year.

Time Warner Inc. launches charm campaign to warm pay-TV operators to HBO Now

With pay-TV operators viewing the new over-the-top service HBO Now as a disruptive, cannibalistic product, HBO parent company Time Warner Inc. has launched a charm campaign focused on cable, satellite and IPTV companies.