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LTE Multicast and Wi-Fi Multicast: The emergence of complementary technologies

LTE Multicast (also known as LTE Broadcast) is getting lots of attention from vendors and mobile operators for its ability to deliver live multimedia to smartphones and tablets being used by concentrated groups of people, such as those attending a sporting event or concert. A complementary technology, Wi-Fi Multicast, has already been deployed by venue owners. FierceWirelessTech explores how these two different technologies can work together here.

Suddenlink inks deals with CBS, Diddy's Revolt, but no update on pending Viacom blackout

Grinding through a busy negotiating period for program rights, Suddenlink has announced a broad-reaching renewal deal with CBS Corp. that includes retrans rights for CBS owned-and-operated stations, as well as carriage of cable assets CBS Sports Network and, for the first time, the Smithsonian Network.

Netflix to distribute 'Crouching Tiger' sequel day-and-date with global IMAX release

In an arrangement that could have a significant impact on traditional theatrical release windows, Netflix has signed on to release on SVOD the follow-up to filmmaker Ang Lee's Oscar-winning global box office smash, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This release, which will require no extra payment from Netflix subscribers, will occur concurrently with the global theatrical premiere of the sequel by big-screen exhibition chain IMAX.

Streampix lives: Comcast SVOD service only downsized, not decommissioned

Reports of the demise of Comcast SVOD service Streampix have been exaggerated … slightly. According to Multichannel News, the No. 1 MSO's response to Netflix will live on as an a la carte video programming option and trinket to subscribers of higher-end video-services packages.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA fiasco may turn tide on spiraling RSN costs

Rival pay-TV operators believe Time Warner Cable's inability to carve affiliate deals for its new Los Angeles Dodgers-based regional sports network will have a beneficial chilling affect on the launch of future pricey channels.

Rumor mill: Aereo-like platforms may be given program licensing rights by FCC

The FCC is reportedly set to redefine online video platforms like Aereo that stream linear TV content as MVPD operators, similar to cable and satellite companies.

Comcast's Dry Creek media center: ready for anything

Resting between two power grids, fueled with 44,000 gallons of diesel for backup generators, and supporting 22 uplink and seven downlink satellite dishes, the Comcast Media Center in Centennial, Colo. is ready to keep producing, originating and distributing cable TV nonstop. FierceCable recently took a tour of the plant and snapped some photos. Take a look at our slideshow.

Comcast, TWC lag behind in latest J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey

The Nos. 1 and 2 cable companies in the U.S., Comcast and Time Warner Cable, ranked near the bottom in a survey conducted by J.D. Power, which polled consumers on their general satisfaction with video, Internet and phone services.

Apps update: Verizon adds 10 channels to FiOS TV platform, while WatchABC enhances its offering

Verizon has added 10 channels to its FiOS TV mobile app, giving subscribers the ability to stream networks including Fox Sports 1, HBO Latino and Showtime Family Zone on mobile devices.

Analysts: AT&T-DirecTV deal benefiting from Comcast-TWC heat

With regulators and the public focused on the proposed merger of the Nos. 1 and 2 cable companies, a preliminary deal combining the biggest phone company in the U.S. with the top satellite TV provider is flying under the regulatory radar.

In pictures: A look at the Comcast Media Center

When and if the apocalypse comes, the Comcast Media Center in Centennial, Colo., just outside Denver, will likely still be shooting, producing, originating, uplinking and storing high-definition video for cable television.

Suddenlink threatens blackout of Viacom channels

Suddenlink is threatening to pull Viacom channels off its program guide on Oct. 1 if it can't get the terms it wants a licensing renewal deal.

Comcast taps product exec Herrin to fill new customer service SVP role

Looking to shake a reputation for being too focused on technology innovation and not enough on general subscriber experience, Comcast has created a new executive role, senior VP of customer service.

Roku's content partners accuse service of 'acting like a cable company'

Now that they've built substantial audiences, Roku's more successful content publishers are apparently shocked--shocked!--that the OTT service is getting more aggressive in its demand for revenue-sharing.

Discovery reveals details of Hub relaunch, puts Henry Schleiff in charge

Discovery Communications has revealed the basics of its rebranding plan for The Hub, the erstwhile kids channel it jointly launched with Hasbro in 2010. Rebranded as Discovery Family Channel, Discovery will take oversight of the channel, shifting its ownership stake from 40-60 to 60-40.

Comcast set to 'decommission' SVOD service Streampix

Comcast has quietly revealed that it plans to pull the plug on Streampix, the subscription video on demand service it launched in May 2012 to compete with Netflix.

Pac-12 commissioner: RSN will get carriage on DirecTV if AT&T buyout approved

The Pac-12 Networks will finally arrive on the program guides of DirecTV if AT&T's proposed acquisition of the satellite service passes regulatory muster.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo attendance down 7 percent to 9,100

Despite the ubiquitous presence of fast-emerging technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1, Wi-Fi hotspots and 4K, the SCTE saw a 7 percent drop in attendance for its annual Cable-Tec Expo conference, held Sept. 22-25 in Denver.

DirecTV shareholders sign off on AT&T buyout by big margin

DirecTV shareholders are more than okay with the proposed buyout of the company by AT&T. The satellite operator said Thursday that shareholders overwhelmingly approved the merger, with 99 percent voting in favor on a base representing 77 percent of all outstanding company shares.

The 'Energy 2020' challenge: Getting the cable business to look at its power bill in 5 years

I came into Wednesday's SCTE "Energy 2020" panel primed for engagement. Laid out in detail in an amply-attended afternoon panel featuring all the various program committee heads, it seemed like an excellent idea. But will it be a game-changer for the cable industry?