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Charter's Rutledge meets with Wheeler again as TWC deal review drags on, gets more expensive

Charter Communications President and CEO Tom Rutledge met with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for the second time in a month on April 6, ironing out the company's concessions to what many investors believe is the agency's imminent approval of the MSO's mergers with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

DirecTV to show 25 Major League Baseball games in 4K

DirecTV said it will show 25 Major League Baseball games live in 4K this season, starting with Friday's anticipated matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

Wheeler: TV's Golden Age being 'blunted by incumbent pay-TV providers'

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday delivered the latest bit of acrimony between himself and the cable industry for which he used to serve as a lobbyist when he told a D.C. conference conducted by INCOMPAS that the pay-TV industry is blunting TV's so-called "Golden Age" of endless quality programming choices.

Inside Layer3's 'crazy' plan to take on Comcast and reinvent cable

Armed with $100 million in private equity from sources including Hollywood talent agency CAA, Jeff Binder and his Layer3 TV are about to launch their highly anticipated virtual pay-TV service.

AT&T driving DirecTV growth with triple-play price promotions

Continuing to look for ways to cross-promote and drive growth across service platforms, AT&T said today that it's offering two-year guaranteed pricing for customers who combine DirecTV, wireline Internet and landline phone services.

CSG branches into 4K with monetization support for Sony's new UltraHD streaming service

Hit hard by consolidation in the pay-TV industry, backend monetization services vendor CSG Systems International announced some diversified new business today, touting the involvement of its Ascendon digital service platform in Sony's new 4K streaming service.

Cable will add another 3.4M broadband subs in 2016, Evercore predicts

Cable is on track to add another 3.4 million broadband subscribers in 2016, and will continue to take market share away from the receding telco sector, Evercore ISI told its investors.

Arris handling modem DNS issue with firmware update

Arris said it's addressing a vulnerability in its SurfBoard 6141 DOCSIS 3.0 modems with a firmware update.

Comcast CFO Cavanagh made $40.6M in 2015, more than Roberts or Burke

Comcast CFO Michael Cavanagh took home $40.6 million in salary and other compensation last year, beating out the company's top executive, CEO Brian Roberts, who earned a paltry $36.2 million.

Verizon reportedly set to bid on Yahoo, AT&T to sit out

Verizon is reportedly set to bid on Yahoo's Internet business next week, while Google is still mulling an offer and AT&T is set to sit out.

Dish brings Netflix 4K content to the Hopper 3, expands on limited UltraHD content options

Dish Network is taking its integration of Netflix into the realm of 4K, announcing that UltraHD content on the SVOD provider will be playable on its new Hopper 3 DVRs.

NCTA, ACA take down Verizon-INCOMPAS special access proposal

The cable industry's top lobbying orgs sharply criticized a proposal announced by Verizon and INCOMPAS to regulate special access services.

Program costs growth will drive pay-TV margins to zero by 2023, analyst says

Gross margins for pay-TV operators on video services, which now average around 25 percent, will decline to zero by 2023 if current growth rates of expenses for things like programming continue, according to a Bernstein Research report, which leverages SNL Kagan data.

Estrella operator Liberman files FCC complaint against Comcast, says it's favoring Telemundo

Spanish-language broadcaster Liberman Broadcasting, operator of the Estrella TV network, has filed an FCC complaint against Comcast, accusing the conglomerate of blacking out its owned and operated stations in Denver, Houston and Salt Lake City in order to favor its own Spanish-language programming assets, which include Telemundo and NBC Universo.

SeaChange board dumps CEO Samit, bumps COO Terino

Jay Samit is out as CEO at pay-TV video services vendor SeaChange. According to a company announcement deftly blended with its fiscal 2016 earnings release, company veteran Edward Terino has been tapped to take his place.

Washington Post: Twitter has become a 'cable company'

After signing a deal with the NFL to live-stream 10 regular-season Thursday-night games, Twitter has become more "cable company" than social network, according to the Washington Post.

DirecTV sets launch of three 4K channels

DirecTV isn't just showing The Masters golf tournament in 4K, it appears to be launching three distinct UltraHD channels.

Verizon needs to accelerate growth of its FiOS video subs to avoid scale issues, analyst says

The decelerating sub growth of FiOS video service, coupled with rising programming costs, will present issues of scale for Verizon if things don't turn around, according to Jefferies analyst Mike McCormack.

Cablevision launches Hulu integration into its set-top boxes

Cablevision is now officially the first MSO to integrate Hulu into its set-tops as a native channel.

Byron Allen walks back racism accusation, says statement went out by mistake

A PR rep for Byron Allen told FierceCable that a statement from the media mogul that accused pay-TV operators of being run by "racist white executives" wasn't intended to be released.

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