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Comcast SportsNet Houston value has dropped from $700M to $22M, consultant says

The fate of carriage-crippled regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston now hinges on what dilapidated value a bankruptcy court deems that it has left. The teams want to sell the bankrupt network to AT&T and DirecTV at a value of around $22 million, down from an initial value of $700 million.

Dark fiber and small cells: Examining the wireless backhaul land grab

With much of the large-scale wireless backhaul networks built out to accommodate the growing 4G LTE service base, the question is: What's the next frontier for wholesale providers? FierceTelecom Editor Sean Buckley drills down on this dynamic in his latest column.

Frontier re-ups deal to bundle Dish Network video services

Dish Network has signed a multiyear extension to continue letting Frontier Communications bundle its satellite video services with Frontier's bundled broadband and voice packages.

Google Fiber chief: program rights are 'biggest impediment' to deployment

While laying down fiber-optic cable is not cheap, Google Fiber chief Milo Medin says the "single biggest impediment" to wider deployment of his company's popular broadband service is TV program licensing costs.

NBA TV deal is 'latest example of reckless spending' by big networks, Mediacom VP says

With the pay-TV industry starting to digest the news that Disney and Turner will triple the licensing fees they pay the NBA to around $24 billion over nine years, industry analysts and operators are asking the inevitable question: how are these massive programming costs going to get paid for?

Turner set to cut 1,475 jobs ... after committing $11B to the NBA

On the same day that it announced a new NBA broadcast contract worth nearly $11 billion over nine years, Turner Broadcasting said it will cut about 10 percent of its global workforce, about 1,475 jobs.

Cord maybes: Pay-TV chases millennials with OTT services, but success is hardly guaranteed

Programmers are suddenly willing to play ball with OTT insurgents and are conceding to pared-down bundles targeted to millennials. But is their desperation a good thing?

Suddenlink renews Discovery licensing agreement

Proving that it doesn't forsake all programming conglomerates, just Viacom, Suddenlink has inked a new carriage agreement with Discovery Communications.

Pay-TV is getting slim and going OTT, but will the kids come?

Normally when the captains of media industry announce new products, it's kind of nice when they seem excited. But that's not what's happening at the major programming conglomerates, as they reluctantly plunge forward with over-the-top distribution.

Cable lobbying group tells you why you don't want muni broadband (video)

Attempting to slow down quickening consumer support for municipally run broadband services, the big-cable-backed lobbying group NetCompetition has released a short video, outlining all the reasons why it thinks muni broadband is a bad idea.

Wi-Fi future has analyst bullish about cable again

After downgrading the cable sector last month due to fears about cord cutting and OTT distribution, media analyst Craig Moffett is once again bullish on the sector.

FCC stops 'shot clock' on Comcast-TWC review to consider more comments

The FCC will stop the "shot clock" on its 180-day review of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and will give critics of the deal more time to voice dissension.

NBA re-ups Disney and Turner deals with triple-sized price tag, expanded multiscreen rights

The NBA has announced nine-year extensions of its TV deals with Disney and Turner Networks, tripling its licensing bounty to around $2.6 billion a year and greatly expanding the scope of TV Everywhere access to pro basketball games.

Rumor mill: Sony's new pay-TV service to be priced at around $80 per month

After getting "creamed" in negotiations with content suppliers, Sony will offer its new OTT-based pay-TV service at a consumer price of about $80 a month.

Verizon, Outerwall kill Redbox Instant, service to go dark Oct. 7

Verizon Communications and Outerwall Inc. are pulling the plug on their struggling SVOD service, Redbox Instant by Verizon. The move could be part of Verizon's plans to focus on its own wireless streaming service.

France's Iliad readies for another pass at T-Mobile, report says

The epic struggle to acquire T-Mobile US has been one of the more interesting stories in the telecommunications world this year, and France's Iliad has certainly been one of the more determined companies in that quest. According to new reports, Iliad--which saw its earlier efforts spurned--is in the process of prepping a new offer to try again. FierceWireless has a complete report here.

Rival ISPs fuming about Verizon's takedown of old net neutrality law

Nine months after Verizon successfully sued the FCC to have net neutrality legislation thrown out, the conglomerate's rivals are fuming, as they suspect the regulatory body will now enact new rules that are more restrictive.

Comcast takes another PR hit as plans to abandon Detroit post-merger come under scrutiny

As if Comcast needs any more public relations headaches as it tries to gain regulatory approval for its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, the conglomerate's plans to abandon that most forlorn of Midwestern cities, Detroit, has now come under scrutiny, too.

Comcast rejects latest SportsNet Houston deal

Comcast is now fighting a bankruptcy court-backed deal that would transfer ownership of struggling regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston to AT&T and DirecTV.

Suddenlink-Viacom divorce day 3: Subscribers grousing about loss of Jon Stewart

As it grapples with its newfound fame as the poster child for small-to-midsize cable operators who have finally drawn the line on over-bundled programming deals, Suddenlink is also hearing a bit of chatter from forlorn subscribers who miss Viacom TV shows.