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Sling TV adds Viacom channels, launches Apple TV app

Dish Network has continued the rapid pace of evolution for its 17-month-old IP-based video service, Sling TV, adding Viacom channels as well as Apple TV access.

Cable industry mobilizes biggest lobbying push since 2009

Rocked by a string of potentially devastating FCC regulatory proposals, including the "Unlock the Box" set-top NPRM, the cable industry is making what the New York Times reports to be the biggest lobbying push since 2009, when the agency drew up its first net neutrality rules.

Charter-TWC review memos kept under wraps by FCC as agency rejects FOIA request

The FCC has rejected a Freedom of Information Act request made by tech blog Gizmodo to see the internal memos leading to the approval of Charter Communications' takeover of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Arris and Cisco cable access sales up almost 50% in Q1, research group says

After struggling in 2015, vendors of cable access equipment saw the category spike as much as 50 percent in the first quarter, with operators committing to aggressive orders of DOCSIS 3.1-compatible gear.

Comcast partners with CTAM and Adobe to create 'universal' TVE sign-in platform

Hoping to address an issue that has plagued TV Everywhere usage growth since the initiative began, Comcast has partnered with Adobe and CTAM to create what it is billing as a "universal" authentication platform.

Walmart kicks off 'cut the cable' product promotion

Walmart has launched a promotion called "Cut the cable," in which it is plugging digital antennas, smart TVs and over-the-top devices in an effort to help its customers ditch pay TV.

Dish blacked out by 42 Tribune stations

Dish Network has gone dark on 42 Tribune stations in 33 markets, amid the satellite TV operators latest — and largest — broadcast retransmission licensing dispute.

AT&T beats Comcast and Charter to the 1-gig punch in San Diego and El Paso

AT&T continues to roll out fiber-to-the-premises 1-gig services faster than cable competitors Comcast and Charter can respond with DOCSIS 3.1-powered 1-gig deployments of their own.

TWC says it's being bullied by electric co-ops in North Carolina over utility pole access

Time Warner Cable, an aggressive blocker of utility pole access in markets like Louisville, Ken., is suing electric utility cooperatives in North Carolina, claiming it's the one getting bullied on pole access this time around.

ACA to FCC: If you don't want bigger Charter, why force it to overbuild?

The ACA and NTCA have filed petitions for reconsideration to the FCC, second-guessing the agency's decision to require Charter Communications to overbuild its broadband footprint in rural markets as a condition of the Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network takeovers.

Nokia buys virtual CCAP start-up Gainspeed

Nokia said it has purchased virtual CCAP start-up Gainspeed for an undisclosed sum.

Hulu live stream will wholesale for around $34 a month, include affiliates, analyst says

Hulu is poised to go where Apple tried to go last year with the launch of a relatively skinny live-streamed pay-TV service bundle with robust coverage of the Big Four broadcast networks and significant number of national cable networks.

Cox says it has no plans to extend usage-based pricing trials past Cleveland

Cox Communications says it has no immediate plans to extend trials of a usage-based broadband pricing model beyond Cleveland.

Broadcast lobbyist: 'What Google wants, Google gets'

Google's increased lobbying influence in Washington, particularly in matters relating to telecom, is attracting attention. And lobbyists are starting to grumble a little more loudly these days.

AT&T exec: Economics of skinny bundles 'don't work'

Tony Goncalves, AT&T senior VP of strategy and business development, described the pay-TV industry's dabble into skinny bundling as a trend that cannot last.

McCaskill-led Senate panel to grill pay-TV on customer service and billing practices

A bipartisan Senate panel, led by longtime pay-TV foe Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), is getting set to grill cable, satellite and telco TV execs on their billing practices and overall customer service.

NY Attorney General to Rutledge: Please 'clean up TWC's act'

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman penned a letter to Tom Rutledge, asking the Charter Communications President and CEO to 'clean up' what he describes as shoddy broadband services offered by Charter's new acquisition, Time Warner Cable.

Starz CEO: Amazon deal is accretive to our OTT business

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said that Starz and the newly rebranded Starz Encore channels are doing well and that Amazon is having a lot of success selling the recently launched Starz standalone OTT product.

Comcast, Cablevision and AT&T violating privacy through addressable advertising, groups say

A group of consumer watchdogs has filed a complaint with the FCC, alleging that Comcast, AT&T and Cablevision are violating customer privacy through addressable advertising schemes on pay-TV set-tops.

Arris CPE chief Cheevers on how pay TV can take share from Apple TV and Roku

At the Arris booth at INTX last month in Boston, the company's chief CPE engineer, Charlie Cheevers, envisioned a paradigm in which the sheer volume of data being piped into homes required more advanced CPE than ever.

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