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BlackArrow partners with TWC to expand DAI to streaming devices

With its business of dynamic ad insertion into linear pay-TV VOD surging, BlackArrow announced Tuesday that it's expanding its DAI capabilities to include IP-based devices such as smartphones, streaming devices and game consoles.

MaxLinear reports 3% revenue gain on surging DOCSIS 3.0 gateway business

Chipmaker MaxLinear reported a 2.9 percent revenue uptick to $32.5 million in Q4 Monday, thanks largely to resurgent shipments of DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems and gateways.

'Better Call Saul' sets cable-TV ratings record, could save AMC's bacon

For an independent programmer like AMC Networks, slugging it out alone in a consolidating pay-TV universe, hit shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead have provided the necessary leverage for growth.

Dish seeks to poach DirecTV customers; promises they'll save $250 by switching over

While DirecTV continues to target cable's market share with actor Rob Lowe and his dysfunctional doppelgangers, Dish Network is now taking the fight to the home field of the satellite TV business with a new campaign targeting DirecTV subscribers.

Comcast's latest X1 upgrades: movie bundles, SAP tags, easier toggling for sports fans

Comcast has announced its latest upgrades to its ever-morphing X1 platform. Touting the new features in a Monday blog post, the MSO is now bundling digital movie sales, a practice that is already common on other electronic sell-through platforms like Vudu.

Republicans launch investigation into Obama's 'improper influence' of net neutrality

A group of Republicans has taken the latest shot in the net neutrality battle, claiming that the Obama administration had "an improper influence" over the FCC's recent move to implement Title II on ISPs as part of its new net neutrality rules. This, of course, merits the time and resources needed to conduct a thorough investigation. FierceTelecom has a complete report here.

Analyst cuts Netflix estimates in half, says keeping up with HBO won't be cheap

Since hitting a rough patch in 2011 with its failed decision to spin off its DVD business, Netflix has, remarkably, embarked on a period of huge growth while keeping its market capitalization rising steadily.

Estrella TV tells Congress that Comcast is forcing it off the air

Spanish-language broadcaster Estrella TV took its retrans battle with Comcast to Congress last week, petitioning select House representatives to help it avoid pulling channels in Houston, Denver and Salt Lake City from the No. 1 cable service on Feb. 19.

Cablevision's Dolan calls 73-year-old Knicks fan a 'hateful mess'

You don't often see chief executives of major cable companies calling customers funny names and suggesting they have an alcohol problem. But Cablevision CEO James Dolan, who also serves as executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company, owner of the New York Knicks, did just that in a response to an angry Knicks fan.

Delaware court says Comcast owes Sprint $27.6M for patent infringement

A Delaware federal jury has ruled that Comcast owes Sprint $27.6 million for infringing on patents relating to fiber optic delivery.

Sling TV launches nationwide, adds AMC Networks channels, sports pack

Sling TV, the new over-the-top service currently being rolled out by Dish Network, announced Monday the addition of AMC Networks channels to its core offering, as well as the introduction of a new $5-a-month add-on programming bundle focused on sports. The additions come as the OTT service ends its "invitation only" phase and now becomes available to broadband consumers across the U.S.

Frontier faces integration challenges following $10.5B Verizon wireline purchase

By purchasing  $10.5 billion in wireline assets from Verizon, Frontier Communications scales its fiber-to-the-home FiOS footprint from four to seven states. Out of the 2.2 million broadband subscribers it gains, 1.6 million are FiOS broadband customers.

Starcom partners with FourthWall to integrate set-top data into media buys

Starcom MediaVest Group, the biggest of the global TV ad-buying giants, announced a new partnership with cable set-top data company FourthWall Media to integrate the latter's data into media purchasing campaigns.

Charter splits business services into small/medium, enterprise groups

Charter Communications revealed in its fourth quarter earnings call Thursday that it's dividing its business services division into two separate units, one which will handle small- and medium-sized clients, and another that will handle larger enterprise customers.

TWC kicks off Maxx upgrades in Dallas, also rolls out Wi-Fi

Seeing improvements to its residential subscriber base with the rollout of its DOCSIS 3.0-enabled "Maxx" Internet and video service, Time Warner Cable announced that initial deployment of the upgrade to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area has begun.

Cablevision names Sweeney CFO as Siebert moves to vice chairman

Cablevision announced Friday that president Brian Sweeney has been given the additional title of chief financial officer, replacing Gregg Siebert, who will move on to the role of vice chairman.

Cablevision kicks off Freewheel sales, says it's a 'data usage' service

Cablevision on Thursday started selling its Freewheel Wi-Fi calling service, making the product available via the Internet at Freewheel.com.

Compiling telecom's response to Wheeler's high-impact net neutrality declaration

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has indicated he will circulate a proposal to his fellow commissioners to codify net neutrality rules that would reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Wheeler's proposal has drawn a torrent of responses. FierceWireless compiled a number of them here.

Cable drives Fox to 10% revenue growth in Q2, but soft ad market cuts into forecasts

Despite a bullish fiscal second quarter, during which revenues spiked 10 percent to $7.42 billion, 21st Century Fox issued a bearish forecast to investors.

Comcast-TWC 'will be blocked,' analyst says

While a number of his peers in the media analyst community have begun to express mild doubt about the regulatory fate of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield came out Wednesday with the most damning note yet on the deal.