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Rovi's $1.1B TiVo acquisition gets OK from FTC and DOJ

Rovi received what it describes as the "key regulatory clearance" for its proposed $1.1 billion merger with TiVo, securing approvals from the Federal Trade Commission and the anti-trust arm of the U.S. Justice Department.

Top U.S. wireless carriers say their networks are convention-ready

With the Republican National Convention set to hit Cleveland from July 18-21, and the Democratic National Convention slated for Philadelphia from July 25-28, the four U.S. nationwide wireless carriers say they've made the necessary provisions to their networks to handle a spike in traffic in those cities.

Verizon hires former YouTube and Vessel exec Kirkbride to lead Go90 content

Verizon has hired former YouTube and Vessel executive Ivana Kirkbride as chief content officer for its mobile video platform Go90.

Charter hires former Cablevision exec Bair to oversee RSNs, Clifford Harris for counsel role

Charter Communications has formally announced the hiring of former Madison Square Garden Group executive Michael Bair to lead its newly acquired news and regional sports programming networks.

FCC seeks clarity and detail on 'Ditch the Box'

FCC staffers have furnished the NCTA and other backers of the 'Ditch the Box' proposal with a detailed list of questions about their alternative suggestion for opening the pay-TV ecosystem to third-party devices.

ESPN reportedly prepping direct-to-consumer streaming service

ESPN will take a low-risk step into the realm of direct-to-consumer streaming with a new live service focused on niche sports.

Altice licenses NBCU Olympics live stream for U.S. cable systems

Altice USA has licensed the full sum of NBCUniversal's 6,755 hours of Summer Olympics coverage for its newly acquired Cablevision and Suddenlink Communications customers.

Comcast-Netflix deal + 1 TB data cap = net neutrality issues?

As Comcast continues to expand its 1 terabyte data usage cap — the cap has now reached Chicago — the MSO's just-signed integration deal with Netflix has come under scrutiny.

Comcast expanding data cap test to Chicago

Chicago-area Comcast subscribers have been informed that, starting August 1, they will be subjected to the same 1-terabyte usage limit that's been imposed for several months on the MSO's subscribers in Florida and the Southeast.

Charter sued by Univision, which says MSO is improperly leveraging TWC carriage deal

Univision has filed suit against Charter Communications, alleging the MSO is improperly leveraging its just-closed acquisition of Time Warner Cable to avoid negotiating a new carriage deal with the Hispanic-targeted programmer.

DirecTV joins Sony with 4K presentation of UFC 200

DirecTV and Sony have both announced that Saturday's UFC 200 pay-per-view event will be available for viewing in 4K.

Google buys pay-TV multiscreen vendor Anvato

Google has paid an undisclosed sum for TV Everywhere technology services vendor Anvato.

Comcast, TWC 'CableWiFi' shared network deal survives recent M&A, hotspot count now 500K

The CableWiFi Alliance -- a Wi-Fi network sharing agreement between Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications -- is still going after a round of M&A that saw three of the companies in the group acquired by companies outside of the group.

The big driver behind the Comcast-Netflix detente? Subscriber momentum, NYT says

What brought bitter media-business rivals Comcast and Netflix together to the point in which the former MSO is going to integrate the latter SVOD service into its pay-TV user interface? Analyzing a deal that would seem highly unlikely as recently as a year ago, the New York Times postulates that subscriber momentum on both sides drove the arrangement.

Dolan family buys back Newsday from Altice

The Dolan family is buying a majority stake in publishing company Newsday back from Altice USA.

NCTA calls FCC broadband privacy NPRM 'unworkable, counterproductive and harmful'

The NCTA once again sharply criticized an FCC proposal to impose new privacy regulations on internet service providers.

Tennis Channel loses appeal to re-open long-running program discrimination complaint against Comcast

The D.C. Court of Appeals will not reopen the Tennis Channel's long-running program discrimination suit against Comcast.

Charter on TWC switchover: We will not be Frontier

Charter Communications is telling its newly acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers they won't experience the same kinds of transitional issues that affected Verizon FiOS subscribers when Frontier Communications acquired their service over the spring.

CableLabs security chiefs: With DOCSIS 3.1 security nailed down, challenge moves to locking down home Wi-Fi environment

CableLabs has established an effective security protocol for its DOCSIS 3.1 cable network technology standard and is now looking to lock down the home Wi-Fi area, the consortium's chief security architect, Steve Goeringer, said to FierceCable.

Mobile video advertising revenue to hit $25B in five years, Strategy Analytics says

Viewers are spending more and more time watching video content on their smartphones and, with that increase, comes an expectation that mobile video advertising revenue will reach $25 billion in five years, according to Strategy Analytics.

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