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4K TV shipments hit record 3M units in April, IHS says

It's still unclear whether a global market for 4K/UltraHD services from pay-TV providers will ever develop, but an installed base of 4K-capable TV sets does appear to be establishing itself.

Study: Driven by Netflix and other SVOD providers, global OTT revenues to double to $51B by 2020

Revenue from OTT services is set to nearly double to $51.1 billion globally during the next five years, according to the latest Digital TV Research report, which covers 64 countries. That growth is largely being driven by SVOD services like Netflix, which are capturing subscribers at a faster pace than many industry analysts expected.

Comcast's Cohen to hold fundraiser for Hillary Clinton

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Fresh off the regulatory defeat of the $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Comcast regulatory affairs chief David L. Cohen is set to host a $2,700-a-plate fundraiser for 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

DirecTV faces 'unbridgeable chasm' in retrans talks with small broadcasters, group says

A group of smaller broadcasters has filed an emergency petition against DirecTV with the FCC, claiming the satellite TV operator isn't negotiating retransmission licensing in good faith.

Huawei and TDC Group achieve 840 Mbps downstream speed in DOCSIS 3.1 field test

Huawei said it teamed with Danish telecom carrier TDC Group to produce an 840 Mbps downstream transmission speed using 96 MHz broadband during a recent DOCSIS 3.1 field trial.

Wave enters battle with AT&T, Comcast for 1 Gbps supremacy in San Francisco

Wave Broadband is entering the fight in the ultra-competitive San Francisco broadband market, introducing a new 1 Gbps service that competes directly with AT&T and Comcast.

NCTA warns FCC that LTE-U could interfere with cable Wi-Fi

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association has warned the FCC that proliferation by the wireless industry of LTE unlicensed (LTE-U) technologies could hurt the cable industry's push into Wi-Fi, which operates in many of the same unlicensed spectrum bands.

NCTA spins court's net neutrality decision: Stay was just a 'long shot'

A D.C. Federal Appeals Court may have denied a request made by a number of cable, telecom and wireless trade groups to stay the FCC's new net neutrality rules, but the National Cable & Telecommunications Association says it's still happy with the overall outcome of the ruling.

Comcast sued by Astros and Rockets over CSN Houston debacle

Attorneys representing the interests of Houston pro sports teams the Astros and Rockets have filed suit against Comcast and several of its subsidiaries and executives, seeking to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars in investments in the biggest regional sports network (RSN) failure ever, CSN Houston.

Mediacom reaches deal with Granite Broadcasting, ends blackout of three Midwestern NBC affiliates

Mediacom announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with Granite Broadcasting on a new retransmission licensing contract, ending a blackout of three Midwestern NBC affiliates.

A look at 15 of the hottest startups in wireless

The U.S. wireless industry is maturing and consolidating. Over the years, FierceWireless' Fierce 15 winners have symbolized ongoing innovation, and this year's list is no exception.

Broadcast streaming tech provider TabletTV launches Android app

After launching its service on iPads in December, broadcast streamer Motive TV has announced a new Android app designed to work with Samsung tablets.

Programmer moves: Murdoch hands Fox reins to son; Nevins takes over for Blank at Showtime

Chief executive Rupert Murdoch, 84, of 21st Century Fox, is planning to turn control of the media company over to his son, James in what amounts to a changing of the guard for one of the most powerful programming and pay-TV brands.

House Republicans try to take down net neutrality by gutting FCC in fiscal budget

In their latest attempt to thwart new Open Internet regulations, House Republicans have buried riders in a 156-page budget bill that would stop the FCC from enforcing the regs until courts decide several challenges to them.

DirecTV says Charter got a deal to carry TWC SportsNet LA

DirecTV released a statement Thursday, implying that Time Warner Cable gave its new merger suitor, Charter Communications, a sweetheart deal on regional sports network TWC SportsNet LA.

Parks: 7% of U.S. homes have broadband and OTT but no pay TV

Approximately 8.4 million U.S. households, or 7 percent of homes, have broadband and at least one over-the-top video service, but do not subscribe to pay-TV, according to new research published Thursday by Parks Associates.

CenturyLink's Jones talks net neutrality, the $500M Connect America Fund opportunity, more

Only recently assuming the position as CenturyLink's senior VP of public policy and government relations, John Jones is actually a 21-year company veteran who has spent most of that tenure leading state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives, government relations activities, external communication and policy development issues.

Seattle council member urges battle with Comcast, CenturyLink over muni broadband

A Socialist Party city council member is urging Seattle residents to form a "movement against" local cable franchise holders Comcast and CenturyLink in an effort to establish a municipal broadband network.

Dish retrans impasse with Dispatch Broadcast could lead to affiliate blackouts in Indy

Dispatch Broadcast Group has threatened to pull two of its network affiliates of Dish Network in Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis if a renewal to broadcast re-transmission licensing terms can't be agreed upon.

Sony debuts iPad app for PlayStation Vue, won't reveal subscriber numbers or expansion plans

Sony has expanded the playability of its PlayStation Vue pay-TV service beyond its own device universe, introducing a new iPad app for the streaming platform.