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Cable One deal with WDAY puts CW back on in Fargo

Arrow and The Flash are back on Cable One program guides in Fargo, N.D., as CW affiliate WDAY announced a carriage agreement with the Phoenix, Ariz.-based MSO, which serves just under 700,000 customers across 19 states.

Aereo asks FCC for pay-TV operator status

Aereo is asking the FCC to grant it status as a multichannel video programming distributor, a distinction that would breathe life into the stifled streaming service by letting it sign broadcast retransmission deals.

Apple set to 'crack code' on TV ... for real this time

It's the unicorn of the tech world--an Apple product that transforms the television business. And according to tech analysts and investors, the Cupertino, Calif., manufacturer may finally be close to having it baked. In fact, none other than Carl Icahn himself has said "there is good reason" to suspect Apple will have a disruptive Ultra HD device on the market by 2016.

Comcast-TWC stock price differential swells as regulatory worries set in

Investors are becoming concerned about the regulatory climate being faced by Comcast and Time Warner Cable as they attempt to close a $45 billion merger. And that has resulted in a widening chasm between the company's stock prices, increasing the price Comcast shareholders will ultimately pay to acquire TWC.

Worst to first: Verizon shoots to No. 1 on Netflix Speed Index

The acrimonious interconnection feud between Netflix and Verizon seems to have settled into speedy and harmonious performance.

Netflix bumps up price for 4K programming

Citing the increased costs for delivering 4K "Ultra-HD" programming, Netflix will begin requiring that users subscribe to its $11.99 family plan in order to stream 4K content.

NYC council moves to block Cablevision from hot spot project ... it didn't even bid on

Citing the cable company's ongoing battle with unionized technical workers in Brooklyn, the New York City Council is moving to block any potential deal that would let Cablevision convert the city's obsolete network of pay-phone booths into Wi-Fi hotspots.

Nielsen-Rentrak TV research battle heats up amid ratings flub

The battle for TV ratings supremacy between long-dominant Nielsen and insurgent Rentrak has heated to a boil, with the incumbent taking shots at its fast-emerging rival as Nielsen handled an embarrassing, poorly timed PR crisis brought on by a software glitch.

Decoding the black box for Redbox Instant: What went wrong?

How could Redbox Instant, an SVOD service with such promise--a successful nationwide video rental franchise backed by a $63 million upfront investment from Outerwall along with Verizon's massive network and marketing machine--fail so badly? In her latest FierceOnlineVideo column, Samantha Bookman retraces the steps on what led to the floundering of one of the most powerful brands in the home entertainment business. You can read it here.

Verizon urges FCC to get rid of the set-top integrated security ban

Verizon has filed a brief with the FCC, urging the commission to end a seven-year ban on MVPD set-tops with integrated security features.

WSJ: Consumers not cutting the cord, they're 'shaving' it

Since 2010, the top 40 most widely distributed cable channels have lost an average of 3.2 million subscribers, or 3 percent of their distribution. However, these networks' attrition doesn't match up with any overall decline in pay-TV usage, which despite a lot of sturm und drang, has only seen minimal sub loss.

Comcast to appeal CSN Houston valuation ruling

The bankruptcy court battle over struggling regional sports network CSN Houston is going into overtime. Comcast has appealed a ruling rendered Wednesday by Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur that seemed, at the time, to have cleared the sale of the network to AT&T and DirecTV.

NCTA admits to backing mysterious 'Onward Internet' campaign

The National Cable Telecommunications Association has admitted to backing a mysterious grassroots-like campaign designed to gather feedback from millennial-aged consumers regarding the Internet.

NBA deal will raise average pay-TV bill 'couple dollars a month,' report says

Disney and Time Warner Inc. paid through the nose to lock up an additional nine years of NBA rights and secured access to one of the most coveted assets in what is now the Sports Age. But according to research company The Diffusion Group, the $24 billion deal left pay-TV--and consumers--vulnerable.

Analyzing the biggest job-cutters in wireless

The U.S. unemployment rate is at its lowest point, 5.9 percent, since a bunch of fancy financial products based on terrible real estate loans sent the global economy into ruin. Finally, companies in the telecommunications industry are on the mend. But some are still making huge personnel cuts. FierceWireless takes a look at some of the biggest job cutters in the wireless business over the last year and analyzes where they stand now in this special report.

Rentrak buys WPP's measurement assets for $98M, now challenging Nielsen

Taking a major step forward in its bid to challenge Nielsen in the business of TV audience measurement, Rentrak has acquired the Kantar business unit from advertising conglomerate WPP for $98 million in common stock.

Comcast loses key CSN Houston ruling, clearing sale to AT&T and DirecTV

The sale of troubled regional sports network CSN Houston to AT&T and DirecTV now appears likely, with a bankruptcy court judge ruling against Comcast on the key matter of the network's remaining value.

Viacom threatens to bolt Canada if a la carte rules adopted, warns pay-TV faces 'death spiral'

Making it rather clear that he doesn't support new rules proposed by Canada's version of the FCC that would unbundle pay-TV programming, Viacom's Keith Murphy, SVP of government relations has told the commission that so-called "pick and play" mandates would set off a "consumer welfare-destroying death spiral" for the Great White North's TV industry.

Comcast apologizes for latest customer service travesty, but denies getting ex-PwC accountant fired

Reeling from the latest virally explosive story about egregiously bad customer service, Comcast has issued a public apology to a former PwC accountant who accused the cable company of getting him fired from his job.

Doing the math on Suddenlink's decision to kick out Viacom: A good call by the cable company

According to the story circulating around the cable industry, top Viacom executives were shocked--shocked!--when they called their Suddenlink counterparts at the eleventh hour on Sept. 30 and told them they were finally ready to talk turkey about a new carriage deal.