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Turner says it's disappointed, bewildered by Dish assault

Responding somewhat rationally and unemotionally to a rather vicious earnings-call assault rendered upon it Tuesday by Charlie Ergen, Turner Networks released a statement saying it's "disappointed" and bewildered with the Dish Network chairman's comments.

FCC denies programmers' plea to limit document access during merger reviews

The FCC has denied a request made by top media conglomerates to restrict access for 245 individuals to see deal-related documents as part of ongoing pay-TV merger reviews.

Ergen says streaming makes CBS 'less interesting to MVPDs' as network readies OTT news service

Drawing clear battle lines of what CBS should expect as it looks to aggressively grow its broadcast retransmission fees amid its launch of OTT platforms, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen confirmed that the newly launched CBS All Access is a major factor in his company's ongoing retrans renewal talks with the network.

Pay-TV fees overcome slow quarterly ad sales for Time Warner Inc. and Fox

Shrugging off a sluggish ad economy with growing subscription fees for their cable networks, both Time Warner Inc. and 21st Century Fox posted better-than-expected third-quarter earnings results Tuesday.

FCC doesn't understand impracticality of live linear video over OTT, analyst says

While it's good to see the FCC finally recognize that regulations for facilities-based MVPDs are anachronistic, the commission revealed its naiveté of over-the-top distribution by not acknowledging the impracticality of online video for live linear broadcasts. That's the conclusion of analyst Joel Espelien of The Diffusion Group. His latest report can be found here, distilled by FierceOnlineVideo.

Turner taps former Fox chief Reilly to head TNT and TBS

Bereft of leadership due to an exodus of top-level executive talent, forced into painful job cuts by its corporate parent, facing a sluggish ad sales market, battling pay-TV operators for distribution, and badly in need of fresh original series hits, Turner Networks turned to a widely popular television executive in its quest to rebuild momentum.

Ergen: OTT service on track for this year, Turner channels may not come back to Dish

Despite running into several technical challenges in areas ranging from billing to encryption to ad insertion, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen says his company still plans to launch its pared-down OTT-based pay-TV service by the end of the year.

Canada's Rogers and Shaw launch shomi SVOD service

shomi, the new SVOD service being jointly launched by Canadian pay-TV operators Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, has launched.

Top pay-TV systems integrator UniTek files for Chapter 11

UniTek, a Blue Bell, Penn.-based systems integrator servicing Comcast, DirecTV, AT&T and other top pay-TV operators, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will restructure with its creditors taking ownership.

Dish loses 12K TV subscribers, misses Wall Street forecasts

Dish Network reported a loss of 12,000 pay-TV subscribers and a 4.8 percent uptick in revenue to $3.68 billion in the third quarter, missing Wall Street forecasts for both crucial metrics.

Verizon responds to need for speed with next-gen home router

Verizon has responded to the growing need for higher speed Wi-Fi home networking connections with the debut of its FiOS Quantum Gateway, a device it claims can deliver up to 800 Mbps. Verizon is also promising greater range of up to 325 feet within a home or business, and the ability to support a larger number of devices such as tablet computers, smartphones and video devices. FierceTelecom has a complete look at the new device here.

MSG taps former Nielsen exec Scott Henry as CTO

Madison Square Garden Company has announced the hiring of former Nielsen executive Scott Henry as executive VP and chief technology officer.

Media industry 'shot itself in the foot' by giving up goods to Netflix, report says

On Halloween, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger scared the entire media industry, tying the current 4 percent third-quarter drop in total day C3 ratings to an uptick in SVOD usage. Deadline Hollywood's David Lieberman takes it further by assigning blame: Media conglomerates, he says, shot themselves in the foot by letting SVOD services like Netflix put their shows into its $8.99-a-month streaming smorgasbord.

Rovi acquires set-top startup Fanhattan

Pay-TV metadata and interface specialist Rovi has acquired four-year-old startup Fanhattan for an undisclosed sum.

Comcast to appeal CSN Houston ruling, but DirecTV, AT&T move ahead with plans for RSN

Comcast will appeal a bankruptcy court decision to transfer ownership of regional sports network CSN Houston to DirecTV and AT&T. But according to the Houston Chronicle, which has been exclusively tracking the case, Judge Marvin Isgur refused Comcast's request to stay his decision in the Chapter 11 restructuring.

Cable One loses another 14K subs in post-Viacom era, but says it's OK with that

Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cable One now has 476,233 remaining TV customers, a 15.1 percent year-over-year decline, with most of the losses coming after the company decided not to renew its 15-channel bundle with Viacom in April.

AMC uses 'Walking Dead' to scare up leverage in DirecTV talks

Seeking to get the upper hand in ongoing renewal talks with DirecTV, AMC Networks on Sunday broke out the old viewer scare tactics during its presentation of its hit zombie drama The Walking Dead.

Envivio CEO talks multiscreen 2.0, 4K and the changing pay-TV landscape

As a provider of multiscreen video software solutions Envivio works with a lot of different companies in the pay-TV ecosystem. The company, which was founded in 2000, got its start in video encoding and now touches on many different aspects of the video experience including compression technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has offices around the world. FierceCable Editor in Chief Sue Marek recently sat down with Envivio CEO Julien Signes at the company's newly opened office in Denver. Here's an excerpt of their interview.

Atlantic Broadband is latest pay-TV operator to hook major promo around Netflix

Atlantic Broadband has become the latest MSO to use Netflix programming to try to sell pay-TV services, offering three months' free service from the SVOD company to new customers who sign up for its TiVo-enabled bundles.

Comcast, AT&T swear they don't do fast lanes … as FCC ponders rules that will allow them

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is considering the expansion of his commission's authority over U.S. broadband, but is also contemplating a position of standing out of the way when it comes to paid prioritization deals signed between ISPs and content companies.