DirecTV tops J.D. Power pay-TV customer satisfaction ranker; TWC once again dead last

DirecTV ranked No. 1 among pay-TV service providers in J.D. Power's annual survey of consumers on TV, Internet and phone service providers.

BTIG's Greenfield disputes Nielsen, says SVOD ratings unnecessary

BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield dismissed Nielsen's move into SVOD ratings as an unnecessary action made in a "misguided and flawed" effort to keep the audience measurement company relevant in the digital age.

Cable One raises broadband customers' bill by $5 per month

Cable One has announced an across-the-board, $5-a-month increase in residential broadband services.

Altice will take a shopping spree break, CEO says … unless Cox is suddenly available

Altice CEO Dexter Goei said the company will pause its aggressive M&A activity after proposing last week to buy Cablevision for $17.7 billion. Altice, he said, will take some time to integrate its new purchases and trim costs.

HEVC Advance patent group might give Netflix, Amazon and other 4K players a break

HEVC Advance, a new patent group seeking to collect 0.5% of the revenues from all HEVC-encoded 4K content sold, said it will adjust its fees … maybe.

Cox details DOCSIS 3.1 trial and deployment plans

Cox Communications says it's ready to move forward with DOCSIS network technology in field trials in 2016, with deployment coming in 2017.

Akamai: Only 21% of U.S. homes have enough bandwidth to stream 4K

The percentage of U.S. homes capable of streaming 4K video is increasing, but at a very slow rate.

Charter, TWC facing federal inquiries into how they might deal with online video competition

The FCC has requested information from Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable pertaining to how the two companies, which are engaged in a $56.7 billion merger proposal, will deal with online video competition.

SNL Kagan: Retrans fees up 40% per sub, as NCTA looks to kick broadcasters out of basic tier

The amount of money each U.S. pay-TV subscriber pays to include individual broadcast stations in their channel package increased an average of 40 percent year-over-year to 89 cents per customer in the second quarter, according to SNL Kagan.

Report: ESPN mulling layoffs of 200-300 staffers amid shifting pay-TV landscape

ESPN is considering cutting 200-300 employees, reports sports news site The Big Lead. The news comes as the overall U.S. pay-TV industry continues to lose subscribers and the cost for sports programming continues to rise.

CableLabs engineer: LTE-U must integrate 'listen before talk' features

CableLabs has taken the group of wireless companies developing LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology to task, accusing them of executing a go-it-alone standards process that doesn't do enough to ensure LTE-U won't interfere with cable Wi-Fi. makes Aereo-like play with cloud DVR

The quest to launch a legally viable service that enables unfettered streaming of broadcast TV has been a Holy Grail for technologists, one fraught with judicial hurdles, as Barry Dillar's Aereo famously found out last year in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Frontier's FreedomTV for cord-cutters combines broadband with TiVo DVRs and TV antennas

Frontier Communications has begun to promote a new service called FreedomTV, based on TiVo's Roamio OTA DVR, that is targeted to cord-cutters.

Facing Google Fiber and CenturyLink's PrismTV, Comcast tests customer service overhaul in Oregon

Comcast has selected Oregon has the guinea pig for its much ballyhooed customer-service overhaul. The company has deployed its new Apple Store-like architecture in several retail locations in the state, remodeling the stores to have a modern but warm, human vibe (just imagine Universal Pictures' cuddly "Minion" characters copiously sprinkled around next-generation X1 set-tops and gateways).

Sling TV experiences yet more tech issues during Monday Night Football

Despite a series of apologies and purported fixes, Dish Network's seminal over-the-top pay-TV product, Sling TV, continues to experience service interruptions.

FCC Media Bureau chief Bill Lake: Time to end 'outdated' exclusivity rules

Five weeks after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed ending so-called broadcast exclusivity rules, Bill Lake chief of the agency's Media Bureau, posted emphatic support for that idea on the FCC's blog.

NBC launches quasi-authenticated channel on Roku

NBCUniversal Content Distribution launched a new dedicated Roku channel that builds on the company's TV Everywhere initiative. And, interestingly, some of NBCUniversal's content on its Roku channel does not require users to authenticate their pay-TV service in order to view it.

Analysis: U.S. satellite TV subscriber numbers declining, but value of each customer still growing

With the overall U.S. satellite TV business losing 214,000 customers in the second quarter -- and losing pay-TV market share to cable for the very first time -- MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett says the sector is now officially a mature business that is no longer growing.

Cablevision sale reportedly an 'emotional journey' for the Dolans

For Cablevision founder Charles Dolan, the decision to sell the cable company he started 42 years ago was an "emotional journey" that took a sail around the Mediterranean to sort out. The emotions also ran high for the man who bought Cablevision, European telco magnet Patrick Drahi, who took long walks and bike rides around Manhattan to sort out his feelings.

TWC shareholders approve Charter takeover

Time Warner Cable shareholders have approved the company's $56.7 billion takeover by Charter Communications.