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Comcast-Time Warner Cable questions bubble up as Senate hearing approaches

Questions and concerns are bubbling to the surface as Comcast prepares to justify its proposed $45.2 billion Time Warner Cable acquisition to the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday.

Final Four viewership down 11 percent after games move to cable

In the end, three cable channels were apparently unable to level the playing field with one broadcaster.

IP video's moneymaking potential

We've seen a lot of momentum in the IP video space over the past few months as major players in the space race to stake their claim in this rapidly shifting area.  Programmers and distributors are forming alliances with each other and with device makers in the hope of finding the best avenue to the consumer.

Cognitive to power interactive TV trial for station groups in Pearl joint venture

Automatic content recognition technology firm Cognitive Networks said it plans to test an interactive television service with several major TV station groups in Atlanta, Cleveland, and Orlando. The test will involve delivering interactive content to viewers watching live news using IP-connected TVs from LG.

IHS: Broadcast equipment sales will jump to $69B by 2017

Professional broadcast equipment sales jumped to $63 billion globally last year, which was a 52 percent increase compared to 2007, IHS Technology Professional Video Research said

SeaChange revenue drops to $35.6M, but tops Q4 projections

Video-on-demand technology vendor SeaChange International generated $35.6 million in revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter of 2014, down significantly compared to the $44.6 million in revenue that it posted this time last year.

Comcast exec Johnston named SVP of operations at SCTE

Comcast human resources executive Lindsey Johnson has been named SVP of operations at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.

Sony buys exclusive rights to NBCU movies for Crackle

Sony said it struck a deal with Comcast-owned NBCUniversal which will give it exclusive rights to more than 140 movies within the next three years.

Dolan's MSG selling Fuse to NuvoTV for $226M

Madison Square Garden Co. has agreed to sell music video network Fuse to the parent company of NUVOtv, the network backed by actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, for $226 million.

Verizon subs say retention program makes them 'feel valued'

In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom takes a look at a survey of Verizon subscribers that have participated in its My Rewards+ retention program.

Tribune bolsters program guide with TV by the Numbers acquisition

Tribune Digital Ventures said that it acquired TV by the Numbers, the firm that has supplied its Zap2it program guide with editorial content since 2010.

CableLabs eyes NFC, RFID tags to deliver personalized programming and advertising

CableLabs has developed technology that could help members such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable deliver personalized programming and advertising by relying on mobile devices used by subscribers that contain RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags or NFC (near field communication) chips, according to a recent patent application.

Discovery recruits YouTube's Grace to lead New Form digital studio

Discovery Communications said Thursday that it recruited YouTube executive Kathleen Grace to run a new digital studio that will be focused on producing series which will be distributed through "a series of partnerships, with the possibility of expanded distribution across Discovery and other partner platforms."

Abdoulah: 'The content model will be broken'

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The conventional model where consumers receive premium cable television programming through a provider "will be broken...consumer behavior is doing it...and that's not a bad thing," Colleen Abdoulah, chairwoman of WideOpenWest and the American Cable Association said yesterday during a lunch here at the ACA Summit.

Wheeler takes 'prism' view on net neutrality, retrans, process reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- During an ACA Summit session here Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler downplayed the Commission's recent decision to prohibit broadcasters from coordinating on retransmission-consent deals, calling the move to level the negotiating sessions between broadcasters and pay TV distributors "self evident."

NBCU signs exclusive licensing deal with Hulu

Hulu has signed a multi-year rights deal with Comcast's NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution subsidiary which will give it exclusive rights to previous seasons of several NBCU original series, including E! hit "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and Bravo's "The Real Housewives."

Aereo CEO wants to sell cable operators a cloud-based DVR for $10 per sub

WASHINGTON, D.C .-- Aereo Founder/CEO Chet Kanojia sounded highly confident in his Supreme Court case and boldly pledged to spend the year after the court case expanding his 110-person company and supplying low-cost technology to the nearly 1,000-member companies of the American Cable Association (ACA).

Audible Magic, SportsData pitch ACR product to broadcasters

Audible Magic said it has developed a product with a sports data provider which could allow broadcasters to use automatic content recognition technology to deliver play-by-play statistics during live and recorded sports programs to viewers using devices ranging from IP-connected TVs to smartphones.

Viacom signs NCTC carriage deal, but Cable One refuses to restore MTV Networks

Viacom said late Tuesday that it signed a new contract with the National Cable Television Cooperative. But the company said that Cable One, which is one of NCTC's largest members, refused to agree to terms of a deal that would allow it to restore several of its MTV Networks subsidiary's channels.

Comcast scores General Services Administration contract

In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom takes a look at an announcement from Comcast Business that it has won a Schedule 70 contract from the General Services Administration.