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Comcast dodges $20B bullet with dismissal of Byron Allen discrimination suit

For now, Comcast can breathe a sigh of relief as a court has dismissed Byron Allen's $20 billion discrimination suit against the MSO. But Allen and the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM) have one more shot at making the litigation stick.

ESPN's continued sub losses in Q1 irk investors despite 4% revenue growth

Disney said its ESPN network grew revenue by 4 percent in the first quarter, a number analysts said is too low and driven by rate increases, not subscriber growth.

FCC approval order: New Charter is 'harmful' without conditions

The FCC concludes that Charter Communications' mergers with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are "harmful to the public interest" without imposed conditions.

AT&T still the biggest ad spender in the wireless biz, iSpot.tv says

In April, the wireless industry spent an estimated $217.2 million, with AT&T leading the pack for TV spend across the industry. Cricket Wireless reached the top five ranking in April with 7.7 percent of the TV spend, surpassing March's fifth-place holder Straight Talk Wireless. All in all, 19 brands ran 102 spots 39,559 times for a total of 9.7 billion TV ad impressions.

Amazon goes full YouTube, adds ability for creators to upload, share and monetize videos

Proving once again that it wants to compete in every sector of the video business, Amazon has launched a YouTube-like service that lets video creators share and monetize their content.

Verizon, ESPN settle lawsuit over FiOS Custom TV skinny bundle, but terms not disclosed

ESPN today announced it has officially settled with Verizon after the sports network sued the MSO over its Custom TV skinny bundle. ESPN said the terms of the new settlement will not be disclosed.

Virgin Media launching 4K set-top later this year

UK-based quad-play provider Virgin Media has plans to launch a new set-top with support for UltraHD 4K.

How will Altice save $900M at Cablevision? Start by grounding MSO's fleet of four helicopters

Cablevision's fleet of four Sikorsky helicopters will be the first to go when Altice NV likely closes its $17.7 billion purchase of the MSO later this month.

TWC and Cox battle major Northeast service outages

Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications battled major service outages in the New York City area and other parts of the Northeast, the result of two fiber cuts to Level 3's network.

Comcast, Verizon and AT&T battle for the mobile video future at INTX

Video is at the heart of the brewing battle between the wireless and cable industries, as both telecom sectors chase a new generation of consumer who has made entertainment on mobile devices a usage priority.

Wheeler gets backing from Trent Lott on set-top proposal

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) has entered the fray surrounding the FCC's "Unlock the Box" proposal, getting the back of agency Chairman Tom Wheeler as he tries to make into law the decidedly consumerist proposal.

Mid-sized cable operators continued to lose pay-TV subs in Q1, despite recent growth by top MSOs

Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications collectively added 89,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, but the return to pay-TV growth appears to be confined to the top.

FCC Republican commissioners fuming over agency's latest 'Video Competition Report'

The Republican wing of the FCC released a terse statement, lashing out at a decision to not include their input in the agency's latest "Video Competition Report."

TWC's Bucher says online video audience numbers are inflated

Time Warner Cable used its NewFronts presentation to poke holes in claims made by online video companies that they reach audiences more efficiently than linear TV.

Comcast pays more than $100 million for French programmatic tech startup StickyAds.tv

Comcast has confirmed that it has bought French ad tech company StickyAds.tv.

Charter's TWC and Bright House deals get final FCC approval

The FCC issued its official approval for the merger of Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

TWC tries 'mea culpa' approach in new ad campaign

A few years back, Dominos started a "mea culpa" trend in advertising, producing a series of TV commercials basically admitting that the quality of the chain's pizzas had gone bad, and that it had realized the error of its ways, faced its critics, and reinvented its own pies.

Comcast's Roberts reassures DreamWorks staffers, may be thinking about Xfinity originals

A week after agreeing to pay $3.8 billion to buy DreamWorks Animation SKG, Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts visited the movie studio's lot in Glendale, Calif., reassuring employees that the conglomerate won't break up its purchase or move it to Philadelphia.

Dish and ACA: Nexstar should do 'baseball-style' arbitration on retrans if it wants Media General

Dish Network and the American Cable Association (ACA) filed further comments to the FCC, asking the agency to block Nextstar Broadcasting Group's $4.6 billion takeover of rival Media General.

NYC to approve Altice takeover of Cablevision with conditions

New York City officials are all set to vote on May 11 to approve Altice NV's $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision Systems, provide the European telecom conglomerate agrees to conditions mandated by New York state officials, according to the New York Post.

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