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Home entertainment was actually down 8% in 2014, analyst says

The home entertainment business is off much more than a research consortium formed by the major studios has let on.

NCTA to FCC: Google can already attach to utility poles without Title II

The NCTA has told the FCC that Google doesn't need help from Title II enactment in order to have access to infrastructure controlled by utilities.

Port Authority endorses Comcast Wi-Fi project

The Port Authority Transit Corporation has endorsed a Comcast proposal to provide Xfinity Wi-Fi to all 13 of its train stations in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

DirecTV signs retrans deal with Cordillera, ends 10-day blackout

DirecTV has reached a broadcast retrans renewal agreement with Cordillera Communications, restoring 10 network affiliates to its service after a 10-day blackout.

U.S. broadband homes fast enough for 4K up to 19%, Akamai says

Cloud technology services provider Akamai says 19 percent of U.S. homes now can sustain the average 15 Mbps broadband speeds necessary to stream 4K/Ultra HD video. Further, its latest State of the Internet report registered a slight speed improvement for the U.S. market.

Verizon's wireline divestiture could kick off consolidation trend

Verizon may still be one of the largest wireline telcos in the U.S., but it's clear that its ongoing focus to trim nonessential assets and increase its market share in the wireless industry is driving it to consider selling some of its fixed line business units.

Dish's Sling TV sweeps major 'Best of CES' awards

Dish Network's splashy debut of its over-the-top programming service, Sling Television, won the Consumer Electronics Show's equivalent of top Oscars Sunday, winning several major "Best of CES" awards.

Another OTT threat? Intel debuts computer that fits into HDMI port

Chip-making giant Intel debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week a new mini computer designed to plug into the HDMI port of a television or monitor. The pocket-sized Compute Stick includes and Intel Atom processor, Wi-Fi capability and 32 gigabytes of storage capacity, with the ability to add more resources through SD card capacity.

Broadband-only homes in U.S. at 2.7%, Nielsen stats show

Are reports of 10 million or more broadband-only homes in the U.S. an overstatement? At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, numerous media executives cited the proliferation of homes that have broadband but no pay-TV video service as the reason for launching over-the-top video services.

AT&T to demo LTE Multicast at College Football Championship game

AT&T will demonstrate its LTE multicast technology at the Jan. 12 College Football Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  The technology, also known as LTE broadcast, is important because it will enable a wide range of content including music and video to be delivered directly to compatible end-user devices within a certain time frame and location.

CES 2015: A visual tour of the innovative, interesting and enigmatic

Every year, the world's consumer electronics industry descends on Las Vegas to show off their latest and greatest inventions. And for those attending the Consumer Electronics Show, the experience can be a dizzying one at best. Companies used marketing strategies ranging from wacky to weird to help their products rise above the noise.

Broadcom introduces chipset for HDMI set-top dongle

Broadcom has entered the HDMI dongle business. The chipmaker introduced two system on a chip (SoC) products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week necessary to put pay-TV set-tops inside sticks that fit into the HDMI slots of televisions.

Fox News' total audience down over 21% since Dish blackout started

Fox News' total audience performance has declined by 21.4 percent since its parent company removed it from 14 million Dish Network homes on Dec. 20, according to Nielsen ratings data pulled exclusively for FierceCable by the research department of a leading media agency.

Netflix will hold out on releasing ratings 'as long as we can,' Sarandos says

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said Wednesday that the SVOD service will resist pressure to release the audience performance of its programming "for as long as we can."

ESPN's Rollins: Sling TV will be 'supplemental,' won't hurt pay-TV

Seeking to ease the frazzled nerves of a pay-TV industry that pays it about $7 billion in annual carriage fees, ESPN executives are downplaying the effects of having cable's top channel on Dish Network's new OTT service, Sling TV.

Fox News claims blackout has cost Dish 90K subs

Using an unclear method of data science, 21st Century Fox says that Dish Network has lost 90,000 customers since it removed Fox News from the satellite operator's program guide.

Wireless regulation under Title II is the model for net neutrality, Wheeler says

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said his model for the way forward on net neutrality regulations is the way that the wireless industry has been regulated as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Wheeler said that the FCC will seek to hold broadband providers to a legal standard of what is "just and reasonable" in evaluating whether their practices violate rules on transparency, discrimination and paid periodization. FierceWireless has a complete report on Wheeler's remarks.

Moonves on CBSN: 'We call it the Cable Bypass News Channel'

Executives in the pay-TV industry that are still sore about Les Moonves' decision to launch several over-the-top platforms shouldn't expect any apologies from the CBS Corp. CEO.

Comcast's Smit: 'Customer service will be one of our best products'

With Comcast lampooned in national media recently after a series of customer service mishaps, Comcast Cable president and CEO Neil Smit told a Consumer Electronics Show panel audience Wednesday that his company is on the way to a significant turnaround.

MLB, Samsung, Comcast execs outline obstacles to 4K - but remain optimistic on future

According to top executives in the space, the wave of 4K technology in the pay-TV market is rising--and it likely will become a standard feature in the next few years--but there remain a number of obstacles for the technology to overcome in the near term.