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Dish averts mega-blackout, continues retransmission negotiations with Sinclair

Dish Network continues to negotiate with local TV broadcaster Sinclair Broadcasting over a new retransmission agreement -- the two companies narrowly averted a blackout of Sinclair's local TV station on Dish's satellite-based pay-TV service on Saturday.

Comcast's answer to Facebook and YouTube - Watchable - reportedly launching in weeks

Comcast is reportedly preparing to launch an online video platform called "Watchable" that will feature content from the likes of AwesomenessTV, Refinery29, The Onion, Vice, NBC Sports and others sometime in the next few weeks, according to a new report from Business Insider that cited unnamed sources familiar with the company's plans.

NAB lambasts Mediacom's 'silly' FCC petition, points to its 'dismal' customer service

The battle between cable operator Mediacom and local TV broadcasters has reached epic levels of rhetoric, with the National Association of Broadcasters issuing a fiery filing with the FCC calling Mediacom's requests "silly" and its customer service "dismal."

Cable companies gained 608K broadband subs in sector's quietly solid Q2

Although the pay-TV industry overall reported its largest ever quarterly subscriber loss, the cable sector actually fared well in the second quarter in terms of Internet customers. Indeed, cable companies in the second quarter finally managed to beat back the insurgent telcos that had eaten into its Internet access market share over the last decade.

Al Jazeera, YipTV show differing sides of FCC's probe into changing MVPD rules

As the FCC considers major changes to the way TV content is distributed on the Internet, two companies recently issued pleas with the commission that show the complex and fractured nature of pay TV today alongside the challenges of moving TV onto the Internet.

Turner acquires streaming tech company iStreamPlanet for possible direct-to-consumer future

Turner Broadcasting System announced that it has acquired a majority stake in streaming video tech company iStreamPlanet for an undisclosed sum.

New York sports bar kicks off fourth class-action suit against DirecTV, NFL over 'NFL Sunday Ticket'

A fourth class-action anti-trust lawsuit has been initiated against the NFL, along with DirecTV and its new corporate parent, AT&T, over the NFL Sunday Ticket out-of-market games package.

Apple, eyeing $40/month TV service, pushes launch back to 2016, report says

Apple has once again pushed back plans to reinvent television, according to Bloomberg.

Wireless companies look to beat cable to the Wi-Fi calling punch

While cable companies have worked feverishly over the last two years to build out their Wi-Fi networks, wireless companies have been pretty busy doing the same thing.

HBO takes over 'Sesame Street,' looks to compete with Netflix for increasingly influential kids audience

Signaling the importance of kiddie audiences in direct-to-consumer subscription programing models, HBO has formed a unique partnership with PBS, taking first-run rights to the iconic series Sesame Street and fully backing the show's production.

Cablevision fires back; it can't call Verizon a liar, but it can say lots of other mean things about FiOS

Cablevision continued its communications war with Verizon, releasing a statement clarifying that a court ruling only restricts the MSO from calling Verizon a liar in advertisements. The MSO said it can move forward with boasting all sorts of other superiority claims regarding its Optimum service.

Pay-TV's Q2 was worst ever with 625K lost subscribers, says SNL Kagan tally

Pay-TV operators lost 625,000 subscribers in the second quarter, the biggest quarterly loss ever reported for the sector, according to SNL Kagan.

FCC's Wheeler thrills pay-TV operators, proposes removal of exclusivity rules from retrans negotiations

In what could be a major victory for pay-TV operators, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he plans to circulate an order that would remove 50-year-old "exclusivity" laws that restrict operators from importing signals from distant stations during impasses with local broadcasters over retransmission fees.

Comcast's NBCU pours $200M more into Vox Media, seeking to connect to young audiences

Comcast and its NBCUniversal division have pulled the trigger on plans to become more involved in digital media, investing an additional $200 million in Vox Media.

AT&T to stop investing in U-verse CPE, will move to new in-home architecture using DirecTV system

AT&T said it plans to stop investing in its U-verse CPE platform and will instead use a "derivative" of DirecTV's in-home equipment to create a new, in-home TV product that the company said will display content from AT&T and others. The company also said users would be able to access the same content while outside the home.

Market 'over-reacting' with cord-cutting fear, Nomura analyst says

Coming off a week in which media and pay-TV stocks lost an estimated $60 billion in market capitalization because of an onset of investor anxiety about cord-cutting, Nomura analyst Anthony DiClemente said Wall Street is over-reacting.

Canada's Videotron rolls out 4K set-top as pay-TV's Ultra HD market grows quiet in the U.S.

Canadian MSO Videotron has announced what it's billing as the country's first pay-TV 4K set-top, a Samsung-made, eight-tuner-DVR-equipped device capable of storing up to 115 hours of high-density Ultra HD content.

Breaking down U.S. wireless carrier TV ad spending in July

U.S. wireless carriers spent an estimated $183.4 million on TV advertising in July, down $450,000 from June. Partnering with TV advertising measurement firm iSpot.TV, FierceWireless has a full breakdown of U.S. wireless TV ad spending.

CBS should bolster All Access by adding NFL, buying AMC Networks, Guggenheim analyst says

While CBS Corp. is, like every other media company, exposed to the ongoing collapse of the pay-TV bundle, Guggenheim analyst Michael Morris said the company has an advantage over its peers, having been early out of the gate with an SVOD platform, CBS All Access.

ACA's Matthew Polka tweets to FC about runaway retrans, proliferating OTT, rampant consolidation, more

While over-the-top distribution and consolidation continue to roil the pay-TV industry, no issue concerns the American Cable Association more than fast-increasing broadcast retransmission fees. As the FCC gets set to look at 23-year-old laws that govern the negotiations between broadcasters and operators, we caught up with a man on the front line of the discussion, ACA President and CEO Matthew Polka. He's our guest in @FierceCable's first Twitter chat on Thursday, August 13, at 2 p.m. ET.