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BlackArrow announces major U.K. expansion with Virgin Media deal

Announcing its first major expansion beyond North America, advanced-advertising company BlackArrow has unfurled a new partnership with Virgin Media in the United Kingdom.

AWS-3 hits $38.4B, and the bidding just keeps on going

It's the wireless spectrum auction that just keeps on going. Participants in the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction resumed bidding after taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the...

Report: Fox and Disney jointly own more than $100 billion in long-term sports commitments

Due to massive TV rights deals signed with the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, media conglomerates Fox and Disney are each looking at long-term sports licensing commitments approaching or exceeding $50 billion.

About 19% of U.S. TV viewers own one of the three top OTT devices

About 19 percent of U.S. TV homes own one or more of the three most popular over-the-top streaming devices: Roku, Apple TV or Google Chromecast, according to a new report published by European research company GfK.

Vodafone kicks tires on Liberty Global buy, sees stock drop 5%

British telecommunications conglomerate Vodafone is considering the purchase of European pay-TV company Liberty Global as it looks to counter consolidation in the U.K. telecom market.

NYC customer sues TWC for deceptive promotional rates

A New York City man has filed suit against Time Warner Cable, alleging that an Internet package advertised to him at $34.99 actually costs $94.45.

Retrans battle leaves 400K FiOS subs in Boston and Rhode Island without Fox

Cox Media Group pulled Fox affiliate WFXT-TV off Verizon FiOS on Thanksgiving amid an impasse on retrans renewal negotiations, leaving 400,000 of the pay-TV operator's customers in Boston and Rhode Island without NFL Football and other Fox programming.

Driven by MSO deals, TiVo surpassed 5.1M subs in fiscal Q3

Driven by burgeoning partnerships with U.S. cable operators, TiVo added 328,000 news subscribers in its fiscal third quarter, upping its customer base to 5.1 million.

4K TV shipments spiked 500% in Q3 to 3M, DisplaySearch says

Driven by downward price pressure, shipments of 4K televisions spiked 500 percent year over year in the third quarter, exceeding an all-time high of 3 million.

BlackArrow CEO Dean Denhart steps down

BlackArrow, a leader in advanced advertising services for the pay-TV industry, has announced the departure of Dean Denhart as CEO after seven years in the role.

CBS and Dish still talking, sign another extension agreement

CBS Corp. announced that it has once again extended a just-expired retrans deal with Dish Network, giving the satellite operator until Tuesday to come to terms before executing a blackout.

Franchise agreement portends Google Fiber's entry into Nashville

Is Google Fiber coming to Nashville? That's the well-founded speculation after the high-speed Internet operator signed a franchise agreement in Tennesee. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has a complete report here.

Thanksgiving publishing break

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, FierceCable will not be publishing its regular newsletter issue on Thursday, Nov. 27 or Friday, Nov. 28. We will be back in your inbox on Monday, Dec. 1. Happy Thanksgiving!

Cablevision accuses NYC Mayor and CWA of 'scheming' in secret meeting

The New York Department of Investigation (DOI) has accused New York Mayor Bill de Blasio of improperly conducting a secret meeting with unionized Cablevision workers at a public school.

SlingTV gets nifty YouTube integration

Looking to enhance its user experience with the power of YouTube, Sling Media has integrated a contextual overlay feature that delivers relevant video snippets to compliment whatever programming the user might be consuming at the time.

DOCSIS 3.0 channel shipments stay strong at 1.2M in Q3, up 95% year-over-year

Displaying the continued strength of the cable broadband market, global shipments of DOCSIS 3.0 channels remained at around 1.2 million for the third quarter, down only very slightly from their record high in Q2 and up 95 percent year over year.

DirecTV: 'We could integrate a FanDuel or DraftKings into' NFL Sunday Ticket

DirecTV is looking to enhance a key feature to its pricey NFL Sunday Ticket package by possibly partnering--or perhaps acquiring--one of the fast-growing daily fantasy sports league operators.

ESPN taking a hard look at a la carte ... for cricket

Giving serious thought to a la carte models that won't disrupt its existing U.S. pay-TV business, ESPN is examining the possible launch of an OTT service for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

As AWS-3 bidding hits $34B question becomes, what's Dish doing?

Now that the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction has raised more than $34 billion in provisional winning bids, a great deal of attention is turning to the role Dish Network may be playing in the bidding--and what the company might do with any spectrum it winds up with once the auction ends. FierceWireless' Phil Goldstein examines the satellite operator's strategy in this report.

Key Congressional committee members invest in Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, report says

Members of Congress serving on subcommittees charged with legislating the Internet are invested in major broadband service providers including Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, some of them with significant holdings.