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HBO Now to launch exclusively on Apple TV, iOS devices in April

Apple announced Monday that HBO's new a la carte streaming service, HBO Now, will launch exclusively on Apple TV and iOS devices in April, at a price of $14.99 a month.

Report: DirecTV plan to go all-HD ahead of schedule

Could DirecTV reach its goal of going all-HD a year early and have the task completed by the end of 2015?

Viacom lobby efforts fall flat in sixth-month battle to restore channels to Suddenlink

If a Monday report in the New York Times is any indicator, Viacom appears to be failing in its quest to spur government intervention in a carriage stalemate with Suddenlink that has kept Viacom...

CenturyLink CFO Ewing: Company has no plans to sell off assets

CenturyLink said it has no near-term plans to sell or trade any of its assets. Stewart Ewing, CFO and EVP of CenturyLink, told investors that although the company has looked at the possibility of making a sale, it has yet to pull the trigger.

Top pay-TV operators added 101,000 subs in Q4, Strategy Analytics says

The top pay-TV operators gained 101,000 video customers in the fourth quarter, partially offsetting losses in Q2 and Q3, according to newly published research from Strategy Analytics.

Comcast promotes Rudnay, Block, Salva to exec VP level

Comcast communications chief D'Arcy Rudnay became the first woman ever at the Philadelphia cable conglomerate to ascend to the executive VP level on Monday, when the company announced promotions for three Comcast execs active in the ongoing process of trying to get Comcast merged with Time Warner Cable.

Comcast's backup plan? Possibly buy Netflix, Cablevision, T-Mobile … the list goes on, analyst Greenfield says

What will happen if regulators shoot down the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable? BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield postulated quite a few interesting possibilities in a blog post published last week.

Five reasons why AT&T and Verizon should worry about Level 3 in biz services

Each quarter Level 3 Communications has been making progress in growing its Core Network Services (CNS) revenues, with enterprise services being the key driver.

Comcast still holding out on Playstation app as consumer tension starts to boil

This is why TV Everywhere can't have nice things. The tech blogosphere has erupted into its frequent juxtaposition of rage and indignation amid this week's announcement that the HBO Go app is now available for Playstation 4--except for Comcast subscribers.

4K/Ultra HD displays will be in nearly half of U.S. living rooms by 2020, research firm says

It remains very uncertain that the programming production and distribution pipeline will have the goods by then, but Strategy Analytics says that nearly half of U.S. living rooms will have 4K/Ultra HD TV sets by 2020.

TiVo launches network comedy curation feature, pokes NBCU in the eye

Just three days after Comcast's NBCUniversal division announced the launch of a new comedy-focused SVOD service, the conglomerate has been outmaneuvered by TiVo.

Report: Sling TV records 100,000 sign-ups in first month

Dish Network executives are privately encouraged that about 100,000 users have signed up for a free trial of the company's new Sling TV over-the-top programming service one month after launch.

Google Fiber raises pay-TV rates to $130 for new users

For those who loathe big cable, a monolithic Silicon Valley giant with a $392 billion market cap has always been seen as a better alternative for video and broadband services. But just like everyone else offering pay-TV products, Google Fiber is being forced to raise prices because of increased programming costs.

Robbing Comcast to pay Netflix: The surprisingly high cost of cutting the cord

You did it, fashionably bearded millennial consumer. You unscrewed that coax from the cable box and stuck it straight into the eye of the man! Now it's time reap the savings reward, right? Not so fast.

SCTE expands engineering committee to 15 members, gets ANSI reaccreditation

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced Thursday that his has expanded its engineering committee to 15 members. The org also announced the reaccreditation of its standards program by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Netflix goes into damage control mode after CFO calls net neutrality rules too strong

Netflix issued a statement Wednesday reiterating its support for the FCC's newly codified net neutrality guidelines after one of the SVOD company's top executives seemed to backtrack from the company's earlier stated position.

Carey: Fox readying OTT platforms, says TV Everywhere 'not anywhere near where it should be'

With the pay-TV industry still struggling to fill rights holes on TV Everywhere, 21st Century Fox COO Chase Carey said his conglomerate is looking to sate the multiscreen lust of its audience by launching direct-to-consumer SVOD services.

ACA looking to go it alone as it pursues litigation against FCC on Title II plan

American Cable Association president and CEO Matthew Polka said his trade group is looking into possible litigation against the FCC over its just-codified net neutrality regulations. But the trade group will not partner with any other entities in pursuit of legal recourse.

Rumor mill: 'HBO Now' will launch as a $15-a-month a la carte service in April

HBO's new a la carte service reportedly will be called "HBO Now," and it will launch next month, amid the April 12 season premiere of series hit Game of Thrones, with a $15-a-month price tag.

Comcast handles its 'Tonight Show' viewing problem with new NBCU comedy SVOD service

At Comcast's fourth-quarter earnings call on Feb. 24, Steve Burke, CEO of the conglomerate's NBCUniversal division, said that as much as 70 percent of viewing for NBC's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is done digitally and goes unmonetized.