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20% of U.S. MVPDs now integrate SVOD services, and most of them are losing subs, SNL Kagan says

Thanks to a series of moves last year by pay-TV operators to integrate services like Netflix and Hulu into their user interfaces, 20 percent of U.S. MVPDs now offer SVOD services within the confines of their program bundle, SNL Kagan reports.

NBC and CBS in lead to pay NFL $600M for Thursday Night Football, double last season's price

Controlling what is far and away TV's most popular live programming, the National Football League is driving a hard bargain in renewing broadcast rights for its Thursday Night Football package next season.

Verizon's 20K video sub additions lowest ever as 'telco TV hits brick wall'

Verizon said it added only 20,000 new pay-TV customers for its FiOS service in the fourth quarter. It was the worst video subscriber quarterly performance in FiOS history, comparing most unfavorably to the 116,000 customers added in the fourth quarter of 2014.

TiVo joins Charter merger noise bandwagon, cites CableCard concerns

TiVo has joined the mounting chorus of opposition to Charter Communications' bid to acquire Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Broadcasters form their own NCTC: Cox and Meredith announce buying co-op

In an effort to try to gain more leverage with program syndicators, vendors -- and perhaps pay-TV operators for retrans down the road -- broadcasters Cox Media Group and Meredith have formed a buying cooperative. The united negotiating front by the two station groups will control 18 percent of the U.S. TV market.

TWC unveils IP-only NYC test service: It's a skinny bundle after all

Time Warner Cable has unveiled the specifics on the new IP-only service it's testing in the New York market.

Direct-to-consumer SVOD sites trump TVE on Roku

Amid the steady drumbeat of negative data emerging about TV Everywhere comes what is perhaps the most damning finding yet: Standalone apps from programmers like HBO are far more popular on the leading OTT platform, Roku, than authenticated pay-TV apps.

Viacom's Dauman: Things could get 'a little rocky' with Dish negotiations

Conducting a wide-ranging Q&A with the Los Angeles Times as his company faces tumult in areas of top-level leadership, program ratings and share prices, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said he wouldn't be surprised if stalled carriage renewal talks with Dish Network weren't also soon one of his problems.

Liberty-owned MSO Virgin Media to cut 900 jobs

John Malone-controlled British MSO Virgin Media has announced plans to lay off 900 workers over the next two years. The cable company said it is reorganzing to focus on network expansion, but did not indicate where the cuts would come from.

Dish, Public Knowledge reprise 'Stop Mega' merger roles, lead coalition to stop Charter-TWC merger

Dish Network and Public Knowledge have found themselves in a familiar place, with a familiar name, once again leading a group of labor unions and tech coalitions to oppose the merger of large cable companies.

Cox bails on OTT service Flare MeTV, possibly due to licensed X1 platform conflicts: report

Cox has abandoned its launch of streaming video aggregation platform Flare MeTV just over two months after confirming plans to deploy the service across the majority of its footprint. "Yes, we've decided not to launch MeTV as originally intended," Cox spokesman Todd Smith told FierceCable.

Verizon's CFO: Custom TV will 'refresh' to comply with programming contracts

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said his company will make changes to its FiOS Custom TV product, which granularly controls which programming networks customers receive in their video service. "We're going to refresh it so that we're in compliance with our contractual relationships [with programmers]," Shammo told investors during Verizon's fourth-quarter earnings call.

Public Knowledge: Pay-TV customers overpaying on set-tops by $6 billion to $14 billion

Public Knowledge and the Consumer Federation of America have taken highly speculative data on just how much revenue pay-TV operators are making from leasing set-tops, and extrapolated it to one fuzzy level higher.

Pay-TV earnings in the fourth quarter of 2015

How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies, perform in 2015's fourth quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.

More than half of TVE users think multiscreen services cost extra: report

Delivering only the latest bit of bad news about TV Everywhere's marketing wherewithal, Research firm Hub Entertainment said that 54 percent of pay-TV customers polled said they thought the pay-TV multiscreen services cost extra to use.

Netflix warns of coming U.S. subscriber saturation as growth gets halved

While its global subscriber count increased by 17 million customers in 2015, Netflix warned investors that its once explosively growing domestic base is reaching a mature phase.

Charter declares itself 'the most friendly' operator to OVDs; Netflix's Hastings agrees

Following complaints to the FCC by HBO that its mergers with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks would hurt over-the-top competition, Charter Communications used its company blog to declare itself "the most friendly operator to online video distributors."

Comcast partners with Twitter for first-ever social campaign to promote X1

Comcast has partnered with Twitter-owned social marketing specialist Niche on an influencer-based social media campaign to promote the MSO's X1 advanced video platform.

Comcast, DirecTV and Major League Baseball settle fan lawsuit over RSN distribution

Comcast and DirecTV have joined Major League Baseball in settling a class-action suit filed by fans fed up with the way regional sports networks limit viewing access to their favorite teams.

ESPN's Skipper: Cord shaving dinging subs, but ad sales and revenue stronger than ever

Issuing his network's most strident defense yet amid rampant investor concern over its declining subscriber numbers, ESPN President John Skipper blamed the customer losses on cord shaving and insisted the channel's strong revenue performance proves its traditional business model still works.

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