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Cox Business chief Rowley talks growth in biz services and what's next

Just a few years ago, the large, diversified bucket known as "business services" was a throw-away line at the end of cable company earnings calls. Sure, the revenue was growing, but we weren't talking about real money. Well, as Cox Business Senior Vice President Steve Rowley will tell you, $2 billion — a figure his division stands to bring in this year alone — is real money.

Comcast announces more X1 upgrades: 'Remind' 'Auto-Extend' features go live

Comcast announced a new series of product upgrades to its X1 platform as the MSO ramps up a promotional push ahead of programming division NBCUniversal's wall-to-wall coverage of the Rio Olympics starting next month.

Bezos: Apple wants too much money to put Prime on Apple TV

There's been much speculation as to why Apple won't support Amazon Prime Video on its Apple TV OTT devices, and why Amazon won't, in turn, sell Apple TV through its retail engine.

Netflix loses streaming dispute with Relativity Media

Netflix still has an exclusive streaming deal with Relativity Media but a judge says the SVOD giant won't be able to stream two of the studio's films ahead of their theatrical releases.

Comcast, TWC drive major overall pay-TV improvements in ASCI customer satisfaction survey

While still leaving plenty of room for improvement, Comcast and Time Warner Cable reported major improvements in the 2016 ASCI Telecommunications Report, which ranks customer satisfaction with telecom services.

TiVo adds another 312K MSO subs in Q1, but revenues slide amid hardware biz exit

TiVo saw its MSO subscriber base grow by 312,000, or 24 percent, in the first quarter, but its revenue slid 6.5 percent to $107.3 million as the decline in its hardware business overshadowed growth in software and user interfaces.

ESPN lost another 1.5M subs from February to May, Nielsen says

ESPN has lost about 10 million subscribers since 2013.

Synacor CEO Himesh Bhise talks about his company's comeback

To say multi-screen vendor Synacor was struggling on August 27, 2014 is like saying it's still pretty cold and dark at the company's Buffalo, N.Y. headquarters in late February. Assuming the reigns as CEO from longtime company chief executive Ron Frankel, veteran pay-TV executive Himesh Bhise immediately faced two dissonant shareholder groups, who were trying to oust the board and sell the company.

NYT says FCC proposal threatens to replace one set of powerful gatekeepers with a new one: Google

In a New York Times op-ed, antitrust lawyer Jonathan Kanter lauds the basic premise of the FCC's controversial "Unlock the Box" NPRM on pay-TV set-tops. But he warns that in developing the proposal, the agency has hooked its wagon to Google, a giant company that could potentially wreak far more havoc than just charging customers too much for cable boxes.

Cable industry urges FCC to go slow on ATSC 3.0 rollout

Cable lobbying groups the NCTA and ACA have both petitioned the FCC, asking the agency not to burden cable systems with the new ATSC 3.0 technology standard being adopted by the broadcast industry.

Apple rises to third in global STB rankings behind Arris and Technicolor

Apple moved into the third spot in global set-top revenue in 2015, up from ninth place the year prior, thanks to hot sales of the Apple TV OTT device and industry consolidation.

Comcast bumps tech execs Werner, Kotay

Comcast has announced the dual promotions of top technology executives Tony Werner and Sree Kotay.

Congress warns FCC that set-top proposal could hurt small cable operators

A bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators has written FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, warning him that his "Unlock the Box" set-top proposal could harm smaller cable operators.

Madden: The collision of cable and mobile

Astronomers report that when galaxies collide, they can see the dramatic explosion of energy. But in reality, when the two galaxies make first contact, there's not much visible impact. The initial "collision" is really two dispersed objects that overlap with each other, occupying a shared space without significant direct conflict.

Viacom signs carriage agreement with Cox

While Viacom's top executives wage a bitter battle for control of the company; its linear ratings, ad sales and stock price are all struggling; and it continues to be shut out from several mid-sized cable systems, Viacom carriage with top pay-TV operators remains assured.

Verizon, CWA, IBEW strike could impact U.S. jobs report

With about 39,000 Verizon workers represented by the CWA and IBEW still on strike across 10 states, the upcoming U.S. jobs report for May could take a downturn.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend

Just a note to let you know that FierceCable will not be publishing on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. We'll be back in your mailbox on Tuesday, May 31. Until then, have a safe, fun, relaxing holiday weekend.

Mediacom suffers setback in Iowa City muni broadband battle

A federal judge in Iowa City has ruled that local operator ImOn Communications can proceed with a municipal broadband project, despite a pending lawsuit filed against it by Mediacom Communications.

Nexstar divests five stations, gets closer to closing $4.6B Media General deal

Nexstar Broadcasting said it has sold five of its stations in four markets as a key step toward fulfilling regulatory requirements for its $4.6 billion purchase of Media General.

AT&T shifts focus to Google, Facebook over internet privacy concerns

Continuing to bombard the FCC with NPRM-related commentary that the agency may or may not be listening to, AT&T called a proposal to enact privacy regulations on ISPs a "misdirection."

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