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Comcast deploys cloud-based DVR to X1 users in Central California

Comcast has expanded its cloud-based DVR to X1 platform users in Central California, including systems in Santa Barbara, Fresno, Chico and Stockton.

SNL Kagan raises retrans fee forecast to $9.8B by 2020; Mediacom's CEO complains to FCC

Research firm SNL Kagan increased its retransmission fee forecasts, saying that it now expects U.S. cable operators to pay a total of $9.8 billion in 2020 to carry content from TV stations. That figure is up from the $9.3 billion in 2020 that SNL Kagan predicted in October.

Charter ramps up lobbying for TWC deal with new lobbying firms, PUC filings in NY, Calif.

Charter Communications has begun ramping up its lobbying efforts to get regulators to approve its proposed mergers with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Specifically, the company has filed applications in favor of the transactions with the New York Public Services Commission and California's Public Utilities Commission. The company has also hired four new lobbying firms, according to a report in The Hill, a move that raises its total number of outside consulting firms to nine.

Ranking the top 5 universities for 5G research

Dozens of academic institutions all over the world are conducting meaningful research on 5G and other future wireless technologies. In its latest special report, FierceWirelessTech compared these research institutions side by side and measured them based on breakthroughs.

Motive Television adds ATSC-based DVR to TabletTV

Motive Television announced it will add ATSC-based DVR services to its TabletTV product, a further attempt by the company to bring TabletTV in line with existing broadcast TV offerings.

Nashville ABC station issues blackout threat to Mediacom

Media General station WKRN-TV, an ABC affiliate in Nashville, says that if it doesn't have a renewal for retransmission licensing in place with Mediacom by July 14, its signal will be pulled off of the program guide of the mid-sized cable operator.

Study: SVOD subs churn at faster rate than pay-TV customers

While SVOD platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video have been lauded for easy, immediate customer sign-up processes, the fact that exiting these services is just as convenient results in churn that is significantly higher than what is found in pay-TV.

Verizon eyeing program guide that lists on-demand content alongside linear programming

Verizon has filed a patent for a video program guide that would list options for on-demand content alongside the usual linear TV program grid.

Comcast job posting points to development of YouTube-like portal

A new job posting by Comcast appears to confirm reports that the cable giant is developing a platform to compete with Google's YouTube. Specifically, the Comcast posting describes a "video portal service that curates the best short-form video on the web."

Analysts: OTT successes to drag down Verizon's FiOS growth in Q2

Wells Fargo analysts have lowered their subscriber-growth projections for Verizon's FiOS video service, citing increased competition from over-the-the top services.

Programmers can't reach consensus on whether to delay big Nielsen ratings changes

As Nielsen gets ready to embark on the biggest change in the way it counts TV viewers in three decades, the major broadcast and cable networks recently voted on whether to push Nielsen to delay deployment of its news systems.

A+E Networks launches $3.99-a-month SVOD service for Lifetime movies

The channel known for such TV movies as Kept WomanStalked by My Neighbor and Her Infidelity is launching its own SVOD service.

Carriage talks between Comcast and Discovery peacefully continue … as Shark Week approaches

Carriage renewal negotiations between Comcast and Discovery Networks are reportedly progressing at a peaceful, productive pace, belying earlier speculation that the two sides might dig in for a protracted stalemate.

Dolan family wins ruling in squabble over Cablevision compensation

A Delaware court has ruled that Dolan family members had no say in Cablevision boardroom decisions that collectively netted them more than $100 million in executive pay.

Alticast argues cable box could tie together IoT services, giving cable operators an advantage

Alticast, which sells products and software for multi-screen viewing and TV interactivity, proposed in a recently published white paper that cable boxes could become protocol-agnostic Internet-of-Things hubs. Such a design, the company argued, could help address the competing protocols and closed systems that are hampering the IoT industry.

Will SVOD make programming networks like HGTV, NBC and AMC obsolete?

Some call it "network flow," but I've also heard it referred to as the "network effect." It's how programmers monetize their expensive hits. After all, what incentive does ESPN have for paying the NFL $1.9 billion a season for TV rights if it can't ubiquitously brand its coverage and drive viewership to other programming?

OTT executives discuss how to improve content discovery

Amid a breathtaking number of OTT programming choices, how do consumers find TV shows and movies they want to see?

Cable One officially spins off, enjoys strong first day as M&A target

Cable One has officially spun off from Graham Holdings, with the Phoenix-based MSO's stock spiking as much as 6 percent over issue price during first-day trading on the New York Stock Exchange amid M&A speculation.

Sling TV experiences third major outage

Dish Network's fast-growing OTT service, Sling TV, experienced its third major service outage on Monday, with the streaming platform going down during several hours of prime-time viewing.

Houston operator enTouch asks FCC to limit what AT&T-DirecTV can charge for RSNs

Houston MSO enTouch Systems has asked the FCC to impose restrictions on the amount of program licensing fees a combined AT&T and DirecTV will be able to charge rival operators for access to regional sports networks.