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VOD revenue drops to $1.97B in 2014, reversing positive growth trend

Video on demand revenue took a nosedive in 2014, reversing years of growth and throwing up red flags among those feeding the home entertainment market.

Irdeto reports set-top based piracy, a la carte demand both on the rise

Even as it issued a report at CES noting the growth in demand for a "mixture of a la carte Internet TV and pay TV services," Irdeto revealed the underbelly of this new growth: easy set-top box piracy.

Broadcom eyes cable broadband, OTT opportunity in India

Even as it was making a splash with a DOCSIS 3.1 announcement at CES, chipmaker Broadcom laid out plans to jump feet first into opportunities within the cable broadband and OTT space in India.

CNBC switches from Nielsen to Cogent for daytime measurement

Comcast-owned CNBC, which is part of NBCUniversal has dropped audience measurement icon Nielsen in favor of Cogent Reports, grousing that Nielsen misses target audiences in, among other places, "five star hotel rooms (and) country clubs."

Ergen dangerously hops onto the pay-TV bashing bandwagon

Monday's Dish Network press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show was as jarring as a ride across the outback in a pouch. It started off with CEO Joseph Clayton being escorted onto the Mandalay Bay stage by a small marching band of kangaroo-costumed players, a reference to the Hopper DVR the executive would soon laud.

Charter, Cisco officially unveil cloud-based 'World Box' partnership at CES

LAS VEGAS--Having been lauded by media analysts for months for its new, cost-effective, cloud-based video delivery system, Charter Communications on Tuesday held a Consumer Electronics Show press conference to formally credit the key vendors behind the so-called "World Box" initiative.

Comcast's Smit downplays Dish's Sling TV but says experimenting with packages is good

Comcast executives appeared undaunted by new OTT offerings such as Dish Network's newly revealed Sling TV, which offers about a dozen channels, including ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and CNN for about $20 per month. However, they admitted that OTT offerings from Dish, CBS, HBO and others are driving more experimentation with content packages, which is good for the pay-TV industry and the consumer.

Sony's Harai at CES: Makes first public comments on hacking, touts PlayStation 4 sales, 4K

Using descriptors like "vicious" and "malicious," Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai used his company's Consumer Electronics Show press conference Monday to finally break his public silence about the crippling IT attack on Sony Pictures last month.

Broadcom unveils DOCSIS 3.1 chip; Comcast, Liberty commit to 2015 launches

Chipmaker Broadcom unveiled a new reference design centered around CableLabs' new DOCSIS 3.1 standard that it says will enable cable operators to deliver to their customers downstream Internet speeds of around 2 Gbps later this year.

Dish launches 4K Hopper Joey that will work on any Ultra HD TV

While the introduction by Dish Network Monday of its much ballyhooed streaming service, Sling TV, commanded the bulk of attention, another significant product introduction got a little lost in the noise. Dish will also introduce to its customers later this month a 4K version of its Hopper DVR that is compatible with any Ultra HD TV set.

AT&T teams with Samsung, Qualcomm and LG for third-party services on Digital Life

AT&T Mobility announced at CES in Las Vegas this week that it is opening up its Digital Life home security and automation services to third-party products and its partnering with industry heavyweights, including Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm Life. FierceWireless has more coverage here.

DirecTV, Netflix, Samsung, Warner Bros. among companies founding Ultra HD Alliance

A group of top programming conglomerates, pay-TV companies, consumer electronics brands and streaming media operators have formed an alliance to further the development of the 4K/Ultra HD market.

Dish unveils $20 per month OTT service called Sling TV

Dish Network officially unveiled its anticipated over-the-top pay-TV service Sling TV, which will be available for $20 per month. In addition, the company announced a 4K version of its Hopper DVR.

Comcast raises modem lease fees by $2 to cover DOCSIS 3.0 equipment costs

Comcast became the latest pay-TV operator to implement early-2015 rate increases, upping the monthly lease price of its cable modems from $8 to $10.

ESPN yields biggest cable TV audience ever with College Football Playoff semis

While its multichannel brethren struggle with eroded audience ratings amid a flurry of OTT competition, the consolidated live sports programming power of Disney's ESPN is yielding far more positive results.

Dish testing new streaming service on DishWorld platform

Dish Network has begun testing its much lauded new OTT service on its already launched international streaming platform DishWorld.

Roku announces 4K plans, new CE partners

LAS VEGAS--Roku has become the first OTT device maker to dip its toes in the 4K/ Ultra HD waters, announcing plans to support 4K streaming in future product models. The company announced that it has prepared a reference design for its 4K smart TV partners in China.

From connected cars to 4K: CESLive 2015

The Fierce editorial team will be out in force at this year's CES 2015 show. Phil Goldstein, Mike Dano and Daniel Frankel will be on the ground throughout the week covering all the major keynotes, events and press conferences. Stay tuned to this page for complete coverage of the CES 2015 show. You can visit the page here.

Dish replaces Fox News with Glenn Beck's TheBlaze as analysts predict prolonged battle

Hedging against a protracted carriage battle with Fox News, Dish Network has signed an agreement to carry Glenn Beck's indie conservative channel TheBlaze.

Cable viewing dropped 8% in prime demographic in 2014, Nielsen says

Cable TV programmers experienced watershed erosion of their audiences in 2014, with primetime L+7 ratings for adults 18-49 dropping 8 percent across networks, according to Nielsen.