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Apple WWDC: No info on pay-TV plans expected, but new music streaming service should be unveiled

Apple will kick off its anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference keynote today by unveiling its new music streaming service, according to multiple reports.

Showtime standalone service set to launch on Roku, PlayStation Vue

Showtime said its new standalone streaming service will be viewable on Roku devices, signaling its intention to go broader than the Apple device universe that confined its closest competition, HBO Now, at launch two months ago.

Atlantic Broadband buys Connecticut's MetroCast for $200M

Atlantic Broadband has announced an agreement to purchase Connecticut cable operator MetroCast from Harron Communications for $200 million, continuing a wave of cable industry consolidation.

Report: Comcast is in Washington's 'penalty box' regarding new mergers

In the near term, expect Comcast to focus on bite-sized acquisitions, such as last week's purchase of advanced advertising startup Visible World, rather than large mega-mergers, such as the scrubbed $45 billion Time Warner Cable purchase.

Rutledge says new FCC rules won't curtail Charter's network investments

Disclosing details of its early regulatory meetings with the FCC in the run up to review of the $57 billion Time Warner Cable merger, Charter Communications said new FCC net neutrality laws will not restrict investments made in its network.

Linear TV's cratering subscriber rate confirms it--the cord-cutting check is already in the mail

In sports, some fans will adamantly deny the facts that are right in front of them. The same dynamic, I suspect, is at play when many of us ponder pay-TV subscriber losses, and still wonder if wholesale cord-cutting by U.S. consumers will soon get underway. There shouldn't be any debate that radical change in the way U.S. consumers watch television is already occurring.

Tracking the collapse of linear TV: Cable looks to VOD, TV Everywhere to counter OTT

Pay-TV's first quarter earnings reports showed no definitive evidence that cord cutting is about to go viral. But the signs are troubling. In fact, an examination of linear TV ratings leads to a conclusion that television's disrupted, on-demand future isn't just inevitable, it's already here.

Comcast: Networks have 'stacked' 550 series on Xfinity On Demand

Comcast says it now has "stacking" rights to 550 current season TV shows on its Xfinity On Demand VOD platform, a clear sign, the No. 1 pay-TV operator says, that programmers have "come around" to understanding the potential of cable VOD.

 

CenturyLink expands Prism TV to Salt Lake City

CenturyLink's Prism TV service is now available in Salt Lake City, Utah, and surrounding areas including South Jordan.

Report: Dish's Sling TV now counts 250,000 paying customers

Dish Network's Sling TV OTT service currently counts around 250,000 paying subscribers, according to a new Re/code article citing unnamed industry executives familiar with the company's operations. That would be an increase from the 100,000 sign-ups that Sling TV counted in March, according to Re/code.

Sling TV launches Spanish-language service, Sling Latino, with $7- and $12-per-month plans

Dish Network has introduced a Spanish-language extension of its Sling TV over-the-top service with the launch of its new Sling Latino brand.

Comcast snaps up ad tech firm Visible World

Comcast has acquired ad-targeting firm Visible World, which works with marketers to deliver targeted ads to specific audiences based upon zip codes and data from users' set-top boxes.

Analyst: Dish/T-Mobile merger would be 'Pugs Bunny,' a mismatched mix of a pug and a rabbit

MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett said he does not believe that a merger between No. 2 U.S. satellite TV company Dish Network and No. 4 wireless operator T-Mobile is a good match.

Charter to carry TWC's SportsNet LA starting with Tuesday's Dodgers game

Charter Communications has made good on its promise to pick up Time Warner Cable's carriage-starved regional sports network, SportsNet LA. Charter announced that it will make the channel available in HD on channel 773 of its program guide to 300,000 Southern California-areas subscribers, starting with Tuesday's Los Angeles Dodgers game.

TDS TV launches new radio-frequency remote control

TDS Telecommunications is offering an upgraded radio-frequency remote control to its nearly 125,000 cable TV and IPTV subscribers, allowing them to hide their set-tops in a way that's not possible with standard infra-red, line-of-site remote controls.

Cincinnati Bell sees short-term upside to Charter-TWC merger

Cincinnati Bell CFO Leigh Fox says the company isn't concerned about one of its main competitors, Time Warner Cable, merging with Charter Communications.

Parks: 51% of U.S. pay-TV homes 'very interested' in unlimited DVR storage

Parks Associates published new research suggesting that 51 percent of U.S. pay-TV consumers are "very interested" in unlimited, cloud-based DVR storage.

With $51M in new funding, 'next-generation cable company' Layer3 TV plans 2015 service launch

Self-billed "next-generation cable company" Layer3 TV has raised another $51 million and now plans to launch its virtual pay-TV service by the end of the year.

FCC vote ends local regulation of cable rates

FCC commissioners voted unanimously to strip local governments of the ability to regulate the rates of cable operators.

Dish finally in talks with T-Mobile about merger, report says

After a year of speculation about a possible merger, Dish Network and T-Mobile are reportedly engaged in serious talks about a transaction, according to the Wall Street Journal.