Verizon's McAdam: We will support linear TV but the market is moving to OTT

Verizon will continue to sell its FiOS linear video product to consumers but the company is also ramping up its Go90 mobile video service and its skinny bundle packages to accommodate the rapid growth in consumers looking to ditch their linear service in favor of over-the-top services.

Altice has 'lofty synergy expectations' for Cablevision buy, says it will beat Comcast on margins

Following up its $9.1 billion purchase of Suddenlink Communications in May with a $17.7 billion-plus-debt acquisition of Cablevision, French telecom conglomerate Altice SA has "lofty synergy expectations for its combined collection of U.S. cable assets," analysts say.

Sold! Cablevision to go to Patrick Drahi's Altice for $17.7B

European telecom magnate Patrick Drahi and his Altice SA have agreed to purchase Cablevision for $17.7 billion and the assumption of debt, the New York MSO confirmed. The deal would create the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, behind Comcast, Charter Communications and Cox Communications, and the country's seventh largest pay-TV operator. Cablevision counts around 2.8 million pay-TV customers.

Synacor inks Grande to multi-year agreement on TV Everywhere, search and discovery

Multiscreen services company Synacor has announced a deal to provide portal, TV Everywhere authentication and search and discovery platform services to Texas operator Grande Communications.

CEO Rogers: TiVo getting around $2 per sub per month from North American cable subscribers

tivo CEO Tom Rogers

TiVo is collecting revenue averaging out to $2 per subscriber across the nearly one dozen U.S. cable operators it provides its advanced video operating systems to, according to company CEO Tom Rogers.

AMC in talks to buy Malone's Starz, Bloomberg says

Amid a consolidating pay-TV operator landscape, two of the programming industry's smaller fish are back in talks about joining forces.

Cox confirms that X1 is in customer beta trials in San Diego

Cox Communications has finished lab and customer trials of Comcast's X1 platform and is now moving on to a customer beta test in its San Diego, Calif. market, a rep for the MSO confirmed to FierceCable.

Rutledge says Charter will grow video subscribers in 2015

Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said he expects the company to finish 2015 with positive growth in its video subscribers. Those comments are similar to ones recently made by Time Warner Cable chief executive Robert Marcus.

With 11M public Wi-Fi hotspots, Comcast's Roberts hints at role of Wi-Fi in mobile video

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said that wireless carriers' increasing focus on mobile video could create opportunities for MSOs like Comcast, which he said now offers fully 11 million public Wi-Fi hotspots across the country.

AT&T's Stephens: Company ready for pay-TV changes; U-verse subs may migrate to cheaper DirecTV services

The slowdown in the pay-TV market is not a concern for AT&T because the company is well positioned to take advantage of the migration of customers from traditional pay-TV to over-the-top video viewing, according to a top AT&T executive.

Bright House introduces 1 TB DVR, ahead of acquisition by cloud-based Charter

Bright House is in the process of being purchased by a larger cable company that has emphasized a video strategy built around cloud-based technology. But the company is rolling out a big, heavy piece of CPE, just the same.

Our IBC slide show: A feast for the eyes

Fierce editor Mike Dano roamed the show floor last week at IBC, an event brimming with companies and technologies driving the pay-TV sector. From cameras that look like fly-fishing poles to state-of-the-art drones, you can see a little of what he saw in this FierceCable slide show


TWC sets another carbon reduction goal: 30% in two years

Time Warner Cable has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 percent by the end of 2016. The environmentally conscious move comes after the MSO far exceeded a two-year goal, stated in 2012, to reduce its carbon footprint by 15 percent.

Viacom accuses Cablevision of being two-faced in discovery phase of bundling litigation

Viacom has fired a salvo in long-running anti-trust litigation with Cablevision, noting that the cable company's argument in the matter has been undermined by contradictory testimony in another unrelated legal case.

Sling TV's Roger Lynch once again takes down Dish's core business, calls pay-TV 'unsustainable'

His streaming service may be owned by one of the biggest pay-TV operators in North America, but Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch continues to take shots at traditional pay-TV services.

IBC 2015 in pictures: What it was like on the show floor

AMSTERDAM -- The IBC exhibition this year was a feast for the eyes. Alongside useful information, exhibitors used all the tricks and gimmicks at their disposal to draw attendees' interest. Check out our pictures of the IBC show floor.

Apple TV launch draws subdued response from TV industry at IBC show

AMSTERDAM -- Just a week after Apple's Tim Cook boasted that the company's new Apple TV creates a "new foundation for TV" with an app-based approach to the market, the TV industry here at the IBC show offered a notably tepid response to Apple's new device. TV executives here generally acknowledged that the device appears to offer a smooth user interface and useful features, but none viewed the device as a breakthrough on the same level as the iPhone or iPad.

AT&T tops in wireless ad spending for August

AT&T was the top spender in the wireless business on TV advertising in August, accounting for 30 percent of the $190.2 million spent by wireless companies on commercial time. The data comes courtesy of, which partners with FierceWireless every month to deliver a snapshot on how leading telecommunications companies in the wireless market are promoting themselves. 

DirecTV ends retrans blackout on Utah's KSL-TV, but talks break down with Pac-12 Network

DirecTV has come to terms on a new broadcast retransmission deal with Utah-based NBC affiliate KSL-TV, ending a three-week blackout that affected nearly 200,000 subscribers.

AT&T discontinues offline viewing on its U-verse TV Everywhere service

AT&T no longer offers its U-verse TV Everywhere customers the ability to download content to their mobile device for offline viewing. Instead, users must stream all their TV Everywhere content over an Internet connection.