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Analyst: Cord cutting will keep 'drip, dripping' along, despite sudden rush of OTT competition

High-profile media analyst Craig Moffett doesn't believe Sling TV, Sony's PlayStation Vue or Apple's upcoming pay-TV service will be revolutionary enough have a profound impact on the indigenous cable, satellite and IPTV industry.

Cooperation, not competition, will better serve LTE-U/LAA

With both T-Mobile US and Verizon moving forward with plans to commercially launch LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands, it seems only fitting that the cellular and Wi-Fi industries take the opportunity to collaborate and work closer together.

Nielsen to begin tracking Netflix, Amazon Prime audiences

Clinging to its position as television's dominant audience ratings provider, Nielsen said it will begin offering it customer data on Netflix and Amazon Prime SVOD audience usage sometime in the middle of this year.

Comcast giving customer invites to try out new XR11 voice-activated remote

Comcast is getting close to the official debut of its voice-activated remote control, the XR11, and is already making it available to customers for early trials.

Sling TV takes A+E channels live, but catches flak for lack of cloud-based DVR

Dish Network's new over-the-top service, Sling TV, has expanded its basic service to 20 channels, with A+E Networks outlets A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime joining the base "Best of Live TV" tier on Thursday.

Comcast pushes back expected TWC deal closure to mid-2015

Delays, delays, nothing but delays... With the FCC once again suspending its regulatory review process, Comcast once more pushed back its expected close of its proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable.

Online video's ongoing fight against digital piracy: A look at solutions

Fears of digital piracy ebbed a bit over the last few years, with platforms like Netflix and YouTube providing consumers with gobs of readily available, inexpensive video content. But it turns out that illegal downloading just isn't going away.

WOW! deploys Wurl streaming video platform on Midwest cable systems

Silicon Valley startup Wurl has announced that its 1Guide streaming media platform for pay-TV set-tops has been deployed by WOW! on cable systems in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Michigan as part of the MSO's "Streamland" service.

TWC says there will be no write-down on SportsNet LA

Time Warner Cable denied reports that it plans to take a $1 billion write-down on its Dodgers-based regional sports network, TWC SportsNet LA, saying--confusingly--it doesn't even own an asset relating to the Los Angeles-based Major League Baseball franchise.

ESPN will cost $36.30 per sub in a la carte world priced by 'reach', analyst says

In a video programming business that will be increasingly dominated by over-the-top distribution and skinnier bundles, "reach"--the actual percentage of viewers that watch a channel over a set time period--will have a much greater role in defining consumer pricing.

Sony's poorly targeted PlayStation Vue service 'DOA,' analyst says

Describing Sony's over-the-top pay-TV service as a product grossly mismatched with its young, price-conscious male target market, TDG analyst Joel Espelien has declared PlayStation Vue "dead on arrival."

Yahoo, AOL make big transition to long-form originals

Amid the dominant TV ratings force that is March Madness, Yahoo Screen debuted Sin City Saints, a half-hour, basketball-themed original comedy series. Likewise, its competitor AOL Originals debuted its first long-form original series, making the first four episodes of Connected available exclusively to Roku users via the AOL On app.

DirecTV class action suit over early termination fees reaches Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide if a class-action suit filed against DirecTV over early-termination charges will be subject to continued litigation or binding arbitration.

Comcast expands social media team, as survey reveals growing warmth toward digital customer service

Timed to the release of a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey revealing that telecom customers are among the most receptive to customer service delivered over digital channels, Comcast says it will triple its social media-based customer service team.

TWC will eat $1B loss on SportsNet LA before merger close, report says

Time Warner Cable significantly over-valued regional sports network TWC SportsNet LA and will have to write down a loss of nearly $1 billion in order to close its merger with Comcast.

CableLabs joins NYU Wireless to drive 5G research

Non-profit cable consortium CableLabs has joined university research center NYU Wireless to help define and drive research around 5G, the next-generation of wireless technology.  Specifically, the consortium will be an affiliate of NYU Wireless and join wireless industry stalwarts such as Qualcomm, Samsung, Nokia Networks and Solutions and Intel to figure out the role that millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology will play in 5G.

NFL finally ends TV blackout rule for 2015 season

The NFL has finally lifted a rule calling for the local TV blackout of games that don't produce enough ticket sales, starting with upcoming 2015 football season.

Schmidt: Google Glass dream isn't shattered just yet

Google isn't giving up on Google Glass, its high-tech eyeglasses, according to Chairman Eric Schmidt. In mid-January, Google announced it was ending its Glass "Explorer" program, which it launched in April 2013 to allow software developers to buy pre-production versions of Google Glass for $1,500 for testing.

Cable One can't get NebuAd privacy suit dismissed

A federal judge in Alabama refused to dismiss the personal lawsuit of a woman who claims Cable One worked with advanced advertising company NebuAd to improperly monitor her Internet use back in 2007.

Google Fiber set to begin targeted TV advertising in Kansas City

Attempting to mimic the advanced advertising success it's had on the Internet, Google Fiber will begin to offer targeted local TV ads in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.