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CableLabs certifies first round of DOCSIS 3.1 modems

CableLabs says devices from Askey, Castlenet, Netgear, Technicolor and Ubee Interactive are the first five DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems to receive its certification.

Canada's Shaw sells cable network arm to Corus for $1.9B

Canadian cable operator Shaw Communications has sold its programming networks division to Corus Entertainment for $1.9 billion in cash and stock.

Bewkes resists pressure to spin off HBO from Time Warner

Responding to renewed pressure from investors to up his company's share price, Time Warner Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes reportedly told them that a spin-off of HBO would actually harm the company's stock price.

CBS, Warner Bros. discuss online version of CW

CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. are pondering an SVOD version of their CW Network as the broadcast station affiliation agreement the two companies used to start the network 10 years ago gets ready to expire.

TiVo appoints CFO Naveen Chopra interim CEO to replace Tom Rogers

TiVo has appointed its CFO, Naveen Chopra, as its interim CEO, replacing Tom Rogers, who is stepping aside on Jan. 31 to assume the role of non-executive chairman.

Comcast's Xfinity home security product easy to beat with simple jamming device, firm says

A security firm has kicked the tires on Comcast's Xfinity Home automation and security products, saying they can be severely disrupted with a simple radio jamming device.

Report: NFL looks to split its Thursday Night Football programming package

Once again looking at significant tweaks to the most valuable programming asset in the pay-TV ecosystem, the NFL is looking to split its lucrative Thursday Night Football franchise among several networks, according to Sports Business Daily.

Despite pay-TV subscription losses, ESPN in line for significant ad revenue increases in 2016

Despite a steady stream of bad news about its subscriber metrics in 2015, ESPN appears poised to grow its advertising revenue in 2016.

Altice moves to acquire France's NextRadioTV, hires new government affairs chief

While it sits on its hands in the U.S. amid regulatory approval of its $17.7 billion bid to acquire Cablevision, Altice NV continues to actively make expansion moves back home in Europe.

Mediacom buys into Casa's C100G CCAP for gigabit services

Casa Systems said Mediacom will deploy its C100G converged cable access platform (CCAP) as it looks to provide gigabit-level broadband service across its Columbia and Jefferson City markets in Missouri.

Time Warner Inc. pushing 'stacking rights' for cable VOD

In order to better enable pay-TV VOD viewing, Time Warner Inc. is pushing the outside program vendors who sell shows to platforms including Turner Networks channels TNT and TBS to allow for full-season "stacking" rights.

NFL expands London game-streaming strategy, further moves beyond pay-TV ecosystem

After deeming its live-steam of a London-based regular season game on Yahoo in October a success, the NFL said it will stream three more games next season from Wembley Stadium.

CenturyLink says its FTTH is eating cable's lunch

CenturyLink says its 1 Gbps FTTH services are pulling market share away from cable in the areas in which it's available.

NCTA condemns FCC broadband report; CES attendance stays flat at 170K

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Seeso boss: NBCU will go on creating niche SVOD services, just like it did cable channels

After officially launching a $3.99-a-month SVOD service last week specifically targeted to comedy lovers, NBCUniversal digital chief Evan Shapiro said his company is looking to launch as many as nine other niche-targeted streaming platforms.

New York state signs off on Charter's TWC purchase

Charter Communications has received approval from New York state regulators for its proposed $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable. The MSO agreed to provide access to 300 Mbps-speed broadband to all New York residents by 2019.

Dish comes to terms with Cordillera, ends 11-market blackout

Dish Network said it has come to terms on a new broadcast retransmission agreement with Cordillera Broadcasting, ending a blackout that impacted 18 stations in 11 markets that started Thursday.

AT&T says FCC is not following its own 25 Mbps broadband definition

AT&T has criticized the FCC's new Broadband Progress report, noting that the agency is not following its own re-definition of broadband, which is set at a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps.

NBC set to drop Boston affiliate, launch new Beantown O&O more focused on OTA business

Signaling the biggest shakeup in the No. 7 U.S. TV market in the last two decades, NBC will reportedly drop its Boston affiliate, WHDH-TV (channel 7), and launch a new owned-and-operated station starting in January 2017.

NBCU's Burke: DVR time-shifting still more impactful on linear cable ratings than Netflix

While admitting that he's surprised at the impact that SVOD platforms like Netflix and Hulu have had on viewership for linear cable, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said time-shifting using DVRs is still having a bigger effect on traditional television.

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