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Verizon deploys temps as CWA strike enters third week

Verizon has deployed thousands of re-directed and temporary employees to fill in holes, as a strike by unionized wireline workers drags on.

Cable One deploys FTTH in Mississippi residential development

Cable One plans to spend $250,000 to deploy fiber-to-the-home broadband services in new residential development in Pascagoula, Miss. Shell Landing golf/resort area.

DirecTV rejects yet another overture to negotiate with TWC over SportsNet LA

DirecTV has demurred on a request from California Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) to return to the bargaining table with Time Warner Cable and discuss carriage of TWC SportsNet LA.

DirecTV is slowly but surely paving the way to live 4K

DirecTV struck out in its first two attempts to put a live 4K MLB broadcast in play but those hiccups are just the latest of many ups and downs for the MVPD as it travels the lonely road to translate 4K into linear content.

Pay-TV subscriber trends deteriorated in Q1, analyst says

The major publicly traded pay-TV companies lost 200,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, an acceleration over the 54,000 lost in the first quarter of 2015, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield says.

Hulu readying live-streamed pay-TV bundle, WSJ says

Hulu has programming agreements in place with Disney and Fox and is readying the launch a live-streamed skinny pay-TV bundle in early 2017, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Cablevision boss Dolan gets million dollar raise, takes in $24.6M in 2015

Cablevision CEO James Dolan pocketed $24.6 million in executive compensation in 2015, up from $23.7 million in 2014, according to documents filed with the Securities Exchange Commission.

Chronicling former lobbyist Tom Wheeler's transition into cable-industry's dreaded foe

How does a guy go from being a cable industry lobbyist to proposing two of the most unpopular ideas to hit the business since the retrans fee was invented? However FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler did it, such a transition is not all that common.

Universal Pictures chief on Comcast's DreamWorks purchase: 'Movie business was everything they didn't like'

In a feature story tracking Comcast's steady march to movie-business power, Bloomberg connects the dots to how the MSO learned that the film biz can be consistently profitable if family hits are tied to theme park attractions and consumer products, much the way Disney has done it for decades.

TWC's Marcus: NYC streaming trial results 'encouraging,' calls it 'where the world is headed'

While not declaring his MSO's trials in New York of IP-based pay-TV services an outright success, Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Rob Marcus reported a mostly positive review during his company's last earnings call as a stand-alone company Thursday.

Charter merger conditions not 'unduly onerous,' analyst says

Having had a chance to review the conditions agreed to by Charter Communications in exchange for FCC approval of its Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks purchases, media investment analyst Craig Moffett has deemed them livable.

Rovi buys TiVo for $1.1B, will call combined company 'TiVo'

The cash and stock deal, which Rovi expects to close in the third quarter, creates a new company valued, Rovi said, at around $3 billion and armed with nearly 6,000 patents and $800 million in annual revenue.

Wheeler: Comcast just proved the point for 'Unlock the Box'

Pivoting course on the terse response he issued last week when Comcast announced it was integrating its set-top functionality into Samsung smart TVs and Roku streaming devices, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler offered backhanded praise for the MSO's new "Program Partners" initiative. He said the plan is exactly the kind of strategy he hopes will become ubiquitous once his "Unlock the Box" proposal becomes law.

NCTA says FCC 'special access' proposal will result in 'onerous new rate regulation,' 'obvious harm'

Once again finding itself at odds with former cable-industry lobbyist and current FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the NCTA blasted a divided FCC vote this morning to propose new regulations for business broadband.

DirecTV drawing on early trials as it blazes a live 4K trail

DirecTV has encountered some early bumps on the road to live 4K broadcasts but it is drawing on more than a year's worth of experience to sort through the struggles of being an early mover for the emerging technology.

Comcast pays $3.8B for DreamWorks Animation, puts 'Minions' mastermind in charge

In a move aimed at further boosting its thriving NBCUniversal film, consumer products and theme parks operations, Comcast said it will pay around $3.8 billion to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.

Charter set to close on new company called 'Charter,' full transition will run through 2018

Charter Communications expects to finally close its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks "within a few days" of the California Public Utilities Commission's May 12 approval vote of the deals.

TWC adds 21K video subs in Q1, still misses forecast for customer growth in last earnings report ever

In what will likely be its last ever earnings report, Time Warner Cable said it added 21,000 video customers and 314,000 high-speed Internet users in the first quarter.

Comcast bumps data caps to 1 terabyte

Comcast said its bumping up the ceiling in its controversial data-usage trials to 1 terabyte, effective June 1.

DirecTV's trials and tribulations in the early days of live 4K

DirecTV will be the recipient of both cheers and jeers as the early mover for live, linear 4K broadcasts in the U.S. At the moment, it's seeing the downside, as the first two of its planned 25 MLB games broadcast in 4K had to be scrubbed due to technical issues.

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