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TVE buildout goes on: FiOS Mobile app adds 5 Fox channels, TWC TV hits Xbox One

Continuing to complete an infinitely complex web of multiscreen rights deals that probably should have happened several years ago, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and HBO all announced key TV Everywhere agreements Tuesday.

TiVo reports 40% rise in MSO subs, but cord-cutting Roamio OTA sales drive revenue

In the pitched battle raging between incumbent pay-TV operators and insurgent OTT services, TiVo continues to profit quite nicely from playing Switzerland.

Charter more ready than ever to go after TWC if Comcast can't close deal, Liberty's Maffei says

Charter's top executives are still working to uphold their end of the complex three-way deal built around the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. But if federal regulators don't approve that deal this spring, Charter executives say they are even more ready than before Comcast proposed the marriage to swoop in and buy TWC themselves.

Dish takes AMC, Encore live on Sling, enables Showtime Anytime on core service

Dish Network made a series of moves Tuesday that are bound to please its multiscreen enthusiast customers.

Comcast's Angelakis: Wi-Fi tech needs to evolve before fancy new products are launched

A week after Comcast executives insisted that it's "premature" to discuss new products and services that leverage the company's burgeoning Wi-Fi network, Comcast vice chairman and CFO Peter Angelakis hammered home the point Tuesday.

Google's Pichai: Company will launch MVNO in coming months

Speaking in Barcelona Monday at Mobile World Congress 2015, Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed that the search giant will launch a mobile virtual network operator in the U.S. on a limited basis in "the coming months" to spur innovation in the wireless market.

Pay-TV sub losses accelerated to 125K in 2014, Leichtman says

The 13 largest pay-TV operators lost 125,000 subscribers in 2014, up from 95,000 in 2013, according to new data released Tuesday by Leichtman Research Group.

Synacor enlists Comcast's thePlatform to form end-to-end multiscreen solution

Multiscreen tech company Synacor announced an agreement with Comcast-owned online video subsidiary thePlatform to provide crucial technology for an end-to-end multiscreen solution for pay-TV operators, programmers and OTT video companies.

Rumor mill: Cablevision's Dolan exploring NY Daily News purchase

Cablevision and Madison Square Garden Company CEO James Dolan have enlisted a team of bankers to explore the possibility of buying the New York Daily News, rival publication the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Moonves: 'A smaller bundle is a very good thing'

Once again proving he can be counted on as a maverick voice for counterintuitive perspectives, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves says he supports smaller programming bundles.

Video business power players: Executives to watch in 2015

Who are the fresh-faced young go-getters who are leading, more behind the scenes at this point, the innovation needed to transform the industry for the digital era? Who are the rising executive stars of the TV video business? FierceCable profiles five leaders who are taking their companies to the next level.

Charter rebrands biz unit as Spectrum Business, splits enterprise, SMB units

After splitting its business services division into two units, small-to-medium and larger-enterprise, Charter has rebranded the operations as "Spectrum Business."

AT&T, Verizon say net neutrality rules will neutralize Internet innovation

The FCC is putting place strident new regulation on wireless and wireline networks in order to stop such practices as throttling traffic and coercing video programmers to make interconnection agreements. However, telco giants AT&T and Verizon say the FCC's new net neutrality rules will merely drive up consumer costs and stifle private investment into networks.

Broadcom rolls out new 4K and 5G chipsets, diagnostic analyzer tech

Broadcom is using the occasion of the CableLabs Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla., to roll out a new 4K set-top chip for set-tops, new diagnostic analyzers for cable operators, and a 5G Wi-Fi combo chip.

Cablevision COO says Freewheel shows customers the value of the Wi-Fi network

Cablevision's decision to launch its Freewheel Wi-Fi calling and data service was prompted by the MSO's desire for its customers to see a "tangible manifestation" of the company's extensive Wi-Fi network, which currently spans more than 1.1 million hotspots.

Verizon piles on Dish AWS-3 strategy, complains to FCC

Verizon Communications late last week became the latest telecommunications company to publicly object to Dish Network's strategy for obtaining deep discounts on winning bids in the FCC's recently completed AWS-3 spectrum auction.

DOCSIS channel shipments increased 114% in 2014 to record 4.8M

Driven by the ever-increasing broadband speed upgrades rendered by cable companies in 2014, shipments of DOCSIS channels rose 114 percent last year to a record 4.8 million, according to Infonetics Research's latest quarterly report.

Report: Comcast may acquire Visible World, boost advanced ad portfolio

Comcast is in negotiations to acquire TV ad tech company Visible World, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed individuals familiar with the talks.

FCC overrides state laws restricting muni broadband expansion

In yet another 3-2 vote across party lines, the FCC voted Thursday to override state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that restrict local governments from expanding the reach of their municipal broadband networks outside their jurisdiction.

Mavenir aims to exploit cable Wi-Fi craze with VoWi-Fi calling solution

With cable companies increasingly focused on developing products and services to monetize their fast-growing Wi-Fi networks, Mavenir Systems is introducing a voice-over-Wi-Fi calling solution targeted to MSOs.