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Comcast, Univision reach long-term carriage agreement

Comcast has signed a long-term agreement with Hispanic-centric Univision Communications to carry the Univision Deportes Network to Xfinity TV customers who subscribe to Digital Preferred or Latino levels of service beginning next month.

Comcast Wi-Fi ads raise security, net neutrality concerns

Comcast's decision to insert self-promotional advertising into its Wi-Fi hotspots "raises security concerns and arguably cuts to the core of the ongoing net neutrality debate," an Ars Technica story maintains.

Legal issues: Colorado Springs TWC employees sue; St. Cloud council assails Charter

A pair of MSOs are in hot water in local markets. In Colorado Springs, a federal judge ordered Time Warner Cable to submit a list of 800 current and former call center employees as part of a year-old lawsuit regarding overtime pay. In St. Cloud, Minn., the city council alleges that Charter Communications violated its franchise agreement by moving public access channels without telling the city.

Discovery Channel parent opposes Comcast-TWC merger

Discovery Communications, parent company of the Discovery Channel and other pay TV programming, has come out in opposition to Comcast's $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

AT&T extends olive branch to rural subscribers with RFD-TV commitment

AT&T signed an agreement with Rural Media Group to carry RFD-TV on U-verse, making it clear that the service provider doesn't want rural subscribers to stand in the way of its $48.5 billion takeover of DirecTV.

ActiveVideo touts $1 per sub virtual STB solutions

San Jose technology company ActiveVideo, a provider of virtual set-top box solutions for top pay-TV operators including Charter Communications, is touting improvements in scalability and efficiency for its CloudTV product that it says can lower operators' data center capital expenditure to as low as $1 per subscriber.

The 5 top reasons why cable operators are getting into Wi-Fi

It is no secret that U.S. cable operators are rapidly deploying millions of private and public Wi-Fi hotspots. While cable MSOs claim consumer satisfaction is their primary driver, many industry observers suggest there is an even bigger plan that could impact traditional cellular operators and potentially alter the overall wireless industry landscape. FierceWireless breaks down the motivating factors in this special report.

Nielsen: Digital video use up dramatically in all age groups, linear TV use trending down

The migration of consumer TV viewing habits seems to be approaching a tipping point, with Nielsen reporting dramatic rises in Internet and mobile video usage at a time when linear TV consumption is trending slightly down.

Report: Dish's Ergen reached out to Deutsche Telekom about buying T-Mobile

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has reached out to Deutsche Telekom to express interest in buying its majority stake in T-Mobile, according to Bloomberg, which cites sources with "knowledge of the matter."

Local Choice now part of Senate's satellite reauthorization bill

The Senate version of satellite reauthorization will indeed include Local Choice, a controversial Commerce Committee proposal that essentially strips broadcast channels out of the pay-TV bundle.

SCTE launches international training arm, adds Liberty Global to Corporate Alliance Program

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has announced the launch of a new international training body, the International Society of Broadband Experts. The trade group also added Liberty Global as a member of its Corporate Alliance Program.

DirecTV and Raycom settle retrans fight, exchange nasty words

DirecTV and Raycom Media announced a new broadcast retransmission deal Sunday, ending a six-day blackout and enabling viewers in key pro football markets including New Orleans to catch Sunday's opening-season games. Service to 37 TV markets was restored with the agreement.

IBC preview: The future of TV gets the third degree in Amsterdam

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 11, the International Broadcasting Conference in Amsterdam will feature many of the top executives from global media and technology companies, sharing their ideas on how the television industry will ultimately emerge from its ongoing disruption by the Internet. FierceCable looks at some of the issues in our annual IBC 2014 preview issue.

Wheeler's comments foreboding to Comcast-TWC merger? Depends who you ask

With FCC chairman Tom Wheeler speaking at length about the general dearth of broadband competition in the U.S. Thursday, a kind of Rorschach Test has emerged in regard to the possible implications to the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger.

ESPN's Skipper: 'Cheap packages will hook millennials on pay-TV'

Cable's priciest channel is trying to cram itself to low-cost pay-TV packages to attract younger, more pay-TV-dissonant viewers.

CBS' Ianniello: 'Nothing in Showtime's pay-TV contracts says we can't go OTT'

While the tech blogs breathlessly wait for HBO to announce that it's ditching bundled pay-TV services and offering its programming via a la carte streaming, its smaller premium cable rival, Showtime, seems to be closer to actually doing just that.

DirecTV reaches deal with Dispatch Video, pleads to Raycom: 'Let the people see pro football'

DirecTV has renewed its broadcast retransmission deal with Dispatch Video, putting it back on the air on Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR and Columbus, Ohio indie WBNS, and ending a four-day blackout.

Unionized Brooklyn Cablevision techs release YouTube music video: 'Strike'

A group called "Cablevision99," which claims to represent nearly 300 unionized Cablevision technical workers in Brooklyn, has posted a YouTube rap video with a title, "Strike," and lyrics that the Bethpage, N.Y. cable company certainly won't find catchy.

A look at the women shaping telecom services, innovation and policy

Who are the women executives that are shaping the wireline telecom industry with new services, driving innovation and shaping policy? FierceTelecom profiles a number of these key executives in its fifth annual Women in Wireline feature. Special report

Fox to stream 101 NFL games to select pay-TV subscribers

In one of the most aggressive TV Everywhere initiatives launched yet by a major broadcaster, Fox Sports will make 101 NFL games broadcast on the Fox network available this fall for streaming to subscribers of select pay-TV services.