Comcast ups Charytan to EVP and general counsel, will have 'dotted line' reporting to Cohen

Lynn Charytan to executive VP and general counsel of Comcast Cable

Comcast has promoted Lynn Charytan to executive VP and general counsel of Comcast Cable.

Vice Media reportedly set to take over A+E's H2 Channel

Vice Media is expected to announce as early as today a new deal to turn A+E Networks' H2 Channel into a Vice-branded network featuring entertainment and lifestyle programming.

Mediacom reports modest loss of 17K video customers in Q3; broadband revenue grows 11%

Mediacom reported the loss of 17,000 video subscribers in the third quarter, leaving the New York-based, mid-sized MSO with 862,000 residential pay-TV customers across its two operating units. Mediacom ended the third quarter of 2014 with 900,000 video subscribers.

Slow moving U.S. pay-TV market bides time on 4K, waits for HDR to bake

After back-to-back product introductions at the beginning of this year by DirecTV, Comcast and Dish Network, it looked as though pay-TV was going to embrace 4K/UltraHD in a pretty significant way in 2015. But save for a few sporadic announcements about 4K-enabling satellite launches, there has been little if any actual movement in the pay-TV industry on the UltraHD topic since January.

Time stands still for U.S. pay-TV market on 4K

DirecTV launched pay-TV's first 4K service a year ago, making a handful of archival Paramount theatrical titles and K2 nature documentaries available for download in the UltraHD format and playable on new Samsung 4K sets.

Comcast's Facebook shot at Google Fiber backfires

While it has committed $300 million to improving its customer service reputation, it seems Comcast still has a ways to go before it can afford to take public shots at other service providers.

CBS sets up new 'Star Trek' series as exclusive tentpole for All Access SVOD platform

CBS Corp. is setting up the next highly anticipated TV-series iteration of Star Trek as a key exclusive original programming asset for its CBS All Access SVOD play.

Altice customer losses spur worry about aggressive cost-control strategy

As it attempts to obtain regulatory approval for its pending purchases of Cablevision and Suddenlink Communications in the United States, analysts are concerned that France's Altice's cost-cutting plans for the two companies may be too aggressive.

TiVo agrees to deliver set-top data to Viacom for ad targeting

Viacom has signed a deal with TiVo Research and Analytics to use the DVR maker's data from its 2.3 million set-tops in Viacom's ad sales.

Verizon sued for patent infringement by Kudelski

European technology company The Kudelski Group announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Verizon Communications and its AOL subsidiary.

Starz moving 'beyond the traditional cable bundle,' will announce partners in coming weeks

starz CEO Chris Albrecht

After previously insisting that it has had no discussions about going direct-to-consumer, Starz now said it is about to complete agreements to distribute its offerings outside the pay-TV ecosystem.

Starz allegedly asked DirecTV, Comcast and others to fake revenue, subscriber information

According to a fiery new lawsuit by a former employee, Starz allegedly asked DirecTV, Comcast and Liberty Media to "fabricate revenue and subscriber information" and to engage in other "malicious, fraudulent and/or oppressive" conduct.

FCC's Wheeler backs off exclusivity rule changes to retransmission deals, report says

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is reportedly backing away from changing rules that regulate retransmission negotiations between broadcasters and MVPDs.

Meredith set to renegotiate 80% of its retrans contracts through 2017

TV station operator Meredith Corp. looks poised to cash in on the rising cost of retransmission fees.

Charter's Rutledge: TVE password sharing is no joke

Programming networks are not doing a good enough job with securing authentication on multiscreen apps and are "devaluing their programming" as a result, said Charter Communications Chairman and President Tom Rutledge, speaking to investors during his MSO's third-quarter conference call yesterday.

TWC's Marcus: Streaming strategy is about getting rid of set-tops, not skinny bundles

Describing the streaming video service his MSO is currently testing in New York, Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Rob Marcus emphasized the ability of the service to dramatically reduce the company's spending on set-tops and truck rolls.

Cox ordered to pay $6.31M for tying set-top fees to premium video services

A federal court in Oklahoma has ordered Cox Communications to pay $6.31 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by customers who complained that the MSO forced them to lease set-top boxes in order to receive premium services.

Google Fiber to challenge Comcast, Charter, Bright House in latest service expansion

Google Fiber said that it will expand to Oklahoma City, Jacksonville and Tampa, marking the next wave of growth for one of the cable industry's biggest competitive threats. The company will challenge Comcast, Bright House Networks, Charter Communications and other cable operators that operate in those three new markets.

Rovi to end Fan TV relationship with TWC for set-tops

Rovi confirmed that it is winding down its Fan TV partnership with Time Warner Cable.

Cable's strong Q3 subscriber trend has analysts rethinking cord-cutting trend

After pay-TV operators lost a record 625,000 video customers in the second quarter, analysts said the sector had reached a point at which cord-cutting would be a ubiquitous part of all future quarterly earnings presentations.