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Report: Apple to share viewer data on new pay-TV service to entice programmers

Apple wants to move quickly on its over-the-top pay-TV service, and it's willing to make major concessions to programmers to make it happen.

Blackout warning: The 5 biggest potential pay-TV carriage wars in 2015

As media news stories go, licensing renewal battles between pay-TV operators and programmers always produce provocative quotes. But it can be difficult to parse out the truth of who is really being unreasonable in carriage negotiations. Get the backstory on five of 2015's biggest upcoming retransmission deals before the blackouts start.

DirecTV adds 22 out-of-home TVE channels, including TNT, Comedy Central, Nick

It might be too late to put the OTT genie back in the bottle, but DirecTV has announced yet another major expansion of its TV Everywhere wherewithal.

Wheeler: No, we didn't get 'secret instructions' from White House for Title II regs

A week after the FCC released its net neutrality order that reclassifies ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act, Chairman Tom Wheeler responded to Congressional Republican claims that he was in cahoots with the Obama administration in developing the new regs.

Comcast selected as anchor tech partner to Atlanta Braves' new stadium

Comcast has struck a wide-ranging deal with Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves, becoming a key technology partner and anchor tenant for the club's SunTrust Park, a new stadium set to be ready by the start of the 2017 season.

FCC proposal would presume satellite competition in every market

FCC commissioners voted 5-0 Monday to move forward with a proposal that would end a requirement that cable operators prove they have competition from satellite operators in order to avoid rate regulation.

Report: Apple's pay-TV plan comes into focus, thumbs nose at Comcast

Is it real this time? The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Apple is getting close to launching its long-anticipated pay-TV service, with a cable-resembling streaming bundle from the tech giant possibly launching later this year at a $30-$40 monthly price point.

Sling TV bulks up with Xbox One app, A+E Networks channels, new add-on packages

Dish Network continues the quick buildout of its over-the-top pay-TV service, Sling TV, adding Xbox One compatibility as well as the A+E Networks stable of cable channels.

Cablevision to distribute HBO Now to Optimum broadband customers

Cablevision has become the first MVPD to embrace HBO's new a la carte streaming product, offering HBO Now to its Optimum broadband customers as an integrated service.

TWC, Comcast, Cox drive cable MSO Ethernet trend

Time Warner Cable remains the top cable MSO providing Ethernet services to small to medium businesses and large business customers, according to Vertical Systems Group's 2014 Cable MSO Ethernet Leaderboard.

Report: CBS offering affiliates up to $1 a month per sub to participate in All Access

Trying to get its affiliates to buy into its new over-the-top distribution platform CBS All Access, CBS Corp. is offering non-O&Os up to $1 per month for every subscriber who signs on in their market.

James Dolan to take over day-to-day operation of MSG as Tad Smith exits

Cablevision CEO James Dolan will have the added responsibility of day-to-day operations for the family-controlled MSG, with the departure of CEO Tad Smith announced Monday.

Comcast more vexed by HBO Now than other MVPDs, analyst says

Among all MVPDs, Comcast will be most impacted by HBO's decision to launch an over-the-top service.

Rovi board comes under attack by activist investor

Prominent pay-TV user-guide specialist Rovi Corp. has hired investment bank Credit Suisse to defend itself from a proxy fight initiated last week by activist investor Glenn Welling's Engaged Capital hedge fund.

Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV merger reviews halted by FCC

The FCC once again will pause the 180-day "shot clock" on its regulatory reviews for the prospective mergers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and AT&T and DirecTV.

Verizon's small-cell strategy could be boon to Cincinnati Bell, FairPoint and Lumos

Verizon's intention to deploy more small cells to expand wireless coverage for 4G LTE could be a gold-mine wireless backhaul opportunity for a host of regional telcos, such as Cincinnati Bell, FairPoint Communications and Lumos Networks.

Comcast says opposition-coalition white paper full of inaccuracies

Continuing its exhaustive struggle to turn public and political favor toward a Time Warner Cable acquisition deal it first proposed 13 months ago, Comcast has taken aim at a white paper filed by one of several anti-merger coalitions, Stop Mega Comcast.

HDTV penetration reaches 81% of U.S. homes

While the consumer electronics industry works to warm tepid demand for 4K/Ultra HD, it's interesting to remember that the last resolution standard they sold to video consumers, HDTV, is still in its growth phase.

Google Fiber threat to pay TV overhyped, analyst Moffet says

As threats to the pay-TV business go, Google Fiber is not terribly impressive, says media analyst Craig Moffett.

Report: TWC making progress on SportsNet LA impasse

Time Warner Cable may be seeing some progress in its year-long struggle to distribute its regional sports network built around the Los Angeles Dodgers.