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AT&T targets SMB customers with free U-verse offer

In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom takes a look at announcements from AT&T that show how it is looking to sign small and mid-sized businesses to its commercial telecom products.

Dish Network tips off Hopper March Madness campaign

Dish Network hired actress Rebel Wilson to provide the voice for an animated version of its "Hopper the Kangaroo" mascot in a new ad campaign that it kicked off this week.

Comcast dominates 2013 broadband subscriber growth rankings

With DSL subscriber losses hurting growth at AT&T and Verizon, Comcast was the number-one broadband provider last year in terms of net subscriber additions, Leichtman Research Group said Monday.

Los Angeles sues Time Warner Cable for $9.7M in past-due franchise fees

Time Warner Cable owes Los Angeles $9.7 million in unpaid franchise fees, the city alleged in a lawsuit filed at U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Friday.

Vodafone buying top Spanish cable operator Ono for $10B

British telecom giant Vodafone agreed to pay €7.2 billion ($10 billion) to acquire Spanish cable operator Ono, which counts 1.2 million subscribers and 7.2 million homes passed.

Cox signs last-minute retrans contract with LIN Media

LIN Media said late Friday that it signed a retransmission-consent deal with Cox Communications, minutes before its contract was set to expire.

Google Fiber reportedly heading to San Antonio

Google Fiber has reportedly signed an agreement with the city of San Antonio to launch its 1-Gig Internet and pay-TV service there.

Viacom pitches media buyers spring launch of My Nick Jr. interactive channel

Viacom included a pitch for the interactive kids' channel it plans to launch this spring in Verizon FiOS TV homes during its upfront presentation for advertisers in New York on Thursday.

Turner touts March Madness Live app, encourages subs to authenticate early

With the opening round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship set to tip off on March 18, Turner Broadcasting is encouraging pay-TV subscribers to authenticate their subscriptions in order to access its March Madness Live mobile video apps.

Report: Amazon adds media control functions to gaming remote

An image of an gaming controller featuring Amazon's brand and buttons designed for media playback controls has ignited a media blitz with reports that speculate Amazon could soon begin selling a connected TV device that can support streaming video services and gaming.

Rovi names Arris, Motorola, GI veteran John Burke as COO

Rovi hired Arris and Motorola Mobility veteran John Burke to help it develop next-generation interactive program guides, naming him EVP and COO.

Malone: Liberty Broadband tracker will support Charter Communications expansion

Liberty Media Chairman John Malone said he hopes to fuel the expansion of Charter Communications with the creation of a Liberty Broadband Group tracking stock, and a decision to drop Liberty's plan to take full ownership of SiriusXM.

Broadbus founder Binder builds Boston startup Layer3TV

Jeff Binder, a cable industry veteran who sold Broadbus Technologies to Motorola in 2006, has formed a startup company in Boston that is developing a technology platform for IP-based video.

Dish Network rolls 8-tuner Super Joey DVR

Dish Network has launched its new Super Joey DVR, which expands the number of programs subscribers can record simultaneously to eight.

CNN, NBCU vets launch over-the-top celebrity TV networks

Comcast, DirecTV and other pay TV distributors face new over-the-top video competition from TAPP (TV App), a startup led by former NBCUniversal Television Chairman Jeff Gaspin and former CNN CEO Jonathan Klein.

Liberty Global buys stake in RDK Management

John Malone's Liberty Global has bought an equity stake in RDK Management, the joint venture Comcast and Time Warner Cable launched last summer to license software that can power subscription video delivered through IP video devices and hybrid set-tops.

How IP video could reshape the pay TV business

The pay-TV sector has seen some significant announcements since last fall, when FierceCable picked "Profiting from IP video" as the topic for a breakfast panel we'll host on April 8, during the NAB show in Las Vegas.

Moonves: CBS 'can go OTT' if Aereo wins at Supreme Court

In today's spotlight, FierceOnlineVideo takes a look at how CBS CEO Les Moonves warned attendees at an investor conference that the network could launch its own online video platform if Aereo succeeds in defending copyright infringement lawsuits that have been filed by CBS and other broadcasters.

Comcast, Suddenlink execs win NCTA Vanguard awards

Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit and Suddenlink Communications SVP and Chief Programming Officer Patty McCaskill will each pick up a Vanguard Award for Distinguished leadership next month at The Cable Show.

White: Comcast-TWC deal could make regulators receptive to DirecTV-Dish merger

Comcast's $45.2 billion agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable could make the idea of a potential DirecTV merger with Dish Network more attractive to regulators, DirecTV CEO Mike White suggested at an investor conference Tuesday.