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New York state signs off on Charter's TWC purchase

Charter Communications has received approval from New York state regulators for its proposed $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable. The MSO agreed to provide access to 300 Mbps-speed broadband to all New York residents by 2019.

Dish comes to terms with Cordillera, ends 11-market blackout

Dish Network said it has come to terms on a new broadcast retransmission agreement with Cordillera Broadcasting, ending a blackout that impacted 18 stations in 11 markets that started Thursday.

AT&T says FCC is not following its own 25 Mbps broadband definition

AT&T has criticized the FCC's new Broadband Progress report, noting that the agency is not following its own re-definition of broadband, which is set at a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps.

NBC set to drop Boston affiliate, launch new Beantown O&O more focused on OTA business

Signaling the biggest shakeup in the No. 7 U.S. TV market in the last two decades, NBC will reportedly drop its Boston affiliate, WHDH-TV (channel 7), and launch a new owned-and-operated station starting in January 2017.

NBCU's Burke: DVR time-shifting still more impactful on linear cable ratings than Netflix

While admitting that he's surprised at the impact that SVOD platforms like Netflix and Hulu have had on viewership for linear cable, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said time-shifting using DVRs is still having a bigger effect on traditional television.

Time Warner Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes gets 3-year extension as activist shareholders begin to circle

Time Warner Inc. has extend the contract of CEO Jeff Bewkes for three years. But the extension comes amid a New York Post report that an activist shareholder, institutionally run by a disciple of legendary corporate rabble rouser Carl Icahn, is pushing for a sale of the top media conglomerate.

NBCU launches SVOD comedy platform Seeso

After culminating a month-long beta, NBCUniversal has officially launched its new SVOD comedy platform, Seeso.

Dish, Cordillera retrans talks result in 11-market blackout

Nearly a year to the day after blacking out DirecTV in a retrans dispute, Cordillera Communications has taken 18 of its channels in 11 markets off Dish Network.

Comcast tells Chicago customers they must convert to MPEG-4 set-tops to receive HD

Comcast customers with older MPEG-2 based set-tops in Chicago have been told they need to upgrade to newer boxes that support MPEG-4 in order to keep receiving HD channels.

Sony to launch 4K streaming service in the U.S.

LAS VEGAS -- Sony plans to launch a 4K streaming service in the U.S. aimed at providing purchasers of its 4K Bravia TVs with some content to play on them.

TWC says up to 320K customers may have had passwords stolen

The FBI has informed Time Warner Cable that up to 320,000 of its customers may have had their passwords stolen. The MSO said the leak probably didn't come from an internal breach, but rather likely stemmed from a malware or phishing scam, or perhaps from the breach of a third-party vendor's database.

Dish's HopperGo a day late and a dollar short for TVE

LAS VEGAS -- If Dish Network had introduced its HopperGo at, say, CES 2012, TV Everywhere's disappointing narrative might have turned out differently. As it was, the announcement of the mobile video storage device this week seemed buried in broader company introductions that included a third-generation Hopper DVR and the first major user-interface overhaul for Sling TV.

Canoe says VOD DAI impressions nearly doubled to 11B in 2015

LAS VEGAS -- Cable industry advanced advertising consortium Canoe Ventures said impressions from dynamic ad insertion (DAI) into U.S. cable VOD programming surpassed 11 billion in 2015, nearly doubling 2014's total.

Comcast wants to launch HDR-capable Xi6 set-top in time for Summer Olympics, insider says

LAS VEGAS -- Comcast product executives are quietly hoping to accelerate the launch of the company's HDR- and 4K-capable Xi6 set-top in time for NBCUniversal's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, a source close to the device's development told FierceCable.

Startup Vidgo set to take on Sling, Vue in live linear streaming race

LAS VEGAS -- An angel-funded startup led by an executive who helped launch DirecTV said it's about to roll out a killer app for live linear streaming that will combine national and local channels.

Netflix goes global: SVOD service launches in 130 countries today, but China still MIA

LAS VEGAS -- During a packed keynote presentation here at the CES event, Netflix announced its services today are now available almost globally, in 130 countries including South Korea, India, Vietnam, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Indonesia. "You're witnessing the birth of the global TV network," boasted Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

Altice, Cisco hint at bringing Zive SVOD service to U.S. market

LAS VEGAS -- Cisco today announced that its CDN and router technologies are underpinning the global rollout of Altice's Zive SVOD service. The announcement likely indicates Altice's plans to eventually bring Zive to the U.S. market through its purchases of Suddenlink and Cablevision.

ABC Family changing name to Freeform to shake 'wholesome' image

After originally announcing its imminent name change in October, ABC Family is now less than one week away from becoming Freeform, a shift execs hope will better reflect the current slate of programming on the channel.

Verizon exec: Go90 needs more spectrum

LAS VEGAS -- Verizon executives aren't yet releasing any metrics on how many consumers are using its ad-supported mobile video service Go90. But the wireless company is confident enough in the long-term growth of the platform -- and mobile video -- that it anticipates a longer term need for more spectrum.

Dish unveils 16-tuner 'Hopper 3,' announces major UI changes to Sling TV

LAS VEGAS -- Continuing a tradition of making a flurry of major product announcements here at the annual CES trade show, Dish Network announced an upgraded version of its Hopper DVR with a whopping 16 tuners, as well as the first major user-interface changes to its year-old IP-based Sling TV service.

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