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Thomas Might on Cable One's transformation and how much time it has left in the video business

Thomas Might calls it "The Road Show" — a PowerPoint-driven look at Cable One's four-year transformation from a company struggling with declining video service margins into a leaner, more efficient operation focused on more profitable connectivity services. Last year, around 46 percent of the MSO's $807.3 million in revenue came from broadband services, up from just 30 percent in 2010. And while operating cash flow margins for video services are at negative 25 percent, margins for high-speed Internet service are in the 50 percent range.

FTC to FCC: Third-party set-top makers must certify their devices meet privacy guidelines

Adding to the cacophony of voices chiming in on the FCC's plans to revise pay-TV set-top regulation, the Federal Trade Commission has submitted comments suggesting that third-party manufacturers certify their devices meet privacy guidelines.

Cable data caps curb streaming enthusiasm

While cable operators are getting heat from the FCC on how business practices like leased set-tops and "most favored nation" (MFN) deals impact the realm of online video, they might brace themselves for a renewed regulatory assault regarding data caps.

NCTC close to agreement with Netflix

The NCTC is close to signing a master agreement with Netflix that would let its member cable systems integrate the SVOD platform into their video service offerings with a revenue-sharing model.

Dish 'desirous' about adding ESPN to new Sling TV multi-viewer tier

Discussing his company's strategy for its new Sling TV programming tier that lets more than one member of a subscriber home access the service simultaneously, Sling CEO Roger Lynch said adding the coveted ESPN would simply drive the cost of the service up too high.

T-Mobile asks FCC to look at program licensing fees, MFNs, supports set-top proposal

Calling mobile video "the next frontier for mobile broadband disruption," T-Mobile US has submitted a mixed bag of commentary to the FCC, asking the agency to closely examine pay-TV "most-favored nation" (MFN) deals and its set-top leasing business, while also criticizing fast-growing broadcast retransmission fees.

Dish deal shows Viacom channels haven't lost their value, analysts say

The top media analysts have churned through the forensics of the carriage renewal deal between Dish and Viacom and the results are in: Viacom fared better than expected.

NCTA and ACA pounce on FCC statement, says its set-top plan exceeds Communications Act authority

In separate conference calls with news reporters today, the NCTA and the ACA said the FCC is stepping outside its jurisdiction in trying to rewrite rules governing the leasing of pay-TV set-tops.

Verizon reports 24 cases of sabotage amid strike, says its led to outages

Verizon said that it has experienced 24 separate instances of sabotage in which "criminals have damaged or destroyed critical network facilities," with some of these occurrences leading to customer outages.

Comcast won't authenticate Starz's new OTT/TVE combo app

Comcast has confirmed that it won't allow its subscribers to perform TV Everywhere authentication with the new Starz streaming app.

Dish carves multi-year renewal for Viacom, extracts live and VOD rights for Sling

Dish Network and Viacom announced a new multi-year carriage agreement, with the satellite operator securing live and VOD licensing rights to the conglomerate's programming for its IP-based Sling TV platform.

Verizon FiOS adds 36K pay-TV subs in Q1, says Custom TV is now 38% of video sales

Verizon's FiOS service added 36,000 pay-TV subscribers and 98,000 broadband subscribers as total FiOS revenues continued to grow, up another five percent to $3.5 billion. But those numbers fell well short of results from the year-ago quarter.

Comcast-backed start-up NextVR uses NAB to show it can take pay-TV viewers to the game

LAS VEGAS - Before I get into cheerleading for the VR demos I just saw at NAB, you should know that I'm not easily swayed by new display technologies.

Comcast teaming with Samsung, Roku to ditch set-tops; FCC not impressed

Comcast announced the launch of a new initiative meant to enable consumer electronics devices to access the MSO's video services without the need of a set-top box.

Cablevision dives deeper into addressable TV ads and DAI with Google partnership

LAS VEGAS -- New York-based Cablevision is upping its investment in advanced advertising and dynamic ad insertion, teaming with Google's DoubleClick ad platform to enable better decisioning around purchasing and placement of ads during TV time slots, the company announced here at the National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow.

Wheeler tips hand at siding with NAB on retrans reform

LAS VEGAS - Those hoping for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to lead significant reform of rules governing broadcast retransmission negotiations are probably in for a long wait.

Dish's Ergen on Viacom deal: 'We're prepared to move on'

Dish Network Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said he sees a path to continued carriage in his company's current negotiations with Viacom, but that Dish is "prepared to move on as others have without the content."

Bright House offering to cover switching costs for frustrated Frontier customers

Bright House Networks has a deal for Frontier Communications customers in Florida who are frustrated with the telecom provider's shaky transition after acquiring Verizon's wireline assets in the state.

Future of TV Coalition says 70,000 have signed petitions against FCC's set-top proposal

The Future of TV Coalition said that more than 70,000 Americans from all over the country have signed a series of petitions opposing the FCC's proposed set-top box mandate, arguing that the rules will "hamper innovation, erode viewer privacy, set back program diversity and drive up consumer bills."

Dish loses 23K pay-TV subs in Q1, still not breaking out Sling TV numbers

Dish Network reported its first-quarter numbers marked by a net loss of 23,000 pay-TV subscribers, compared to a net gain of 35,000 in the year-ago quarter. But it's still difficult to determine how much Dish's Sling TV offset losses to the core DBS service because Dish still isn't breaking out subscriber numbers for its IP-based streaming service.

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