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Starz CEO Albrecht cool on direct-to-consumer OTT plans

After declaring a stand-alone, OTT version of his premium cable service as a "tide that has to turn" last October, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told investors today he hasn't decided when the company will actually launch a direct-to-consumer product.

Showcasing the top female decision-makers in wireline

In its sixth annual Women in Wireline feature, FierceTelecom once again showcases the most relevant female executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry.

The Weather Channel's Kenny: 'The old cable model is sort of like the DVD model of Netflix'

With Comcast cutting its investment into the network, subscribers down an industry-leading 11.2 percent since 2011, and no agreement in sight to get back onto the program guide of Verizon FiOS, one of the pay-TV ecosystem's last big indie networks is considering over-the-top options.

Apple, Amazon and other big online video distributors tell FCC not to regulate them as MVPDs

A group of large technology companies including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft are asking the FCC not to move forward with plans to regulate online video operators as MVPDs.

NCTA to FCC: Qualcomm has failed to prove LTE-U, LAA won't interfere with cable Wi-Fi

The NCTA has filed another ex parte letter with the FCC, claiming that Qualcomm has done nothing to prove the LTE-U and LAA technologies it is backing will not interfere with cable Wi-Fi.

Analyst: Technicolor-Cisco deal marks divergence of video market into CPE hardware and cloud software segments

Despite its move to sell its customer premises equipment (CPE) division to French media technology conglomerate Technicolor in a deal announced last week, don't think of Cisco as leaving the video business.

Verizon latest to market HBO Now sans pay-TV subscription

Verizon has joined Cablevision as the second pay-TV operator to offer HBO Now without requiring a pay-TV service.

Arris sells cable supplies unit to UK's Technetix, streamlines for Pace purchase

Arris Group has sold off its Arris Supplies unit to the UK-based Technetix Group for an undisclosed sum.

ESPN scratches and claws to sustain its margins amid souring pay-TV economics

At a time when platforms like Netflix continue to increase their spending on content, can the most expensive programmer in the pay-TV ecosystem keep cutting costs and stay in the bundle?

AT&T pushes back on FCC's $100M throttling fine

AT&T has called a proposed $100 million fine levied against it by the FCC for alleged throttling "unprecedented and indefensible."

Harmonic Q2 earnings flat as rise in VOS is offset by declines in cable edge

Pay-TV tech vendor Harmonic reported flat revenue totaling $103.1 million for the second quarter of 2015, down 1 percent from the comparable year-ago period.

IHS survey: Most MSOs say a third of their subs will be passed by DOCSIS 3.1 by April 2017

A majority of cable companies surveyed by research firm IHS say that a third of their residential subscribers will be passed by DOCSIS 3.1-enabled headends by April 2017. Surveying operators around the globe that collectively control 87 percent of cable's global capex, meanwhile, IHS found that 42 percent of MSOs plan to deploy a distributed access architecture by 2017.

DirecTV false advertising beef with FTC headed for trial in December

A San Francisco federal court has set a Dec. 5 trial date for a case in which the FTC accuses DirecTV of misleading customers.

Cable One's broadband-first strategy has 'some critical holes,' analyst says

Newly spun off MSO Cable One is being carefully scrutinized as it preps for its first stand-alone earnings call on Aug. 6 for its notable strategy of downsizing video operations in favor of building up broadband.

Verizon readies for strike after union votes to walk

Verizon is preparing for a possible work stoppage in its wireline division after members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) voted to authorize a strike, should current talks remain stalled.

Evercore on AT&T-DirecTV: 'Merger doesn't result in a better positioned player over the long-term'

The just-consummated merger between AT&T and DirecTV has created the largest pay-TV operator in the U.S. with around 28 million subscribers. But Evercore ISI doesn't believe that scale will enable the combined company to overcome endemic pay-TV problems.

Disney's Iger: ESPN will eventually go a la carte, but not in the next 5 years

Walt Disney Company CEO Bog Iger said his company's highly profitable ESPN unit will eventually go a la carte as pay-TV's bundling infrastructure gives way. But that decision is still more than five years away, he added.

Comcast renews carriage agreement with Discovery, ending blackout fears

Comcast and Discovery Communications announced a multi-year renewal of their just-expired carriage agreement, ending Wall Street fears that talks between the two companies could degenerate into a blackout.

AT&T closes DirecTV purchase: Stankey in charge of new 'Home Solutions' operation, White retires

AT&T said it has officially closed on its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV following FCC approval of the transaction. The news brings to a close a review process that lasted over a year.

U.S. IPTV has slowest customer growth ever, as FiOS and U-verse combine for only 4K new video subs

In a sure sign that the second quarter will mark a major recession in the number of pay-TV subscribers, IPTV services Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse combined to have their worst quarter of video customer growth ever, adding only 4,000 subscribers between them.