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Aereo auctions off most of remaining assets to TiVo, nets only $2M

Aereo suffered an ignominious ending to its short, disappointing life Thursday, with the auction of the online video tech company's remaining assets netting less than $2 million.

More Title II reactions: Good move, says anti-merger group, but it won't completely protect against Comcast-TWC deal

As reactions continue to mount following the FCC's landmark vote Thursday to codify regulation of Internet service providers as utilities, the anti-merger group Don't Comcast the Internet says the ruling is a step in the right direction. Still, it won't completely protect the public if the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is approved. 

Comcast, Cablevision, Charter execs have mixed reactions to net neutrality vote

As widely expected, the FCC voted 3-2 across party lines Thursday to codify strident regulation on Internet service providers, regulating them as a public utility for the first time.

Net neutrality and wireless: Bring it on, but let carriers have flexibility

They had it comin'. After years of failing to provide data usage alerts to customers and being unclear about throttling policies, wireless companies will deserve it Thursday when the FCC votes to codify new net neutrality rules. In his latest column, FierceWireless' Phil Goldstein sidesteps the debate as to whether the FCC legally can reclassify mobile broadband and delves into the issue of what it means to carriers.

AMC Networks reports 40% revenue uptick, but cord cutting is a concern

Driven by powerful cable TV programming hits like The Walking Dead, AMC Networks utterly defied downward industry trends in the fourth quarter to post a whopping 40% revenue increase to $609.4 million.

Synacor sees fortunes turn with 5% Q4 revenue uptick, reveals role in Sling TV launch

At the end of a brutally tough 2014 filled with layoffs and boardroom vitriol, fortune appears to have turned for multiscreen technology company Synacor.

Comcast wants better audience measurement after 5.6% revenue drop at NBCU

With Comcast's NBCUniversal division experiencing a 5.6 percent revenue decline in the fourth quarter, primarily driven by significant erosion of measurable audience, NBCU chief executive Steve Burke joined the chorus of TV executives urging for innovation of viewership metrics.

Viacom to relaunch Noggin as mobile SVOD service

Trying to change course amid falling ratings and soft advertising sales, Viacom announced Wednesday that it is reviving its Noggin educational brand to launch a new SVOD service targeted toward preschoolers.

My dabble into cord-cutting: Made a lot of complicated decisions, saved 8 cents

Let me first say that I'm not a cord cutter. Really, I'm not. I'm just experimenting. Lots of guys who aren't cord cutters do it. But after two weeks of liberation from packaged video entertainment programming, I've reached some interesting conclusions.

Suddenlink video sub losses quadruple to nearly 35K, says it's still not going back to Viacom

Suddenlink lost another 34,800 basic video customers in the fourth quarter of 2014, nearly quadrupling the 8,600 it lost during the comparable 2013 quarter. Suddenlink also lost 26,300 digital video customers in Q4.

Google, AT&T, CenturyLink execs among emerging stars of telecom

C-level executives like Brian Roberts and Jimmy Dolan get all the ink, but who are the young up-and-comers working behind the scenes to transform their companies? FierceWireless, FierceTelecom and FierceCable are compiling their annual lists of emerging executive talent, shining the spotlight on individuals who may not be getting the attention now, but will soon have to become used to it.

Cablevision loses 34K video subs in Q4, revenue up 3%

Cablevision reported slightly accelerated subscriber losses of 34,000 in the fourth quarter, ending the three month period with 2.68 million Optimum TV customers. Chief executive James Dolan said that going forward, Cablevision will prioritize the growth of its Wi-Fi initiatives, favoring them over video services.

Frontier to enable cord cutters, market TiVo's Roamio OTA

Broadband services provider Frontier Communications has struck a deal with TiVo to market the DVR maker's Roamio OTA set-top to its high-speed Internet customers.

Roku TVs finally scores the WatchESPN app

TV Everywhere's top programming asset finally has an app on the leading streaming device. The Walt Disney Company and Roku have struck a deal to put the WatchESPN app on the Roku devices.

Report: Major League Baseball may spin off its advanced media division

Major League Baseball is reportedly in talks with various investors about a spinoff of its highly successful digital media operation.

Comcast accused of astroturfing alongside Al Sharpton in $20M discrimination suit

A group representing African-American media business owners has sued Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Al Sharpton, among others, for drumming up fake support for black-owned media while continuing longstanding discriminatory practices.

Mediacom loses 10K video subs in Q4, concentrates on broadband services growth

Mediacom Communications reported 10,000 lost video subscriptions in the fourth quarter across its two operating units, with the MSO finishing the full 2014 with 890,000 pay-TV service customers, down from 945,000 at the end of 2013.

Dish to make video key component of emerging wireless business

Dish Network wants to use its wireless spectrum to launch a mobile video service, and it's willing to partner with companies both in and out of the wireless industry to do so, according to Charlie Ergen, chairman of the satellite provider.

Comcast misses Q4 forecasts, gains only 6K video subs

Comcast added 6,000 Xfinity TV video subscribers in the fourth quarter, missing analyst forecasts of around 25,000 video customer additions.

Ergen: Sony's upcoming OTT service is the real disrupter, not Sling TV

Dish Network Chairman and incoming CEO Charlie Ergen dismissed characterizations of his company's new OTT service as being disruptive to pay-TV.