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Dish finally in talks with T-Mobile about merger, report says

After a year of speculation about a possible merger, Dish Network and T-Mobile are reportedly engaged in serious talks about a transaction, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Frontier seeks to raise $2.5B to fund Verizon wireline purchases

Frontier Communications has launched a $450 million offering of its shares, and an offering of $1.75 billion of its preferred stock, all in an effort to raise $2.5 billion in cash for its proposed purchase of Verizon's wireline assets.

CBS' Showtime OTT service to launch in July with $11-a-month price tag

CBS Corp. revealed its anticipated plan to deliver Showtime in an a la carte, streaming product, announcing a July launch date and $10.99-a-month price tag for the upcoming over-the-top programming service.

Cablevision's Seibert: Cord-cutter package is 'giving our programming friends heartburn'

Cablevision Vice Chairman Gregg Siebert conceded that the MSO's bundling of broadband services and over-the-air antennas in a so-called "cord-cutter" package is giving its "programming friends heartburn."

Malone: Merged Charter-TWC could challenge Verizon, AT&T in wireless

In a broad-ranging address to shareholders, Liberty Media Chairman John Malone laid out the reasons he supports the proposed $56.7 billion merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable, pointing specifically to the possibility of a Wi-Fi calling service as one outcome.

Comcast hires former Nike exec Satchell as product chief

After bumping product-team leader Charlie Herrin to the vitally needed customer service czar position in September, Comcast announced Wednesday that it has finally found a replacement for him to lead its product teams.

What's behind all the telecom M&A? Spiraling Internet data usage, study says

With $406 billion in telco and tech company deals being made already in 2015, research firm Dealogic has suggested a simple root cause to all the M&A activity: Internet data usage, which has skyrocketed since 2000.

Report: AT&T may agree to follow new net neutrality rules to close DirecTV purchase

According to a new report, AT&T is prepared to reverse its publicly stated course and abide by new net neutrality rules in order to obtain federal approval of its $49 billion purchase of DirecTV.

ACA, ATVA trade jabs with NAB's TVfreedom.org over Mediacom v. Granite retrans battle

The blackout of three Midwestern NBC affiliates on a mid-sized cable operator has sparked a nationwide war of words among trade groups representing the cable and TV broadcast industries. The situation highlights the increasing tension between cable operators and TV broadcasting companies as they face growing challenges from Netflix and other over-the-top providers.

Clearleap survey: Sports is not the lynchpin keeping the pay-TV bundle together after all

With the pay-TV bundle facing possible extinction at the hands of streaming a la carte programming threats, the conventional wisdom has been that access to national and regional sports networks has been the "glue" keeping consumers attached to the bundled distribution paradigm.

Cable One set to raise $550M in debt as it spins off from Graham Holdings

Cable One will offer $450 million of senior unsecured notes and raise a total of $550 million of debt as it prepares to spin off from its parent company, Graham Holdings.

Verizon tops another consumer satisfaction poll, but pay-TV metrics slide 3% overall

Just one day after Consumer Reports found declining consumer satisfaction among American consumers using pay-TV services, the American Customer Satisfaction Index released a report nearing mirroring the unhappy findings. In the annual independent survey of 70,000 U.S. consumers, Verizon FiOS finished atop pay-TV services, with its "71" score rising 4 percent over 2014 and placing just ahead of AT&T U-verse.

Dish could spill beans on wireless plans during Tuesday meeting: report

Dish Network will reveal its highly anticipated plans for entering the wireless business during an impromptu meeting with financial analysts Tuesday, according to New Street Research.

Bitter carriage war breaks out between Mediacom, Granite Broadcasting

Granite Communications has blacked out three of its stations on Midwest-situated cable operator Mediacom, with an impasse over broadcast retransmission renewals quickly devolving into the usual fiery rhetoric.

Mediacom wins race to bottom of customer service rankings for bundled services, edging TWC

Despite well-backed pledges to change behavior by the No. 1 operator, Comcast, the cable industry continues to deliver terrible scores in key customer satisfaction polls. But in the rankings of those packaging TV and Internet services, mid-sized, Midwest-dispersed cable operator Mediacom finished dead last, just behind Time Warner Cable.

Minson out as Time Warner Cable CFO, Office Depot's Sherwell in as Cablevision CIO

Highlighting a flurry of executive comings and goings in the pay-TV industry Monday, Time Warner Cable announced that Arthur Minson is out as executive VP and CFO and will be replaced by the tag team of company controllers/chief accounting officers William Osbourn Jr. and Matthew Siegel.

Charter 'desperate' for TWC, enters deal with no plan B, analyst says

Desperate to deliver the scale it has promised its investors for several years, Charter Communications enters the regulatory process for its proposed $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable with serious exposure and no "plan B" in the very possible event that federal regulators shoot the deal down.

Cox integrates VOD services into TiVo retail set-tops

With a partnership between the two companies announced years ago finally bearing fruit, Cox Communications has confirmed that it will enable its VOD services to work in TiVo digital video recorders purchased by its customers at retail.

HBO Now expands onto Google platforms

HBO has extended its new over-the-top service, HBO Now, beyond the Apple constellation of IP devices, with Google announcing at its developers conference Thursday that the product will soon be available for Android devices and Chromecast.

Report: Comcast under investigation by FCC and DOJ for possibly violating 2011 NBCU purchase mandates

The FCC and Justice Department are investigating possible violations by Comcast of mandates put forth in 2011 as conditions for regulatory approval of its NBCUniversal purchase.