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Discovery anchors China network with Bear Grylls, 'Tanked,' Desert Car Kings

Discovery Communications is expanding in China, announcing that it signed a deal with WASU Digital TV Media Group to help it launch a 24-hour cable network called Qiu Suo.

Google teams with AT&T, Verizon on spectrum sharing pitch to FCC

In today's spotlight, FierceWirelessTech takes a look at a joint FCC filing from Google, AT&T and Verizon, that disclosed a meeting at the FCC where the companies expressed their views regarding commercial operations in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band.

Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania join DOJ in review of Comcast-TWC merger agreement

Multiple states are joining the U.S. Department of Justice in reviewing Comcast's merger agreement with Time Warner Cable, Reuters reported Wednesday morning.

aioTV develops 4K version of Passbox

IP video technology provider aioTV has developed a 4K version of its Passbox application platform that could be used to deliver Ultra HD programming to subscribers using both traditional pay TV and over-the-top video services.

3 reasons Netflix will likely raise its prices soon

Amazon's decision to raise the price of its Prime subscription to $99 annually caused some consternation among consumers but many industry observers say it's only a matter of time before all subscription video on demand (SVOD) services follow suit.

GreenWave Reality builds FiOS Quantum Gateway for Verizon

Verizon may be preparing to deploy a FiOS Quantum Gateway and Zigbee home automation module supplied by Irvine, Calif.-based GreenWave Reality, FCC test documents obtained by FierceCable indicate.

Comcast adds 18 live streaming networks to Xfinity TV Go

Comcast said that it has surpassed the mark of 50 networks that Xfinity TV subscribers can watch through apps on mobile devices both inside and outside the home, following the addition of A&E, Starz, TNT and 15 other networks.

Pay TV subscriber base shrank by 251,000 in 2013

U.S. pay-TV distributors lost 251,000 video subscribers in 2013, marking the first time ever that the multichannel video sector has posted a full-year decline in subscriptions.

Viacom settles $1B lawsuit filed against YouTube

Viacom said Tuesday that it signed an agreement with Google which resolves a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit that the media giant filed against YouTube in 2007, the year after it was acquired by Google.

Aereo CEO to speak at ACA Summit, while NCTA books Comcast, TWC execs for The Cable Show

NCTA said Tuesday that the CEOs of Comcast and Time Warner Cable will speak at The Cable Show convention, while the American Cable Association recruited Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia--who is battling copyright lawsuits from some of NCTA's largest members--as a speaker for its upcoming ACA Summit.

Report: Amazon to stream video through HDMI stick

Amazon will begin selling an HDMI stick similar to the Google Chromecast dongle next month, which will allow viewers to stream video from its library of TV series and movies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

WOW gains 3,700 video and 14,600 broadband subs in fourth quarter

WideOpenWest picked up 3,700 video and 14,600 high-speed Internet subscribers in the fourth quarter, while it dropped 3,000 voice customers.

Apple TV launches ACC Sports college network

Less than three weeks after Apple announced that it would join Roku in distributing 15 college networks from ESPN through over-the-top devices, the tech giant launched a network from the Atlantic Coast Conference on its Apple TV set-top.

Harris Broadcast splits into Imagine Communications, GatesAir

The Gores Group has split Harris Broadcast Group into two separate, privately-owned companies--Imagine Communications and GatesAir.

AT&T targets SMB customers with free U-verse offer

In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom takes a look at announcements from AT&T that show how it is looking to sign small and mid-sized businesses to its commercial telecom products.

Dish Network tips off Hopper March Madness campaign

Dish Network hired actress Rebel Wilson to provide the voice for an animated version of its "Hopper the Kangaroo" mascot in a new ad campaign that it kicked off this week.

Comcast dominates 2013 broadband subscriber growth rankings

With DSL subscriber losses hurting growth at AT&T and Verizon, Comcast was the number-one broadband provider last year in terms of net subscriber additions, Leichtman Research Group said Monday.

Los Angeles sues Time Warner Cable for $9.7M in past-due franchise fees

Time Warner Cable owes Los Angeles $9.7 million in unpaid franchise fees, the city alleged in a lawsuit filed at U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Friday.

Vodafone buying top Spanish cable operator Ono for $10B

British telecom giant Vodafone agreed to pay €7.2 billion ($10 billion) to acquire Spanish cable operator Ono, which counts 1.2 million subscribers and 7.2 million homes passed.

Cox signs last-minute retrans contract with LIN Media

LIN Media said late Friday that it signed a retransmission-consent deal with Cox Communications, minutes before its contract was set to expire.