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Graham Holdings to spin off Cable One

Graham Holdings announced that it will spin off Cable One as an independently traded company in 2015, news that sent share prices upward nearly 13 percent for the investment conglomerate.

FCC calls AT&T's bluff, asks it for more info about its fiber delay

The FCC has asked the AT&T (NYSE: T) for more information about its fiber plans, two days after Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said his company would delay rollout of FTTP services amid what appears to be a regulatory climate favoring strong net neutrality. FierceTelecom has a complete report on this latest development.

Appeals court stays FCC's plan to disclose programmers' contracts with pay-TV operators

The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. has agreed to hear arguments from major media conglomerates that the FCC's plan to disclose their contracts with pay-TV operators could hurt their leverage in future carriage negotiations.

CBS begins messaging Dish viewers about pending retrans battle

With the current retrans deal between the broadcast network and the satellite operator set to expire Nov. 20, CBS has already gone into propaganda mode, warning Dish Network subscribers of a possible blackout.

Pay-TV just had its worst Q3 subscriber losses ever, Leichtman says

Pay-TV operators lost around 150,000 subscribers in the third quarter, making the three-month period ending Sept. 30 the worst Q3 ever for the industry in terms of video customer attrition.

Time Warner Cable finishes Maxx rollout in NYC and L.A.

Time Warner Cable has announced the completion of its all-digital "Maxx" upgrades in New York and Los Angeles, with 7 million of its customers getting faster broadband speeds and fancy Arris-made DVRs.

Authenticated ad viewing up 368%, FreeWheel says

TV Everywhere is starting to look like linear TV in terms of commercial breaks. That's the good news--or bad news, depending on how you look at it--reported by FreeWheel, the advanced advertising unit purchased by Comcast earlier this year.

Comcast, Charter, 14 other companies form Streaming Video Alliance

Conspicuously launching without the two biggest operators in the Internet video market, a group of 17 MVPDs, programmers and technology vendors have formed a new industry trade group, the Streaming Video Alliance.

Google Fiber teases business market with Kansas City rollout

Just as it did several years ago when it rolled out to Kansas City residential customers, Google Fiber is enticing potential business customers by offering its fiber-to-the-premises services to select K.C. businesses. As FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley notes, however, this toe-dipping hardly guarantees a broad, aggressive rollout of the highly coveted Google Fiber service to the business market. Sean's complete report can be read here.

DirecTV's 4K launch highlights include Forrest Gump, nature films

DirecTV on Friday became the first U.S. pay-TV operator to offer 4K/Ultra HD programming, delivering a seemingly random set of Paramount theatrical titles and K2 Productions nature documentaries to subscribers equipped with Genie DVRs and Samsung 4K televisions.

Cox initiates major Wi-Fi deployment in Phoenix

The city of Phoenix, Ariz., has announced the deployment of 500 Cox Communications Wi-Fi hotspots. Cox, which has already conducted a significant rollout of high-speed residential Internet service in the Valley of the Sun, plans to have 1,200 hotspots deployed in the Phoenix area by the end of 2014.

Comcast rolls out more X1 features: IFTTT support, voice guide for visually impaired

Continuing to build bells and whistles into its next-generation pay-TV platform, Comcast says X1 can now use IFTTT to do things like change the channel when a specified event pulls a trigger.

Despite carriage fights, Viacom posts 22% rise in fiscal Q4 affiliate fees

Despite impasses that have kept its channels off some smaller U.S. cable services, Viacom reported a 22 percent rise in global affiliate fees for its fiscal fourth quarter. The spike was mainly attributable to revenue from SVOD services; however, the conglomerate still experienced a single-digit affiliate fee gain when SVOD was taken out of the equation.

Sony unveils pay-TV service PlayStation Vue ... sans ESPN

Leveraging its installed base of 35 million U.S. PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, Sony unveiled long-anticipated plans for its new, cloud-based pay-TV service Thursday.

FCC set to unveil pay-TV programming deals on Nov. 17

Major media conglomerates Disney, Fox, CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc., among others, have asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the FCC from publicly disclosing detailed information about programming deals with pay-TV operators.

AMC will not go OTT, CEO Sapan says

Even though it's blessed with some of the most in-demand original series on television, AMC Networks has no plans to take its programming over the top of the existing pay-TV model.

M-Go becomes first transactional VOD service to offer 4K programming in U.S.

M-Go has become the first transactional online-video provider to deliver 4K programming in the United States.

FCC's net neutrality vote pushed to 2015 as Wheeler pushes back against Obama

President Obama's strident stance on net neutrality appears to have added even more complexity to an already contentious issue, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly reasserting his independence from the president and attempting to charge ahead with his plans to attempt a compromise on the issue.

Comcast says it agrees with the President on net neutrality … to a point

While the NCTA and a number of its cable-industry constituents have registered shock and dismay regarding President Obama's forceful backing of Title II Internet regulation Monday, the nation's No. 1 cable operator has struck a more conciliatory response.

Frontier re-ups 27 Viacom channels

Reversing a trend of serious, chronic carriage impasses with small- and mid-sized cable operators, Viacom has announced a deal with Frontier Communications to renew 27 programming channels.