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Analyst: Netflix's damage to linear TV could be mostly done for now

Netflix has incurred a huge influence in the decline of linear pay-TV. But acceleration of that impact will probably slow down, as the SVOD service is forced to infiltrate homes with less affluent and older consumers.

Dish eschews UFC 186, cites 'contractual issues'

Dish Network will not be presenting the UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi pay-per-view event, with the satellite operator and the fight org unable to reach a carriage agreement.

Comcast-TWC deal decision ominously sent to administrative judge by FCC

Regulatory prospects for the proposed $45.2 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable went from bad to bleak Wednesday, with the Federal Communications Commission recommending that final approval for the deal be handled by an administrative law judge.

Pace acquisition gives Arris offset to volatile U.S. pay-TV market, analyst says

Merging the world's two largest set-top makers, Arris' $2.1 billion acquisition of Pace offers insulation from a volatile U.S. pay-TV market, as well as the unpredictable revenue streams of the disparate CPE product cycles, analysts say.

Is Verizon's Custom HD an Ergen-esque strategy for negotiating OTT rights?

I put my conspiracy theory guy pants on this morning as I emailed a couple of media analysts with a half-baked theory whose time has come: In hoisting a controversial new bundling strategy that has irked its programming partners, Verizon is really working to build leverage to negotiate content rights for its upcoming wireless OTT service.

AT&T video sub growth slows to 50K in Q1, DirecTV acquisition to close in Q2

AT&T experienced a slowdown of its U-verse pay-TV service in the first quarter.  However, the company is still bullish on its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, which it expects to close in second quarter.

Arris to acquire Pace for $2.1B

Set-top maker Arris has agreed to acquire its competitor Pace for $2.1 billion in stock and cash.  The deal will provide Arris will an entry into the satellite business as well as beef up its customer base. The newly merged company will be incorporated in the U.K. but its headquarters will remain in Suwanee, Ga.

'Wi-Fi first' will not be big biz for cable, analyst says

While Comcast, Cablevision and Google continue to work toward a "Wi-Fi first" paradigm that will compete head-on with the wireless industry, BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk has poured a little cold water on their parade.

Quincy stations back on DirecTV after brief blackout; Dish renews Weather Channel

DirecTV and Quincy Newspapers have apparently resolved a business dispute that kept stations covering 10 Midwestern markets off the satellite service for much of Tuesday.

AT&T U-verse licenses Disney Story Central platform

AT&T has announced a deal with the Walt Disney Company to launch the media conglomerate's Disney Story Central platform on the U-verse pay-TV service.

Report: Comcast agreed to make Hulu 'nationwide streaming video platform of the cable industry'

As executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable finally meet with U.S. Department of Justice officials Wednesday over their proposed $45.2 billion merger, the issue of how Comcast responded to conditions of its previous mega-merger has surfaced.

NBC and Fox join pushback parade on Verizon's 'Custom HD' bundling

NBCUniversal and 21st Century Fox became the latest programmers to push back on Verizon FiOS' bold new skinny program bundling strategy.

Apple Watch will have Xfinity TV app at launch, Comcast says

Comcast says its Xfinity TV app will be available for the Apple Watch when the device launches at retail Friday, April 24.

SVOD revenue to quadruple to $31.6B in four years

How fast are SVOD services like Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix growing? Fast. Real fast.

Merger opponent Franken expresses 'new hope' as Comcast, TWC prepare for pivotal DOJ meeting

As executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable prepare to meet with U.S. Justice Department officials Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said in a TechCrunch op-ed piece that he now has "new hope" that the feds will reject the deal.

TiVo markets cord-cutting DVR to Aereo subscriber list

TiVo is putting the assets it acquired in February from defunct streaming service Aereo to good use, marketing its over-the-air DVR directly to former Aereo subscribers.

DirecTV blacked out by Quincy Newspapers in 10 Midwest markets

Illinois-based Quincy Newspapers has blocked DirecTV from carrying broadcast stations covering 10 Midwestern markets, with the two sides unable to reach agreement on retransmission fee renewals.

Verizon's Shammo: We believe our 'existing contracts' allow skinny bundles

Verizon says it doesn't need the permission of programmers to implement its new "Custom HD" bundling strategy for its pay-TV service. "We believe we're able to offer these packages under our existing contracts," said Fran Shammo, executive VP and CFO of Verizon, when asked during Tuesday's first-quarter earnings call whether his company had discussed the strategy with programmers prior to deploying it.

NCTA chief Powell on 'unnecessary' net neutrality regs, and Google's unearned popularity

FierceCable caught up with Michael Powell, NCTA president & CEO at his Washington, D.C., office on a typically active day. The cable industry organization had just filed a lawsuit against the FCC around the commission's just-passed net neutrality rules, and the U.S. Department of Justice was reportedly about to nix the merger of Powell's biggest constituents, Comcast and Time Warner Cable.  FierceCable chatted with the former Republican FCC chairman ahead of the org's upcoming INTX show.

Leaked Sony emails reveal Comcast's leeriness of PlayStation Vue

Comcast was so concerned last year about the pending launch of PlayStation Vue that it refused to do any kind of business with Sony. That included the launch of the Xfinity 4K pay-TV service, which ended up launching exclusively on Samsung TVs.