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BendBroadband sale passes key regulatory hurdle

Considering the proposed $261 million purchase of Oregon's BendBroadband by Chicago-based Telephone and Data Systems, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have signed off on the antitrust portion of their regulatory process.

Aereo decision pushed to Wednesday or Thursday … or even next Monday

In the process of slowly rolling out a flurry of ground-shifting decisions before adjourning at the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court notably did not rule Monday on the case of Aereo vs. the major broadcast networks and sports leagues.

Smart TVs won't dominate the connected TV future, study says

More than half of U.S. consumers will be watching TV through electronic devices connected to the Internet by 2017, according to new research just released by eMarketer, but most of those devices won't be smart TVs

Comcast launches TV Everywhere support for Google Chrome

Comcast on Monday announced that its TV Everywhere services will viewable through Google's Chrome browser … and by extension, the popular Chromecast player dongle.

Court rejects Viacom's bid to throw out Cablevision bundling suit

A federal judge on Friday blocked Viacom's attempt to have a suit filed against it by Cablevision over its channel bundling practices dismissed.

NCTA disputes report on set-top energy consumption

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association took issue with a Los Angeles Times report claiming that set-top boxes are among the leaders in energy consumption.

Twitter buys Snappy TV, splits COO duties

Twitter has been busy on the video front this week. The company announced on Thursday it has agreed to buy SnappyTV, which powers a popular platform for the live-clipping, editing and distribution of video across the Web.

Report: UK pay-TV subs are adding streaming services, keeping existing offerings

A new report from Deloitte has found that multichannel video subscribers in the U.K. have a voracious appetite for content from a variety of sources range of sources, and the same trend could happen in the U.S.

O'Rielly to FCC: Don't put your head in the sand

In a speech to The Media Institute on Thursday, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly compared the commission to an ostrich, suggesting the FCC is putting its head in the sand by not quickly reacting to market conditions and modifying antiquated rules that do not reflect new realities.

Rumor mill: Verizon interested in Dish Network's wireless spectrum

Verizon might not be interested in buying Dish Network but the company is very interested in snatching up the satcaster's wireless spectrum, according to a news report.

Consumers opposed to Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, survey says

A majority of consumers in the U.S.--56 percent--oppose the proposed mega-merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, according to a new survey from Consumer Reports.

Amazon Fire smartphone gives users access to more TV

Amazon expects its new Fire smartphone will change the way people shop as well as read books, listen to music and watch video programming. Among other things, the new smartphone will let users tile the phone to scroll through information or get more details hidden in apps.

Synacor investors seek board spot as vendor hunts new CEO

Two Synacor investors that hold almost 10 percent of the company's stock are eyeing a board seat at the TV Everywhere and web portal vendor.

Time Warner Cable's MacKinnon sells company stock worth $512K

Time Warner Cable executive vice president Gail Mackinnon sold 3,611 shares of the stock on the open market on June 16 at an average price of $141.80, for a total value of  $512,039.80.

Cable is delivering on ISP speeds, FCC study says

In its fourth yearly speed report on ISPs, the FCC found that, on average, cable operators are meeting or beating their advertised speeds by over 100 percent. The FCC also found that consumers continue to crave more speed and are moving to higher and faster tiers of service.

UPC Hungary launches cloud-based app on TVs

Liberty Global's UPC Hungary is deploying a cloud-based delivery system from ActiveVideo Networks that will deliver YouTube and a range of other apps to legacy set-tops. UPC is offering customers access to more than 20 apps including YouTube, Google Maps, Picasa and Flickr as well as a slew of games via the company's legacy set-top boxes.

Dish Network begins shipping wireless Joey video system

Dish Network has begun shipping its Wireless Joey video distribution system, which connects to the company's Hopper whole-home DVR and up to three wireless client receivers that connect TVs to the home. The unit, which will cost customers $7 a month plus a one-time fee of $50, works just like the wired version allowing users to stream, skip, fast forward ad pause programming.

House Judiciary to mark up Internet tax freedom bill

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is marking up a new bill today dubbed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which would permanently extend a ban on local and state Internet taxes that dates from 1998.

Rural operators drop Viacom

Some 60 rural cable operators serving about 900,000 customers throughout the U.S. have ditched Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and other Viacom cable networks in the wake of failed contract negotiations between the operators and programmer.

Dem leaders introduce bill to ban paid fast lanes on Internet

Democratic congressional leaders have introduced legislation they say will make sure the Internet remains accessible to all online services and keeps the net free of so-called "fast lanes."