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Netflix Euro rollout puts it on track to 100M-plus international subs by 2020

Netflix has officially launched in Belgium and Luxembourg, with the company near to closing out the startup phase of its European expansion.

DirecTV and Raycom still haven't finalized deal, another blackout looms

It's never over until the papers are signed: Raycom is threatening to once again pull its signal off DirecTV.

CableLabs CEO: DOCSIS 3.1 on track to deploy at end of 2015

The physical deployment of CableLabs' new DOCSIS 3.1 standard is proceeding as scheduled and set to begin at the end of next year, with interops starting in the first half of 2015.

Baltimore hires consultant to wriggle out of Comcast franchise agreement

The City of Baltimore expanded broadband service choices for local residents and businesses and has hired a consulting firm to, among other things, explore ways through and around a franchise agreement signed with Comcast that runs through 2016.

Murdoch explains Time Warner pullout: 'I'm a bit bearish'

Speaking from London in the friendly interview confines of Fox Business, 21st Century Fox's chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, offered some insight Thursday as to why he abandoned his polarizing efforts to acquire Time Warner Inc. "I am also a bit bearish I guess," he told his interviewer and employee, Neil Cavuto. "I just felt with all the uncertainties in the world, I didn't want to be carrying that degree of debt."

YouTube funds multi-million-dollar initiative to keep its stars from bolting

With many of its most prolific producers looking for greener pastures at insurgent online-video platforms, YouTube has announced a multi-million-dollar initiative aimed at holding on to some of its biggest stars.

Renting modems generates $300M a quarter for Comcast, analyst estimates

By having its subscribers pay an average of about $8 a month to rent their cable modems rather than buy them, Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) makes more in one quarter off modem rentals than it generated from the entire Sochi Winter Olympics.

A+E study: Pay-TV subscribers are fine with disabled fast-forwarding on VOD

In a positive sign for pay-TV programmers and operators trying to monetize video-on-demand, a study commissioned by A+E Networks found that disabled fast-forwarding on VOD viewing does not negatively affect the viewer experience.

AT&T faces merger heat from Netflix and former cellular partners but gets Microsoft's blessing

More than 90 former AT&T cellular-industry partners have banded together to petition the FCC against the telco's proposed purchase of DirecTV, while Netflix also sent a notice to the commission noting that powerful conditions restricting paid peering should be put in place. Conversely, the still-powerful enterprise-technology company Microsoft told the commission it supports the merger.

Moffett: Broadband regulation, resurgent cord-cutting pose 'wall of worry' for pay TV

Although pay-TV profit margins are up and leading all media and entertainment sectors, investment analyst Craig Moffett is advising clients to be wary of operator stock right now.

Authentication is not the problem with TV Everywhere, TDG study finds

Scratch difficult authentication from the list of speculative reasons why TV Everywhere isn't a widely popular consumer pay-TV product. Polling 758 users of pay-TV's broad multiscreen...

Moonves: There's a 'strong possibility' that Showtime will go a la carte

Addressing speculation about the possible OTT agenda for his company's premium cable network, Les Moonves said there is a "very strong possibility" that CBS Corp. will soon disaggregate Showtime from the pay-TV bundle and offer it to consumers a la carte, over the Internet.

The Hub gives up in kids cable battle, becomes Discovery Family

After failing to take any meaningful market share away from children's-network powerhouses Disney Channel and Nickelodeon over the past four years, Discovery Networks and Hasbro are restructuring their partnership on the Hub Network. Discovery will now take full control of the channel and rebrand it as Discovery Family.

NCTA reinvents Cable Show as OTT-themed INTX

Faced with a mature, consolidated cable-industry constituency, the National Cable Telecommunications Association is reinventing and rebranding The Cable Show as an event focused on the distribution of online video.

Senate passes (relatively) clean STAVRA bill

A bill renewing the ability of satellite operators to take broadcast signals from far-away stations and deliver them to about 1.5 million rural subscribers without local access to various broadcast outlets has passed the Senate by voice vote.

IBC 2014: The complete collector's anthology

Fierce editors were on site at the Amsterdam RAI for IBC 2014, Sept. 11-16. This year's IBC was all about disruption, as cable operators, distributors and broadcasters grapple with the rising demand for multiscreen options such as TV Everywhere, and a sea change in the way companies approach content creation, advertising and licensing.

Rogers: U.S. channels will leave Canada if 'nuts' regulators render them a la carte

Speaking Tuesday at future-of-television hearings conducted by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in Gatineau, Quebec, Phil Lind, executive regulatory VP and vice chairman of Rogers, said disaggregating U.S. channels such as AMC and A&E would cause their backers to pull out of the Canadian pay-TV market completely.

Verizon's Shammo: We are talking to content owners about LTE multicast

Verizon Wireless is talking to content owners about the possibility of delivering their content over its LTE multicast network, but the sticking point appears to be the business model. Speaking at the 2014 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications and Entertainment Conference, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo said that the company is currently talking to content providers but that there is "lots of work to be done on that ecosystem."

Sen. McCaskill expected to abandon attempt to add pay-TV regulation to STAVRA

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is expected to withdraw an effort to include in the pending satellite reauthorization bill rules that would give the FCC greater oversight over pay-TV customer service.

Roberts: Comcast now has 'that Silicon Valley vibe'

Facing rampant competition from satellite and telco carriers, as well as what seemed like a never-ending rabbit hole of subscriber losses just a few years ago, Comcast has reinvented itself as a Philadelphia technology company with a "Silicon Valley vibe," one with a bright future of growth based on its X1 platform.