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Level 3: Verizon is slowing Netflix to extract money from us

After nearly six weeks of back-and-forth, a confusing corporate blog dispute relating to Netflix streaming performance over the Verizon network has finally, at least, assumed some level of clarity.

Microsoft shutters Xbox original programming unit, irks advertisers

Less than three months after touting an ambitious original programming slate at its April 29 Newfront presentation, Xbox Entertainment Studios has been shuttered by Microsoft.

FCC rules for Armstrong in dispute over regional sports network pricing

The FCC has sided with independent pay TV operator Armstrong Utilities in a pricing dispute over the Root Sports Pittsburgh regional sports network (RSN).

Dissonant Synacor shareholders react to poison pill

A month-old kerfuffle involving Buffalo, N.Y.-based TV Everywhere technology company Synacor continues to boil over. Dissonant shareholders JEC Capital Partners and Ratio Capital Partners issued a statement condemning Synacor's board of directors for adopting a shareholders' rights plan earlier in the week that is essentially a poison pill.

TiVo embeds switched digital video support into new software client

As part of its new software client, TiVo has embedded support for cable switched digital video (SDV) without the need for a separate tuning adapter.

Net neutrality: Cohen says Comcast not 'degrading' content, Netflix tells FCC to classify ISPs as utility

In the busiest week yet for the FCC's ongoing revaluation of net neutrality policy, Comcast executive VP David Cohen told a Senate hearing that his company was not "blocking or degrading" video content on its network, and that Comcast would remain beholden to the FCC's net neutrality policy as a condition of its NBCUniversal acquisition approval in 2010.

Comcast apologizes after service call gets 4M viral listens, exposes customer retention policies

Comcast has issued a public apology in the wake of an embarrassing, virally distributed incident involving one of its customer retention representatives.

Murdoch bidding on Time Warner Inc. could reach $91B, analyst says

As the dust settled following word of Time Warner, Inc.'s rejection of 21st Century Fox's $80-billion takeover bid, the general postgame conclusion has been that Fox chief Rupert Murdoch will undoubtedly circle back with a follow-up offer.

Copyright Office says Aereo isn't cable but will provisionally accept its filings anyway

The U.S. Supreme Court may have called Aereo a cable company, but that's not what the streaming service is in the eyes of the U.S. Copyright Office.

With Comcast, DirecTV, Charter deals elusive, Disney's SEC Network a major test for regional sports

With just over four weeks until the Aug. 14 launch of its new regional sports channel, and six weeks away from the first highly anticipated Southeastern Conference football games Aug. 30, Disney has a long way to go before it has ubiquitous carriage of the SEC Network.

Report: Paid IPTV subs to more than double to 191M by 2020

The number of TV homes worldwide paying for IPTV services will more than double from the 90 million recorded at the end of 2013 to around 191.2 million by 2020, according to a new report issued by Digital TV Research.

Comcast and TiVo developing retail set-top platform without CableCARD

Comcast and TiVo are working on a new two-way solution that would enable the pay TV service's subscribers to access the full range of their Xfinity service on a TiVo set-top box purchased at retail, all without a CableCARD.

IHS: Global set-top revenue hit all-time high in 2013, will peak in 2015

Revenue from pay TV set-top box sales hit an all-time high of $20.3 billion in 2013, up 3 percent from 2012, and will peak at around $22.8 billion in 2015, a new IHS Technology report says.

Time Warner Inc. rejects $80B takeover bid by Murdoch, Fox

In a probable bellwether of pending merger activity among entertainment conglomerates, Time Warner Inc. has rejected an $80 billion cash and stock acquisition offer from 21st Century Fox.

Sling debuts entry-level Slingbox M1, revamps interface of high-end SlingTV

Sling Media has announced a couple new Slingbox streaming devices including a lower priced entry-level model and an improved interface for its high-end unit. 

CBS' Moonves: Aereo never tried to work with us

Aereo never reached out to CBS to try to cut a content deal with the programmer, a step that may have altered the course of the startup.  "We sell content to cable companies, satellite companies and the telcos and online companies," said CBS CEO Les Moonves. "We were open and willing to talk to them."

Comcast rep won't let Engadget founder cancel service

While Comcast has continually battled a reputation for bad customer service, you've got to credit the tenacity of the service rep who handled tech blogger Ryan Block's attempt to cancel service.

Netflix calls out Verizon again on streaming speed after ISP continues PR war

Continue to mess with the bull, and you get the horns … all over again. Verizon found that out the hard way, several days after rekindling a PR war with Netflix over network streaming performance.

NBA looks to double licensing fees with already pricey ESPN and TNT

Look for the two most expensive channels in the pay TV universe to become even pricier. The National Basketball Association is talking about licensing renewal deals with Disney-owned ESPN and Turner Network's TNT that would double fees currently paid.

Court doesn't buy Fox's Aereo argument, won't block Dish's Hopper

Fox has failed in its attempt to leverage the Supreme Court's Aereo verdict into a preliminary injunction on Dish Network's Hopper DVR.