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Alticast argues cable box could tie together IoT services, giving cable operators an advantage

Alticast, which sells products and software for multi-screen viewing and TV interactivity, proposed in a recently published white paper that cable boxes could become protocol-agnostic Internet-of-Things hubs. Such a design, the company argued, could help address the competing protocols and closed systems that are hampering the IoT industry.

Will SVOD make programming networks like HGTV, NBC and AMC obsolete?

Some call it "network flow," but I've also heard it referred to as the "network effect." It's how programmers monetize their expensive hits. After all, what incentive does ESPN have for paying the NFL $1.9 billion a season for TV rights if it can't ubiquitously brand its coverage and drive viewership to other programming?

OTT executives discuss how to improve content discovery

Amid a breathtaking number of OTT programming choices, how do consumers find TV shows and movies they want to see?

Cable One officially spins off, enjoys strong first day as M&A target

Cable One has officially spun off from Graham Holdings, with the Phoenix-based MSO's stock spiking as much as 6 percent over issue price during first-day trading on the New York Stock Exchange amid M&A speculation.

Sling TV experiences third major outage

Dish Network's fast-growing OTT service, Sling TV, experienced its third major service outage on Monday, with the streaming platform going down during several hours of prime-time viewing.

Houston operator enTouch asks FCC to limit what AT&T-DirecTV can charge for RSNs

Houston MSO enTouch Systems has asked the FCC to impose restrictions on the amount of program licensing fees a combined AT&T and DirecTV will be able to charge rival operators for access to regional sports networks.

AT&T U-verse reaches carriage agreement with CBS Corp.

AT&T has finalized a wide-reaching program licensing agreement with CBS Corp. for the U-verse service that includes broadcast retransmission consent for CBS owned TV stations, as well as carriage of Showtime Channels, CBS Sports network, Smithsonian and the upcoming Pop channel.

HBO Now may have as many as 1M subs, analyst says

Launched just two months ago, HBO's standalone streaming service may have already amassed as many as 1 million subscribers, according to BTIG media analyst Richard Greenfield.

Qualcomm responds to interference concerns: LTE-U won't interfere with cable Wi-Fi

In a new filing with the FCC, Qualcomm is working to address concerns expressed by the cable industry and other groups that services based on LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and License Assisted Access (LAA) technology could create radio interference with existing technologies, such as Wi-Fi.

AT&T, DirecTV extend merger end date … again

AT&T and DirecTV have announced another short-term extension of their merger agreement, as the two companies enter the 14th month since they first forged their $49 billion deal.

Report: Time Warner rebuffed Fox deal because AT&T and Verizon would soon become big customers

With both AT&T and Verizon ramping up mobile video services and making deals with programmers, it's no secret that the two wireless companies are going to become far more influential in the video programming business in the future.

Arris-Pace approval process moves along as DoJ makes second request for info

Offering shareholders a status update on its proposed $2.1 billion takeover of rival Pace, Arris revealed that the Justice Department has made a "second request" for information regarding the deal.

Survey: 67% of Netflix users also subscribe to pay-TV; 9% of those to cut the cord

Just over two-thirds of Netflix users also have a pay-TV subscription, and about a quarter of them are thinking about cutting the cord.

The 8 highest paid CEOs in pay-TV in 2014

The nation's top publicly traded pay-TV companies have all reported their CEO salaries to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and FierceCable has collected all the data in one place. Below are the salary and compensation rates of the top eight highest paid CEOs among publicly traded cable, satellite and IPTV service providers.

Ergen: Dish 'not feeling pressure' to do T-Mobile deal

While investment analysts have written plenty of notes to their constituents about a possible purchase of T-Mobile US by Dish Network, Dish Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen doesn't appear to be anxious to get a deal done soon.

Report: AT&T-DirecTV deal could wrap up in 'days'

The $49 billion AT&T-DirecTV merger agreement, first proposed more than a year ago, could be "days" away from receiving regulatory approval.

Retrans fees could reach $6 per sub, broadcasters say

Network affiliates, which currently charge pay-TV operators a typical fee of around $1 per subscriber to carry their signal, could soon spike their bounties to as much as $6 per subscriber, according to the CEO of broadcast station owner Bonten Media Group.

TWC's Marcus will net more than $100M if Charter merger goes through

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Potentially pocketing more than $100 million, Time Warner Cable chief executive Rob Marcus leads a host of cable executives, traders and bankers who will profit handsomely through golden parachutes, advisory fees and investment returns should Charter Communications' proposed $56.7 billion takeover of TWC get approved.

DirecTV triples damages claim in Al Jazeera lawsuit to $74.5M; gets ready to pull channel

DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) has nearly tripled its damages claim in its lawsuit against Qatar-based cable news programmer Al Jazeera, upping its claim from $28.5 million to $74.5 million after audits...

Pay-TV set-top revenues shrank last year for first time since 2002, IHS says

Global shipments of pay-TV set tops reached just $15.3 billion in 2014, down nearly 4 percent from the $15.9 billion in sales reported in 2013, according to research firm IHS.