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Verizon asked to change ads after Comcast complaint

A government panel has asked Verizon to change a series of potentially misleading ads, following a complaint by Comcast.

Dish ditches NFL Network, NFL RedZone in carriage dispute

Dish Network has dropped the NFL Network and NFL RedZone after failing to come to terms on a carriage renewal agreement, the National Football League said.

Tribune calls Dish offer 'hollow,' proposes letting FCC monitor negotiations

Tribune Broadcasting today responded to Dish Network's call for binding arbitration in the two companies' retransmission negotiations, calling it a "hollow offer, designed to mislead consumers and avoid returning to meaningful negotiation."

Sumner Redstone ousts five Viacom board members, including CEO Dauman

Sumner Redstone's National Amusements moved today to oust five members, including Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, from the Viacom Board of Directors.

AT&T looking to push mobile services on DirecTV subscribers

AT&T is looking at ways to up-sell mobile services to its DirecTV customers, according to Jefferies.

Pay TV pitches open, apps-based set-top alternative to FCC: 'Ditch the Box'

After months of complaining about the FCC's "Unlock the Box" proposal, the pay-TV industry has finally made a formal pitch for an alternative.

Cable customer service not improving fast enough to keep up with competition, analyst says

With a Senate subcommittee panel set to grill pay-TV executives on customer services and billing practices on June 23, analysts say recent improvements in these areas by top operators like Comcast do not go far enough.

Altice finally closing on Cablevision after NY regulatory approval

Dutch telecom conglomerate Altice has cleared the final regulatory hurdle for its $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision.

Dish asks Tribune to submit to 'baseball-style arbitration,' says it worked for NBCU deal

Dish Network has asked Tribune Broadcasting to submit to "binding, baseball-style" arbitration in order to end a retrans dispute — the same type of procedure, Dish said, that were "successful' when applied to its recent retrans/carriage impasse with NBCUniversal.

Jilted Boston NBC affiliate WHDH files appeal against Comcast

Ed Ansin and his Sunbeam Television sued Comcast after the conglomerate decided not to renew its affiliate contract for NBC with WHDH and instead decided to launch a new NBC owned and operated station in Boston early next year.

New Charter overbuild mandate spurs 'artificial' competition fears, and not just among cable operators

It had to be at least somewhat relieving to smaller MSOs when Charter Communications President and CEO Tom Rutledge told investors in May that his company wouldn't use the so-called "overbuild" conditions as an excuse to charge into rural markets and compete with much more diminutive cable operators.

Comcast and DirecTV vendor UniTek ramps back up

Nearly 18 months after emerging from restructuring from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Pennsylvania pay-TV services installer UniTek Global Services appears to be ramping back up.

ACA, lawmakers hammer away at set-top proposal burden on small MSOs

Continuing to make the case that the FCC's "Unlock the Box" set-top proposal will do great harm to smaller MSOs, the American Cable Association met with FCC Media Bureau officials this week, while Republican and Democratic lawmakers made statements on the House floor.

Level 3 predicts virtual reality will inextricably link with OTT services, as Comcast makes another VR investment

Over-the-top distribution is about to be inextricably intertwined with virtual reality, according to Level 3 Communications.

Bad Sling TV deal shows Viacom's vulnerability, analyst says

BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield is continuing his campaign to push Viacom into recombining with CBS, this time calling out Viacom's new deal with Dish Network's Sling TV.

Dish expands programmatic ad reach with BidSwitch partnership

Dish Network and BidSwitch today announced a partnership that will place Dish's ONPOINT programmatic TV platform into BidSwitch's real-time partner ecosystem, introducing Dish's programmatic ad inventory to an additional 150 demand partners.

Mediacom, Charter-TWC rank last in another pay-TV customer satisfaction survey

Mediacom ranked dead last in a customer satisfaction survey of TV service providers conducted by Consumer Reports, followed closely by Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications.

Verizon's Silliman on recent Wheeler proposals: 'Some things may have not been thought through'

Remarking on a range of topics including everything from the recent strike to the divesture of wireline assets to Frontier Communications, Craig Silliman, executive VP of public policy & general counsel for Verizon, had some pointed remarks regarding NPRMs recently initiated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Comcast customer service overhaul being undermined by up-selling culture, Slate says

Continuing its series of sharply critical pieces focused on Comcast, online magazine Slate says the cable company's laudable effort to improve its customer service reputation is being undermined by a tendency to up-sell customers into unnecessary purchases.

Pay-TV industry reacts as court upholds FCC's net neutrality rules

A D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today voted to uphold the sweeping net neutrality rules proposed by the FCC. The decision drew quick response from the pay-TV industry.

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