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Starz meets with Murdoch, Fox to discuss possible acquisition

Representatives for Starz met in Los Angeles Tuesday with 21st Century Fox, discussing the possibility of having the conglomerate buy the premium cable programming service.

Liberty Global's Fries: 'Netflix taught all of us a great lesson'

Fresh off the launch of Liberty Global's own SVOD service in Switzerland, MyPrime, company president and CEO Mike Fries paid tribute to the competitor he says has taught cable operators everywhere "a great lesson."

CableLabs exec: DOCSIS 3.1 certification will begin in 2Q 2015

Look for interoperability testing on the cable industry's emerging DOCSIS 3.1 platform to begin in late December, and CableLabs certification of products to start in second quarter of next year. That roadmap was outlined today by CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown during a BTR-hosted breakfast session on DOCSIS 3.1 held here at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014.

When Cohen attacks: Comcast exec lays into merger critics at commentary deadline

With the FCC's commentary period for its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable ending at midnight Wednesday, and Comcast set to release a document responding to the deal's critics, Comcast Executive VP David L. Cohen teased the tone of the pending release in a blog post.

SCTE taps Liberty Global's Nair to chair 2015 Cable-Tec Expo

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has selected Liberty Global EVP and CTO Balan Nair to chair the 2015 Cable-Tec Expo, set for Oct. 13-16 of next year in New Orleans.

Japan aims for ubiquitous 8K in time for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

The government of Japan is working with cable operators, broadcasters, TV manufacturers and a number of other constituencies with the goal of establishing ubiquitous 4K services across Japan's TV industry by 2016, and broad 8K services in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Comcast's Werner: Triple-play is not enough, we must innovate

Cable operators can no longer rely on business as usual and must instead focus on developing new products, improving their customer service and leveraging the scale of their networks if they want to remain competitive in the future. 

Carrier-grade Wi-Fi not quite ready for prime time, CableLabs exec says

While several industry organizations are working on standards that would allow providers to manage Wi-Fi networks more like cellular networks, certified products for the standards won't roll out for another two years, CableLabs' Mark Poletti told attendees at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

Comcast Wholesale launches solution for inserting ads into VOD programming

Comcast, which has been making investments in ad delivery wherewithal of late, including its $320 million purchase of FreeWheel in March, has announced through its recently launched wholesale division a new product that allows for ad delivery in both linear and VOD television.

SCTE re-elects Suddenlink's Cordova as board chair

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has re-elected top Suddenlink tech executive Terry Cordova as board chairman for the organization's 2014-15 term.

AT&T packs $40 skinny bundle targeting cord-cutters

Trying its hand at an emerging pay-TV industry strategy of hooking previously uninitiated customers with stripped-down programming packages, AT&T will soon bundle broadband service, a limited number of basic cable channels, HBO and--wait for it--Amazon Prime for $40 a month.

AT&T, Chernin move forward with Fullscreen buy

Through their joint venture Otter Media, AT&T and the Chernin Group have confirmed their earlier reported intention to buy YouTube programming network Fullscreen. The size of the deal is not yet known, but Re/code puts Fullscreen's valuation at somewhere between $200 million to $300 million.

Arris to tout OBI-conquering RFoG solution at Cable-Tec Expo

Among several new DOCSIS 3.1-related announcements Arris is set to make at Cable-Tec Expo in Denver this week, the manufacturer will show off a new device that it says eliminates the scourge of optical beat interference in RF over glass applications.

Discovery's top lobbyist recused from Comcast-TWC merger battle

Among programmers, Discovery Communications has been perhaps the most vocal critic of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. However, absent from Discovery's quest to stop the proposed union has been its top in-house lobbyist, Alexa Verveer.

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.