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With SportsNet LA and Yes Network pay-TV impasses, sports TV is in 'crisis mode,' analyst says

With huge carriage standoffs for regional sports networks in New York and Los Angeles continuing to grind on, analysts say sports program licensing costs have finally reached a tipping point.

Dish sees another retrans battlefront emerge as Media General warns viewers of possible blackouts

Media General has begun informing viewers of 70 of its stations in 48 TV markets that it will pull its broadcast feed off Dish Network if a new broadcast retransmission deal isn't reached with the satellite operator by Sunday.

Comcast has not met NBCU diversity conditions, Byron Allen says in FCC petition

Entertainment mogul Byron Allen has filed a petition with the FCC, claiming Comcast has not lived up to program diversity conditions imposed on it amid regulatory approval for its purchase of NBCUniversal five years ago.

AT&T 'outraged' over Netflix throttling of mobile network; ACA calls for FCC to step in

AT&T is shocked — shocked! — after Netflix admitted to lowering video resolution without customer knowledge on the mobile networks of AT&T and Verizon.

Comcast partners with HUD, further extends Internet Essentials to public housing

Comcast has announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to further extend its low-cost broadband service, Internet Essentials, to public housing in three regions.

Verizon ads highlight FTTH advantages over cable

Verizon is running a new series of ads that tout the symmetrical speed benefits of its FTTH FiOS broadband service over competing cable offerings.

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U.S. Pay-TV households dipped below 100M in Q4, Nielsen says

U.S. pay-TV households dipped below the 100 million benchmark during the fourth quarter, according to Nielsen, falling to 99.44 million.

TiVo reportedly in merger talks with Rovi

TiVo and Rovi are reportedly in "advanced negotiations" to merge in a deal that would see Rovi buy the DVR specialist for a yet to be determined price, according to the New York Times.

DirecTV, Cox cool on TWC's 30% SportsNet LA discount

DirecTV and Cox do not appear to be enticed to sign a carriage agreement with Time Warner Cable after the MSO lowered the price of its SportsNet LA channel by 30 percent.

Charter in discussions with Amazon to join Comcast in cable storefront

Charter Communications is in talks with Amazon to join Comcast in the e-tail giant's new cable services store front.

Comcast VP-level promotion spree includes Demming, Friedman, Wallach other execs

Comcast announced a full roster of VP-level promotions covering corporate strategy, global risk management, corporate communications, legal regulatory affairs and corporate affairs departments.

Alticast reveals middleware and UI role in Videotron 4K rollout

Alticast said it is providing middleware and UI components to Canadian cable operator Videotron, as it rolls out the country's first 4K pay-TV set-top.

ACA asks FCC to 'deny or condition' Nexstar-Media General merger

The American Cable Association has asked the FCC to block, or impose strict conditions on Nexstar Broadcasting's proposed $4.6 billion merger with Media General.

Mediacom signs multi-year deal with Univision

Continuing a hectic deal-making spree with pay-TV operators, Spanish-language programmer Univision announced a muiti-year licensing deal with Mediacom.

TWC cuts SportsNet LA price by 30%, hopes to end 2-year-old carriage stalemate

Time Warner Cable has come out swinging ahead of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, offering a 30 percent discount on its carriage-starved SportsNet LA regional sports network.

Cable companies call out FCC's Wheeler for contradicting his own set-top unlocking proposal

The Future of TV Coalition, a grouping of cable giants banded together to fight Tom Wheeler's set-top unlocking proposal, has accused the FCC Chairman of hoisting himself by his own petard.

Get your program here! Your 600 MHz incentive auction primer

While the list of 104 companies participating in the FCC's upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction didn't necessarily contain any shockers, there are plenty of surprises in store.

Cisco restructures engineering around cloud and IoT as service provider chief Ahuja departs

Cisco, the No. 2 cable network vendor, has announced a major restructuring to its engineering unit under CEO Chuck Robbins.

Army of progressive groups launch FCC Hail Mary to stop Charter-TWC

A group of consumer watchdogs and progressive political action groups have banded together to implore the FCC to stop Charter Communications' purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

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