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Cox set to take fiber to the node, deploy DOCSIS 3.1

Cox Communications CTO Kevin Hart has outlined major changes to his MSO's network, which includes plans to extend fiber to a node-plus-zero configuration and deploy DOCSIS 3.1.

Dauman takes Redstone to court as battle for Viacom control continues

Viacom chief executive Philippe Dauman filed a complaint today, disputing his removal by company czar Sumner Redstone from a family trust that holds the keys to long-term control of the media empire.

The best and worst of INTX 2016: How VR, HDR, the FCC and more spun this year's show

With three major cable operators in the final stages of M&A, the 2016 iteration of the erstwhile "Cable Show" (now known as INTX) had to be the smallest signature confab the National Cable Telecommunications Association has ever produced. The NCTA has yet to release an official head count, but the consensus among longtime Cable Show/INTX operators put attendance well below the 8,000 predicted by the organization prior to the show.

AT&T: FCC set-top proposal is a 'radical unbundling scheme'

In comments filed to the FCC, AT&T said the agency's proposed set-top regulations "bears no relationship" to mandates established by Section 629 of the Communications Act and is essentially a "radical unbundling scheme."

Altice-Cablevision merger gets nod from NY state regulatory panel

A New York state regulatory panel has recommended that the state's Public Services Commission approve Altice NV's $17.7 billion takeover of Cablevision.

NBC, CBS beefing up in-season access to shows to attract binge watchers

The rise of Netflix has helped solidify the popularity of binge watching, a concept that flies in the face of traditional linear TV. But major broadcasters have seen the signs and are reportedly making it a priority this season to offer in-season stacking, or wider access to episodes of current shows that have already aired.

Comcast Xfinity TV app now streaming live ABC, NBC out of the home in NYC, LA and elsewhere

Comcast's Xfinity TV Everywhere app is now streaming live ABC and NBC programming outside of customers' homes in markets where Comcast has owned & operated (O&O) network affiliates.

Comcast adding 600 jobs with new customer service center in Colorado

Comcast formally announced plans to open a new customer service center in Fort Collins, Colorado, a move that will bring 600 new jobs to the area.

Sen. Hatch worried about copyright protections in FCC's set-top proposal

Senator Orrin Hatch voiced concerns over the FCC's set-top box proposal, specifically about the proposal's potential to upend carefully negotiated licensing agreements between multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and content providers.

Disney CEO excited about the leverage Hulu's streaming TV service will provide

Disney CEO Bob Iger is pumped for Hulu's upcoming streaming TV service in part because of the leverage it will help provide in negotiating carriage deals with pay-TV providers.

TWC, Cablevision employees brace for layoffs

With the latest wave of cable consolidation nearing its crest, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision employees are preparing for potential layoffs.

Samsung talking with programmers about streaming TV service, report says

Samsung has reached out the major programming conglomerates to find out what they'd charger to make their programing available in an IP-delivered service, according to Bloomberg.

Altice-Cablevision closure delayed at least a month by New York regulators

New York state regulators have postponed today's scheduled vote on Altice's proposed $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision to June 16.

Smit explains why Comcast won't chase Hulu outside its footprint

Three days after Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts surprised the pay-TV industry at INTX by revealing that the MSO has no plans to deploy streaming video services outside its footprint, cable division chief Neil Smit provided more color on the company's strategic thought process.

Charter pursuing Netflix, Hulu integration

Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said his company, which just completed its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, is pursuing integration of OTT services like Netflix and Hulu.

Sheriff Wheeler says the cable industry's tail light is broken

BOSTON -- Watching the cable industry, led by its chief lobbyist and sympathetic Republican FCC commissioners, wail about what they're calling the "relentless government assault" on their business at INTX this week, I was reminded of the unwitting driver who asks the small-town sheriff why he was just pulled over.

House Dems back FCC's set-top proposal, attack 'aggressive campaign to spread misinformation'

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) have issued a joint letter urging their colleagues to support the FCC's plan to allow pay-TV customers to purchase their own third-party set-tops instead of renting while blasting the "aggressive campaign that has spread misinformation" since the original proposal.

Wheeler: Cable needs to welcome competition and change; FCC not so much

BOSTON -- Addressing a depleted, surprisingly docile general assembly crowd today at INTX, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler steered clear from the specifics of three controversial proposals targeting the cable industry.

As OTT technology expands, QoS and QoE become top of mind for providers

A flood of new OTT services could be launching in 2016, taking advantage of new, exciting, complicated technologies like virtual reality and 4K quality video and demanding more of networks.

Comcast CTO: Advertisers now 'doing the limbo' to get ads onto X1 user guide

BOSTON -- A top Comcast executive said that marketers have begun to take a keen interest in getting their advertisements displayed in the company's X1 user guide.

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