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Altice sets U.S. management team; Suddenlink's Kent migrates top lieutenants to TierPoint

Altice NV has announced its U.S. management team in the wake of the regulatory closure of its $9.1 billion purchase of Suddenlink Communications. Meanwhile, outgoing Suddenlink CEO Jerry Kent announced that his top managers will transition with him to data center operator TierPoint, where Kent will take over as CEO.

TWC says local programming cost shot up 85% since 2013, announces its own rate increases

Time Warner Cable is continuing what has become a holiday tradition in the pay-TV business: raising rates for the following year.

Windstream brings 1 Gbps service to Kentucky

You can't get 1-gig Internet service in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it's a go in Kentucky. Windstream has begun its 1 Gbps FTTH trial in Lexington, Ky., marking the first step of its plans to launch the service in five markets during the first half of 2016.

Report: Comcast mulling $16B bid for UK broadcaster ITV

Comcast and its NBCUniversal division are considering a $16 billion purchase of Britain's ITV broadcast unit, according to numerous reports originating out of the U.K.

Analyst: ESPN becoming Disney's 'most troubled business'

Despite the record-breaking $517 billion worldwide performance of its new Star Wars movie, the Walt Disney Co. finds itself once again reeling on Wall Street due to the struggles of its suddenly faltering ESPN networks.

Cablevision: Fired part-time employee wasn't so 'exceptional'

Cablevision has fired back against the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), claiming the MSO had a right to fire a part-time worker the labor groups are currently defending.

HEVC Advance scales back on 4K patent cash grab

With the video industry balking at its original royalty rates, a new patent group attempting to exploit the HEVC compression standard has come up with a new fee structure.

Altice purchase of Suddenlink approved by the FCC

The FCC has approved Altice NV's $9.1 billion purchase of a controlling interest in Suddenlink Communications, clearing Patrick Drahi's European telecom conglomerate to close on the purchase of the St. Louis-based cable operator.

Dish follows U-verse and DirecTV, announces rate increases for 2016

Ducking under the cover of AT&T, which announced price bumps for U-verse and DirecTV earlier this week, Dish Network has released information about across-the-board rate increases for 2016.

ACA collects 228 member signatures on complaint letter to FCC about AMC Networks

Calling the carriage dispute between NCTC and AMC Networks a symptom of a "broken" video marketplace, the American Cable Association has collected 228 member signatures on a letter asking the FCC to intervene in the process.

Senators re-introduce FANS Act to stop sports blackouts during retrans disputes

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (FANS) Act, which would hinder the ability of broadcasters to black out sports events during retrans disputes with pay-TV operators.

Wheeler asks Comcast, AT&T and T-Mobile to explain data cap exemptions

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler sent letters to Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, summoning them to a Jan. 15 meeting to explain their various data-cap exemptions.

Cox loses $25 million verdict in music piracy case

A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that Cox Communications must pay $25 million to music labels for willfully letting its customers pirate songs.

Charter announces details for low-cost broadband service: 30 Mbps for $14.99 per month

After promising regulators that it would launch a low-cost broadband service aimed at poorer households as part of its effort to acquire Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, Charter Communications has announced details of its new plan.

Is Crestview's $125M investment in Wow! the new face of cable consolidation?

Is the $125 million investment made by Crestview Partners into Wow! a sign of how cable consolidation will get done going forward? That's the thesis of Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Paul Sweeney, who says that with many of the top cable companies taken off the board in recent purchases, we may see a flurry of equity-stake deals involving smaller MSOs.

Arris gets UK court approval, setting $2.1B Pace acquisition to close Jan. 4

Arris announced that the High Court of Justice in England and Wales has conditionally approved its $2.1 billion acquisition of Pace, setting up the deal to close on Jan. 4.

Canada's Shaw gets into the wireless biz, buys Wind Mobile for $1.6B

While U.S. cable operators including Comcast are dipping their toes ever so gently into the turbulent waters of the wireless business, Canada's Shaw Communications is all in, announcing a $1.6 billion purchase of Wind Mobile.

DirecTV follows U-verse, sets 2016 price increases

After announcing rate increase for U-verse earlier in the week, AT&T has followed up with 2016 price bumps for its DirecTV satellite platform as well.

'Peak TV' era reaches 409 scripted original series as programmers fret glut of TV content

FX Networks has released figures indicating the number of scripted original programs currently running across linear and digital channels has bloated to 409 shows.

Comcast Colorado Springs facility evacuated as a cable-industry bomb-threat trend emerges

A Comcast call center in Colorado Springs, Colo., was evacuated Wednesday following a bomb threat. Authorities searched the call center facility at 4900 Centennial Boulevard and determined it was safe. Employees were let back into the building in the mid-afternoon, according to reports from local TV news.

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