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Charter gets support from Bounce TV founder for TWC, Bright House deals

Charter Communication's bid to acquire Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks has a bit more bounce in it after the influential founder of African-American network Bounce TV, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, endorsed the deal.

Cablevision significantly overvalued, Verizon FiOS overlap renders it 'not acquirable,' analyst says

Cablevision's significant overlap with Verizon FiOS and its "overvalued" share price make it an "un-acquirable asset," despite rampant speculation that it'll be the next cable company purchased in the ongoing M&A wave, MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett wrote.

NCTA teams with CEA to cut modem and router power use by 10% - 20%

After successfully establishing voluntary energy-efficiency guidelines for pay-TV set-tops, the NCTA and CEA are teaming up again to make modems, routers and other premises-based Internet equipment more efficient.

Verizon signs Scripps deal for upcoming mobile video service

Verizon signed a multi-year program licensing deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, making 45 Scripps TV series available to Verizon wireless customers when Verizon launches its anticipated mobile video service later this year.

Inside Sling TV's March Madness meltdown: 'We weren't even aware of it for the first few hours'

SAN FRANCISCO--Among programmers, Turner Networks is known as an early proponent of TV Everywhere, VOD stacking and other digital trends. But being a pioneer entails adventurous times.

Online video space teeming with startups - Fierce tallies the top 15

FierceOnlineVideo came up with a list of the top 15 emerging start-ups in the online video space. You can read it here

FCC starts review of Charter's TWC and Bright House deals

The FCC announced that it has begun a review of Charter's proposed purchases of both Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

TV Everywhere still an inconsistent experience plagued by 'rickety' tech, Fox exec says

SAN FRANCISCO--It was an industry panel convened to discuss the recent progress of the pay-TV industry's long-struggling TV Everywhere initiative (TVE). But even some of TVE's key backers remain mired in frustration over the initiative's vast complexity.

Pac-12 Network 'interested' in domestic OTT, but not anytime soon

SAN FRANCISCO--The Pac-12 Network will enter its fourth college football season without carriage on DirecTV and without an OTT option available for displaced viewers in the United States.

Hulu to distribute Showtime's standalone service at 20% discount

Hulu will begin offering Showtime's new stand-alone streaming service for $8.99 a month, a 20 percent discount from the standard price, starting ahead of the July 12 premiere of Showtime signature series Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.

AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink CEOs top the highest-paid wireline exec list

Not surprisingly, telecom executives are well compensated for their work. The top public telecom firms have reported their CEO salaries to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and FierceTelecom has collected all the data in one place.

Time Warner Cable slammed with first official net neutrality complaint

As expected, Time Warner Cable received the first complaint under the FCC's new net neutrality rules, which just took effect on June 12.

Tennis Channel teams with NeuLion to expand streaming service to new devices, markets

The Tennis Channel inked a multi-year deal with NeuLion so it can expand its Tennis Channel Everywhere and Tennis Channel Plus streaming offerings to more platforms and markets.

Cable operators want satellite foes to pay more fees

The American Cable Association and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association have asked FCC to increase the amount of fees that satellite providers must pay per subscriber. The filing is in response to the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and order that was issued in May in which the FCC said it wanted to charge satellite operators a per-subscriber regulatory fee, just as it does for cable and IPTV companies.

Comcast's thePlatform launches Unified Ingest Service for cable providers, others

Comcast's thePlatform announced today the release of its Unified Ingest Service, which the company said will allow cable operators "to centrally manage all of the video and related metadata files that operators want to publish to subscribers' set-top boxes (STBs) and other IP-connected devices."

Report: $170B in revenue could be unlocked if women in developing companies are given mobile phones

An estimated $170 billion in unrealized revenue potential could be unlocked if 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries were to own mobile phones.

Comcast scores high in workplace quality ranking

While it continues to perform miserably in measurements of consumer satisfaction, Comcast has notably ranked high in a Washington Post survey of top D.C.-area workplaces.

ABI Research: Pay-TV now reaches 48% of households globally

Pay-TV has penetrated 48 percent of all homes globally and will surpass 50 percent penetration, or about 1 billion homes, by 2017.

Comcast opens hood on NBCU cross-promo strategy 'Symphony'

Making good on its promise to investors to turn its 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal into a cross-platform-advertising powerhouse, Comcast has pulled back the veil to its broad, multi-media advertising product, which it calls "Symphony."

Analyst: 80%-85% chance that feds will approve Charter-TWC deal

New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin says it's 80 percent to 85 percent likely that the FCC and U.S. Justice Department will approve Charter Communication's proposed $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable.