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Start-up virtual pay-TV service Vidgo still on the launch pad after ballyhooed CES intro

After pitching itself at CES in early January as the killer virtual pay-TV app that would combine live linear streaming of national cable and local broadcast channels for less than $50 a month, angel-funded start-up Vidgo has entered a period of prolonged radio silence.

Starz rebranding Encore as Starz Encore

As Starz CEO Chris Albrecht hinted during the company's fourth quarter earnings call in February, Starz is creating a new master brand by changing the name of Encore to Starz Encore starting April 5.

New Charter merger opposition group still working FCC Commissioner Clyburn

While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears set to conditionally sign off on Charter Communications' acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, opposition group Stop Mega Cable hasn't given up on thwarting regulatory approval of the deal.

Comcast set to post 32K video sub additions in Q1 on aggressive X1 promotion, analyst says

Comcast is set to keep the good times rolling when it delivers its first-quarter earnings report on April 27.

Arris 'home of the future' presentation ends illusion of monastic broadband existence

Living near Downtown Los Angeles, I've learned to live like a monk as far as data speeds are concerned. I've steadfastly resisted Time Warner Cable, leaving me to make due to with the 6 Mbps offered through AT&T U-verse DSL. Simply put, there are just not a lot of great ISP options yet.

New Charter will be stripped of 'most favored nation' clauses, NYT report says

Drilling down into the specifics of the FCC's pending merger approval of Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, New York Times reporters Cecilia Kang and Emily Steel looked at some of the regulator conditions for the deal.

Nielsen data lays cord-shaving trend bare, analyst says

While Nielsen's report last week showing the pay-TV ecosystem had dropped below 100,000 subscribers was cause to raise eyebrows, it was the sub performance of individual networks that's the real cause for concern, Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser said.

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.

Enjoy a great holiday weekend

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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.

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