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Comcast-TWC input period ends: 64K comments received, 65 groups urge rejection

The FCC's public comment period for Comcast's proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable ended Monday, Aug. 25 with nearly 64,000 individual pieces of input received by the commission, and 65 groups urging the regulators to reject the deal out of hand or impose significant conditions and restrictions.

Netflix comes up empty at cable-dominated Emmy ceremony

Netflix's splashy emergence into premium original content has signaled a huge competitive threat to the programming realm that's come to dominate that business in recent years, cable. But if Monday night's Primetime Emmy presentation revealed anything, it's that cable still has the upper hand.

Broadcaster launches…wait for it…Aereo-like programming service for tablets

Fresh off the broadcast industry's vanquishing of Aereo in the federal court system, one station group is trying to seize upon the streaming service's core consumer appeal--making broadcast TV video available on tablets.

Canada's Rogers and Shaw team up to take aim at Netflix

Looking to reclaim lost video subscriber share from all-you-can-watch online operators like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, Canadian pay-TV giants Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications have teamed up to launch their own subscription video-on-demand service, shomi.

Report: Around 500 Turner Networks staffers to receive buyout offers

A long-anticipated round of major staff cuts at Turner Networks appears to be at hand, with Broadcasting & Cable reporting that the programming giant is about to tender buyout offers to around 500 senior staff members across its various channels.

Rumor Mill: AT&T reaches agreement with DOJ on DirecTV purchase

AT&T has reportedly reached an agreement with the Department of Justice, clearing a major regulatory hurdle in its quest to purchase DirecTV, according to an exclusive in the New York Post.

Dish to black out college football games on Fox Sports 1

After heavily promoting its availability of college football-related programming all summer, Dish Network revealed that it's blacking out four opening-weekend games on Fox Sports 1.

Charter ISP customers cope with major weekend service disruptions

Internet service for Charter Communications' 4.56 million broadband subscribers nationwide experienced significant weekend disruptions, with thousands of users across the country breaking out their mobile phones to express their discontent.

TiVo debuts DVR for cord cutters, the Roamio OTA

TiVo has introduced a new version of its acclaimed Roamio DVR specifically aimed at consumers without pay-TV services.

DirecTV to pay around $1.4B to renew NFL Sunday Ticket, report says

DirecTV is near a long-awaited deal to renew licensing rights to its venerable "NFL Sunday Ticket" package.

FCC gets to work on Comcast-TWC: Denies L.A. extension request, orders info

Signaling the long-awaited ramp-up of its merger review process, the Federal Communications Commission has asked Comcast to provide detailed information on its cable and ISP systems, as well as its interconnection arrangements with various online providers.

Analyst: HBO could add $600M to its bottom line by offering OTT option

What if HBO made non-current seasons of its hit shows available for streaming, no pay-TV subscription needed, for $11 a month? Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwa crunched the numbers on an imagined OTT offering by the premium channel.

Raycom threatens DirecTV blackout

Raycom Media has begun prominently posting messages on the websites of its 53 broadcast stations, warning DirecTV subscribers that they could be blacked out from Raycom channels if a broadcast retransmission renewal deal isn't made with the satellite provider by Aug. 31.

Appeals court shoots down Aereo's latest attempt for retrans license

Aereo's legal losing streak continues, with a federal appeals court refusing to hear the streaming service's "emergency" argument that it should now be considered a pay-TV service that pays retransmission fees for broadcast network programming.

SEC Network secures last major carriage deal, Verizon FiOS

The Walt Disney Company has reached an agreement with Verizon to carry the SEC Network, according to the Sports Business Daily, citing sources close to the negotiations.

Swain to replace retiring Olson as Dish Network CFO

Dish Network announced that Chief Financial Officer Robert Olson will retire, effective Oct. 15, and Senior VP of Programming Steve Swain will replace him.

Comcast-TWC deal draws 43K public comments as L.A. mayor asks FCC to extend deadline

With the carriage impasse over Time Warner Cable's SportsNet LA taking center stage in Los Angeles political arena, Mayor Eric Garcetti has asked the FCC to extend the Sept. 8 public comment deadline for the merger of Comcast and TWC.

Level 3, Comcast mergers threaten shakeup of Ethernet rankings

With Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) seeking to buy Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), and Level 3 involved in a pending purchase of TW Telecom, Vertical Systems Group's U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard could soon look very different from the mid-2014 ranking that was just released.

Comcast moves forward with IP-based college campus programming service

Comcast has decided to move its IP-based "Xfinity On Campus" service beyond the experimental phase and give it a full-fledged commercial launch at a select number of universities this fall.

Comcast's Cohen to regulators: 'Don't make us the next Blockbuster'

Stumping for regulatory approval of his company's proposed $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Comcast executive VP David L. Cohen reached for a rather interesting simile: federal regulators' decision in 2005 to stop Blockbuster from acquiring Hollywood Video.