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Comcast promotes customer service czar Herrin, 19 other execs

The promotions of customer service boss Charlie Herrin and video services general manager Matthew Strauss highlighted what was a flurry of 20 executive promotions for Comcast.

Comcast to invest $4B in new strategic spinoff, CFO Angelakis to run it

Comcast will invest $4 billion in a new strategic investment spinoff, with Michael Angelakis stepping down from his CFO position to run it. Angelakis will invest $40 million of his personal wealth into the new venture.

SCTE's Dzuban on bringing down cable's electric bill and protecting its networks from hackers

He drives a Jeep, and by all accounts, he's an outdoorsman. But don't be fooled by the aggressive energy-savings initiative Mark Dzuban is spearheading. Energy 2020, a wide-reaching cable-industry push to reduce electrical power consumption by at least 25 percent by the year 2020, is as much about hard economic reality for the cable business as it is about tree-hugging. What's at stake? By Dzuban's estimates, more than $1 billion.

YouTube experiments with 4K video at 60 fps

Looking for ways to spark consumer interest in 4K/Ultra HD, the consumer electronics and pay-TV industries seem to have an ally in YouTube, which has debuted its latest experimental videos: Not only are they in 4K, but they run at 60 frames per second.

MSG confirms split of teams from regional sports networks

The Madison Square Garden Company confirmed that it will split its regional sports networks from pro sports teams the New York Knicks and Rangers.

Surprise: Sling TV's content deals don't include rights to all shows

Users of Dish Network's new over-the-top service are receiving surprising restricted access messages while trying to view select programs from A+E Networks channels.

CenturyLink's Prism IPTV service lands in Denver

CenturyLink is bringing its IPTV service to Denver. The local city council has approved a 10-year video franchise agreement to bring the telco's Prism service to its residents.

TWC SportsNet LA: There are no serious carriage talks, and there never were

Could pay-TV's most truculent carriage impasse finally break open by Major League Baseball's Opening Day? TWC is reportedly "actively pursuing" a deal to expand coverage of its Dodgers channel, SportsNet LA.

Sony PlayStation Vue locks up 'Mad Men' and 'Walking Dead,' still no 'SportsCenter' in sight

Sony has announced a major programming acquisition for PlayStation Vue, adding AMC Channels to its new over-the-top pay-TV service. The network will be added to Vue's basic $50-a-month bundle just in time for the sure-to-be-highly-rated season-five finale of original series The Walking Dead, as well as the final season of Mad Men. WEtv will also be added to the basic channel lineup.

Comcast says it hasn't even been approached by Apple about new pay-TV service

Responding to the latest back-and-forth from a coalition opposing its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast shot back at the assertion that it rejected an opportunity to have NBCUniversal participate in Apple's upcoming over-the-top pay-TV service.

Emergence of new HEVC patent pool clouds 4K's future

The emergence of a new patent pool for HEVC compression technology threatens to slow the deployment of 4K/Ultra HD services within the pay-TV industry and beyond. On Thursday, a new group called HEVC Advance announced that it will begin licensing patents for high efficiency video encoding technology (aka "HEVC" or "H.265").

Adobe: Only 12.5 percent of pay-TV subscribers are 'active TV Everywhere users'

While usage of authenticated multiscreen services from pay-TV providers has increased markedly over the last two years, only 12.5 percent of cable, satellite and IPTV customers regularly use TV Everywhere services. This is the conclusion put forth by Adobe in its U.S. Digital Video 2014 Inaugural Report.

Cable operators shake up special access market long dominated by telcos

Telcos AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink have owned the wholesale special access market for decades. But cable operators have emerged to shake up this moribund market, giving competitive local exchange operators a bit of choice in their ability to connect their multi-site business customers in rural areas.

AT&T's de la Vega: DirecTV merger will help us simplify convoluted digital content deals

ATLANTA--AT&T will be in a much better position to renegotiate content licensing deals with content owners once it closes its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, according to AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega. AT&T's goal is make it much easier for consumers to get TV content on their smartphones and tablets without having to worry about whether or not they will be able to do so because of content rights, he said.  

Arris brings its mergers and acquisitions attorney in-house; says it's 'evaluating opportunities'

Suwanee, Ga.-based Arris announced that attorney Patrick Macken, who has been providing Arris legal services for 10 years from a large leather chair at Troutman Sanders LLP, will be brought in-house as senior VP and general counsel.

Forget 4K, HD is in only 44% of the global pay-TV market, study says

As operators in the U.S. prepare to hoist the next big video resolution standard, 4K/Ultra HD, new data from ABI Research suggests that less than half of global pay-TV customers have good ol'-fashioned high-definition displays in their homes.

Analyst: Cord cutting will keep 'drip, dripping' along, despite sudden rush of OTT competition

High-profile media analyst Craig Moffett doesn't believe Sling TV, Sony's PlayStation Vue or Apple's upcoming pay-TV service will be revolutionary enough have a profound impact on the indigenous cable, satellite and IPTV industry.

Cooperation, not competition, will better serve LTE-U/LAA

With both T-Mobile US and Verizon moving forward with plans to commercially launch LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands, it seems only fitting that the cellular and Wi-Fi industries take the opportunity to collaborate and work closer together.

Nielsen to begin tracking Netflix, Amazon Prime audiences

Clinging to its position as television's dominant audience ratings provider, Nielsen said it will begin offering it customer data on Netflix and Amazon Prime SVOD audience usage sometime in the middle of this year.

Comcast giving customer invites to try out new XR11 voice-activated remote

Comcast is getting close to the official debut of its voice-activated remote control, the XR11, and is already making it available to customers for early trials.