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NBA unbundles League Pass at $6.99 per game; will DirecTV's 'NFL Sunday Ticket' follow?

The NBA has revealed pricing for the new a la carte extension of its League Pass programming service, making individual out-of-market regular season games available to customers for $6.99.

Cisco bails on fast-declining set-top market, sells unit to Technicolor for $602M

French media technology conglomerate Technicolor has agreed to purchase Cisco's customer premises equipment (CPE) division for $602 million, a move delivers a second burst of consolidation to the fast-declining pay-TV set-top industry.

Apple Music, Sling TV pave the way for Apple's TV strategy ... but time is running out

There was one topic conspicuous in its absence during Apple's quarterly conference call this week: The company's plans for the TV. And that's surprising given the TV industry's remarkably rapid embrace of everything a la carte and OTT, from HBO Now to Showtime's OTT service to Dish's Sling TV to Comcast's Stream.

Comcast's 69K video sub loss is best Q2 performance in 9 years; X1 deployment rate increases 35%

Driven partly by a 35 percent uptick in the deployment rate of its next-generation X1 video platform, Comcast's video subscription losses slowed to 69,000 in the second quarter, the MSO's best second-quarter performance in nine years.

HEVC Advance patent pool announces pricing, CEO; threatens to disrupt 4K market

The HEVC Advance patent pool has unveiled a flurry of new details about itself after emerging suddenly in late March to inject uncertainty into the economics of 4K video program distribution.

Arris: OTT use has declined by 2% from last year

Netflix and Hulu have both reported massive new subscription growth. And from HBO Now to CBS All Access to Sling TV, a flurry of new over-the-top choices have been added by programmers and distributers. Still, somehow, in its latest Consumer Entertainment Index, Arris claims that the percentage of North American survey respondents reporting regular OTT use dropped from 88 percent in 2014 to 86 percent this year.

Verizon: Disney ad blackouts slowed growth of skinny bundle to 9K subs in Q2

Delivering the first update on its groundbreaking "skinny bundling" strategy in nearly three months, Verizon said around 9,000 new subscribers signed on for its FiOS Custom TV video bundles.

WOW becomes latest mid-sized MSO to employ TiVo for advanced video services

Wide Open West has become the latest mid-sized MSO to turn to TiVo for advanced video services.

Moffett to Congress: Pay-TV program pricing reform needed to spur broadband investment

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Speaking to a Congressional subcommittee panel, media and telecommunications industry analyst Craig Moffett said federal regulators should look at controlling "soaring" program costs in order to spur investment in broadband.

AT&T-DirecTV deal gets approval from FCC's Wheeler, with conditions

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recommended that the five-member agency approve AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DirecTV, clearing the penultimate regulatory hurdle for the deal, first proposed in May 2014, to finally be approved.

Hulu's value proposition to cable operators: stemming subscriber losses

BOSTON--Cable operators that integrate Hulu's over-the-top video service into their lineup will get, in return, happier subscribers who are much less likely to churn. At least, that's the value proposition put forth by Hulu's Jim Galley, director of the company's distribution and strategic partnerships, in a panel session at The Independent Show here.

FCC poised to approve AT&T-DirecTV deal, create top pay-TV service in the U.S.

The FCC is set to announce that it has signed off on AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DirecTV, ending a 14-month regulatory process.

Midcontinent joins Comcast in deploying Cisco's cBR-8 CCAP platform, with eye on multi-gigabit speeds

Midcontinent Communications will deploy Cisco's cBR-8 converged cable access platform (CCAP) across its entire footprint, as the cable company looks to ramp up multi-gigabit Internet products built around DOCSIS 3.1.

Turner hires Vubiquity to process its cable VOD content

Turner Networks has contracted multiplatform digital content specialist Vibiquity to capture and process its programing and deliver it to the pay-TV VOD market.

Comcast's Xfinity Games service blasted as 'confusing, unfocused'

Comcast announced its new Xfinity Games service earlier this month with partner Electronic Arts, and early reviews of the offering are decidedly negative. Ars Technica tested the handful of games available through the service using Comcast's X1 platform and an iPad as a controller, and found that "Xfinity Games isn't just 'beta' bad; it could go down as one of the most confusing, unfocused gaming launches we've ever seen."

Graham stations set to go dark on Dish in latest retrans battle

Graham Media said five of its stations in Texas, Florida and Detroit are set to go dark on Dish Network, signaling the latest negotiation breakdown for broadcast retransmission licensing.

Comcast Wholesale teams with Rovi to deliver interactive program guides to analog homes

Comcast Wholesale will offer Rovi's video programming guide for digital terminal adapters (DTAs) to its HITS affiliate MSOs, enabling consumers with ages-old analog TV tech to experience a next-generation program guide.

Verizon FiOS video growth slows to 26K subs in Q1, but skinny TV bundles 'exceed expectations'

Verizon said it only added 26,000 net FiOS video subscribers in the second quarter, a figure that potentially indicates sluggish progress for the overall pay-TV industry during the period.

Keeping up with pay-TV's Q2 earnings season

The second quarter could be particularly interesting for the cable industry. Comcast, for example, is delivering its first quarterly earnings report since walking away from Time Warner Cable. Its investors are going to expecting details on the conglomerate's growth strategy, particularly with a new CFO at the helm.

First Sling TV ads paint pay-TV companies as school-yard bullies

Dish Network has launched the first series of TV commercials for Sling TV since launching the OTT service in early February.