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Judge tosses out suit against Comcast filed by jilted Boston affiliate

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by Boston NBC affiliate station WHDH-TV against Comcast.

Charter officially closes deals for Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks

Charter Communications has completed its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, creating the second biggest U.S. cable provider which go by the name Charter.

Comcast mulls selling HDR-capable Xi5 at retail

BOSTON -- As it continues to try to distance itself from the leased set-top business, Comcast is considering making its upcoming Xi5 box available for retail sale, a company rep told FierceCable.

At INTX, AT&T hints at its DirecTV vision for the future of TV

BOSTON -- Here at the INTX show, there's plenty of discussion about "the future of TV." The issue in question, of course, is how the nation's cable operators will continue to play in the market they once dominated but that is now in a state of upheaval due to the large and growing number of streaming players like Netflix, Amazon, Roku and others. AT&T may have an answer. The carrier in the fourth quarter of this year will release the first version of what I'll call DirecTV 2.0, essentially the combination of AT&T's U-verse and DirecTV video businesses.

FCC's O'Rielly: Take the current set-top proposal and 'throw it in the garbage'

BOSTON -- Dismissing their FCC Commission colleagues' claim that the current "Unlock the Box" set-top debate represents a healthy exchange of ideas, Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly described the discussion as a sham with an outcome already pre-determined by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Verizon forges ahead with new use cases for LTE-Broadcast

Both Verizon and AT&T have undergone high-profile trials to show off LTE-Broadcast as an efficient means of delivering mobile video. But, as AT&T seemingly lost interest, Verizon is still pushing forward with the technology and finding new use cases.

Technicolor: We will have VR demo for cable by Q1 of next year

BOSTON -- Cable vendor Technicolor plans to bring a working VR demonstration to next year's INTX show, a further indication of the cable industry's increasing interest in the virtual reality space in general.

Nokia demonstrates 10 Gbps symmetrical speeds over HFC

Nokia Bell Labs is claiming a world's first with its demonstration of 10 Gbps symmetrical download and upload speeds over a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) cable plant.

WOW makes first deployment of TiVo-powered hybrid set-tops

BOSTON -- WOW Internet, Cable and Phone has made the first deployments of Evolution Digital's TiVo-powered eBox hybrid set-tops for its low-cost "Swivel" video service.

Starz: HDR likely will launch on OTT service first

BOSTON -- Premium cable provider Starz is keen to offer HDR content to its viewers, said Ray Milius, the company's EVP of programming and operations, here on the sidelines of the INTX show. However, he declined to provide any kind of a timeframe for that launch because of the many issues he said continue to hinder HDR technology.

Arris CTO Cloonan: DOCSIS 3.1 utility can be stretched out as far as 2040 with extended spectrum

BOSTON — It's feasible for cable operators to still be running DOCSIS 3.1-powered networks over copper cables as far out as 2040, according to Tom Cloonan, CTO of Arris's network and cloud business.

Comcast's Roberts: X1 OIympics presentation will be 'glimpse of the future of television'

BOSTON-- Comcast will make an unprecedented amount of Summer Olympics coverage on its NBCUniversal channels a showcase for the advanced capabilities of its X1 set-top.

Powell stands firm against FCC policy proposals, calling them 'tectonic shifts' for cable industry

BOSTON -- NCTA Chairman Michael Powell, in the opening keynote here, lauded the cable industry's shift into "high gear" in terms of innovation and change during a "transformative period," but held fast to his view that Washington regulators are stifling that progress through dramatic policy changes.

Cisco, Roku partner to put VideoGuard security on Roku devices

Cisco and Roku announced a collaboration that will bake the Cisco VideoGuard Everywhere video service protection solution into Roku streaming players and Roku TVs.

NCTA's Powell: 'Relentless government assault' has been launched against the cable industry

BOSTON-- The FCC has launched a 'relentless government assault" of regulation against the cable industry that has overturned decades of media case law, said Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable Telecommunications Association.

RDK now deployed in more than 15 million devices

Reference Design Kit (RDK) is using INTX 2016 in Boston to tout some growth numbers within the global pay-TV market, announcing that more than 15 million devices are now running RDK, a software stack for IP set-tops, gateways and other devices.

Comcast, The Weather Company, Sling TV say mobile platforms drive changing TV Everywhere viewing behaviors

BOSTON -- While the chatter for months has revolved around the way that millennials – that coveted, 18-36 year old age demographic – view out-of-home video content, industry players Comcast and The Weather Company are finding that different TV Everywhere platforms, such as smartphones or tablets, are driving viewer behavior more than age groups do.

AT&T buying Quickplay to support upcoming DirecTV streaming offers

AT&T today announced it's buying OTT and TV Everywhere specialist Quickplay to support the upcoming launch of its DirecTV streaming services.

TiVo's Chopra says Rovi deal 'not premised on patent strategy'

Is the ongoing $1.1 billion merger of TiVo and Rovi an attempt to create one of the biggest patent trolls the video industry has ever seen? That was essentially the question put forth Thursday to...

Suddenlink operating profit up 21% under Altice control

While Cablevision investors watch and wait for the inevitable close of Altice NV's $17.7 billion purchase of the company, they can take heart in the performance of another recent Altice cable acquisition.

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