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IBC: Broadcasters say they're best positioned for multiplatform delivery

Over-the-top services are growing fast, but players like Netflix and Amazon aren't going to displace broadcasters. That was the general consensus of a five-member panel of broadcasters and service providers here during an IBC panel on multiplatform delivery.

RDK poised for cloud-based distribution

The Reference Design Kit, a preintegrated software package jointly managed by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Liberty Global, and created to establish a common framework for set-tops, gateways and other on-premises pay-TV devices, appears set for a cloud-based future. At IBC, ActiveVideo, a company that specializes in providing cloud-based video applications and services, announced that it is now one of 160 companies with RDK licenses

AT&T plans to bundle DirecTV video with satellite-delivered wireless broadband for rural customers

Pending approval of its $49 billion takeover of DirecTV, AT&T will bundle the satellite operator's pay-TV service with a wireless-broadband product capable of delivering download speeds of 15 Mbps and above, then deliver the package via a single dish to rural customers starting in 2015.

Cablevision: Majority of Brooklyn workers still want out of union

Cablevision said its Brooklyn-based field technicians and dispatchers voted 129-115 against maintaining union representation with the Communication Workers of America (CWA), in a nonbinding straw poll conducted by a third-party firm Sept. 10.

Verizon set to launch online-video service by mid-2015, CEO says

Verizon Communications expects to launch its own Internet-based video service by the middle of 2015, the company's chief executive, Lowell McAdam, revealed Thursday.

Ericsson launches multiscreen platform targeting pay-TV market

AMSTERDAM--Ericsson opened a new front in its multiscreen strategy, launching MediaFirst, an extension of its Mediaroom IPTV platform that will enable the company to target cable and satellite pay-TV operators as well as its current base of telco/IPTV providers. The provider is demonstrating the new service here at IBC 2014.

State attorneys general will probe AT&T/DirecTV merger

An attorneys general probe involving two-dozen states that is examining the legality of Comcast's  proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable has been expanded to include AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV.

The inside story on how Local Choice got pulled from STAVRA

So why did a bipartisan proposal to do away with retransmission and strip broadcast stations from the pay-TV bundle get removed from the satellite bill being run through the Senate Commerce Committee? According to the two U.S. Senators who came up with the plan, opposition from other committee members led to the decision to scuttle inclusion of the language in the bill.

Viewers more responsive than ever to word-of-mouth, still prefer live TV, Viacom study says

The multiscreen revolution will only enhance viewers' loyalty to network brands and live viewing, not degrade them, according to a new study conducted by Viacom that seems to counterintuitively sprinkle a little fairy dust on commonly held TV-industry axioms.

Comcast and Liberty Global sign global Wi-Fi sharing deal

Determined to expand the global reach of their respective Wi-Fi networks to, among other things, better enable the effectiveness of TV Everywhere, Comcast and Liberty Global have forged an agreement that will let their subscribers access each other's Wi-Fi networks.

Moonves to stations: Get more retrans money out of pay-TV operators or else

Seemingly oblivious to the fact that a proposal that would end broadcast-retransmission payments nearly made it onto a Senate bill, CBS Corp. president Les Moonves urged TV stations to get tough with pay-TV operators during retrans negotiations.

Dish names former Qwest President Afshin Mohebbi to board

With clearly stated goals of entering the wireless communications business, Dish Network has named former Qwest Communications President and COO Afshin Mohebbi to its board of directors.

Extreme NFL dependence poses risks to U.S. TV business

Tech startups are stridently warned these days not to become too dependent on giant online platforms such as Google and Facebook. Your page or video views might be sky high right now, but if your business model can be undone with the mere tweak of an algorithm, you don't really have much of a business.

Arris rolls out new HEVC set-tops, compression products

Timed to the ongoing IBC conference in Amsterdam, as well as the upcoming Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, Arris is introducing a range of new products based on HEVC technology.

Netflix 'slows down' to protest FCC's net-neutrality proposal

Netflix, Mozilla and a group of consumer advocates are showing their frustration over the FCC's proposed net-neutrality rules, which could include the creation of Internet fast lanes, by conducting what they call an "Internet Slowdown Day."

Broadcom introduces new line of HEVC set-top chips for DBS operators

Broadcom has introduced a series of eight HEVC-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices for hybrid satellite and terrestrial system set-tops.

TiVo to provide Armstrong's next-gen video platform

TiVo's pay-TV business, which spiked 20 percent in the second quarter, continues to grow, with Pennsylvania's Armstrong Utilities tapping the company to power its next-generation video platform.

Viacom to deliver channels to Sony's new OTT service

Viacom has struck a deal to provide 22 channels to Sony's upcoming virtual pay-TV service.

Local Choice pulled from Senate bill

Fearing that their Local Choice proposal is too ambitious for full Congressional approval on a short timeline, the proposal's creators, Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), have pulled it out of the Senate Commerce Committee's satellite-TV bill.

FCC's Wheeler sets Sept. 30 date to vote out NFL blackout rules

Signaling the FCC's most decisive move yet in regard to ending 40-year-old rules that black out local pro football games, Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has set a Sept. 30 vote to—he apparently hopes—do away with them.