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More midnight oil burning for Dish: Nexstar sets 12 a.m. deal deadline

Plunging new frontiers of exhaustion, Dish Network's program licensing team finds itself in another down-to-the-wire retrans renewal negotiation, with Nexstar Broadcasting Group granting a third extension to the satellite operator Tuesday as talks continue.

CBS' Poltrack: Netflix is a killer syndication market that's not really killing networks

While conceding that Netflix and other SVOD companies are causing noticeable audience erosion for linear television, CBS research chief David Poltrack told a New York banking audience Monday that streaming is doing more good than harm for networks these days.

Longtime SVOD holdout Discovery Communications caves to Hulu

Discovery Communications announced its first-ever distribution agreement with Hulu Tuesday, putting popular cable reality series including Mythbusters, Say Yes to the Dress and Deadliest Catch on the SVOD service.

Comcast sued for turning residential routers into hotspots

Two Northern California residents have launched a class action suit in a San Francisco federal court against Comcast, claiming the cable company's shared Wi-Fi routers use too much electrical power, violate their privacy and slow their network.

AT&T set to hike U-verse video and Internet prices in 2015

Just in time for the holidays, AT&T has announced $3-a-month rate hikes for nine of its U-verse bundles, including U-family, U100, U200, U200 Latino, U300, U300 Latino, U400, U450 and U450 Latino. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has a complete report here.

Awareness of 4K up to 57%, Strategy Analytics says

Awareness in the U.S. of the 4K/Ultra HD resolution standard has increased from 39 percent of polled consumers in January to 57 percent in November, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

AT&T: Kids watch more video on smartphones than on televisions

Thirty-six percent of those polled in a recent AT&T survey say their kids frequently watch video on smartphones, compared to 34 percent who say their kids frequently watch TV the old-fashioned way, on televisions.

TV's share of advertising market has peaked, report says

TV's dominant share of the global advertising market has peaked and is now in terminal decline. So conclude separate reports by Madison Avenue conglomerates ZenithOptimedia and Magna Global, which both note negative TV ad sales trends amid an overall advertising marketplace that is growing.

Verizon tops in wireless carrier max speed, RootMetrics says

Wireless carriers like to brag about their LTE networks in a lot of different ways, including their coverage, reliability and speeds. And while the average speed for downlink and uplink are probably the most important metrics to judge carriers' performance on--since that is what a consumer can expect to experience on a regular basis--maximum speeds are also worth noting.

Vimeo launches 4K download service

Video sharing platform Vimeo will now let its paying "Pro" members, as well as those selling videos on the platform, deliver 4K/Ultra HD versions of their content via download.

Satellite carrying DirecTV's 4K hopes and dreams enjoys successful launch

A satellite deemed crucial to DirecTV's further rollout of 4K/Ultra HD services successfully launched Dec. 6 out of the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Dish renews CBS deal, but fails to get rights for OTT service

Updated: After culminating weeks of tense negotiations with a brief blackout, CBS Corp. announced in the wee hours Saturday morning that it had reached a new wide-reaching program licensing deal with Dish Network.

Comcast users struggle to keep their routers from being used as hotspots

As it aggressively seeks to grow its carrier-grade Wi-Fi footprint by building in a separate SSID signal into the modems of its residential subscribers, Comcast has purportedly offered its customers the ability to opt out of the program.

Both union and Cablevision declare victory as NLRB judge renders ruling

Both Cablevision and the Communications Workers of America are claiming victory after an administrative law judge issued a 291-page recommendation to the National Labor Relations Board late Thursday regarding their dispute.

As Verizon's N.J. battle shows, ruralites want high-speed wireline broadband, too

Verizon's ongoing kerfuffle with Hopewell Township, N.J., officials over telephone service quality and lack of fruitful broadband service shows that consumers' desire for high speed wireline broadband is just as prevalent in rural markets as it is in large cities. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has a full report on this dynamic here.

President Obama signs STELAR into law, officially kills the CableCARD

President Obama signed off on a bill Thursday that will assure that 1 million satellite TV subscribers in rural areas will continue to have access to the major broadcast networks after Dec. 31.

CBS keeps channels on Dish as negotiations continue

CBS Corp. has not executed on a threatened blackout of its stations and cable channels on Dish Network, as the two sides continue to negotiate renewals of retrans and carriage agreements.

Cablevision hires ad industry vet Paxton as creative services chief

Cablevision has hired veteran Madison Avenue creative Mickey Paxton as senior VP, executive director of creative services, to oversee marketing and brand initiatives for its full suite of Optimum products and services.

Bezos calls Amazon's Fire Phone 'bold bet,' says company will keep trying

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos defended the company's first smartphone, the Fire phone, as a "bold bet" that has not yet paid off, but is part of a culture of experimenting and risk taking at the retail and commerce giant. Bezos indicated that future iterations of the phone would be coming but declined to give details or a timeline. FierceWireless' Phil Goldstein has a complete report here.

WOW! announces company-wide layoffs, price increases for customers

One day after announcing price increases that could raise the monthly bills of some of its video subscribers by more than $15, Denver-based MSO Wide Open West (WOW!) has confirmed to the Lawrence World Journal that it is laying off 9 percent of its 3,000-employee workforce.