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AT&T bond sale raises $17.5B for DirecTV acquisition

AT&T announced Thursday the completion of the third largest corporate bond sale ever, $17.5 billion, to help pay for its $49 billion purchase of DirecTV.

Comcast kills $45.2B Time Warner Cable takeover

As expected, Comcast has announced that it's ending its $45.2 billion quest to buy Time Warner Cable. The termination announcement comes a full 14 months after Comcast originally announced one of the biggest, most controversial media infrastructure deals in history.

Report: Comcast set to walk away from TWC deal

Comcast could announce as soon as Friday that it's walking away from its proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, according to Bloomberg.

Cablevision bundles a digital antenna with broadband, calls it 'cord-cutter' package

Cablevision has introduced a new broadband offering specifically targeted to "cord cutters and cord nevers," packaging its Optimum broadband service with a Mohu Leaf digital TV antenna.

AT&T-DirecTV deal gets support from California Gov. Brown

Amid what now appears to be an insurmountable number of unfriendly locales, California has not embraced the proposed $45.2 billion marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Analyst: Netflix's damage to linear TV could be mostly done for now

Netflix has incurred a huge influence in the decline of linear pay-TV. But acceleration of that impact will probably slow down, as the SVOD service is forced to infiltrate homes with less affluent and older consumers.

Dish eschews UFC 186, cites 'contractual issues'

Dish Network will not be presenting the UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi pay-per-view event, with the satellite operator and the fight org unable to reach a carriage agreement.

Comcast-TWC deal decision ominously sent to administrative judge by FCC

Regulatory prospects for the proposed $45.2 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable went from bad to bleak Wednesday, with the Federal Communications Commission recommending that final approval for the deal be handled by an administrative law judge.

Pace acquisition gives Arris offset to volatile U.S. pay-TV market, analyst says

Merging the world's two largest set-top makers, Arris' $2.1 billion acquisition of Pace offers insulation from a volatile U.S. pay-TV market, as well as the unpredictable revenue streams of the disparate CPE product cycles, analysts say.

Is Verizon's Custom HD an Ergen-esque strategy for negotiating OTT rights?

I put my conspiracy theory guy pants on this morning as I emailed a couple of media analysts with a half-baked theory whose time has come: In hoisting a controversial new bundling strategy that has irked its programming partners, Verizon is really working to build leverage to negotiate content rights for its upcoming wireless OTT service.

AT&T video sub growth slows to 50K in Q1, DirecTV acquisition to close in Q2

AT&T experienced a slowdown of its U-verse pay-TV service in the first quarter.  However, the company is still bullish on its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, which it expects to close in second quarter.

Arris to acquire Pace for $2.1B

Set-top maker Arris has agreed to acquire its competitor Pace for $2.1 billion in stock and cash.  The deal will provide Arris will an entry into the satellite business as well as beef up its customer base. The newly merged company will be incorporated in the U.K. but its headquarters will remain in Suwanee, Ga.

'Wi-Fi first' will not be big biz for cable, analyst says

While Comcast, Cablevision and Google continue to work toward a "Wi-Fi first" paradigm that will compete head-on with the wireless industry, BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk has poured a little cold water on their parade.

Quincy stations back on DirecTV after brief blackout; Dish renews Weather Channel

DirecTV and Quincy Newspapers have apparently resolved a business dispute that kept stations covering 10 Midwestern markets off the satellite service for much of Tuesday.

AT&T U-verse licenses Disney Story Central platform

AT&T has announced a deal with the Walt Disney Company to launch the media conglomerate's Disney Story Central platform on the U-verse pay-TV service.

Report: Comcast agreed to make Hulu 'nationwide streaming video platform of the cable industry'

As executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable finally meet with U.S. Department of Justice officials Wednesday over their proposed $45.2 billion merger, the issue of how Comcast responded to conditions of its previous mega-merger has surfaced.

NBC and Fox join pushback parade on Verizon's 'Custom HD' bundling

NBCUniversal and 21st Century Fox became the latest programmers to push back on Verizon FiOS' bold new skinny program bundling strategy.

Apple Watch will have Xfinity TV app at launch, Comcast says

Comcast says its Xfinity TV app will be available for the Apple Watch when the device launches at retail Friday, April 24.

SVOD revenue to quadruple to $31.6B in four years

How fast are SVOD services like Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix growing? Fast. Real fast.

Merger opponent Franken expresses 'new hope' as Comcast, TWC prepare for pivotal DOJ meeting

As executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable prepare to meet with U.S. Justice Department officials Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said in a TechCrunch op-ed piece that he now has "new hope" that the feds will reject the deal.