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Pac-12 commissioner: RSN will get carriage on DirecTV if AT&T buyout approved

The Pac-12 Networks will finally arrive on the program guides of DirecTV if AT&T's proposed acquisition of the satellite service passes regulatory muster.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo attendance down 7 percent to 9,100

Despite the ubiquitous presence of fast-emerging technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1, Wi-Fi hotspots and 4K, the SCTE saw a 7 percent drop in attendance for its annual Cable-Tec Expo conference, held Sept. 22-25 in Denver.

DirecTV shareholders sign off on AT&T buyout by big margin

DirecTV shareholders are more than okay with the proposed buyout of the company by AT&T. The satellite operator said Thursday that shareholders overwhelmingly approved the merger, with 99 percent voting in favor on a base representing 77 percent of all outstanding company shares.

The 'Energy 2020' challenge: Getting the cable business to look at its power bill in 5 years

I came into Wednesday's SCTE "Energy 2020" panel primed for engagement. Laid out in detail in an amply-attended afternoon panel featuring all the various program committee heads, it seemed like an excellent idea. But will it be a game-changer for the cable industry?

40% of consumers under 40 watch TV on their smartphone every week, report says

The number of consumers that are using tablets and smartphones to watch TV is escalating. According to a study by Altman Vilandrie & Company, the percentage of tablet users watching TV or movies on tablets weekly jumped from 17 percent in 2013 to 26 percent. In addition, 40 percent of consumers under age 35 watch TV or movies on their smartphones every week.

Studies: YouTube is the biggest online platform for linear TV, and cable beats broadcast

Separate studies reveal that Google-owned YouTube is the primary platform for viewing traditional television content online. And when they turn to YouTube to find TV content, viewers prefer cable network programming over broadcast shows by a wide margin.

DirecTV unleashes secret marketing weapon: Rob Lowe

DirecTV has for several years received critical acclaim in the ad world for funny TV commercials lampooning how life supposedly gets worse when you have cable ... and, of course, better when you switch to satellite-based video services. Now, the company is plying a little celebrity to the marketing mix.

Comcast to test Arris modems with RDK software stacks in Q4

Originally developed by a consortium of top cable operators just for set-top boxes, the Reference Design Kit is now moving into the broadband realm. Arris has announced that it is working with Comcast to integrate the open-source software stack into cable modems.

Cablevision sues Brooklyn local CWA for accusing it of racism

The battle between Cablevision and its unionized Brooklyn workers continued to escalate Wednesday, with the cable company suing the Communications Workers of America Local 1109 in New York Supreme Court.

Comcast says merger foes guided by self-interest, not consumer benefit

Comcast filed a rebuttal totaling 337 pages to the FCC, accusing opponents of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable of using their voice in the regulatory process to "extort" business advantages.

aioTV scores patent for unified guide that merges OTT and cable content

Middleware startup aioTV was awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the company said covers, among other things, the method for culling together video channels from multiple different sources, such as OTT, cable and broadcast content. AoiTV currently offers a unified guide that distributors could use to launch virtual pay TV services or to add online video products to their current offerings.

Starz meets with Murdoch, Fox to discuss possible acquisition

Representatives for Starz met in Los Angeles Tuesday with 21st Century Fox, discussing the possibility of having the conglomerate buy the premium cable programming service.

Liberty Global's Fries: 'Netflix taught all of us a great lesson'

Fresh off the launch of Liberty Global's own SVOD service in Switzerland, MyPrime, company president and CEO Mike Fries paid tribute to the competitor he says has taught cable operators everywhere "a great lesson."

CableLabs exec: DOCSIS 3.1 certification will begin in 2Q 2015

Look for interoperability testing on the cable industry's emerging DOCSIS 3.1 platform to begin in late December, and CableLabs certification of products to start in second quarter of next year. That roadmap was outlined today by CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown during a BTR-hosted breakfast session on DOCSIS 3.1 held here at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014.

When Cohen attacks: Comcast exec lays into merger critics at commentary deadline

With the FCC's commentary period for its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable ending at midnight Wednesday, and Comcast set to release a document responding to the deal's critics, Comcast Executive VP David L. Cohen teased the tone of the pending release in a blog post.

SCTE taps Liberty Global's Nair to chair 2015 Cable-Tec Expo

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has selected Liberty Global EVP and CTO Balan Nair to chair the 2015 Cable-Tec Expo, set for Oct. 13-16 of next year in New Orleans.

Japan aims for ubiquitous 8K in time for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

The government of Japan is working with cable operators, broadcasters, TV manufacturers and a number of other constituencies with the goal of establishing ubiquitous 4K services across Japan's TV industry by 2016, and broad 8K services in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Comcast's Werner: Triple-play is not enough, we must innovate

Cable operators can no longer rely on business as usual and must instead focus on developing new products, improving their customer service and leveraging the scale of their networks if they want to remain competitive in the future. 

Carrier-grade Wi-Fi not quite ready for prime time, CableLabs exec says

While several industry organizations are working on standards that would allow providers to manage Wi-Fi networks more like cellular networks, certified products for the standards won't roll out for another two years, CableLabs' Mark Poletti told attendees at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

Comcast Wholesale launches solution for inserting ads into VOD programming

Comcast, which has been making investments in ad delivery wherewithal of late, including its $320 million purchase of FreeWheel in March, has announced through its recently launched wholesale division a new product that allows for ad delivery in both linear and VOD television.