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Copyright Office says Aereo isn't cable but will provisionally accept its filings anyway

The U.S. Supreme Court may have called Aereo a cable company, but that's not what the streaming service is in the eyes of the U.S. Copyright Office.

With Comcast, DirecTV, Charter deals elusive, Disney's SEC Network a major test for regional sports

With just over four weeks until the Aug. 14 launch of its new regional sports channel, and six weeks away from the first highly anticipated Southeastern Conference football games Aug. 30, Disney has a long way to go before it has ubiquitous carriage of the SEC Network.

Report: Paid IPTV subs to more than double to 191M by 2020

The number of TV homes worldwide paying for IPTV services will more than double from the 90 million recorded at the end of 2013 to around 191.2 million by 2020, according to a new report issued by Digital TV Research.

Comcast and TiVo developing retail set-top platform without CableCARD

Comcast and TiVo are working on a new two-way solution that would enable the pay TV service's subscribers to access the full range of their Xfinity service on a TiVo set-top box purchased at retail, all without a CableCARD.

IHS: Global set-top revenue hit all-time high in 2013, will peak in 2015

Revenue from pay TV set-top box sales hit an all-time high of $20.3 billion in 2013, up 3 percent from 2012, and will peak at around $22.8 billion in 2015, a new IHS Technology report says.

Time Warner Inc. rejects $80B takeover bid by Murdoch, Fox

In a probable bellwether of pending merger activity among entertainment conglomerates, Time Warner Inc. has rejected an $80 billion cash and stock acquisition offer from 21st Century Fox.

Sling debuts entry-level Slingbox M1, revamps interface of high-end SlingTV

Sling Media has announced a couple new Slingbox streaming devices including a lower priced entry-level model and an improved interface for its high-end unit. 

CBS' Moonves: Aereo never tried to work with us

Aereo never reached out to CBS to try to cut a content deal with the programmer, a step that may have altered the course of the startup.  "We sell content to cable companies, satellite companies and the telcos and online companies," said CBS CEO Les Moonves. "We were open and willing to talk to them."

Comcast rep won't let Engadget founder cancel service

While Comcast has continually battled a reputation for bad customer service, you've got to credit the tenacity of the service rep who handled tech blogger Ryan Block's attempt to cancel service.

Netflix calls out Verizon again on streaming speed after ISP continues PR war

Continue to mess with the bull, and you get the horns … all over again. Verizon found that out the hard way, several days after rekindling a PR war with Netflix over network streaming performance.

NBA looks to double licensing fees with already pricey ESPN and TNT

Look for the two most expensive channels in the pay TV universe to become even pricier. The National Basketball Association is talking about licensing renewal deals with Disney-owned ESPN and Turner Network's TNT that would double fees currently paid.

Court doesn't buy Fox's Aereo argument, won't block Dish's Hopper

Fox has failed in its attempt to leverage the Supreme Court's Aereo verdict into a preliminary injunction on Dish Network's Hopper DVR.

Ergen settles LightSquared dispute

Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen appears to have settled a long-simmering dispute with hedge fund operator Phil Falcone over the bankrupt wireless networking company LightSquared.

Report: YouTube getting antsy, wants to invest millions more in 'premium' content

With its audience growth stagnating, rivals like Yahoo acquiring splashy new shows and its top creators moving off the platform, YouTube is reportedly in discussions about making yet another premium content push.

Report: DirecTV won't shun the SEC Network

DirecTV has notably turned a cold shoulder to big launches of regional sports networks recently, shunning TimeWarner SportsNet LA, the Pac-12 Network and CSN Houston, for example. Why will things be different for the SEC Network, the new ESPN-backed channel focused on Southeastern Conference sports that launches in August?

Cable networks AMC, Discovery, others face hard times, analyst says

After a highly profitable three-year run, pay-TV programmers, particularly "pure-play" cable networks, are facing some tough times.

AT&T, Chernin name $500M joint venture 'Otter Media,' make first purchase

The joint venture between AT&T and former top Fox executive Peter Chernin has an official name, Otter Media, as well as an initial investment, the video home-craft "how-to" platform Creativebug.

Epix secures another pay TV platform, AT&T U-verse

Epix's long, slow rollout across the U.S. pay TV spectrum took another important step with a deal to launch four standard-def and HD channels on AT&T U-verse.

Comcast acquires Wi-Fi router maker PowerCloud Systems

Comcast has quietly purchased PowerCloud Systems, the privately held maker of the Skydog Wi-Fi router and app that lets users monitor and modify how broadband is used in their homes.

Hulu bags exclusive streaming rights to 'South Park'

Hulu announced that it has obtained exclusive streaming rights to all 244 episodes of South Park. The online video provider has already started streaming the animated series on its free site. On Sept. 14, the show will move over exclusively to subscription-based Hulu Plus.