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Mediacom and Viacom strike long-term carriage deal

Viacom has secured an important long-term carriage agreement with a mid-sized cable operator, announcing a pact with New York-based Mediacom Communications Wednesday.

Charter's Rutledge promises to end Dodgers channel impasse in L.A.

Just hours after his company announced its $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Tom Rutledge, Charter Communications' president and CEO promised to end the impasse that has paralyzed TWC's SportsNet LA regional sports network.

DirecTV launches '72 Hour Rewind' feature, aims to compete with Hulu for catch-up viewing

Seeking to turn its on-demand programming into a product feature that can better compete with OTT services like Hulu, DirecTV has officially launched its "72 Hour Rewind" feature.

OTT will drive pay-TV growth over the next 5 years but push down ARPU, research firm says

Pay-TV operators around the world will aggressively deploy over-the-top services like Dish Network's Sling TV over the next five years to stave off cord-cutting, but these services will result in lower margins overall for the global industry.

Cable, get ready: A look at the wireless biz's 10-year journey into consolidation

How did the U.S. wireless business come to a position in which four Tier 1 carriers control 90 percent of the market? FierceWireless along with Quexor Group graphically examine the industry's 10-year journey, during which major players like Alltel, Leap Wireless and MetroPCS were all gobbled up.

Cable analysts: Altice's Drahi will target Cablevision, Cox, Mediacom

While European telecom magnate Patrick Drahi and his Luxembourg-based firm Altice SA could counter Charter Communications' proposed $56.7 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, at least one media investment analyst says it's far more likely that he'll turn his attention to another U.S. cable property.

TWC's Marcus asks his 'fatigued' staff to get back on the merger 'rollercoaster'

Just 32 days after his staff abruptly aborted a 14-month M&A integration process with Comcast, Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus sent a memo to his charges Monday asking them to do it all over again.

Charter makes it official: Will buy TWC for $56.7B, keep its deal to purchase Bright House

Charter Communications has officially announced a deal to purchase Time Warner Cable, agreeing to acquire the No. 2 cable operator for $56.7 billion in cash and stock. The deal values TWC at $78.7 billion and comes just 32 days after Comcast walked away from its own $45.2 billion agreement to purchase the company.

Charter closing in on $55B purchase of TWC, reports say

Charter Communications is closing in on a long-anticipated acquisition of Time Warner Cable, according to several reports, which peg the overall deal value at $55 billion.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend

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DirecTV launches kiddie app for Apple mobile devices

DirecTV has become the latest pay-TV operator to launch a dedicated kids programming app featuring only shows signed off on by Common Sense Media.

Comcast doubles the amount of PBS VOD programming on Xfinity

Time-shifting lovers of PBS shows like Downton Abbey will be pleased with Comcast's announcement this week that it's doubling the amount of video-on-demand PBS programming available on its video set-tops and multiscreen apps.

Apple targets local stations for its pay-TV service, adding possible cost increases and delays, report says

Apple is looking to add live feeds from local TV stations to its upcoming online pay-TV service, a feature that would differentiate it from existing OTT pay-TV services like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, but also add tons of complexity in terms of rights deals.

Comcast set to deploy 2 Gbps service in 6 more markets

Comcast is continuing its aggressive deployment of its 2 Gbps Gigabit Pro service, announcing upcoming entries into six new regions including Houston, Utah, Colorado, Oregon and parts of Washington. Comcast is also launching what it calls Extreme 250, a new 250 Mbps service using its hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network.

FCC to charge satellite operators per-sub fee just like cable

The FCC wants to charge satellite operators DirecTV and Dish Network a per-subscriber regulatory fee, just as it does for cable and IPTV companies.

Altice's Drahi meets with Marcus as FCC gives OK to Charter to also pursue TWC

Patrick Drahi, Altice telecom group's majority shareholder, was in New York Thursday, meeting with top Time Warner Cable executives, including CEO Rob Marcus, to discuss a possible cash-and-stock buyout of the No. 2 cable operator in the U.S.

Charter website has huge privacy hole, security researcher claims

A young security researcher says he's uncovered a vulnerability in a Charter Communications customer service site that could expose sensitive customer information.

Cablevision shares spike 18% as analysts peg it as next M&A target

News that Luxembourg-based telecom conglomerate Altice SA is buying Suddenlink Communications helped spike Cablevision shares as high as 18 percent Wednesday, with analysts and investors speculating that the Bethpage, N.Y., MSO could be next in line for acquisition.

Comcast signs interconnection deal with Level 3

Comcast became the latest major ISP to sign an interconnection agreement with Internet transit provider Level 3 Communications, with the two companies looking to beat the clock on new FCC net neutrality guidelines that are set to become effective starting in June.

Sling TV extends access to Android TV, Google Nexus; still waiting on Chromecast

Dish Network's new over-the-top pay-TV service, Sling TV, has continued its aggressive buildout with the announcement of two more compatible devices: Android TV devices and Google Nexus Players.