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ACA's Lieberman ponders new kind of blackout: Will CBS block operators' broadband access?

CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves hadn't even finished first-day press duties for his company's big OTT announcement, when cable industry pundits began speculating on what might occur during the next big retrans impasse between the programmer and a major MSO.

Worcester opposes transfer from Charter to Comcast

With one of its members referring to Comcast as "the worst company in America for customer service," the city council for Worcester, Mass., has voted 8-3 against a measure that would transfer control of the city's cable subscribers from Charter to Comcast.

Comcast wins $7.5M damage award in patent suit against Sprint

Comcast won a $7.5 million award against Sprintafter a jury agreed that the wireless company violated Comcast's patents for VoIP and other telecommunications technologies. FierceWireless has the complete story here.

Aereo registers lobbyist, faces skeptical federal judge

As it seeks to have the federal government reclassify it as a pay-TV company, Aereo has registered its top corporate communications executive as a lobbyist.

Comcast clears way for CSN Houston sale, will not appeal valuation

Comcast has decided not to appeal a ruling by a bankruptcy judge on the valuation of regional sports network CSN Houston, clearing the sale of the network to DirecTV and AT&T.

Aereo crusher CBS launches $5.99-a-month online service

CBS has announced a new SVOD service which will deliver thousands of current and archival series episodes to the IP devices of consumers for $5.99 a month.

Hastings addresses HBO competition: 'It's just one more channel'

With Time Warner Inc. announcing that HBO would launch as a standalone product in 2015, available for streaming without a pay-TV subscription, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was predictably asked about the move during his company's third-quarter earnings call Wednesday.

The puck stops here: Google unveils first Android TV device, the Nexus player

Google has finally unveiled the first device to support its Android TV platform, the puck-shaped Nexus Player gaming and streaming device.

Time Warner Cable expands VOD access through Roku with app update

With VOD emerging as one of the most coveted pay-TV features, Time Warner Cable has expanded access to its VOD library through its Roku app. Now, Roku-using TWC subscribers scrolling through the live program guide will be given a VOD alternative to watch an episode that may already be in progress from the beginning.

Netflix now shooting all its originals in 4K, Sarandos says

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the SVOD service is now shooting all of its original shows in 4K resolution.

Aereo set to appear back in court as report surfaces that investors aren't done

Barry Diller's IAC may have taken a write-down on Aereo, but he apparently hasn't turned the lights out at the struggling startup.

It's really happening: HBO sets a la carte streaming plans for 2015

Signaling a sea change in pay-TV distribution, a major programming supplier, HBO, has announced plans to break off from the cable bundle and distribute its shows to consumers in an a la carte streaming product.

Global set-top revenue up 4 percent in Q2 to $4.8B, Infonetics says

After revising its first quarter count down, Infonetics reported a 4 percent rise in global pay-TV set-top box revenue to $4.8 billion during the second quarter of 2014.

'Tough ad market' hits programmers: Scripps offers buyouts as cuts begin at CNN

Citing what company CEO Ken Lowe calls a tough ad market, declining ratings and increased competition among cable programmers, Scripps Networks has begun offering buyouts to an unspecified number of employees.

Millennials time shift nearly half of their programming, study says

Millennial-aged TV viewers time-shift about 46 percent of the programming they watch, according to a new report released by comScore Tuesday. That's markedly higher than the 35 percent rate for adults 35-54 and the 30 percent recorded for adults older than 55.

AMC's 'Walking Dead' shatters cable ratings record, even beats NFL football

Amid the ongoing wave of pay-TV consolidation, AMC Networks has been widely viewed, at least in zombie apocalypse terms, as a lone survivor that badly needs to merge with a larger, more fortified group of programmers. But the audience drawing power of its assets can't be denied.

Comcast leads $3.3B investment in Universal theme park in Beijing

Comcast is leading a team of Chinese investors who will collectively spend about $3.3 billion to build a new Universal theme park in Beijing. According to a statement, the Chinese government has approved development of the 300-acre park, which will eventually be expanded to 400 acres.

U.S. Netflix streaming improves along with peering deals, still lags Canada, Europe

Due largely to interconnection deals like the one Netflix just confirmed with Bright House Networks, streaming performance of the top SVOD service has improved across most major Internet service providers in the United States.

Cable One deal with WDAY puts CW back on in Fargo

Arrow and The Flash are back on Cable One program guides in Fargo, N.D., as CW affiliate WDAY announced a carriage agreement with the Phoenix, Ariz.-based MSO, which serves just under 700,000 customers across 19 states.

Aereo asks FCC for pay-TV operator status

Aereo is asking the FCC to grant it status as a multichannel video programming distributor, a distinction that would breathe life into the stifled streaming service by letting it sign broadcast retransmission deals.