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NBC stations refuse to air Comcast attack ad from conservative PAC

NBC stations in five election "battleground" states have refused to air a two-minute commercial from a conservative political action committee attacking parent conglomerate Comcast for alleged liberal bias.

Suddenlink (finally) signs deal for Showtime Anytime platform

Several years after the debut of the premium cable channel's TV Everywhere platform, Suddenlink Communications has announced a deal to support Showtime Anytime.

SNL Kagan: sports cost growth to accelerate to 7.3% from 2014-18

For pay-TV operators, fast-growing sports program licensing costs are about to expand even faster. According to new data released by SNL Kagan, the cost of licensing sports networks will rise by 7.3 percent over the next five years. That compares to a 5.3 percent expansion over the previous five years.

Sarandos says Netflix will sustain up to 20 original scripted shows a year

Netflix plans to sustain up to 20 original scripted series a year, according to the SVOD service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.

CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney dishes on Wi-Fi and LTE unlicensed

Former Hewlett-Packard CTO Phil McKinney was hired as president and CEO of the research consortium CableLabs 28 months ago to pick up the pace of innovation in the cable industry.   In an interview with  FierceCable, McKinney discussed why Wi-Fi is such a focus right now for MSOs, how Wi-Fi can affect the TV Everywhere model, and using LTE in unlicensed spectrum.  Hot Seat

Comcast to use Super Bowl to promote TV Everywhere initiatives

Comcast plans to punctuate its ongoing TV Everywhere promotion campaign with a blowout Super Bowl Sunday, during which it will stream 11 hours of programming to anyone with a compatible IP device, no pay-TV subscription required.

Wall Street calls for CBS-Viacom reunion ahead of Dish battle

Facing investor headwinds as it approaches upcoming licensing renewal deals with the No. 3 pay-TV operator in the U.S., Viacom is getting pressure in some Wall Street circles to remarry CBS Corp.

Etisalat offers zero-rated content in prepaid promotion

Etisalat has become the latest operator to provide zero-rated content to subscribers as part of a new prepaid offer that includes free access to social networking applications, with the period of free access depending on the top-up amount.

With CuriosityStream, Hendricks aims to fill an SVOD niche

It's been a long, strange trip for video on demand over the past few years, but thanks to over-the-top streaming, the concept of VOD is finally coming into its own. One person who's excited about the potential of OTT is John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel and until last year the chairman of Discovery Communications.  Hendricks spoke with Samantha Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, about the soon-to-be-launched SVOD service, the content niche it fills, and the parallels he sees between the cable revolution of the mid-1970s and today's online-video disruption.

Longhorn Network launches on DirecTV Wednesday

DirecTV-subscribing college sports fans on the West Coast can't watch the Pac-12 Network, but they can watch University of Texas games on the Longhorn Network.