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Comcast Business strikes sports deal, enables Pony Baseball to stream its World Series

As media business deals go, it's not as big as securing broadcast rights to Major League Baseball for NBCUniversal. But for Comcast's fast-growing business services division, helping Pony youth baseball stream its annual World Series Tournament isn't bad PR.

NBCU's Burke says conglom won't 'bulk up' in response to possible Fox/Time Warner merger

Already owned by the No. 1 U.S. pay TV provider, which is trying to buy the No. 2 operator, NBCUniversal chief executive Steve Burke told investors Tuesday that the programming conglomerate won't look for acquisitions amid the very likely prospect that huge competitors Fox and Time Warner Inc. will merge.

Arris teams with startup Wurl to create new OTT platform for set-tops

Arris is teaming with a Silicon Valley startup to create a new pay TV set-top software platform designed to mix traditional broadcast and cable network programming with content from over-the-top services.

Hastings: Don't worry, ISPs, Netflix won't charge you for the 'privilege' of carrying its data

Among the fringe speculation sometimes indulged in by media investment analysts has been the notion that Netflix might not be content to merely not pay interconnection fees to Internet service providers.

TiVo founders scuttle their streaming startup, Qplay

TiVo co-founders Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton have announced that they're shutting down their video streaming startup, Qplay.

Fox-Time Warner deal could give Murdoch what he really wants: to compete with ESPN

One of Rupert Murdoch's primary reasons for pursuing the acquisition of Time Warner, Inc. is to bolster Fox Sports 1 into a cable network that can legitimately compete in the national sports programming arena currently dominated by ESPN.

Comcast signs on to carry the SEC Network

Proving that a regional sports network can still obtain major carriage agreements, as long as it has the right audience and the right leverage, the Disney-backed SEC Network will launch nationally on Comcast when it debuts August 14.

Microsoft shutters Xbox original programming unit, irks advertisers

Less than three months after touting an ambitious original programming slate at its April 29 Newfront presentation, Xbox Entertainment Studios has been shuttered by Microsoft.

FCC rules for Armstrong in dispute over regional sports network pricing

The FCC has sided with independent pay TV operator Armstrong Utilities in a pricing dispute over the Root Sports Pittsburgh regional sports network (RSN).

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.