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FilmOn, Aereo laud FCC vote to explore MVPD reclassification

The FCC's five commissioners have all approved a rulemaking proposal that could make it possible for over-the-top providers with services similar to FilmOn or Aereo to be classified as multichannel video program distributors.

Hulu attracting exclusive program deals with better terms than SVOD competition

Hulu culminated a busy shopping week, announcing a deal Friday with MGM to acquire exclusive streaming rights to FX's Emmy-winning mini-series Fargo.

4K demand in North America, Western Europe to grow 72% by 2018, firm says

Demand for 4K/Ultra HD displays in North America and Western Europe will have a compound annual growth rate of 72 percent through 2018, according to new research published Friday by Futuresource Consulting.

What would an unbundled ESPN cost? $30 a month, says Manhattan consulting firm

Currently distributed in just under 100 million U.S. homes and commanding $7 billion annually in pay-TV subscriber fees, Disney's ESPN has the most to lose if the traditional program bundle gets disrupted away.

NBC threatens blackout of Cable One

Giving consumers one more retrans dispute to end the year, NBCUniversal has threatened to block out its broadcast network and 10 cable channels on Cable One if a renewal deal isn't in place by New Year's Day.

Comcast launches 4K service with NBC and USA shows

Comcast has become the second pay-TV operator to begin offering customers programming in the 4K/Ultra High Definition format.

Pay-TV VOD exclusive for 'The Interview'? Sony says no

With most of the large U.S. theater chains backing away from its mid-budget comedy feature The Interview amid an unprecedented global computer hacking threat, might Sony consider releasing the $42 million film via online streaming or pay-TV VOD?

OTT moves: Vessel opens for business, while Popcornflix jumps onto Xbox

Just in time for those holiday streaming binges, a number of OTT players are getting in front of audiences. For one, former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar's new premium service, Vessel, is now open for video creators to upload content. Meanwhile, Amazon added the HBO Go app to its Fire TV streaming device, and Popcornflix became available on Microsoft's Xbox One in the U.S. and Canada.

Sprint to end Nascar sponsorship in 2016

Sprint will not renew its sponsorship of Nascar when its current contract with the auto-racing series ends in 2016, the carrier said. "As we look to the future, Sprint is focused on investing in maintaining a competitive edge and providing consumers with the best value in wireless," Steve Gaffney, Sprint's VP of marketing, told USA Today.

Dish becomes first major operator to integrate Netflix into set-tops

Dish Network is the first major pay-TV operator to integrate the Netflix app into its set-tops, announcing Wednesday that second-generation versions of its Hopper DVR currently enable the SVOD service.