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Seeking Ownership of Both the Information and the Superhighway

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

On the face of it, there is something Strangelovian about the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner.

FCC Proposes Rules To Increase Availability Of Diverse And Independent Progamming To Consumers

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to foster consumer choice and access to diverse programming on television.

Verizon strike underscores changes in telecom

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

About 40,000 workers at Verizon have been on strike since April 13 in several East Coast states, including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia. They include unionized network technicians and customer service representatives of the company's fiber optic or FiOS Internet, telephone and television services.

Frontier Communications is facing a flurry of customer complaints after acquiring millions of phone, television and Internet accounts in three states from Verizon

Location:
FL, United States
Recommendation:
2

The $10.5 billion transaction to acquire Verizon’s landline businesses in Florida, California and Texas roughly doubled Frontier’s Internet and television subscriber base, and will boost its annual revenue to nearly $10 billion from $5.6 billion in 2014. It is part of Frontier’s plan to build a profitable land-based telecom business as other companies invest in wireless technology and media.

AT&T-DirecTV deal poses threat to consumers

Location:
San Jose Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA, 95190, United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T's bid to buy DirecTV has been floating under the radar, drawing neither the scrutiny nor the scorn of Comcast's recently abandoned proposal to buy Time Warner Cable. But that doesn't make the deal any better for consumers.

Pay-TV Decline Strikes a Cord

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Cord-cutting has taken another step from threat toward reality.

Media Giants Balk at New Verizon TV Bundles

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

The simmering struggle over the familiar bundle of cable-television channels broke into open warfare as owners of some of the most popular channels accused Verizon Communications of violating contracts in its bid to offer slimmer, cheaper packages of pay TV.

ESPN says it won’t participate in Verizon’s slimmer bundles

Location:
ESPN, 935 Middle St, Bristol, CT, 06010, United States
Recommendation:
2

For sports fans, the new slimmer packages being offered by Verizon FiOS starting won't include one of the most popular networks in entertainment: ESPN.

Verizon Breaks Pay-TV Bundle as Competition Mounts

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

Verizon Communications said its FiOS service will offer new TV packages aimed at giving customers flexibility to purchase only certain groups of channels they want to watch, the latest sign of how pay-TV providers are adapting to stepped-up competition.

Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

This is the sixteenth report of the Federal Communications Commission to the United States Congress on the status of competition in the market for the delivery of video programming.

Major Pay-TV Providers Lost About 125,000 Subscribers in 2014

Location:
Leichtman Research Group, Inc., 567 Bay Road, Durham, NH, 03824, United States
Recommendation:
1

Leichtman Research Group found that the thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US -- representing about 95 percent of the market -- lost about 125,000 net video subscribers in 2014. Annual net pay-TV losses in 2014 were comparable to 2013, when the same top pay-TV providers lost about 95,000 subscribers.

Cord-Cutting Has ‘Accelerated Markedly’: Craig Moffett

Location:
MoffettNathanson LLC, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett said in a report that while the overall US pay-TV universe grew subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2014, it did not keep up with the rate of new household formation, meaning that he pace of cord-cutting is actually on the rise.

CenturyLink wants Congress to update the 1992 Cable Act

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

CenturyLink has made a plea to the House Commerce Committee to reform the 1992 Cable Act so new entrants in the video services race can more effectively negotiate prices for content.

Netflix wants to hook up with your cable company in 2015

Location:
Netflix, 100 Winchester Cir., Los Gatos, CA, 95032, United States
Recommendation:
1

Netflix has been working hard to get its app included on set-top boxes of cable, fiber and satellite TV operators, and has been looking to strike deals with major US operators. These deals could not only greatly expand Netflix’s potential audience, but also change how the company deals with both consumers and operators.

Sen Markey Pushes Cox/Verizon For Retransmission Resolution

Location:
Boston, MA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) is pushing Cox and Verizon (FiOS) to end their retransmission consent dispute following the blackout of Cox's Fox affiliate WFXT TV Boston.

FCC Urging Resolution to WFXT/FiOS Retransmission Impasse

Location:
Boston, MA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communications Commission is on the same page as Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) when it comes to a Washington take on the retransmission consent impasse between Verizon FiOS and Cox's WFXT Boston: Get 'er done.

Pay-TV ‘Cord Cutting’ Accelerates

Location:
Moffett Research, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

The pay-TV industry contracted in the third quarter at a faster pace than a year earlier, signaling that “cord cutting” is accelerating as more consumers drop cable and satellite-TV connections.

Cable customers startled by 'Emergency Alerts'

Location:
Austin, TX, United States
Recommendation:
1

AT&T U-verse users saw a strange alert from the White House: It read "this is an Emergency Action Notification."

Verizon Reports Higher Profit During a Price-Cutting War

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
1

Amid a price-cutting war in the American wireless industry, the Verizon juggernaut keeps growing, even though its prices are generally higher.

Verizon warns cable rules 'could be fatal' for online television

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Verizon wants the Federal Communication Commission to make room for TV packages that come over the Internet, but it is worried that federal rules could prevent the services from getting off the ground.

Verizon To FCC: Abolish Set-Top Rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Verizon Communications is taking advantage of a petition by TiVo to urge the Federal Communications Commission to “seize this opportunity” to waive all technology mandates tied to set-tops and other navigation devices that are distributed by multichannel programming distributors (MVPDs).

Verizon takes the lead in move to a la carte pay-TV pricing

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

As more people abandon pricey cable and satellite services, the pay-TV industry may be finally waking up to the reality that if it wants to survive, it's going to have to give consumers what they desire. And that's a la carte programming -- paying only for the channels you watch.

Lawmakers want public data on political ads

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) are putting pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to require that more companies post their records about political advertising online.

AFL-CIO Backs AT&T/DirecTV

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The AFL/CIO has asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve the AT&T/DirecTV merger, saying it is to the benefit of its 12 million members.

Public Knowledge Files Petition to Deny in AT&T/DirecTV Merger

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Public Knowledge and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance filed a Petition to Deny in the Federal Communications Commission's AT&T/DirecTV merger proceeding.

AT&T’s DirecTV Deal Draws Antitrust Probe by States

Location:
FL, United States
Recommendation:
2

A group of state attorneys general is examining whether AT&T’s proposed takeover of satellite-television provider DirecTV violates antitrust laws. Those states included Florida, Connecticut, Maryland and Ohio.

AT&T RFD-TV Deal Aims to Appease Regulators

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T has reached an agreement to add rural cable channel RFD-TV to its U-verse Video lineup.

84% Of U.S. Homes Take Pay-TV: Study

Location:
Leichtman Research Group, 3 Ellison Lane, Durham, NH, 03824, United States
Recommendation:
1

About 84% of US homes subscribe to some form of pay-TV service, a figure that factors in occupied housing growth, Leichtman Research Group found it its 12th-annual study of the sector.

Why isn't your pay-TV bill reduced when a channel is removed?

Location:
Los Angeles , CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Should people have to pay for something they don't want? And shouldn’t your bill be reduced when a channel goes away? If McDonald's is selling a Happy Meal containing a burger, fries and a drink, and then it stops including the drink, there's no economic rationale that would explain charging the same price. Other than greed, that is.

AT&T agrees to conditions with feds in $48.5B DirecTV purchase

Location:
Department of Justice (DoJ), 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Apparently, AT&T has agreed with the feds on the conditions paving the way for it to buy DirecTV. AT&T worked out the plan with the Justice Department. Agreeing to comply means the Department of Justice will likely clear the AT&T deal in October.

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