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What’s the Deal With the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger?

The gargantuan, $45.2 billion merger between the nation’s two largest cable companies, Comcast and Time Warner Cable appears to be hitting a …

Telecoms

FCC votes to fight cable's reign over set-top boxes

Last month, reports surfaced that the FCC planned to pry set-top boxes out of hands of cable and satellite companies. Today, the Commission passed the "Unlock the Box" plan that would do just that. The proposal aims to introduce more competition when it comes to the boxes you rent from television …

Blog | Multichannel

Capital Letters More Capital Letters →<p>Video-sharing website Vimeo is telling supporters that the FCC is planning to “repeal” net-neutr...More<p>It is …

Televisions

Targeted, interactive ads are coming to the Roku platform

Roku and advertising firm Innovid have joined forces to make advertisements on the company's streaming set-top boxes both more accurate and more entertaining. The new ad format will reportedly allow viewers to do things like play games (using the Roku remote), browse a retailer's stock and current …

Comcast reportedly abandons acquisition of Time Warner Cable

Comcast is calling off its $45 billion dollar attempt to buy fellow cable provider Time Warner Cable, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. The decision comes after recent reports that both the US Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission were preparing to turn against the deal after months …

Time Warner

Sling TV Says It Dropped the Ball During March Madness. When Will Web TV Be Ready for Primetime?

The streaming service says it saw "extreme" demand for its Final Four games. Why was that a surprise?<p>Yesterday was a big test for Sling TV: How would the Web TV service do when lots of subscribers logged in at the same time, to watch some of the biggest sports events of the year?<p>Not that well, …

Televisions

Roku 3 refreshed with voice search, but the new Roku 2 is an even better buy

Aside from the remote, Roku 2 and 3 are now identical<p>Roku is refreshing its very successful line of set-top boxes today. The new players have already appeared a bit prematurely at retailers in recent days, but today they're official. First up, the flagship Roku 3 is gaining voice search, which …

Smart TV

Apple Asks TV Programmers to Supply Their Own Streams for Apple's TV Service

Apple wants to sell the service, but leave the back-end to others.<p>Apple wants the TV guys to provide their shows for its proposed streaming video service. But that’s not the only thing Apple wants from the TV guys: It wants them to provide the streams, too.<p>Apple is asking TV networks to handle the …

Televisions

Sling TV’s Service For Cord Cutters Will Offer HBO Starting This Month

Sling TV, Dish’s new over-the-top service designed for cord cutters, announced today that it will become the first Internet service to offer video-on-demand content from HBO starting this month, just in time for the “Games of Thrones” premiere. The HBO content will be available as an optional …

Televisions

Apple reportedly asking content producers to supply their own streams for TV offering

Apple has requested that programming partners who will take part in the company’s upcoming television streaming service provide their own content streams, Re/Code reported today. It’s not an unreasonable request on Apple’s part—in fact, it makes a lot of sense—so it doesn’t seem like this will be a …

Google Fiber starts testing targeted, trackable TV ads

For all of the other things it does, Google is still a company that makes a ton of money from advertising, and now it's turning that focus to TV. This week the company announced that it's testing a new kind of ad-tracking system for Google Fiber TV customers in Kansas City. Just like any other …

Google is making TV commercials more like internet ads

Google Fiber could be a testing ground for the future of TV ads<p>It looks like Google wants to bring TV ads into the 21st century. The company has quietly announced a new local advertising service for Google Fiber that will make TV ads behave a lot more like internet ads. Using data from its …

Google Fiber

New Apple TV Set Top Will Debut This Summer With App Store, Siri

Apple intends to show the device off at its annual World Wide Developers Conference in June.<p><b>Update:</b> Apple Postpones Debut Of New Apple TV<p>______________<p>For years Apple has described TV as an "area of intense interest," trashing the current TV experience as antiquated and asinine, and repeatedly …

HBO, Sony reportedly look for special streaming deals with ISPs

According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, as TV services shift from the traditional outlets (antenna, cable, satellite) to the internet big names like HBO, Showtime and Sony are worried about their services running into congestion and bandwidth caps. A possible way around that, is negotiating with ISPs …

Televisions

Apple reportedly offering viewer data to TV partners to help solidify content deals

With rumors flying about an Apple television subscription service in the works for release this year, new details have started to emerge about what kinds of deals the tech company will make with its content partners. The NY Post says that these deals will involve Apple turning over certain data …

HBO Now coming in April for $14.99 per month, Apple TV price cut to $69

Available exclusively on Apple's devices at launch, but you can also watch on the web<p>HBO's long-awaited standalone subscription service is coming next month, and Apple TV has been announced as the company's "exclusive" launch device. Viewers will be able to watch HBO Now from web browsers, but …

Smart TV

Apple plans TV service with around 25 channels after falling out with Comcast: WSJ

<b>Read next:</b> The new Apple TV review.<p>Apple's long-rumored online TV service could be announced as soon as June, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The company is reportedly preparing to offer a service with around 25 channels from broadcasters like ABC, CBS, Viacom, Discovery, and Fox and launch it …

Televisions

Apple seeds first public beta of Photos app with OS X 10.10.3

If you’re anxious to try, Photos, the successor to both iPhoto and Aperture, is now available as a public beta for the first time ever.<p>Apple released a beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 that includes the first early access to the new Photos app on OS X. The public beta is available now to all …