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Oct 16, 2015

AT&T, Uber to test college football streaming in connected cars

NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc said on Friday it has partnered with Uber to roll out connected car rides in four cities for a limited time to let passengers watch college football games live from tablets in the backseat during their trips.

Since wireless company AT&T acquired satellite-TV provider DirecTV in July for $48.5 billion it has stepped up its focus on offering video content on TVs to mobile devices. With this Uber initiative, AT&T is testing the appetite for video content in connected cars.

Oct 15, 2015

NBCUniversal to test demand for comedy with streaming channel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal division plans to offer an Internet-based comedy channel featuring ad-free performances from Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler and others, testing viewers’ willingness to pay for niche online content.

The $3.99 a month service called “Seeso” will launch in January, offering popular NBC comedy shows such as “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” monthly live streamed comedy concerts, a movie library and original content.

Oct 14, 2015

AT&T says not opposed to Charter-Time Warner deal, asks FCC for careful review

NEW YORK, Oct 14 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc said it does not
oppose the proposed merger of Charter Communications Inc
and Time Warner Cable Inc, but in a letter to
the U.S. Federal Communications Commission it asked for a
careful review on the impact of cable deals on emerging online
video products.

Wireless company AT&T, which acquired satellite-TV provider
DirecTV in July for $48.5 billion, said in its letter on Tuesday
that the $55 billion Charter-TWC deal warranted “careful
scrutiny.”

Oct 2, 2015

Dish affiliates surrender some spectrum licenses -FCC official

Oct 1 (Reuters) – Dish Network Corp’s affiliates on
Thursday surrendered 197 spectrum licenses to the U.S.
government after they were held ineligible for $3.3 billion in
small-business discounts earlier this year, according to a
senior U.S Federal Communications Commission official.

Dish’s affiliates, Northstar Wireless LLC and SNR Wireless
LicenseCo LLC, on Thursday paid a penalty of $413 million for
defaulting on the licenses worth $3.3 billion that they decided
not to pay for, the official said.

Oct 1, 2015

Dish partners surrender some spectrum licenses: FCC official

By Malathi Nayak

(Reuters) – Dish Network Corp’s affiliates on Thursday surrendered 197 spectrum licenses to the U.S. government after they were declared ineligible for $3.3 billion in small-business discounts earlier this year, according to a senior U.S Federal Communications Commission official.

Dish’s affiliates, Northstar Wireless LLC and SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC, on Thursday paid a penalty of $413 million for defaulting on the licenses worth $3.3 billion that they decided not to pay for, the official said.

Sep 29, 2015

Comcast to offer ad-supported video streaming service “Watchable”

NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Comcast Corp said on
Tuesday it will launch a trial of a video streaming service with
content from online video networks such as Walt Disney Co’s
Maker Studios, aiming to target younger viewers who have
an appetite for Web videos.

The beta version of its streaming service, called
“Watchable,” will be available as an app on ioS devices, online
on watchable.com and on TV sets of users who subscribe to
Comcast’s Xfinity 1 pay-TV service, Comcast executives said in a
statement. The service will be free and ad-supported, they said.

Sep 26, 2015

Sprint says will sit out of 2016 airwaves auction

NEW YORK, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Sprint Corp will not
join the U.S. government’s auction of airwaves set for early
2016, as it has adequate airwaves to currently build out its
network and for its future needs, the company said on Saturday.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is gearing up to
auction off valuable 600 megahertz airwaves that can travel long
distances and penetrate buildings, to wireless carriers, which
are clamoring for faster speeds for data-guzzling customers.

Sep 24, 2015

Sprint could be ‘formidable’ after merger with cable company, CEO says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sprint Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) could be stronger if merged with a cable company, the U.S wireless company’s chief executive said on Thursday, adding that he was not engaged in any such merger talks.

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure made the comments to Reuters when asked about brisk acquisition activity in the cable and telecommunications sector and the recent entry of Europe’s Altice NV (ATCA.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), founded by French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi, that has agreed to buy U.S. cable companies Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Suddenlink Communications.

Sep 24, 2015

Sprint unveils $1 plan ahead of new iPhone launch

By Anya George Tharakan and Malathi Nayak

(Reuters) – Sprint Corp announced a $1 per month plan for Apple Inc’s new iPhone, upping the ante in a battle among top U.S. carriers to sign up customers ahead of the phone’s launch on Friday.

Sprint said on Thursday customers can get a 16 GB iPhone 6s for $1 per month and an iPhone 6s Plus for $5 a month, when trading in an iPhone 6.

Sep 17, 2015

Cablevision’s prospective owner talks tough on bloated salaries

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If you earn more than $300,000 at cable operator Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), watch out – your new boss-in-waiting has his eye on you.

Patrick Drahi, whose European telecoms group Altice (ATCA.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has just sealed a deal to buy Cablevision, on Thursday signaled that big changes were coming at the cable company long controlled by the Irish-American Dolan family.