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Topic: FCC

Comcast to Buy Out Time Warner Cable [Updated]

$45.2 billion deal will unite two top MSOs

In a tweet heard ‘round the cable universe, CNBC’s David Faber on Wednesday night said that multiple sources have told him that Comcast is preparing to make a formal overture…

The Number of Blacked-Out NFL Games Dropped From 16 Last Season to Just 2

Threat of FCC, legislative action seem to be working

Fans and policy advocates fighting to end the NFL’s sports blackout rule may have already won—even if the rule is still on the books. The number of blacked-out football games went…

FCC Complaints Never Fail to Disappoint

The weirdest, wackiest viewer beefs about 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men

CBS may clean up with its prime-time comedies, but if the volume of complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission is any indication, many Americans would like to wash the…

Will Regulators Put the Kibosh on Cable Consolidation?

Charter and Comcast may compete to buy Time Warner Cable

Comcast is looking seriously at acquiring Time Warner Cable, multiple reports said earlier today, prompting rapid fluctuations in TWC's stock price, which spiked 9 percent to $132.16 a share this…

Senators Introduce Bill to Curb Sports Blackouts

FANS Act would rewrite 50-year-old local broadcast rules

Never underestimate a lawmaker’s desire to make sure football games get aired in his market. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), two lawmakers who have been outspoken on sports…

Hulu Off the Market, Will Get $750 Million Cash Infusion

Worried brands can breathe a sigh of relief

Brands and agencies fearful that Hulu might be mismanaged by a new owner can breathe easier, as the video site is no longer for sale. Joint owners 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal…

The Big Items on the FCC’s To-Do List

Much work to be done

Did anyone really think that Julius Genachowski wouldn’t leave the media ownership rules for the next guy? Or the always-in-court, nearly impossible to legally defend broadcast indecency rules? Even with…

Comcast Begins Encrypting Basic Cable

Passive theft just got a lot harder

Comcast has decided to start encrypting its basic cable signal. If you have a cable box, this will mean absolutely nothing to you, but if you run the coaxial cable…

Genachowski Hits the Pause Button

Effort to loosen media ownership rules on hold

More than two months after Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski circulated an order proposing to lift the ban on owning a newspaper and radio station in a market, the…

Eight Digital Trends to Watch in 2013

Look for Amazon to pounce, two-screen viewing to take hold and Pinterest to be bought

Making predictions in digital media can be a dangerous game. Conjecture such as "2006 is going to be the year of mobile" come to mind. How many of us this…

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