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Will online video stay on the sidelines of the Comcast-TWC merger review?

If the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal ultimately goes through, the market for broadband and cable service won't change much. But it will change in important ways. Comcast, for one, will soon be the gatekeeper to broadband customers and TV viewers in nearly every major market.

Xbox studio adds former WB Network boss

In what may be a sign of Microsoft's original content development ambitions, Xbox Entertainment studios has hired former WB Network CEO Jordan Levin.

Vice and FremantleMedia to introduce online food network targeting millennials

Vice Media and FremantleMedia are developing an online food network full of new food video series, recipes and news and events, they said. The project does not yet have a name or a home online but will be available through multiple platforms.

Inventor claims breakthrough in wireless bandwidth technology

If it actually works, the technology could reduce congestion on wireless networks or give new entrants into the wireless broadband industry a different cost structure for building a high-speed network. 

Report: Netflix acknowledges service issues on some ISPs

Netflix traffic on some broadband providers has been sluggish, but in general subscribers can still watch Netflix programming at a lower quality or with some "startup delays" at peak viewing hours, a company spokesman told ThWall Street Journal this week.

Netflix-TWC set-top box talks reportedly held up by Comcast takeover

The cable operator-leased set-top box is one device where Netflix has yet to find much of a foothold.

Digital media companies form video trade association GOVA

The Global Online Video Association, or GOVA, will work on developing online video ad standards and reach out to new advertisers and distribution partners.

New Amazon pilots draw mixed response

The second Amazon Prime original online TV pilot derby has begun. Reaction to the shows has been mixed.

A look at the technology bringing the Sochi Olympics online

The Sochi Olympics are in full swing, and while much of the content is restricted to authenticated pay-TV subscribers, that doesn't change the technical hurdles involved in delivering high-quality video to American viewers online. In a special report, Samantha Bookman, managing editor for FierceMarkets' Wireline Group, looks at some of the technology behind the Sochi Olympics and examines the various ways consumers can watch online.

Aereo's capacity issues could drum up subscriber interest

Did Aereo just take a page out of Apple's retail strategy playbook? Faced with capacity issues in major markets just before two big broadcast events, it's telling people to get in line.

Streaming the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: The vendors and technologies making it happen online

How is NBC Sports getting its live coverage of the Winter Olympics to online video viewers? As the broadcaster completes the first week of its Winter Olympics coverage, we take a look at how viewers are getting their Games.

Netflix ISP speed rankings prompt new round of fingerpointing

New Netflix ISP speed rankings that show Verizon FiOS and Comcast speeds falling have raised a new round of finger pointing over who is to blame for the apparent drop in quality of service. 

Aereo gets April 22 Supreme Court date, continues fight with broadcasters in Utah

Mark your calendars: April 22 is the day the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Aereo case.

Hulu names NBC veteran Peter Naylor to top ad sales post

A veteran NBC sales executive will lead Hulu's ad efforts.

Hulu content acquisition spree continues

Hulu executives recently promised to put more money into developing and acquiring TV shows for the site and in the last week, they've been delivering.

Netflix to raise $400M, expects to spend $3B on content

Netflix said it plans to raise $400 million and use the cash for general corporate purposes. The cash will help Netflix cover its presumed expansion into Europe, marketing plans for 2014 and payments to content suppliers.  

YouTube auditing some videos' views

YouTube said it has started to audit the views that videos receive on its site to cut down on fraudulent traffic. The move could be a boon to advertisers that seek greater accuracy and reliability in online ad metrics.

Aereo reportedly hits capacity issues in Atlanta and Miami

Aereo reportedly has stopped accepting new customers in two other markets.

NBC to promote TV Everywhere app with Olympics

Like Fox did with the Super Bowl, NBC Sports will use the Winter Olympics as an opportunity to promote its TV Everywhere app.

It's time to buy a Chromecast, but don't expect home-video nirvana

Half a year after introducing the Chromecast, Google has thrown open the gates to its $35 HDMI dongle, giving any app developer who meets its terms of service access to the TV. That could mean a huge step forward for consumers' ability to watch online video on HDTV sets, and it certainly means a big step forward in the ability of independent app makers to reach viewers. But I wonder who will take Google up on its open invitation.