Advocacy groups already piling on Charter-TWC; 56% of U.S. homes have an Internet-connected TV

More cable news from across the Web:

> Advocacy group Free Press is already warning that the proposed $56.7 billion merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable could pose risks to online video distributors. Story

> Leichtman Research Group says 56 percent of American homes have at least one TV set that's connected to the Internet. Press release

> HBO is surveying its HBO Now customers, asking them if they prefer a once-a-year-billing pricing structure similar to that of Amazon Prime Instant Video. Story

> Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have hired veteran digital media executive Joff Bronikowski as president of their new SVOD service targeted to film fans, Tribeca Shortlist. Story

> Rupert Murdoch's Sky pay-TV conglomerate is establishing the Sky Arts Production Hub in Milan to create arts programming for its 21 million subscribers across the continent. Story

> AOL CEO Tim Armstrong revealed that his company was approached by three other suitors last year about a potential merger after Verizon made its initial overture in June 2014. Story

And finally … Netflix has renewed the 25-54-targeted original series Grace and Frankie. Story

Suggested Articles

Cable, satellite, and telecom pay TV providers should expect one of the worst years ever for cord cutting, according to eMarketer.

Comcast may be under pressure to split up its cable and media businesses and one analyst said that such a move could unlock value for both assets.

Blockgraph has partnered with TVSquared to provide omni-channel TV measurement and audience activation.