DirecTV ends N.C. blackouts; Windstream and TWC interested in Kentucky fiber buildout

More cable news from across the Web:

> FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said her agency will look into how much access independent programmers have to over-the-top distribution channels. Multichannel News story

> CBS Corp. has agreed to supply Europe's Sky Atlantic with Showtime programming. Deadline Hollywood story

> TiVo Research has carved a deal to integrate its data into Oracle Data Cloud, enabling advertisers to more easily access its TV audience metrics. Multichannel News story

> IBM is looking to pay around $130 million to buy live streaming service UStream. Engadget Story

> DirecTV has come to terms with Raleigh, N.C.-based Capital Broadcasting, ending a brief blackout on North Carolina network affiliates WRAL-TV and WRAZ-TV. News Observer story

> "AMC's relatively small size and recent content success should enable it to outgrow Media peers despite broader secular pressures affecting the TV ecosystem," a Morgan Stanley report said. Broadcasting & Cable story

Telecom News

> Windstream and Time Warner Cable are among 12 companies that have expressed interest in building a fiber network throughout the city of Lexington, Ky., as a means to increase Internet speeds and expand overall broadband access. Article

> Verizon is now offering 50 Mbps as its default speed tier at a time when overall new subscriber growth is leveling off as it penetrates its existing markets. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Just as the open source SDN Network Operating System (ONOS) is celebrating major milestones, along comes Verizon as a new member of the ONOS project, whose mission is to accelerate adoption of open source SDN and NFV solutions. Article

> In what's being called the largest retail rollout of beacon technology, Rite Aid deployed more than 4,500 devices throughout its U.S. stores – more than the previous record set by Macy's, ZDNet reports. The program is powered by inMarket. Article

Wireless News

> Verizon more than held its own during a brutally competitive fourth quarter in the wireless market, posting 1.52 million net adds and churn of just 0.96 percent. And it vowed to be the first carrier to deploy 5G in the United States. Article

And finally… In a speech delivered in Washington on Wednesday, NAB President Gordon Smith accused MVPDs of trying to "pad their wallets" by pushing the FCC for broadcast retransmission reform. Broadcasting & Cable story