IPTV to account for 19% of global pay-TV industry, Ovum says; FilmOn loses ruling to TV broadcasters

More cable news from across the Web:

> Outside Television is now available on Dish Network's Sling TV for $5 a month. Post

> Microsoft is working to improve the TV interface on its Xbox game console. TechHive article

> Antietam Cable Television in Maryland said it would spend $3 million to build a 1 Gbps network across more than 3,200 homes and businesses in Hagerstown. Herald Mail article

> Ovum said that IPTV services from telco providers will account for 19 percent of the global pay-TV market this year. The firm added that the world's telco TV subscriber base will grow at a compound annual rate of 4 percent to 2020, above the overall pay-TV market's 2 percent growth during that period. Rapid TV News article

> A judge ruled against FilmOn in its legal battle with TV broadcasters. Hollywood Reporter article

> The board of Media General is reportedly close to recommending a merger with Nexstar instead of Meredith. Bloomberg article

Telecom News

> Consolidated Communications is aware that the ongoing growth in broadband consumption will lend itself to a usage-based or metered model, but it won't make its move until it sees how other service providers offer such a service structure. Article

> Cisco's routing segment is in a bit of limbo as the vendor reported that first quarter revenue declined 8 percent to $1.8 billion due to the timing of some of the orders it has from its key customers. Article

Wireless News

> Liberty Media Chairman John Malone said he thinks cable operators, including those in the U.S. market, will inevitably add a cellular wireless component to their bundle of service offerings, calling the addition something of "enormous" importance. Articles

> Verizon Wireless will start charging a $20 fee to customers who activate new lines of service on Verizon's "device payment option," its equipment installment plan (EIP). The changes go into effect on Nov 15. Up until now, Verizon has not charged any activation fee for customers who choose its EIP option. Article

And finally… Twenty Twitter employees will attend an upcoming presidential debate. Article

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