Mexico approves AT&T-DirecTV merger; Samsung launches video service for Galaxy owners

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Mexico's Federal Telecommunications Institute has approved AT&T's proposed purchase of DirecTV. Story

> Concurrent Computer Corp. has named Derek Elder as CEO, succeeding Dan Mondor. Story

> Netflix streamed 6.5 billion hours of video in the first quarter, up from 4 billion in Q1 2013. Story

> Amazon has begun shipments of its $39 Fire TV Stick. Story

> RCN began rolling out 330 Mbps download-speed broadband service to New York residential customers. Press release

> Netflix has decided to postpone the release of a Bill Cosby comedy special amid the comedian's sexual assault scandal. Story

> Netflix has announced plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March. Story

> Samsung has announced a short-form video service for Galaxy mobile device owners. Story

And finally …  Southern California YouTube creator convention VidCon has announced an expanded track when it reconvenes July 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Story

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