Sinclair revenues driven by higher retrans fees; Windstream teams with Arris, Synacor for new TV service

More cable news from across the Web:

> Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation's largest TV broadcaster, posted $554.2 million in revenue in the second quarter, up around 21 percent from the same period a year ago. CEO David Smith said the increase was partly due to higher retransmission consent fees from cable operators and others. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Cox Communications executive Jacqui Vines is retiring from the company at the end of this year. Baton Rouge Business Report article

> Google Fiber is headed to San Antonio. Multichannel News article

> Veniam, a company in the Internet of Things market, said it won the "best new innovative product idea most likely to succeed" award at CableLabs' Summer Conference Innovation Showcase. Release

> Windstream said it is deploying NVG343 residential gateways and VIP Series IP set-tops from Arris for its "next-generation" Kinetic television service. Release. The company also said it inked a deal with Synacor for that company's "Next-Gen Portal, and Search & Discovery Metadata Platform for Multiscreen TV." Release

> Al Jazeera said it hasn't received license fees from AT&T's DirecTV since March. Hollywood Reporter article

> Viacom said it hired three new executives to improve the company's analytic and marketing solutions. Release

> Samsung said its new Smart TV offering now supports payments from major credit cards, debit cards, PayPal as well as other mobile billing options. Release

> Discovery said revenue in its U.S. networks business jumped 5 percent to $814 million, largely due to an increase in distribution revenue. However, the company's revenues from ads were mostly flat. Variety article

> Dish Network will distribute content from Ride TV. Release

Telecom News

> AT&T said an issue with its wireline network was the culprit behind spotty wireless service coverage for it and a number of area wireless operators in its Southeast markets. Article

Online Video News

> Time Warner-owned premium network HBO saw its second-quarter revenues grow to almost $1.44 billion, up 1 percent, or $21 million, from $1.42 billion a year previously, thanks to increased subscriptions. But the cost of launching its new standalone OTT service, HBO Now, exceeded that revenue gain. Article

> Netflix will succeed in Japan, but China is a whole other ballgame. Editor's Corner

Installer News

> According to one report, the price of Comcast's Gigabit Pro service may limit the number of customers who sign up for the service. Article

> Phoenix Tower International (PTI) acquired 600 wireless tower sites from T-Mobile US. The deal is expected to close before the end of this year. Article

European Wireless News

> Telekom Austria announced plans to trial an over the top (OTT)-style mobile broadband TV service to complement an existing fixed-line service. Article

> ROK Mobile has joined forces with Three UK to launch a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the UK with a focus on inclusive music streaming services. Article

Wireless News

> Former Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said he regrets causing so much disruption to Sprint customers' service as Sprint plowed through its Network Vision network modernization in 2013 and into 2014. However, he said despite the pain for customers, which was more than he had anticipated, Sprint's network upgrade laid the foundation for what will be a "spectacular" network. Article

> T-Mobile US has the fastest LTE network in the U.S. market, according to a new report from Ookla's, edging out Verizon Wireless. Article

And finally… China is moving to embed Internet police in tech companies. Article