Sky to surpass Liberty Global; 21st Century Fox to control National Geographic

More cable news from across the Web:

> LG announced a 111-inch 4K Ultra HD TV. CED article

> Sky looks like it will overtake Liberty Global as the largest pay-TV company in Western Europe. TVEurope article

> Billionaire Warren Buffett said he doesn't see local TV as a growth market. Bloomberg video

> 21st Century Fox took control of National Geographic in a new $725 million deal. Advanced Television article

> Endemol Beyond USA launched its new, a new direct-to-consumer website offerings its video content. Variety article

Telecom News

> Birch Communications has introduced new enhancements to its Birch Carrier Solution (BCS) wholesale port and is adding new elements to its wholesale products portfolio, providing customers with new options to deliver voice, data and cloud services to their customer bases. Article

Online Video News

> The National Football League is getting more responsive to fans' demands for online video options: the organization is rolling all of its subscription offerings, including NFL Now, into a single $99 Domestic NFL Game Pass for U.S. viewers. Article

> Netflix will launch services in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan in early 2016. Article

> One of the interesting things to do ahead of and during a broadcaster-centric trade show like IBC 2015 is to watch industry players try and predict which way the market will turn in the next six to 12 months. Editor's Corner

Installer News

> With five of its largest service provider customers, including AT&T and CenturyLink, having accepted a total of $1.5 billion in phase two of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), network construction company Dycom could gain another revenue boost as projects go into action over the next year. Article

> Hoping to speed installations by leveraging auto-discovery tools, Dish Network has completed integration of its Hopper DVR with control modules of leading home-automation suppliers AMX by Harman, Crestron, Pro Control and RTI. Article

Wireless News

> Amazon has discontinued sales of its Fire phone, just over a year after the company released the gadget with much fanfare. Article

> According to a new report, Apple may announce an always-on "Hey Siri" function that would allow iPhone users to interact with Apple's voice-recognition service without touching their phone. Article

And finally… Verizon Wireless announced an XXL wireless data plan. Article