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PlayStation network debuts first scripted series

March 9, 2015 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting Tuesday, "Powers" will be free to PlayStation subscribers, with the first episode free to anyone for streaming through the PlayStation Store web site (a PlayStation console is not required). Subsequent episodes will be available for purchase by non-subscribers.

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Microsoft unwraps cloud-based video workflow service

March 9, 2015 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Relying on Imagine Communications' Zenium software defined workflow management platform, media companies can use Microsoft's cloud-based services to quickly set up multi-screen delivery.

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Bright House to begin offering 300 Mbps tier in Florida

March 6, 2015 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO said it is launching the faster service throughout its full Florida service area -- in Tampa Bay and the Central Florida region. The new tier, which will support maximum upload speeds of 15 Mbps, will be available to all residential customers beginning later this month.

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T-Mobile is buttering up Dish and it might work

March 6, 2015 1:51 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile keeps saying nice things about Dish, which could help pave the way to a Dish-T-Mobile joint bidding agreement going into the 600 MHz incentive auctions. Together, the two might have a much improved shot at winning the low-band spectrum T-Mobile desperately needs.

T-Mobile is buttering up Dish and it might work

March 6, 2015 1:51 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile keeps saying nice things about Dish, which could help pave the way to a Dish-T-Mobile joint bidding agreement going into the 600 MHz incentive auctions. Together, the two might have a much improved shot at winning the low-band spectrum T-Mobile desperately needs.

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FCC Counselor: Title II will not be burdensome, so no exemptions

March 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Independent operators are seeking exemption from Title II. That's unlikely, an FCC representative told attendees at the ACA Summit, because the agency believes the cost of compliance will “not be burdensome.”

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Time Warner Cable exceeds green goals

March 6, 2015 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable reduced its carbon intensity by 38 percent over the last two years, increasing the company’s overall energy efficiency by mitigating its energy consumption.

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Broadband subscribership increased in 2014

March 6, 2015 12:37 pm | by Helena Fahnrich | News | Comments

The broadband universe continues to expand, with 3 million new high speed data customers. Cable companies continue to win the vast majority of new subscribers.

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Microsoft plans to bridge Xbox and PC video gaming

March 5, 2015 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phil Spencer, head of the company's video game division, detailed Microsoft's plan for game makers to create universal apps that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs with Windows 10, as well as smartphones, tablets and other devices running the forthcoming version of Windows.

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AT&T looking to DirecTV to help make TV biz profitable

March 5, 2015 2:49 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Lori Lee, EVP, AT&T Home Solutions, said “Sixty percent of every dollar that we earn in revenue in video goes straight to the content guys and when you think about DirecTV… they pay 20 percent less content cost than we do in U-verse. So that drives a lot of scale immediately."

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AT&T slams Netflix’s apparent flip-flop on net neutrality

March 5, 2015 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Netflix apparently has mixed feelings about the FCC’s push to reclassify ISPs under Title II regulation. Speaking at a Morgan Stanley conference, Netflix CFO David Wells said his company had hoped for a non-regulatory resolution and wasn’t “pleased” with the outcome.

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SCTE expands Engineering Committee

March 5, 2015 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The board has been expanded to 15 members, including for the first time the chairs of each of the five Standards Subcommittees to increase participation in, and knowledge of, the SCTE's standards activities. 

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Rep. Walden backs legislative fix for network neutrality

March 5, 2015 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Rep. Greg Walden called the FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as a communications service a “total overreach,” and insisted that a legislative approach is the best way to assure that ISPs conform to network neutrality principles.

Rep. Walden backs legislative fix for network neutrality

March 5, 2015 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Rep. Greg Walden called the FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as a communications service a “total overreach,” and insisted that a legislative approach is the best way to assure that ISPs conform to network neutrality principles.

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New Nvidia game system supports 4K TV

March 4, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The console, called Shield, is designed to deliver video – including ultra HD (UHD, aka 4K), music, apps, and games. Although it can deliver video, the company is positioning the product as primarily a game system.

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