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Mohu introduces device to combo OTA and web TV

March 10, 2015 2:04 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mohu's Channels box hooks up to a HDTV antenna to consolidate OTA broadcast TV (CBS, ABC, NBC) with web content, and streaming apps (Netflix, Hulu+, YouTube) via a channel guide with personalization capabilities.

ACA to FCC: help us reduce rising program costs

March 10, 2015 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The ACA has petitioned the FCC to make it easier for its members to collectively bargain with programmers, which the organization argues will help smaller operators maintain margins, in turn giving them greater latitude to extend and improve broadband services.

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Eastlink preparing new online storefront

March 10, 2015 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Eastlink will be using CSG’s new Ascendon to introduce a new online storefront and digital services to customers across Canada this spring. CSG's Ascendon is designed to pave the way to support digital services such as movies, games, and home security.

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HBO's streaming service available only through Apple TV

March 9, 2015 4:50 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

HBO Now will be $14.99 a month (as many people guessed), it will be available in time for the Game of Thrones season premiere, but if you want to see it on your big screen TV, it will be available only on Apple TV boxes -- for now.

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Rudnay, Block promoted to EVP at Comcast

March 9, 2015 1:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast CCO D’Arcy F. Rudnay has been promoted from senior vice president to executive vice president. D’Arcy is the first woman promoted to EVP at Comcast. The company also promoted general counsel Arthur Block to EVP.  

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Metroplex targets Texas companies with symmetrical broadband

March 9, 2015 1:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Texas-based communications company is attempting to entice businesses in Addison, a suburb of Dallas, with fiber-based communications services that happen to be symmetrical.

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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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