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AT&T Seeks 'North American Service Area' with Another Mexico Buy

January 26, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

In the wake of closing its acquistion of Iusacell, AT&T announced Monday that it has agreed to acquire Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings for $1.8 billion. The purchase includes wireless properties in Mexico, including spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 3 million subscribers.

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Imagine scoops up RGB Networks

January 26, 2015 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

[Updated 6:00PM Eastern] Imagine Communications is buying RGB Networks, which specializes in software-based dynamic ad insertion (DAI), just-in-time (JIT) packaging, and cloud DVR. No price was set. Imagine said it will bring on board the majority of RGB’s employees.

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Cablevision to offer Wi-Fi only phone service

January 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Starting next month, Cablevision will be the first cable operator to offer a Wi-Fi based phone service to both subscribers and non-subscribers. The service, which is called “Freewheel,” will provide users with unlimited data, talk and text over Cablevision’s 1.1 million New York metropolitan area Wi-Fi hotspots or anywhere else in the world where Wi-Fi is available.

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Charter ups DiGeronimo to EVP, product and strategy

January 26, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced today that Rich DiGeronimo has been promoted to executive vice president, product and strategy where he will continue to report to COO John Bickham. DiGeronimo previously served as senior vice president, product and strategy since 2011.

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Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV

January 26, 2015 12:15 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. Based on a few days of viewing, Sling TV comes across as a good stopgap for those who don't already pay for cable or satellite — but it's not compelling enough for most people to cut the cord.

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Verizon automatically updating new Quantum gateway

January 23, 2015 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Verizon provided its software-upgradeable FiOS Quantum Gateway with its first set of new features, the most prominent of which is guest Wi-Fi, which the company gushes is “perfect for gatherings or businesses.” The updates also include parental controls.

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OpenVault, Fourthwall combine modem, set-top diagnostics

January 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Customers of both OpenVault and FourthWall will be able to get an integrated view of the data from both their cable modems and set-top boxes now that OpenVault has licensed the use of STB diagnostics from FourthWall’s MassiveData division.

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Research: 17% of broadband households ‘likely’ to tap into HBO’s OTT service

January 23, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to recent research by Parks Associates, 17 percent of the broadband homes across the nation were likely to subscribe to HBO’s standalone, over-the-top service. Out of that group of would be HBO users—the service is supposed to launch sometime this year—91 percent were currently pay-TV subscribers, and roughly one-half would drop their pay-tv service after subscribing to HBO’s new OTT service.

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Suddenlink adds Showtime Anytime to TVE lineup

January 23, 2015 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications customers that subscribe to Showtime Networks can now tap into Showtime Anytime TV Everywhere programming anywhere in the United States. Suddenlink’s authenticated subscribers can access Showtime Anytime’s on demand video content on their computer, tablet, mobile device, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices, or Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles.

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Old phone unveiled 100 years after first coast-to-coast call

January 23, 2015 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago. On Jan. 25, 1915, to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and to show that San Francisco had recovered from the 1906 earthquake and fire, American Telephone and Telegraph Co. conducted a call between the city and New York.

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Report: Google to Sell Phone Plans on Sprint’s, T-Mobile’s Networks

January 22, 2015 1:59 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

By one estimation, Google's ultimate goal is to force down prices in wireline broadband. The Internet search giant has reportedly codenamed the new venture Nova and a number of employees at the company have already tested the service. The service will likely launch this year.

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Verizon hints at OTT product; reports Internet of Things revenue

January 22, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CFO Fran Shammo teased about an over-the-top product that might be introduced in the summer.  He said the IoT is now a defined, growing business with specific revenue attached. He also reiterated Verizon’s opposition to Title II reclassification.

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GCI debuts ‘No Worries’ data plans

January 22, 2015 1:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In an effort to keep broadband subscribers up to speed on their data-plan usage, GCI has launched its “No Worries” broadband tiers. The No Worries broadband plans give GCI subscribers the ability to manage their monthly Internet bills, which in turn should eliminate surprise overage fees.

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Cox promotes Roberts to SVP of field services

January 22, 2015 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cox Communications had promoted Janice Roberts to senior vice president of field services. With the promotion, Roberts now manages all residential and Cox Business field operations across Cox’s footprint, including regional call centers and operations support at the company’s Atlanta headquarters.

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Bell Media says it'd love to have a CraveTV app but Apple hasn't allowed it

January 22, 2015 12:57 pm | by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Read through the tweets posted by CraveTV and Shomi and you'll see suggestions that users might finally get Apple TV apps to access the Canadian streaming services. If it was up to Bell Media, CraveTV would've launched with an Apple TV app, so users could stream content to their big screen TVs easily. But Apple didn't allow it to happen.

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