Cox Communications is suing AT&T, claiming that AT&T’s U-verse violates three of its patents. The suit leaves it to the court to set damages. Given the fundamental nature of the patents involved, the potential amount could be substantial.
Hulu continued on its roll, adding AT&T to the growing list of distributors offering their customers direct access to the streaming TV service. AT&T said that later this year, its customers will be able to access Hulu through AT&T websites and also on mobile devices through AT&T apps.
The petitioners include the NCTA and ACA, representing the cable industry, along with USTA, CTIA, AT&T, CenturyLink, and WISPA. This was the entirely expected next step after the FCC rejected similar petitions from pretty much the same group.
Comcast’s portfolio of fiber-based Ethernet services is now available to businesses in Portland. These fiber-based services include an Ethernet network reaching 10 Gbps.
Cablevision has entered an agreement with ESPN and Disney that gives ESPN access to the census-level audience data from Cablevision’s set-top boxes. Disney will also be able to use the data for advertising purposes for its other networks.
CenturyLink now offers Prism TV to some residents and businesses in Portland, OR. The company is currently pursuing discussions with local officials to obtain franchise agreements in Seattle.
Adtran said it has figured out a means of deploying the optical elements of PON flexibly, so that implementing the latest 40 Gbps NG-PON2 technology will be almost as affordable as installing today’s 2.5 Gbps G-PON technology.
Frontier will be spending $10.5 billion to obtain Verizon’s fixed line DSL and FiOS assets in California, Texas, and Florida, in a deal announced earlier this year.
Comcast and CableLabs have been working on OpenDaylight through a sub-project of PacketCable, the goal of which is to develop a PacketCable PCMM southbound plugin and supporting modules to allow the ODL controller to provision a CMTS as a network element that manages service flows with dynamic QoS.
Comcast last night posted a set of web pages that said its Gigabit Pro service will be priced at $299 per month, but subsequently removed the information. Comcast announced the 2 Gbps last month, but still hasn't priced it.
The deal comes as Verizon prepares an Over-the-Top (OTT) mobile video service for launch this summer. Verizon says combining with AOL will allow the companies to create a scaled, mobile-first platform for advertising and give Verizon access to AOL’s large digital content portfolio.
With CCAP, operators can make balanced, gradual progress, rather than step-by-step movement toward IP video. By rebalancing VOD and DOCSIS “uses” within a single CCAP service group and using CCAP to manage spectrum one channel at a time, cable operators will gain more precise spectrum control.
Charter has met with banks to put together a debt package ranging between $25 billion and $30 billion. The move would strengthen its financial position should it succeed in its suit of Bright House Networks, or should it launch a new bid for Time Warner Cable – or both.
Dish ended Q1 of 2015 with 13.844 million pay TV subscribers having lost 253,000 compared to the previous year’s Q1. The company said the losses were from expired programming carriage contracts that resulted in a higher pay TV churn rate and a decrease in gross new pay TV subscribers.