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Appeals court holds up megamergers; decision challenged

November 17, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The U.S. Court of appeals ruled that programmers do not have to share details of their transmission contracts with a set of MVPDs because some of the MVPDs want to hire outside legal counsel to review the documents. The ACA challenged the decision as unjustified.

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AT&T drops user-tracking "super cookies"

November 17, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Super cookies provide a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers. AT&T is giving up the practice because it made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online. Verizon Wireless said it is still using this type of tracking.

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Comcast building data center in Oregon

November 17, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is building a data center in Hillsboro, OR, which the company said will provide support for video, Internet and phone services for Oregon and southwest Washington customers. The company has a headend and a large sales center nearby.

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RCN updates TiVo user interface

November 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RCN viewers now have the option to create categories in which they can file their “My Shows” selections. Users are also able to customize searches using their remote. New to any company using the TiVo interface is a feature that enables streaming to Android devices within the home.

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Sony's TV service to go commercial early next year

November 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service is called Vue, and will be delivered at first through PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. The company will start with a free beta test with a limited number of people residing in New York. Sony intends to offer Vue commercially starting early next year.

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Infographic: Pay TV industry loses 150K customers in Q3

November 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Infographic: The thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the U.S. lost 148,876 net video subscribers in the third quarter. Given gains in earlier quarters, that leaves the group down 105,000 for the year to date. Those companies represent about 95 percent of the market.

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Time Warner Cable finishes TWC Maxx upgrades in NYC, LA

November 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced it has applied the finishing touches to its “TWC Maxx” project upgrades in Los Angeles and New York. TWC Maxx, which was first outlined by CEO Rob Marcus in January, includes all digital conversions in both markets, which has led to faster data tiers, including 300 Mbps down, more VOD choices and an improved whole-home DVR offering.

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Cable One to spin off from Graham Holdings

November 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Graham Holdings’ board of directors has decided that its Cable One division would be more successful on its own with the spinoff slated for next year. Graham Holdings board of directors gave management its nod of approval to proceed with plans for the complete legal and structural separation of Cable One, which will result in the cable operator being a publicly traded company.

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Small mobile providers voice concerns over Title II

November 14, 2014 12:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cellcom, Bluegrass Cellular and three other regional wireless providers are warning the FCC of the potential havoc Title II reclassification could wreak in the smaller markets they serve. The response from rural and regional carriers is similar to what larger carriers and wireless industry groups have said after President Obama earlier this week urged the FCC to reclassify ISPs as common carriers.

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Infographic: Net Neutrality debate is about the lack of competition

November 13, 2014 6:46 pm | by CED | News | Comments

Infographic: It is a misconception that the discussion about network neutrality is solely about principles such as preventing ISPs from blocking traffic or favoring traffic from any source. It's also very much about broadband competition, or more to the point, the lack of it.

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ZCorum diagnostics cover in-home Wi-Fi

November 13, 2014 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ZCorum has added a feature to its TruVizionbroadband diagnostics application that displays Wi-Fi diagnostics information for subscribers who have CPE with an embedded Wi-Fi access point. Anywhere from 20- to 40 percent of inbound tech support calls are related to the home.

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Cox lights up 500 Wi-Fi hotspots in Phoenix

November 13, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has turned up 500 hotspots across Phoenix with plans to deploy an additional 1,200 access points across the valley by the end of this year. Cox, which recently started offering its 1-Gigabit service in the Phoenix area, has targeted more than 2,500 hotspots in metro Phoenix by the end of next year.

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Alaska’s GCI partners with oil & gas vendor

November 13, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

GCI, through its GCI Industrial Telecom division, has struck a strategic partnership with oilfield monitoring vendor WellAware. The deal will give WellAware access to GCI’s mapping and analytics information across the state, which will be used by oil and gas field operators.

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Media: Wave Broadband cues up 1-Gig in Seattle

November 13, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Wave Broadband will unleash a 1-Gigabit service in one area of Seattle starting next month. Through a subdivision, CondoInternet, Wave Broadband has seemingly beaten Google Fiber, Comcast and CenturyLink to the 1-Gigabit punch with its plans to offer the service to every home in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood, according to a blog in The Seattle Times

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Cisco beats Street 1Q profit, revenue forecasts

November 13, 2014 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. posted stronger-than-expected first-quarter results on Wednesday. It also announced that its chief financial officer will step down. The seller of routers, switches, software and services said its net income totaled $1.83 billion, or 35 cents per share.

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