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Comcast names new CFO

May 11, 2015 1:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has appointed Michael Cavanagh as its new CFO and senior executive VP, and is appointing two new area vice presidents in Northern California.

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FCC rejects requests for stay of Title II implementation

May 11, 2015 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC flatly rejected petitions for a stay that would have prevented the Commission’s reclassification of broadband under Title II to take effect on June 12. Those who petitioned the FCC for a stay are expected to now turn to U.S. Courts directly for a stay.

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FCC loses Court battle that was holding up AT&T-DirecTV merger review

May 8, 2015 7:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

A Federal Appeals Court found concrete definition in the enigmatic and unexplained, only to be confronted with synonyms that had no strict legal definition. So it parsed those words with all the discrimination of a teenager choosing from among similar shades of red nail polish, all to determine the FCC had violated its own policies, thus committing a substantive procedural flaw.

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Roku signs up another TV maker -- Sharp

May 8, 2015 2:48 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Roku has entered into a partnership with Sharp to distribute a line of Roku TVs in the near future. The TVs will include a 43” LED model and a 50” LED TV. The new line will be sold at Best Buy in stores and online.

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Deluxe scores business with Charter and with Shaw

May 8, 2015 2:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter is working with Deluxe OnDemand to expand premium titles and device support for CharterTV, the MSO’s TV Everywhere application. Shaw , meanwhile, will rely on Deluxe’s VOD management solution.

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Spotify looking at video distribution

May 8, 2015 2:15 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Spotify has approached networks that specialize in creating and distributing video for YouTube about distributing that material, but also to become involved in developing original video content.

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AT&T dismisses Netflix objections to DirecTV merger

May 8, 2015 1:50 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T argued against Netflix’s claim that AT&T’s merger with DirecTV is harmful to online video distributors, and claimed “economic realities” would prevent AT&T from degrading service to customers. 

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Court eviscerates NSA justification for phone record sweeps

May 8, 2015 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court declared that the NSA's program that gathers data from landline calling records from Americans is illegal. Thursday's ruling happened as Congress considers if the program . . .

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Bright House becomes a jump ball in merger mania

May 8, 2015 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Regardless of who buys whom, Bright House is now inarguably in play. Who ends up with the company – or even if the company does not merge with anyone – is entirely up in the air.

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Candidate Fiorina stumps against FCC, Congress meddling

May 7, 2015 9:31 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Fiorina slammed the FCC's Open Internet rules and Title II classification of broadband, but advocated against the cable industry's preferred fix, for Congress to take the reins.

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Facing a hostile crowd at INTX, Wheeler stands firm

May 7, 2015 9:25 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC Chairman's promise to fix the broken retransmission consent rules wasn't nearly enough to mollify a crowd of cable operators still furious about Title II reclassification of broadband and the FCC's role in the dissolution of the Comcast-Time Warner deal.

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Comcast intros set-top for UHD, another for HDR

May 6, 2015 9:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has announced a new set-top-box in its X1 platform series that will offer 4K UHD programming. In addition, Comcast will release the Xi5 HDR, which will provide increased picture color, contrast, and brightness.

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Dolan suggests Cablevision merger with Time Warner Cable

May 6, 2015 9:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Not five minutes after taking the stage at the INTX general session today, Cablevision CEO James Dolan knocked the entire industry completely off balance by doing everything but explicitly asking Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus to buy Cablevision.

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Netflix attacks AT&T-DirecTV deal

May 6, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet video service Netflix is telling the Federal Communication that it should reject AT&T's purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV unless some changes are made.

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Suddenlink prepping headends for 1 Gbps broadband

May 6, 2015 10:27 am | by Brian Santo, @ | News | Comments

Suddenlink has begun installing Arris’ E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER), in preparation for a migration to DOCSIS 3.1 and the rollout of gigabit broadband services.

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