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Roku sets plans for 4K streaming

January 5, 2015 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Roku said it has produced a reference design it is licensing to TV manufacturers, who can begin development of Roku TV 4K models of their own. TCL is the first to announce it has licensed the design. Meanwhile Netflix will be the company's  initial 4K content partner.

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NeuLion buying DivX for $62.5M

January 5, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the combination, NeuLion aims to give customers additional options for managing content, giving customers the choice of either building and managing digital video platforms internally or licensing an integrated managed services solution.

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TWC Sports kicks tires on 4K tests

January 5, 2015 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Sports partnered with IMS Productions on two proof-of-concept 4K tests last month. The first test of ultra-high-definition (UHDTV) broadcasting in 4K was a high school football game on Dec. 19 in California while the second took place during a Dec. 23 broadcast of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. 

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TiVo to debut OnePass, partners with iHeartRadio

January 5, 2015 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo announced this morning that it had partnered with iHeartRadio to bring the streaming music service to its Roamio, Mini and Premiere devices. The DVR pioneer also announced it would roll out its “OnePass” feature next month. OnePass was designed to gather and track every episode of a TV series instantly across live or recorded TV, VOD and streaming apps.

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Smart gadgets take center stage at CES

January 5, 2015 12:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas and the Internet of Things, including smart homes, will be front and center. Here's a look at a few of the smart home techologies that will be on display. 

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FCC to vote in Feb. on net neutrality

January 5, 2015 12:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks. The five-member Federal Communications Commission will consider then a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler on so-called net neutrality rules, agency spokeswoman Kim Hart said Friday.

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DVR adoption, on-demand usage keep increasing

January 2, 2015 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

By the numbers: Three-quarters of U.S. households have a DVR, or subscribe to Netflix, or use on-demand (VOD) from a cable or Telco provider. A full quarter of households use some combination of two of the services, and one-tenth use all three.

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Charter, Nexstar kick off year with new retrans deal

January 2, 2015 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The New Year got off to a positive start with Charter Communications announcing on Thursday that it had reached a new carriage agreement with Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Charter said it had wrapped up the new retransmission agreement with Nexstar prior to the previous one expiring just before midnight on Dec. 31. 

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Snappy apps for 2015

January 2, 2015 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Uber, Facebook, Instagram — sure, they've been all the rage, but as 2014 winds down we're all ready for something fresh. From ride-hailing to photo sharing, here are a few up-and coming apps and startups to watch in 2015. Which will be the breakout hit of the new year?

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Mediacom Business connects with telemedicine in Ill.

December 31, 2014 10:36 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of its telemedicine service, Mediacom Business has interconnected three hospitals and 21 clinics across 16 Illinois-based counties to its fiber-optic network. Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) is a not-for-profit health care system that primarily serves the Carbondale area of the state.  

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Mass. AG: Verizon pays $1.3M to resolve allegation

December 31, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says Verizon has paid more than $1.3 million to resolve an allegation that the company overcharged the state for telecommunications services under a statewide procurement contract. Coakley says the settlement resolves a lawsuit pending in Hampshire Superior Court and also requires Verizon to make additional payment offers to towns, cities and others affected by the alleged overbilling.

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Review: IPhone user tries to switch back to BlackBerry

December 31, 2014 10:23 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In this product review, a former Blackberry devotee takes the BlackBerry Classic for a spin, but finds it’s not enough to make him switch back from his iPhone. He lists apps and touch screens among the reasons for sticking with his iPhone. 

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Cable to FCC: start assessing fees on DBS duo

December 30, 2014 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC today started taking comments for the next report it will prepare on competition in the satellite market, and the cable industry responded promptly, again requesting that the FCC assess fees on DirecTV and Dish Network commensurate with the fees the FCC levies on every other MVPD.

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Liberty CEO Maffei garners job security

December 30, 2014 11:30 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Media and Liberty Interactive announced that their respective board of directors had reached agreements to keep Greg Maffei as their president and CEO through 2019. Maffei’s prior contract was close to expiring before the new deal was announced on Monday. 

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RCN adds Watch Disney, ABC apps to digital roster

December 30, 2014 11:26 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is now offering its digital video customers live access to Disney and ABC networks at home or on-the-go via Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD, Watch Disney Junior, Watch ABC Family and Watch ABC. The deal allows RCN’s authenticated subscribers to access the Disney Channel and ABC networks on their iOS and Android devices, as well as online by downloading the respective apps.

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