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LG bets on pricey OLED technology as future of TVs

August 25, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology. The South Korean company said it will ship 65-inch OLED TVs starting September in South Korea, Europe and North America. A 77-inch model will hit shelves later this year.

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Comcast Business pulls fiber into 10 New York communities

August 22, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

Comcast Business has extended its fiber network to provisioin its Ethernet portfolio across 10 New York towns and villages in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester counties. Comcast Business’ four types of Ethernet services are now available in the communities of Beekman, Brewster, Carmel, Kent, Patterson, Pawling (town and village), Putnam Valley, Somers and Southeast.

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Dish Network taps Swain as new CFO

August 22, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network announced that Robert Olson will retire from his positions of executive vice president and chief financial officer on Oct. 15. Steve Swain, currently senior vice president of programming, will take over the CFO position from Olson, and report to Dish CEO and president Joseph Clayton.

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TWC adds tablets to news app

August 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently updated its TWC News app to include support for tablets as well as mobile devices. The latest update allows authenticated Time Warner Cable subscribers to tap into live and on demand programming from the cable operator’s news channels in New York City, the state of New York, North Carolina and Texas.

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Fitbit to stop selling data without consent

August 22, 2014 11:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Fitbit, a company that makes wearable devices that monitor fitness activity, says it's changing its practice of selling users' personal data to advertisers after concerns were raised about consumer privacy. The San Francisco-based company's move comes after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate what he called a troubling policy.

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Aereo loses in court again; still not necessarily dead

August 22, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The saga continues. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to hear Aereo’s argument that if it is, as the Supreme Court deemed, essentially a cable company, it must be treated like one. But Aereo still has the option to argue its case.

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Cox not interested in buying T-Mobile

August 21, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Speculators on Wall Street, eager for deals to move the market and frustrated by the collapse of talks between Sprint and T-Mobile, have been toying with the names of other companies who might step in and buy T-Mobile. Who's in a position to do it, though?

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Comcast’s Xfinity on Campus service officially launches

August 21, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After flying under the radar for several years, Comcast announced today that its IP-based “Xfinity On Campus” service has officially launched. The service allows college students to watch live TV and VOD content on their IP-enabled devices, including, laptops, tablets and smartphones while on campus.

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Movin’ on up: Comcast ranks 6th on latest Ethernet Leaderboard

August 21, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business marched from eighth to sixth place on Vertical System Group’s most recent Mid-2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard. Comcast is the second-ranked cable operator on the Leaderboard one spot behind Time Warner Cable, which it’s in the process of acquiring.

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Cable One teams up with Arbor Day Foundation for paperless billing

August 21, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One is encouraging its subscribers to go green with paperless billing via a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree on behalf of each Cable One customer that elects to go with paperless billing. The initiative started earlier this month and runs through April 24.

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MLB online chief optimistic on relaxing blackouts

August 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An easing of blackout restrictions on Major League Baseball games online could come as early as next season, according to the head of baseball's online business. In an interview this week, Bob Bowman said he is optimistic that a deal could be reached soon with various cable operators, channels and ballclubs. 

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FCC approves MSOs' shift to new Wi-Fi spectrum

August 20, 2014 7:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cox have received approval from the FCC to switch the frequency at which their outdoor Wi-Fi access points operate from a portion of the unlicensed band now in common use to another nearby frequency at 5.1 GHz.

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TWC, Bright House, add NBC/U content to TV apps

August 20, 2014 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have secured the rights to offer NBC Universal's full portfolio of broadcast and cable network programming through their TV Everywhere applications. The multi-screen deal also includes local NBC and Telemundo-owned broadcast stations.

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Piksel exits stealth mode with SaaS video system

August 20, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company, which has risen from the ashes of KIT Digital, is launching an over-the-top video platform built on a set of software modules that address encoding, DRM, authentication, and a range of other functions, all available on a software-as-a-service model.

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AT&T to take on Comcast in Cupertino with GigaPower launch

August 20, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

To date, AT&T has targeted Time Warner Cable’s footprint with its GigaPower network, but now it will take on Comcast when the 1-Gig service launches in Cupertino. AT&T didn’t provide a lot of details on the Cupertino launch, but The San Jose Mercury News reported that the service was scheduled to go live in Apple’s hometown in December, with other Bay area rollouts to follow early next year. 

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