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Al Jazeera YouTube channel airs satirical video about US

July 7, 2015 11:24 am | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

A video posted on an Al Jazeera YouTube channel over the Fourth of July weekend mocks Americans for dubious "achievements" in obesity, pornography production and gun ownership.

Mediacom petitions FCC for retrans blackout reform

July 7, 2015 11:12 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Mediacom CEO Rocco Commisso wants the FCC to do something about rising retransmission fees.                                        

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Tuesdays with Roger: Are DEs DOA Under New FCC Auction Rules?

July 7, 2015 11:08 am | by Alex Shanahan, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

The jury’s still out on whether Dish will actually receive its auction discounts but new proposed rule revisions seem to ensure no DE will ever get remotely close to that sort of markdown again.

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Briefs: Comcast, CenturyLink, Alcatel-Lucent, VimpelCom

July 7, 2015 9:58 am | by CED Staff | News | Comments

Comcast today announced it has launched more than 1,800 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout its Keystone Region.                      

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Comcast boosting speeds for Xfinity triple play customers

July 7, 2015 9:42 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Comcast today announced that triple play customers in its Northeast coverage area will see their broadband speeds jump from 25 Mbps to 75 Mbps.

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Women's World Cup final seen by record 26.7 million in US

July 6, 2015 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States' win over Japan in the Women's World Cup final was the most viewed soccer game in the history of American television.

Amazon pushes Prime service with day of deals

July 6, 2015 1:01 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon doesn't release the number of Prime members it has, but Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, estimates there are 35 million to 40 million.

Broadcasters say FCC rules could cost $8.3B in 600 MHz auction

July 6, 2015 12:55 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

“We understand that the FCC Staff is considering how to solve this issue, and we appreciate their concern,” the EOBC wrote.

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Scripps offers to buy rest of Poland’s TVN

July 6, 2015 12:07 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

According to Reuters, the Scripps media group is offering about $843 million to buy the remaining TVN shares is doesn’t currently own.

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TabletTV expanding mobile PVR functionality

July 6, 2015 11:20 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The update will allow for time shift on TabletTV application which means users will be able to set future programs to record.

ACA hires first VP of regulatory affairs

July 6, 2015 10:32 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Longtime communications lawyer Mary Lovejoy is the first to assume the role of vice president of regulatory affairs.

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Panama too drops out of Trump's Miss Universe pageant

July 6, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panama is joining several other Latin American nations in dropping out of the Miss Universe pageant in protest over Donald Trump's comments about immigrants.

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Briefs: Cisco, 6Wind, Novatel Wireless, Rogers, Shaw

July 6, 2015 9:55 am | by CED Staff | News | Comments

6WIND, a networking software company, announced that Cisco Investments has invested in 6WIND as part of Cisco's...                 

Verizon FiOS 2Q subscriber growth could slow, analysts say

July 2, 2015 11:31 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The analysts attribute the stunted growth to smaller gross additions and not elevated churn.                                       

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Hulu inks distribution deal with Pluto TV

July 2, 2015 11:02 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Hulu has reached a distribution agreement with startup Pluto TV that will make all of Hulu's free content available to Pluto TV. The startup consolidates video content into a programming grid, but also . . .

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