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Supreme Court to rule on Aereo service

January 13, 2014 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States Supreme Court will decide whether a startup company can offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters. The high court agreed on Friday to hear an appeal from television broadcast networks in their attempt to shut down a startup company, Aereo Inc., which takes free signals from the airwaves and sends them over the Internet to paying subscribers.

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NH completes $63M project to grow broadband access

January 13, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The $63 million Network New Hampshire Now project, led by the University of New Hampshire, was funded with $44.5 million in federal stimulus money and $18.3 million in private support. The new cable network exceeded project goals by more than 300 miles.

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Cisco puts Videoscape in the cloud

January 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco has created a hardware-independent, software-only version of its Videoscape video delivery platform. The company will also begin offering Videoscape as a cloud-based service. At the same time, Cisco said the NBC operating unit providing coverage of the upcoming Olympics in Sochi will use Cisco equipment.

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New Dish Hopper set-up can record 8 shows at once

January 10, 2014 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The eight-show system involves Dish's Hopper DVR and a new Super Joey add-on box for separate rooms. The catch is that four of those shows have to be from the broadcast networks ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. Dish also unveiled partnerships with LG Corp. and Sony Corp. so that Hopper users can watch recorded shows in a second room without needing a Joey.

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Shaw brings A&E app into TVE fold

January 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has launched A&E’s app to give its Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct authenticated subscribers TV Everywhere access to shows such as “Duck Dynasty,” “Storage Wars,” and “Rodeo Girls.” The A&E app, which launched Thursday, works on iOS, Android and Kindle devices, and is available online.

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Cablevision hires Comstock as EVP of operations

January 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has hired Robert Comstock to the newly created position of executive vice president, operations. Effective immediately, Cablevision said Comstock is responsible for all aspects of infrastructure that support the delivery of Cablevision’s customer experience, including network management, field operations, outside plant, Wi-Fi execution, and telecommunications network management.

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Netflix app to stream 4K on new TVs immediately

January 10, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix says video streaming of its programming in ultra-high definition will work for buyers of new UHD sets from Sony, LG, Samsung, Vizio and others upon purchase. That's because Ultra HD models from those makers will include the Netflix app and chips that decode signals in the so-called High Efficiency Video Coding standard, or HEVC.

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TV-watching app operator Viggle files for IPO

January 10, 2014 12:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Viggle Inc., which operates an app that tracks TV and music habits in exchange for rewards, on Friday filed for an initial public offering of common stock. The company didn't say how many shares it plans to sell. It said the IPO would take place "as soon as practicable."

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Report: Dish dropping $2.2B LightSquared bid

January 9, 2014 1:09 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network appears to be abandoning its $2.2 billion bid for LightSquared. LightSquared lenders are viewing Dish’s change of plans as a breach of contract. One of the possible restructuring plans for LightSquared is based on Dish’s bid and the ad hoc group directing the effort is lead by Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen’s L-Band Acquisition Corp.

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WWE to become streaming network

January 9, 2014 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The WWE joins the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB as the latest sports-based organization that has its own broadband-based network. The WWE Network launches Feb. 24 as a streaming service for $9.99 per month with a six-month commitment and will include all 12 pay-per-view events.

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Contec buys return management specialist

January 9, 2014 12:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Contec, which specializes in in repairing and refurbishing set-top boxes, is buying Replico, a company that performs returns management and related logistics services for a wide array of customers, technologies and industries including cable TV and IPTV companies.

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Report: Subscribers want remote access to DVR content

January 9, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A study by Parks Associates projected that there will be more than 103 million pay-TV households in the United States by the end of this year. The report, which was announced at CES this morning, said that two-thirds of the pay-TV households expressed interest in features that they currently don’t have, namely remote access to DVR content.

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Lui heads up Time Warner Cable’s HR department

January 9, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning that Alan Lui was promoted to senior vice president of human resources. Effective today, Lui now leads all aspects of the cable operator’s human resources department. He continues to report to Peter Stern, Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president and chief strategy, people and corporate development officer.

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Fairfax ups investment in troubled BlackBerry

January 9, 2014 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Fairfax Financial Holdings said Wednesday it is buying another $250 million of convertible debt in BlackBerry in what Fairfax says is a show of confidence in the troubled smartphone maker's new management. Fairfax, BlackBerry's largest shareholder, led an investment group that injected $1 billion into the company last fall.

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Amazon, CBS agree on exclusivity for 'Extant'

January 9, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon will have exclusive ad-free streaming rights in the U.S. to a CBS thriller this summer starring Halle Berry. Episodes will be available for free on CBS.com and CBS' app with ads the day after they air on CBS. Members of Amazon's $79-a-year Prime service will be able to watch "Extant" ad-free four days after broadcast. 

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