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AT&T goes country with new interactive app

June 3, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T, accompanied by support from the Country Music Association (CMA), has released a new interactive TV app for fans of county music. The app, which is called “Country Deep,” is currently available only on U-verse customers’ TVs, but content will soon be available on AT&T’s web portal and on the U-verse app for smartphones and tablets.

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Cable One ditches overage fees, adds two new data tiers

June 3, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting June 10, Cable One will cut out data plans that include overage fees, and will start offering two faster data tiers. Instead of the overage fees, next week Cable One will allow subscribers of its 50 Mbps plan 300 GB per month after previously giving them a threshold 100 GB before implementing the fees.

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Numericable picks Casa Systems’ CMTS

June 3, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Numericable, which is France’s largest cable operator, has selected Casa Systems C10G cable modem termination system (CMTS) to support the deployment of its 100 Mbps data tier and VoIP service. Usin the C10G puts Numericable on the evolutionary pathway to the cable industry’s CCAP architecture that combines an edge QAM and CMTS onto one dense platform. 

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Time Warner Cable offers one-hour service windows in NYC

May 31, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ime Warner Cable is polishing up its customer service by offering its subscribers in some areas of New York City one-hour appointment windows for installation of its triple play services. The nation’s second-largest cable operator is also offering expanded nighttime appointment time slots daily from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Lower and Midtown Manhattan

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AMC has second screen app for "The Killing"

May 31, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Encouraged by the response to its first two second screen apps associated with specific shows, AMC is releasing a third, this one launching in conjunction with the premiere of the third season of “The Killing.” “The Killing: Story Sync” will be available on computers, tablets and mobile devices.  AMC previously offered Story Sync apps with “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad.”

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Time Warner Cable, Starz extend TV Everywhere pact

May 31, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Starz have reached a new agreement that allows the cable operator’s customers access to 12 multiplex networks plus MoviePlex, Retroplex and Indieplex as well as more TV Everywhere access and VOD titles. Time Warner Cable’s subscribers can expect to have access to the new video content within the next month.

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Clearwire postpones Sprint vote, could force SoftBank’s hand

May 31, 2013 12:30 pm | by Ben Munsen, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The wireless broadband carrier has rescheduled a shareholder vote on a bid to buy out Clearwire. Meanwhile, Sprint’s shareholders are scheduled to vote June 12 on SoftBank’s proposal to acquire a 70 percent stake in Sprint. As a result, Softbank may be put in the position of deciding whether to close the deal for Sprint without knowing the fate of Clearwire.

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Comcast gives a voice to X1 Remote app

May 30, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast subscribers that live in the areas where the cable operator’s next generation X1 platform has been deployed can now bark orders at their TVs by using Comcast’s X1 Remote app. The update to the X1 Remote app lets Comcast X1 customers change channels by saying the network name, or search for program titles, sports teams and actors by speaking into their iPhone microphones.

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BlackArrow targets ads to IP devices, forges new partnerships

May 30, 2013 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

BlackArrow announced the availability of a new product, BlackArrow Linear, that will help cable operators extend live and linear TV programming into IP devices. In tandem with the new product release, BlackArrow also announced partnerships with encoding, transcoding and packaging vendors to create an ecosystem for splicing ads into the live streams.

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Comcast blends Cisco’s WebEx into Upware marketplace

May 30, 2013 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced this morning that it has added Cisco’s WebEx Meeting center into its cloud-based Upware virtual marketplace that was designed to serve the needs of small and medium-sized (SMBs) businesses. With WebEx Meeting Center, businesses can conduct online meetings with customers, vendors, partners and colleagues across their organization or around the world

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Dish ups bid for Clearwire

May 30, 2013 12:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network has raised its bid for Clearwire to $4.40 per share, representing a 29 percent premium over the revised offer of $3.40 per share Sprint last week submitted to the internet wholesaler. The bid caused Clearwire’s stock to skyrocket in after hours trading. 

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Roku raises $60M from Hearst, News Corp, others

May 29, 2013 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roku Inc., the streaming video device maker, said Wednesday that it has raised $60 million in its sixth round of funding. Media giant Hearst Corp. and an unnamed institutional investor joined existing backers such as News Corp. and its subsidiary British Sky Broadcasting in the round.

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Cablemas adds VOD features, including multiscreen

May 29, 2013 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablemás is adopting Conax’s Xtend Multiscreen, which will give the Mexican cable operator the ability to extend the VOD services it has been offering with additional VOD content, and also advanced features such as Catch up, Live TV, nPVR and multiscreen. The Mexican MSO is also adopting enabling products from Evolution Digital, Cubiware, Harmonic and Vubiquity.

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Cisco: M2M manifests; video still driving global traffic

May 29, 2013 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

According to the company's latest global Internet traffic report, M2M Internet traffic has begun to have a measurable impact on global IP networks. The latest version of the annual Visual Networking Index also attested to the ongoing nature of other well-known trends: on a global basis, more people are getting connected, data consumption is increasing, and video represents a growing constituent element of global traffic.

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Hillcrest Labs joins Comcast RDK lineup

May 29, 2013 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Add another player to the list of vendors that have signed up to license Comcast’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) with today’s addition of Hillcrest Labs to the RDK lineup. With the agreement in hand, Hillcrest will be able to provide software development, integration and testing services to OEMs, semiconductor manufacturers, software vendors, software integrators and MVPDs who are taking part in the RDK effort.

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