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Roku teams with AOL to create news channel

November 15, 2013 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

“News is among the fastest growing categories on the Roku platform and this partnership with AOL makes it even easier for customers to find and start watching a variety of news videos,” said Steve Shannon, general manager of content and services, Roku. “This is the first integrated news service on a TV streaming platform and we expect for it to be a big hit.”

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Market for game consoles and gateways is blurring

November 15, 2013 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Xbox One and PS4 are both about to debut. At one time, they were expected to become alternatives to set-top boxes, but now? Along came Google's Chromecast, the Roku player, Apple TV and, of course, a slew of tablets. There are many ways to stream movies, TV and music into the home now. In that sense, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are no longer in a traditional, head-to-head battle.

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Comcast to sell films, shows via set-top box

November 15, 2013 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. plans to start selling movies and TV shows from its set-top box before the end of the year, according to a person familiar with the matter. The nation's largest cable TV provider already rents movies and TV shows, but by selling content through set-top boxes, it will expand a market that remains a small fraction of home entertainment spending in the U.S.

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Report: Worldwide pay TV subs tops 886.5 million

November 15, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite basic video subscriber losses in the United States, the worldwide pay TV subscriber base topped 886.5 million in the recent third quarter, which was a 6 percent increase year-over-year. According to a report by ABI Research, pay TV service revenues in the United States generated $62.6 billion in the third quarter.

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FCC OKs Adaptrum + Google white space combo

November 14, 2013 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adaptrum said this is the first pairing with Google TV the FCC has certified. A white space broadcaster can employ systems that work in one of two ways. The system can either analyze broadcast signals and select an unoccupied band, or it can check against a database of existing local broadcast signals and select an unused frequency. Adaptrum's ACRS 1.0 does the latter.

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Charter renames service "Charter Spectrum"

November 14, 2013 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter promised to rebrand its service as it goes all-digital, and the new identity it has chosen actually includes its name. The new all-digital service provides more channels in HD, and is also more expensive. The company said it has shifted more than 60 percent of subscribers to all-digital, but the transition to digital also seems to have had an effect on subscriber numbers.

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Time Warner Cable cues up music deal with Slacker

November 14, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is serving up free digital music for more than 11 million subcribers via a deal with Slacker. Time Warner Cable data customers will be able to access the various music genres that Slacker provides on its TWC Central web portal.

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Cisco's 1Q revenue falls below estimates

November 14, 2013 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tech bellwether Cisco Systems Inc. posted lower-than-expected revenue for its fiscal first quarter on Wednesday and warned that its revenue for the current period could fall as much as 10 percent from a year ago. Cisco's shares tumbled 11 percent in extended trading after the company gave its guidance

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Juniper names new CEO

November 14, 2013 11:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Juniper Networks Inc. has named Barclays executive Shaygan Kheradpir as CEO, replacing Kevin Johnson, who is retiring. Kheradpir, 52, had served as chief operations and technology officer at the financial services firm, which he joined in 2011.

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NBCUniversal takes over Sprout network

November 14, 2013 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal says it has taken full control of Sprout, the pay TV channel for preschoolers that it had launched with joint venture partners PBS, Sesame Workshop and Hit Entertainment in 2005. NBCU had a 47 percent stake previously while remaining partners PBS had about 17 percent and Hit had about 35 percent.

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Proposed bill will turn video business upside down

November 13, 2013 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Legislation to be proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller would guarantee equal access to cable network programming to over-the-top companies such as Netflix, Sony, and others. The bill assumes that OTT companies would use those rights to offer those channels on an a la carte basis.

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Clearleap nabs $20 million in funding round

November 13, 2013 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen vendor Clearleap has closed a $20 million round of funding to bring its total financing to $36 million since its inception in 2007. Susquehanna Growth Equity led the series C round with participation from Clearleap’s existing investors: Trinity Ventures and Noro-Moseley.

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Cable One boosts upstream speeds

November 13, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One has increased the upstream speed for free across three of its tiers. The company’s Streaming 50 Mbps plan now has a 3 Mbps upload speed; the 60 Mbps Premier plan has been upgraded to a 4 Mbps upload speed; and the 70 Mbps Ultra Plan has been upgrade to a 6 Mbps upload speed. 

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Comcast Business expands network in Puget Sound area

November 13, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has started a major network expansion to better serve businesses in the Puget Sound region. Once the expansion is completed in Kitsap County, local businesses will have access to Comcast’s commercial Internet service in addition to its Ethernet services.

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Wi-Fi: friend or foe for wireless carriers?

November 12, 2013 1:27 pm | by Jim Hudmon, Nexius Solutions | News | Comments

Cable Wi-Fi is beginning to nullify cellular carriers' natural advantage. Mobile operators can find a new service advantage by embracing cloud computing and the virtual environment of applications and clients. In particular, operators are ideally positioned to bundle cloud apps with their network assets to deliver over–the-top bundled services.

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