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Verizon picks up Intel's cloud video operation

January 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon Communications confirmed that it will buy Intel Media, Intel’s IP video operation. The company expects to use the technology to improve multi-screen delivery on both its wireline FiOS network and on its wireless LTE network.  Intel Media was driving to become a competitive commercial video company, similar to Netflix, Amazon Instant, or the forthcoming service from Sony.

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Charter fires back at Time Warner Cable

January 21, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to win the hearts, minds and votes of Time Warner Cable shareholders, it’s become a war of online presentations between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Today Charter Communications posted a follow up presentation on its website that came on the heels of Time Warner Cable’s rejection of its $132.50 per share bid for Time Warner Cable early last week.

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TWC to offer theme-based lineups in parts of Maine, NH

January 21, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting March 4, Time Warner Cable will launch its theme-based digital channel lineup in some areas of Maine and New Hampshire. The new channel lineup makes it easier for subscribers to find the content and shows they want by grouping channels together into similar genres, such as sports, news, music, kids/teens and premium channels.

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Media: Netflix app launches on Com Hem STBs

January 20, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

Starting today, subscribers of Sweden’s Com Hem can access Netflix content via an app on their set-top boxes. According to Broadband TV, Netflix is available to Com Hem users that have TiVo boxes in their homes. The deal is similar to the one Virgin Media, TiVo and Netflix cooked up late last year. 

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Some Obama spy changes hampered by complications

January 20, 2014 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several of the key surveillance reforms unveiled by President Barack Obama face complications that could muddy the proposals' lawfulness, slow their momentum in Congress and saddle the government with heavy costs and bureaucracy, legal experts warn. 

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Slumping Intel to cut more than 5,000 jobs in 2014

January 20, 2014 12:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel plans to trim more than 5,000 jobs from its workforce this year in an effort to boost its earnings amid waning demand for its personal computer chips. The Santa Clara-based company confirmed the job cuts Friday, the day after Intel Corp. reported its profit and revenue had fallen for the second consecutive year.

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SK Telecom to Show Off 450 Mbps LTE-Advanced

January 20, 2014 12:41 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Korean wireless provider said it can combine three bands—two 10 MHz bands and one 20 MHz—and hit aggregated downlink rates of 300 Mbps. The company expects to commercially launch the service by the end of 2014 when it estimates compatible chipsets will come to market.

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Report: Sprint / T-Mobile merger in the works

January 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom (DT) have moved to direct talks on a deal for the German carrier’s 67-percent stake in T-Mobile. The two companies are said to be ironing out obstacles to the deal and said the process could take months. The deal could have a profound effect on wireless broadband and broadband pricing trends.

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Obama proposes new limits on NSA phone collections

January 17, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing such records.

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NFL Network to stream live on Xbox One

January 17, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Microsoft is working with NeuLion to enable the delivery of the channel at 60 fps. Doubling the typical frame rate of live video is especially pertinent with sports broadcasts. Sports networks, including ESPN, consistently say that if forced to choose between one or the other, a faster frame rate is preferable to higher resolution.

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Cincy’s got next on Aereo’s service

January 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aereo announced that its antenna and cloud-based TV service would launch in Cincinnati on Tuesday. It’s been a busy month for Barry Diller-backed Aereo. The latest launch will be on the heels of the Supreme Court agreeing to decide on whether Aereo can offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters. Also this month, Aereo secured $34 million in its third round of funding.

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Former Cox exec Schultz joins Charter

January 17, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has hired Richard Schultz for the position of senior vice president of inbound sales and retention, customer operations. Schultz has more than 25 years of experience leading sales in the telecommunications industry, most recently at Cox Communications.

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Time Warner Cable Business Class debuts SIP trunking

January 17, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is now offering a session initiated protocol (SIP) trunking service to its customers. Comcast, Cox Rogers Communications and Cablevision also offer SIP trunking services to their business customers. 

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Southwest Airlines, Dish extend live-TV deal

January 17, 2014 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Southwest Airlines Co. and Dish Network Corp. said Thursday that they will extend free in-flight, live-TV service through the end of this year for passengers who watch on their own Internet-capable devices. The service started last July and includes nearly 20 channels and up to 75 on-demand programs.

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Comcast’s new research center reaches for the skies

January 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Not content with already having the tallest skyscraper in its hometown of Philadelphia, Comcast announced yesterday that its new research center will be even taller when its finished in 2017. The glass and stainless steel Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will over shadow the neighboring Comcast Center, which is the cable operator’s headquarters that opened in 2008.

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