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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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Samsung, Apple CEOs to discuss lawsuit settlement

January 9, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The chiefs of Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. will meet to discuss settling a bitter two year legal battle over designs and technologies of smartphones and tablets. A filing with the U.S. District court in San Jose showed Thursday that senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this week that the CEOs will meet by or before Feb. 19.

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aioTV platform integrates all video listings into one guide

January 8, 2014 1:29 pm | News | Comments

aioTV has devised a platform that enables service providers to create a program guide that integrates listings from the provider’s own line-up with listings from any other video service. Called PassBox, the platform extends the aioTV platform to enable providers to easily deliver any source of video content in an integrated guide under their brand.

Sony announces streaming TV and game services

January 8, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Among the many things Sony announced at CES, two could be momentous for established MVPDs: the company plans to introduce a competitive web-based video service, and it plans to switch delivery of Playstation games from selling physical disks to a streaming model.

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Rovi cues up SD, HD DTA guide for North America

January 8, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rovi announced that it would be heading to market in the first half of this year with a new HD and SD DTA guide for North American cable operators. The Rovi DTA Guide, which was first announced at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in 2011, will provide more digital-like features in viewers’ living rooms.

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Aereo scores $34 million in third round of funding

January 8, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Barry Diller-backed Aereo, which provides a service that delivers broadcast television stations over the Internet, announced it had secured $34 million in additional funding. Aereo said it would use the third-round of funding to support the nationwide expansion of its service as well as for increased investments in hiring and technology. 

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Comcast adds video subs in Q4

January 8, 2014 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. added video customers in its fourth quarter, its first gain in that business in six-and-a-half years. Comcast has been investing in new products and customer service to morph from a cable company to a technology company, Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts told investors Tuesday at the Citi Internet Media & Telecommunications Conference.

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Your next TV: Will it be Ultra HD?

January 8, 2014 12:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After attempts to hawk 3-D and OLED TVs fizzled in recent years, television manufacturers are taking small steps toward making a new technology, Ultra HD, more viable for mainstream consumers. It's the first TV format to be driven by the Internet video-streaming phenomenon, and at the International CES gadget show this week, major streaming players Netflix and Amazon said they'll offer movies and TV shows in the format.

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Entropic bursts out with set-top, networking products

January 7, 2014 1:42 pm | News | Comments

The company flooded CES with a spate of new products, including a series of chips for satellite set-top boxes; an Android-based IP STB with partner TVStorm; and another IP “set-top” in the form of an HDMI stick, developed with Novabase. Entropic also announced a MoCA 2.0 USB bus-powered adapter reference design.

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Charter to increase data speeds

January 7, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With its all digital conversion project slated to be finished in all of its systems this year, Charter Communications announced it was boosting some of the data speeds for its business and residential subscribers. For residential subscribers, Charter said it would double its flagship tier speeds from 30 Mbps to 60 Mbps at no additional cost. 

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Fandango to sell movie tickets on Samsung TVs

January 7, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast-owned Fandango will launch a new service in the first quarter of this year that will allow viewers to watch movie trailers and then purchase tickets on Samsung TVs. Fandango’s service is built into Samsung’s Smart Hub, which is a video recommendation and discovery service offered on Samsung Smart TVs.

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The horror: Fearnet signs on with Buckeye CableSystem

January 7, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thriller and horror network Fearnet has inked a multi-year distribution agreement with Buckeye CableSystem. Starting yesterday, Fearnet became available to Buckeye’s subscribers on its digital basic package in both SD and HD. Buckeye also locked up TV Everywhere rights from Fearnet.

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Samsung teams up with Comcast for ultra-HD movies

January 7, 2014 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that it is tackling the problem of getting ultra-high-definition content to its new TV sets by teaming up with the Internet streaming services of Comcast, Netflix and Amazon. Under its partnership with Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable company, Samsung TVs would get UHD content through an app running on the Internet-connected TV, bypassing Comcast's set-top boxes.

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