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CBS debuts stand-alone streaming service

October 16, 2014 1:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows. The news comes a day after HBO said it plans to offer a streaming-only service next year.

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Verizon offers choice of LTE WAN routers with AeroHive model

October 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon had been using products from NetGear. It is now sourcing LTE WAN routing systems from yet another vendor, AeroHive Networks. Verizon is offering routing systems for business customers that include LTE as either a primary connectivity option or as back-up for WAN connectivity.  

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Excentis sets D3.1 training in Atlanta, Santa Clara

October 16, 2014 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Excentis has scheduled its first training sessions in the U.S. The organization will be offering courses in DOCSIS 3.1 technology in two cities in November. The 2-day training events are designed to help engineers understand the new features in DOCSIS 3.1 and learn how to prepare networks for the upgrade.

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WOW! Business sets up shop in Maryland

October 16, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business is now offering its voice, data and cloud services to businesses in Annapolis and other communities in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Starting this month, WOW! Business said it was serving up its commercial services to thousands of businesses in Annapolis, Pasadena, Millersville and other parts of the county closest to its 200-plus mile coaxial and fiber-optic network.

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Atlantic Broadband adds 10-Gig Metro E service to business portfolio

October 16, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has added a 10 Gigabit Metro Ethernet service to its business services roster. The 10-Gig Metro E service is available across all of Atlantic Broadband’s footprint including Western Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, Maryland/Delaware, and Aiken, S.C.

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Comcast has bold plans in NASCAR coverage

October 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast has innovative plans to beef up how NASCAR fans follow the sport, from routine news stories flowing on a ticker during the week to expanded coverage from inside the pits on the weekends. Comcast recently signed a 10-year agreement to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier racing series beginning next season.

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Netflix's stock plunges as subscriber growth slips

October 16, 2014 11:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This is a sequel that Netflix shareholders never wanted to see: The world's largest Internet video service has once again turned off potential viewers with a price increase that is punishing the company's stock price. The backlash surfaced in a third-quarter earnings report that Netflix Inc. released Wednesday.

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New DirecTV satellite might be used for 4K delivery

October 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV’s latest satellite has been delivered in preparation for launch. This satellite represents what appears to be the first commercial use of reverse band, which enables some of the same spectrum, and/or some adjacent spectrum, used for the uplink to also be used for the downlink.

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Sony introduces TV version of PlayStation line

October 15, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The device seems to be a placeholder for something that might come later. Apps for OTT services can be downloaded, but they’re disabled. What you can do with it is play a select list of PlayStation Vita games on it (not all of them), and you can use it to stream games from your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 to a TV.

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Report: Global set-top box market a mixed bag

October 15, 2014 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A recent report by Infonetics Research noted that the global set-top box market was rife with “mixed signals” with revenues increasing 4 percent to $4.8 billion from the first to second quarter of this year while shipments were down in the second quarter of this year when compared to the same quarter a year ago.

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RCN powers up 110 Mbps tier in Chicago

October 15, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Over builder RCN has bumped up its fastest data tier in Chicago to 110 Mbps on the downstream and 15 Mbps on the upstream. Prior to Chicago, RCN had rolled out its 110/15 Mbps Internet speeds in Boston, New York City, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.

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McAndrew exits Cablevision for Xylem

October 15, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a two year stint as Cablevision’s vice president of corporate communications, Kelly McAndrew has left the cable operator’s employ for Xylem. McAndrew joined Xylem, which focuses on global water issues, as vice president of global public affairs.

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HBO will offer HBO Go stand-alone in 2015

October 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The announcement would have been a surprise if HBO’s “Game of Thrones” hadn’t become known as the most frequently pirated show in television history, and if HBO executives hadn’t been asked about the possibility of offering HBO Go at every public appearance all along.

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Qualcomm buying CSR in $2.5 billion deal

October 15, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Qualcomm is buying British chip maker CSR in a deal worth approximately $2.5 billion as it pushes aggressively into technology that connects devices over the Internet. CSR concentrates on the auto, consumer, and voice and music segments. The company's fiscal 2013 revenue totaled $960.7 million.

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Nobel winner: cable could have been cheaper in the U.S., but...

October 14, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition. U.S. regulators didn't follow Tirole's advice to require cable and phone companies to sell competitors access to last mile connections.

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