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Bright House becomes a jump ball in merger mania

May 8, 2015 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Regardless of who buys whom, Bright House is now inarguably in play. Who ends up with the company – or even if the company does not merge with anyone – is entirely up in the air.

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Candidate Fiorina stumps against FCC, Congress meddling

May 7, 2015 9:31 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Fiorina slammed the FCC's Open Internet rules and Title II classification of broadband, but advocated against the cable industry's preferred fix, for Congress to take the reins.

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Facing a hostile crowd at INTX, Wheeler stands firm

May 7, 2015 9:25 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC Chairman's promise to fix the broken retransmission consent rules wasn't nearly enough to mollify a crowd of cable operators still furious about Title II reclassification of broadband and the FCC's role in the dissolution of the Comcast-Time Warner deal.

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Comcast intros set-top for UHD, another for HDR

May 6, 2015 9:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has announced a new set-top-box in its X1 platform series that will offer 4K UHD programming. In addition, Comcast will release the Xi5 HDR, which will provide increased picture color, contrast, and brightness.

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Dolan suggests Cablevision merger with Time Warner Cable

May 6, 2015 9:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Not five minutes after taking the stage at the INTX general session today, Cablevision CEO James Dolan knocked the entire industry completely off balance by doing everything but explicitly asking Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus to buy Cablevision.

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Netflix attacks AT&T-DirecTV deal

May 6, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet video service Netflix is telling the Federal Communication that it should reject AT&T's purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV unless some changes are made.

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Suddenlink prepping headends for 1 Gbps broadband

May 6, 2015 10:27 am | by Brian Santo, @ | News | Comments

Suddenlink has begun installing Arris’ E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER), in preparation for a migration to DOCSIS 3.1 and the rollout of gigabit broadband services.

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Cisco starts shipping a CCAP system

May 6, 2015 9:47 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cisco said it has begun commercial shipments of its new  cBR-8  converged cable access platform. The CCAP system allows broadband operators full DOCSIS 3.1 capabilities, and delivers both full spectrum video convergence and SDN.

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Comcast vows that customer service is now job one

May 5, 2015 8:05 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

At a posh, newly remodeled flagship storefront that has yet to open to the public, Comcast announced a number of new initiatives to improve customer service, and had on display several others that have been in the works for some time.

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Comcast announces sleek new gateways for 2016

May 5, 2015 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Updated from INTX: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts revealed a line of gateways with a swanky new soft-edged polyhedral design; the official launch of its voice-based remote control; and a set of relationships with companies making automated home products.

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DirecTV adds 60K subs in US in Q1

May 5, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV said it added 60,000 net subscribers in the U.S. market during the quarter, or 48,000 more than it added in last year's first quarter. Total enrollment in its largest market climbed about 1 percent to 20.4 million.

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Handful of MSOs offering Hulu directly

May 5, 2015 10:36 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mediacom has cut deals to make both Netflix and Hulu directly available to its customers. Hulu entered similar deals with Armstrong, Atlantic Broadband, Mediacom Communications, Midcontinent Communications and WOW!

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Meerkat wins Mayweather-Pacquiao match

May 4, 2015 5:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The match popped up, unauthorized, on new services like Twitter's Periscope and Meerkat, where people used the video function on their smartphones to relay the broadcast directly to the Internet.

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Arris integrates TiVo interface in new set-top

May 4, 2015 5:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris has begun integrating TiVo software and cloud-based services with some of its set-top boxes, an interesting development given that TiVo and the huge chunk of Arris that used to be Motorola were at each other’s throats just a few years ago.

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Wheeler confident FCC will beat Title II lawsuits

May 4, 2015 3:07 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

"I said all along, the big dogs are going to sue," Wheeler said during an interview at TechCrunch's Disrupt New York event that was broadcast online. "There's nothing surprising about that." 

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