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U-verse a bright spot in AT&T's Q3

October 23, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company recorded 601,000 U-verse high speed Internet subscriber net adds, including 44,000 business customers, pushing its total of broadband customers past 12 million. AT&T also tallied 216,000 U-verse TV subscribers added, for a total of more than 6 million.

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X1 drives solid third quarter for Comcast

October 23, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aided by declining video subscriber losses, an increase in data subscribers and continued growth in the business services sector, Comcast posted solid results in its third quarter earnings report this morning. While Comcast lost 81,000 video subscribers in the recent third quarter, it was still the best third quarter for video in the past seven years. 

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Distribution contracts and the benefits of a strategic petard

October 22, 2014 6:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Programmers are holding up Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable and AT&T's merger with DirecTV because they don’t want 108 people from learning the details of their contracts with their distributors. The argument should be blown up from underneath them with a well-placed metaphoric landmine.

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WICT Rocky Mountain tees up “Tech It Out” conference

October 22, 2014 3:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Women in Cable Telecommunications Rocky Mountain Chapter today announced that its 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Tech It Out Conference is slated for Nov. 13 at Infinity Park Event Center in the Denver suburb of Glendale. WICT’s Tech It Out Conference was designed to bring together thought-leaders in technology and create strong women leaders, both inside and outside of the cable industry.

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Peregrine debuts RF chip for D3.1 cable modems

October 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Set-tops, cable modems and gateways have previously supported only one upstream and downstream band at a time. Peregrines new chip has a dual-band architecture, enabling it to operate in DOCSIS 3.0 networks, and then be reset to operate in a D3.1 environments, with no exchange of hardware necessary.

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Comcast and AT&T deal reviews both put on hold

October 22, 2014 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Numerous content companies have filed multiple objections, some complaining that specific individuals should be barred from viewing the contracts, some insisting that no one outside the FCC should be able to review the documents. Given the parties are at an impasse on this matter, the FCC is stopping its review clock.

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Eastlink launches Wireless TV

October 22, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canadian cable operator Eastlink recently launched “Wireless TV” across its footprint, which gives its subscribers the ability to watch TV on up to six sets in a home without cable connections.The service uses Eastlink’s Maestro DVR, which, according to pictures on Eastlink’s website, is made by Arris.

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Cox doubles up on San Diego broadband speeds

October 22, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications is doubling up the downstream speeds on two of its most popular tiers in San Diego County. The speed of Cox’s Preferred tier will increase from 25 Mbps down to 50 Mbps while the Premier offering ramps up from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Cox said the Preferred and Premier tiers represent more than 75 percent of its data customers in San Diego.

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FTC names privacy expert as chief technologist

October 22, 2014 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday named an outspoken Internet privacy expert, Ashkan Soltani, as its chief technologist in a move that signals the agency's focus on protecting consumers' online privacy. A computer scientist and technology researcher, Soltani has advised several leading news organizations in reporting on complex technical issues related to Internet privacy.

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The AWS-3 auction is going to be a street fight

October 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Eighty potential bidders have submitted applications to participate. Smaller carriers like Guam-based Docomo and Bluegrass Wireless have thrown their hats in the ring, but the ones to watch are AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Dish, which needs a strong broadband play and thinks wireless will be the way to go.

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FiOS growth solid, if unspectactular, in Verizon Q2

October 21, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While FiOS did well on the residential side with 114K new video subscribers, commercial FiOS operations have been lagging. On the enterprise side, FiOS revenue was down 4.4 percent in the quarter. Analysts assert that cable competition is cutting into FiOS commercial operations.

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Time Warner Cable drops new Arris gateway into LA, New York City markets

October 21, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has upped its DVR capability in its Los Angeles and New York City markets with a new six-tuner gateway from Arris. Arris’ DCX3600 gateway features a 1-terabyte hard drive, which features up to six times more storage capacity than current Time Warner Cable DVRs.

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RCN Business checks into 325 Hudson Street

October 21, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business has installed a point-of-presence at 325 Hudson in New York City in order to provide its business customers with more interconnection options. On the flip side, 325 Hudson customers gained access to other markets served by RCN Business including: Boston, Chicago, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

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Suddenlink first cable operator to sign up for Sony Movie Channel

October 21, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is the first cable operator to sign a carriage agreement with Sony Movie Channel. Sony Movie Channel, which is broadcast in HD, has deals in place with Dish Network, DirecTV, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink.

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SeaChange names Samit as new CEO

October 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen software vendor SeaChange International has hired Jay Samit as its new CEO. Samit replaced former CEO Raghu Rau, who led the company for the past three years. Samit has also joined SeaChange’s board of directors, which voted unanimously in favor of hiring him as CEO. 

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