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Capital Currents: TV Broadcasting – The Next Generation

February 11, 2014 7:07 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The emerging picture of ATSC 3.0 resembles a combination of ATSC 2.0 and DVB-T2, and if that's the case, U.S. broadcasting is looking at a significant chicken-and-egg problem. Consumers will have to buy new TVs, and broadcasters will have to switch to a new broadcasting system, but nobody will make a move unless someone else goes first.

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Cogeco cable offers geolocational advertising

February 11, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has installed Invidi’s Advatar addressable advertising platform to accomplish geo-specific content delivery. Capital Networks is managing the ad insertion operation for the Advatar system. The ads are customized for Cogeco subscribers viewing programming from TV station CHCH on Cogeco's system.

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Kabel Deutschland licenses the RDK

February 11, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cable companies all over the world are clearly encouraging the cable equipment vendors to expand to global scale, which should have a salubrious effect on equipment costs. Prior to the development of the RDK, cable companies in Asia, Europe, and The Americas agreed to give up regional differences in DOCSIS in favor of the single approach represented by DOCSIS 3.1.

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Charter announces 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board

February 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As expected, Charter Communications fired off another salvo this morning as it prepares for its proxy fight for Time Warner Cable by announcing a full slate of 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board of directors. Included on the list of nominees were former Adelphia and Charter CTO Marwan Fawaz, and former Time Warner Cable engineering whiz Jim Chiddix.

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Warring weather channels vie for viewers

February 11, 2014 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Since Jan. 13, El Segundo, Calif.-based DirecTV has replaced The Weather Channel with WeatherNation TV in a dispute over fees. The move is angering customers, who say WeatherNation is a poor substitute that offers rote seven-day forecasts without the in-depth analysis.

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Time Warner Cable agrees to carry Padres games

February 11, 2014 12:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has agreed to carry San Diego Padres games on Fox Sports San Diego, ending a two-year stalemate that affected 22 percent of the county. Both companies said Monday that Time Warner Cable will begin offering Fox Sports San Diego on March 30, when the Padres open their season with a home game against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Report: Sprint getting cold feet on T-Mobile merger

February 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Officials have pointed to the competitive wireless industry that emerges since the FCC in 2011 blocked AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile. T-Mobile came away from that dashed deal with a big breakup fee that it put into expanding its network. Regulatory officials have repeatedly spoken about the need for four competitors in the U.S. wireless market.

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Front Porch links with thePlatform

February 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Front Porch Digital can now offer its customers a complete, hosted multiscreen video-publishing solution in the cloud. LYNX customers will be able to use mpx to upload, manage, and distribute videos to their own websites, third-party sites, smartphones, tablets, and more.

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DirecTV adds ‘local weather now’ from WeatherNation

February 10, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

DirecTV has added more features, including “Local Weather Now,” to its WeatherNation channel. DirecTV turned to Denver-based WeatherNation last month after it couldn’t reach a retransmission agreement with The Weather Channel. 

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Nielsen connects local ratings with consumers’ purchases

February 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Nielsen announced the launch of its Local Buyer Reach service, which links local TV stations’ viewing information with actual consumer transactions. The service works across more than 40 buyer categories, including automotive, retail shopping, quick-service restaurants, and grocery stores.

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Nielsen: Media everywhere, bathroom included

February 10, 2014 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Television still remains central to media consumption, the study found, despite the increase in time-shifted viewing and streaming video through a computer or smartphone. In the past year, time-shifting of television content grew by almost two hours, averaging 13 hours per month, the study found.

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CenturyLink boots up 1 gig service for MTUs in Salt Lake City

February 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink took the wraps off of a symmetrical, 1 gigabit-per-second tier for multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings in the Salt Lake City area. While CenturyLink launched a 1gig service for business and residential customers in Las Vegas last year, as well as a pilot in Omaha, Neb., the Salt Lake City deployment marked the first time it has gone directly to MTUs with its 1 gigabit service.

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AT&T aims to buy Cable One spectrum licenses

February 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T’s potential deal with Cable One marks the second significant spectrum transaction already this year for the carrier. In January, AT&T announced it was buying from Aloha Partners 49 AWS licenses covering approximately 50 million people in 14 states including California, Illinois and Massachusetts.

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RDK takes center stage at Denver conference

February 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Roughly 200 attendees are expected to be on hand at next week’s second RDK User’s Conference in Denver. The private conference, which is slated for Tuesday, will mark the public debut of sorts for RDK Management, the joint venture between Time Warner Cable and Comcast that was formed last year to help manage the Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative.

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Qualcomm touts Broadcast LTE for video and more

February 7, 2014 12:34 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks.

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