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Time Warner Cable adds live channels to app on Xbox One

April 28, 2015 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added live TV channels to its TWC TV app running on Microsoft’s Xbox One console. TWC began offering the app on the Xbox One last month, starting with on-demand content.


Cablevision first MSO to offer Hulu directly

April 28, 2015 2:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision has become the first cable or satellite operator to offer Hulu subscriptions directly. The company has not yet released details on pricing or when the service will become available to Optimum customers.


Verizon prepares for transition to SDN

April 28, 2015 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The company has no specific timetable for its network conversion, but it's been working with several of its largest vendors to create a comprehensive SDN network architecture document, including APIs, reference architectures and more.


Path 1 Teams Up With bitmovin to Enhance Video Streaming Quality

April 28, 2015 1:10 pm | by Path 1 | Product Releases | Comments

New PiXiE Player Decoder From Path 1 Is Now Integrated With bitmovin's bitdash(TM) Suite of MPEG-DASH Clients SAN DIEGO -- April 28, 2015 -- Path 1, a leading global provider of IP content delivery, today announced that it has teamed up with bitmovin, an industry leading provider of over-the-top (OTT) streaming solutions and cloud transcoding systems, to optimize playback of video content d...

AT&T adds scores of channels to TVE lineup

April 28, 2015 12:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A&T is boosting its TV Everywhere services by adding 41 live channels to its U-verse App. AT&T’s lineup has 236 channels available in the home and 173 that can be accessed outside of it.


Winners and losers in the wake of Comcast/TWC

April 27, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The breakdown of the deal is being seen as a blow to Comcast and the cable industry in general. Conversely, it's being hailed as a victory for consumer advocates and the competitors of the two companies.


CenturyLink experiments with fuel-cell power

April 27, 2015 1:45 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CenturyLink’s Irvine OC2 facility in southern California is now utilizing fuel-cell power. The two megawatt expansion commissioned by CenturyLink brings the facility up to 12 megawatts in total. Of that the fuel-cells make up 500 kilowatts.


Mediacom adds channels

April 27, 2015 1:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mediacom has announced it will be adding the DIY Network and Cooking Channel to its lineup. The company has added a new tier to its service called the “Kids and Variety Digital Pak.” The new channels will be accessed through this tier.


ESPN sues Verizon over FiOS pick and pay

April 27, 2015 1:19 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

ESPN has filed a lawsuit against Verizon for breach of contract. Verizon's FiOS Custom TV service allows customers to subscribe to a fixed 36 channels before picking additional channels to add to . . .   


Charter prepping new bid for Time Warner Cable

April 27, 2015 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

Right on cue and just as promised, Charter Communications is said to be holed up with financial partners, trying to arrange a new offer for Time Warner Cable. Charter is reported to be also be considering purchasing Bright House.


Amazon breaks out web services revenue for first time

April 24, 2015 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon Web Services is the biggest player in the public cloud-computing space, 5 or 6 times bigger than its closest competitor, Microsoft's Azure, and Google a distant third, according to analysts.

Suddenlink renews with The Weather Channel

April 24, 2015 1:43 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In advance of tornado season, Suddenlink has renewed a distribution deal with The Weather Channel that will span several years.


AT&T selling bonds to finance DirecTV purchase

April 24, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T has sold $17.5 billion in bonds in anticipation of its merger with DirecTV. To help secure Federal approval for the deal, the company is promising to expand GigaPower to two million additional customers.  


Cablevision debuts packages for cord cutters

April 24, 2015 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The packages start with broadband, and also make use of the situation that Aereo tried (but failed) to exploit – that local TV channels are free over the air. Cablevision’s new packages come with a free HDTV antenna that subscribers can install in their homes.


Comcast walking away from TWC deal

April 23, 2015 7:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

From the beginning, the company vigorously defended the merger as a great deal for everyone involved, but all of the proposed benefits were nice-to-haves -- nothing associated with the deal was imperative or solved any particular problem for anybody.



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