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FTC approves Frontier's purchase of Verizon networks

May 12, 2015 2:08 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier will be spending $10.5 billion to obtain Verizon’s fixed line DSL and FiOS assets in California, Texas, and Florida, in a deal announced earlier this year.

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Comcast joins OpenDayLight open SDN group

May 12, 2015 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast and CableLabs have been working on OpenDaylight through a sub-project of PacketCable, the goal of which is to develop a PacketCable PCMM southbound plugin and supporting modules to allow the ODL controller to provision a CMTS as a network element that manages service flows with dynamic QoS.

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Comcast Gigabit Pro at $300? Not so fast...

May 12, 2015 1:02 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast last night posted a set of web pages that said its Gigabit Pro service will be priced at $299 per month, but subsequently removed the information. Comcast announced the 2 Gbps last month, but still hasn't priced it.

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Verizon buying AOL in latest mobile video push

May 12, 2015 11:55 am | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The deal comes as Verizon prepares an Over-the-Top (OTT) mobile video service for launch this summer. Verizon says combining with AOL will allow the companies to create a scaled, mobile-first platform for advertising and give Verizon access to AOL’s large digital content portfolio.

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Using CCAP to ensure the spectrum bump doesn’t turn into a mountain

May 11, 2015 7:18 pm | by Dan Dodson and Michael Rogombe-Williams, IBB Consulting | Articles | Comments

With CCAP, operators can make balanced, gradual progress, rather than step-by-step movement toward IP video. By rebalancing VOD and DOCSIS “uses” within a single CCAP service group and using CCAP to manage spectrum one channel at a time, cable operators will gain more precise spectrum control.

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Charter hits the banks, adds to war chest

May 11, 2015 2:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter has met with banks to put together a debt package ranging between $25 billion and $30 billion. The move would strengthen its financial position should it succeed in its suit of Bright House Networks, or should it launch a new bid for Time Warner Cable – or both.

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Dish loses video subs in Q1, blames carriage problems

May 11, 2015 2:21 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Dish ended Q1 of 2015 with 13.844 million pay TV subscribers having lost 253,000 compared to the previous year’s Q1. The company said the losses were from expired programming carriage contracts that resulted in a higher pay TV churn rate and a decrease in gross new pay TV subscribers.

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Comcast names new CFO

May 11, 2015 1:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has appointed Michael Cavanagh as its new CFO and senior executive VP, and is appointing two new area vice presidents in Northern California.

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FCC rejects requests for stay of Title II implementation

May 11, 2015 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC flatly rejected petitions for a stay that would have prevented the Commission’s reclassification of broadband under Title II to take effect on June 12. Those who petitioned the FCC for a stay are expected to now turn to U.S. Courts directly for a stay.

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FCC loses Court battle that was holding up AT&T-DirecTV merger review

May 8, 2015 7:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

A Federal Appeals Court found concrete definition in the enigmatic and unexplained, only to be confronted with synonyms that had no strict legal definition. So it parsed those words with all the discrimination of a teenager choosing from among similar shades of red nail polish, all to determine the FCC had violated its own policies, thus committing a substantive procedural flaw.

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Roku signs up another TV maker -- Sharp

May 8, 2015 2:48 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Roku has entered into a partnership with Sharp to distribute a line of Roku TVs in the near future. The TVs will include a 43” LED model and a 50” LED TV. The new line will be sold at Best Buy in stores and online.

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Deluxe scores business with Charter and with Shaw

May 8, 2015 2:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter is working with Deluxe OnDemand to expand premium titles and device support for CharterTV, the MSO’s TV Everywhere application. Shaw , meanwhile, will rely on Deluxe’s VOD management solution.

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Spotify looking at video distribution

May 8, 2015 2:15 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Spotify has approached networks that specialize in creating and distributing video for YouTube about distributing that material, but also to become involved in developing original video content.

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AT&T dismisses Netflix objections to DirecTV merger

May 8, 2015 1:50 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T argued against Netflix’s claim that AT&T’s merger with DirecTV is harmful to online video distributors, and claimed “economic realities” would prevent AT&T from degrading service to customers. 

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Court eviscerates NSA justification for phone record sweeps

May 8, 2015 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court declared that the NSA's program that gathers data from landline calling records from Americans is illegal. Thursday's ruling happened as Congress considers if the program . . .

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