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Dish, CBS agree to second extension

November 26, 2014 10:58 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Video blackouts are a real buzz kill for those tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving comas, so on that note CBS and Dish Network agreed to extend their retransmission talks for the second time. The two sides had settled on a five-day extension on Nov. 20 before the second extension was announced Tuesday night.

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FCC, T-Mobile come to terms on speed tests

November 26, 2014 10:41 am | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC announced it has worked out an agreement with T-Mobile to ensure the carrier’s customers get accurate mobile broadband speed test readings even after they’ve been throttled. T-Mobile last summer began exempting data speed tests from impacting customers’ data caps, but speed tests under that program displayed full network speeds even if the customer is being throttled back to 128 Kbps or 64 Kbps.

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A Perry Mason twist in the FCC's favor

November 25, 2014 8:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

In Washington, D.C., a set of programmers are holding up two major corporate takeovers because they don’t want a few extra lawyers to become privy to the trade secrets in their retrans consent contracts. Meanwhile, in Washington State, a Court of Appeals just ruled there no grounds for claiming that the terms of retrans agreements are trade secrets.

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Denhart steps down as CEO at BlackArrow

November 25, 2014 7:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BlackArrow’s Dean Denhart is stepping down as the company’s chief executive officer. He’d held that position for the last 7 years. BlackArrow president Nick Troiano will lead the company moving forward. “Dean has been a key part of BlackArrow’s success and he has positioned us well for the future,” said Troiano.

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Building A Converged Video Architecture: A Panacea for Multi-platform Woes

November 25, 2014 5:54 pm | by Les Carter, vice president/chief architect, BlackArrow | Articles | Comments

A scalable converged video architecture lets the pay-TV service provider rise above the challenges of multi-platform video integration and allows them to focus on the business side of monetization. It also means more relevant ads for consumers and cross-platform, addressable ads for advertisers. In the end, this architecture has a little something for everyone.

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Kids’ VOD network Kabillion lands deal with Cablevision

November 25, 2014 4:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Kabillion, a VOD network that features content for kids, recently reached a carriage agreement with Cablevision. With the Cablevision deal, Kabillion is now available to more than 50 million homes across the United States. Other programming partners for Kabillion include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Verizon and Bright House Networks.

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Betting on Internet of Things, Tyco invests in Qolsys

November 25, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tyco International introduced a new software platform it intends to be the centerpiece of an Internet of Things (IoT) product strategy, and invested in home automation specialist Qolsys. The company also hired a new CTO, Daryll T. Fogal, to preside over it all.

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Pew study: Americans clueless about the Internet

November 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Only about 6 in 10 Internet users understand the basic concepts of "net neutrality." The results underscore what many say is a growing problem for the U.S.: a generation reliant on the convenience that technology brings, but with little understanding of the risks of conducting nearly every transaction digitally.

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Google Fiber takes wraps off of Austin pricing plans

November 25, 2014 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Ahead of signing up customers next month for its 1-Gig service in some areas of Austin, Google Fiber has posted pricing details on its Website. Google Fiber’s standalone, symmetrical gigabit offering costs $70 a month while a bundle of 150 TV channels and the 1-Gig service checks in at $130 a month. 

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Report: DOCSIS channel shipments up 85 percent YoY in 3Q

November 25, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pushed along by investments in high-bandwidth services, DOCSIS channels shipments were up 95 percent year-over-year in the third quarter. The move from CMTS platforms to the cable industry’s Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) is also well underway with CCAP revenue increasing 7 percent in the third quarter to $360 million, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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Cablevision promotes Anselmo to VP, corporate communications

November 25, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Effective immediately, Cablevision has promoted Lisa Anselmo to vice president, corporate communications. Anselmo, who previously served as senior director of corporate communications, reports to Charles Schueler, Cablevision’s executive vice president of media and community relations. 

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Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25 percent

November 25, 2014 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Redbox is raising its DVD rental prices by 25 percent in an effort to wring more revenue from the shrinking audience that still watches movies on discs rather than online. The increase announced Monday means the price to check out a DVD from one of Redbox's nearly 44,000 in-store kiosks will climb from $1.20 per day to $1.50 effective Dec. 2. Redbox's Blu-Ray rental rates are jumping 33 percent, from $1.50 per day to $2.

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R&D-Product Development Metrics Summit: Norwood MA

November 24, 2014 7:52 pm | by CED | Events

The 18th R&D-Product Development Metrics Summit will provide participants with a snapshot of the evolution, current status, and projected future of R&D and Product Development Metrics as viewed from the top of corporations.

By the numbers: Wi-Fi dominating cellphone data usage

November 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Infographic: On  average,  U.S.  subscribers consumed 1.8 GB of data per month in Q3, and that was roughly the same for iOS and Android phone users. The majority of that data was consumed on Wi-Fi networks, though iOS users relied on Wi-Fi a little more heavily than Android users.

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AT&T dangles prospect of Shop While You Watch app

November 24, 2014 1:10 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

The idea has been kicking around for years: give viewers the ability to buy whatever they see on their screens being worn, used, eaten, or in any other way displayed. AT&T is considering doing that for U-verse. AT&T is calling the concept Shop While You Watch, and it seems to be floating the idea to see if anyone will bite.

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