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RCN adds Watch Disney, ABC apps to digital roster

December 30, 2014 11:26 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is now offering its digital video customers live access to Disney and ABC networks at home or on-the-go via Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD, Watch Disney Junior, Watch ABC Family and Watch ABC. The deal allows RCN’s authenticated subscribers to access the Disney Channel and ABC networks on their iOS and Android devices, as well as online by downloading the respective apps.

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China cuts access to Gmail

December 30, 2014 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese seeking to avoid government monitoring. Data from Google's Transparency Report show online traffic from China to Gmail fell precipitously on Friday and dropped to nearly zero on Saturday, although there was a tiny pickup on Monday.

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Internet of Things to thrive on business applications

December 29, 2014 7:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

IoT Special Report: The first experience many communications service providers have with the Internet of Things (IoT) is in home monitoring and automation services, but it’s the business market, not the residential market, that represents some of the biggest opportunities.

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Service providers have big role to play in IoT market

December 29, 2014 7:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

IoT Special Report: The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to be in sore need of management. Cycle30 specializes in back office systems that service providers can deploy to manage any connected device – mobile handsets, sensors, anything, and then manage how to make money from the systems.

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The State of the IoT Union

December 29, 2014 6:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

IoT Special Report: The IoT worldwide market could be worth as much as $19 trillion over the next decade. If cable operators want a slice, they are going to have to prepared to process vast amounts of data in real time, and they'll have to help consumers comprehend the value of having everything connected.

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PlayStation, Xbox Live both back online

December 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony vice president Catherine Jensen added that "PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels of traffic to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay." The Lizard Squad — or someone claiming to speak for it — took credit for the Sony  disruptions.

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Defiant Sony will release "The Interview" after all

December 23, 2014 5:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"The Interview" was put back into theaters Thursday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release. Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the film on more platforms and in more theaters.

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FCC again stops the clock on the Comcast-TWC merger

December 23, 2014 5:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TWC told the FCC that it had withheld the documents on an incorrect claim of attorney-client privilege, according to the agency. TWC should have turned over those documents in September, but did not until earlier this month (December). Furthermore, there are another 30,000 documents that were misplaced due to some unspecified vendor error.

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Kentucky begins $250M project to improve "dismal" broadband availability

December 23, 2014 3:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The state is getting most of the money from Macquarie Capital. Macquarie has assemble a team including First Solutions, Fujitsu Network Communications, Black & Veatch, and Bowlin Group, to design, develop and operate the private/public network over the next 30 years.

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SeaChange snags TimeLine Labs for $22M

December 23, 2014 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Timeline Labs has built a content management platform that enables its customers to discover, curate and display geographically targeted news stories that are trending across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. SeaChange said it intends to expand the target audience to include multiscreen television service providers.

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Regulating online video distributors: Capital Currents

December 22, 2014 4:47 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Now that the NPRM has been published, we can see the legal and policy problems that it will face. There are many. If OVDs are determined by the FCC to qualify as MVPDs, then it might give them certain program access rights. But MVPDs also face certain obligations. Will these same obligations apply to OVDs?

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FCC proposes OTT companies get MVPD status

December 22, 2014 4:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The question is coming up with increasing frequency, and cannot be ignored. Sky Angel continues to press its case. More recently, the Supreme Court confused the issue immensely by likening Aereo to an MVPD, even though absolutely nobody else agrees, a conundrum that helped drive Aereo into bankruptcy. 

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Telstra, Sky invest in Elemental Technologies

December 22, 2014 3:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telstra has invested directly in Elemental Technologies, leading a $14.5 million Series D round of funding joined by Sky, another Elemental customer that had previously invested in the vendor. Elemental said it will use the funds to accelerate worldwide growth and expand its suite of SDV solutions to support the whole of the IP video delivery chain.

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Today in Engineering History: Last Lunar-Landing Mission

December 19, 2014 1:42 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

On this day in history 1972, the final three astronauts to travel to the moon arrived back to Earth, successfully completing the Apollo 17 mission. Astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt stayed on the surface of the moon for a record 75 hours.

Title II means $15B in consumer fees? "Baloney"!

December 19, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Communications companies claim that applying Title II regulation to broadband would inevitably lead to up to $15 billion in regulatory fees being passed on to consumers. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, who wrote the Internet Tax Freedom Act, says the claim is "baloney."

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