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Cox fires up Wi-Fi peering with Bright House

December 23, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cox Communications has concluded its integration with the other members of CableWiFi by wrapping up a peering arrangement with Bright House Networks. With the integration of Cox and Bright House Networks hotspots, Cox customers may now access free WiFi in Orlando, Tampa, Daytona, Northern Virginia, Connecticut and Indiana.

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Time Warner, Tribune sign retrans agreement

December 23, 2013 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tribune Company and Time Warner Cable announced a new multi-year retransmission consent agreement for the Tribune broadcast television stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Diego and Indianapolis, as well as the company’s expanded station portfolio.

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Tribune to buy Gracenote for $170M

December 23, 2013 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Gracenote is by far best known for its music metadata, used by a number of streaming music services. The Gracenote database gets 550 million look-ups each day and more than 16 billion every month, the company claimed. Beyond that, Gracenote also has an extensive video metadata database as well.

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FCC approves 2 TV station group mergers

December 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The mergers had been opposed by many in the cable industry, who fear that ongoing consolidation will only exacerbate the problem of broadcasters building their market power in an effort to extract ever-higher retransmission consent fees.

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Review: Roku vs. AppleTV vs. Chromecast

December 20, 2013 12:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Streaming video devices such as Roku, Apple TV and Google's Chromecast project video from Netflix, YouTube and other services onto the big-screen TV. Suddenly, the computer seems inadequate. Internet television will never be the same. Internet-connected TVs, TiVo digital video recorders and various game consoles also come with apps for video services.

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GCI plans to offer 1 Gig service by 2015

December 20, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

GCI Communications, which is Alaska’s biggest telecommunications company, said it would have the state’s first Gigabit Internet service live in Anchorage by 2015. Before it reaches 1 Gig, GCI said it would incrementally increase the speeds on its "fiber re:D" tier.

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Report: Cable’s slice of pay-TV market continues to dwindle

December 20, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The continued exodus of basic cable subscribers in North America was an anchor on the worldwide cable revenue market while IPTV and satellite providers grew their revenues. According to a recent study by Infonetics research, cable revenue market share fell another percent in first half of this year.

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BlackBerry posts 3Q loss of $4.4B

December 20, 2013 12:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry reported a massive $4.4 billion loss in the third quarter and 56 percent drop in revenue in its first results under new chairman and interim chief executive John Chen who hopes to make the company profitable again by 2016. BlackBerry also announced Friday it is entering into a five-year partnership with Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that assembles products in vast factories in China.

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Verizon to publish data on phone records requests

December 20, 2013 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc. says it will publish information on the number of requests for customer records it received from law enforcement agencies this year. The announcement Thursday from the largest U.S. cellphone carrier comes as debate over data-gathering by the National Security Agency intensifies in Washington.

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Arris ties in to leading recommendation engines

December 19, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it has integrated its Merchandiser content marketing solution with content recommendation platforms from ThinkAnalytics, Digitalsmiths, and other vendors. Service providers can enhance their On-Demand storefronts to offer personalized recommendations alongside targeted pricing, ads, upgrades and discounts.

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TWC’s enables cloud navigation on 2 million gateways

December 19, 2013 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning that its new guide with cloud-based features was now on 2 million hybrid gateways, with plans to hit 6 million by the end of next year. The new guide was paired with updated cloud-based navigation services, more program information, a new VOD portal and better search and recommendation capabilities.

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IBM buying big-data transfer specialist Aspera

December 19, 2013 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Companies that deal in content in one way or another rely on the technology to shorten production cycles, or to upload TV shows and movies to popular consumer services. The company’s technology, called fasp, is used by cable operators and other service providers for backbone transmission of video and other data.

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Programmer Up picks Comcast Wholesale for content delivery

December 19, 2013 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Up, which specialize in family programming, has picked Comcast Wholesale business unit’s Comcast Media Center to provide multi-content delivery services. The Comcast Media Center (CMC) is handling channel origination and transmission services for UP from its playback platform. 

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Advisory panel recommends more oversight for NSA 


December 19, 2013 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

If President Barack Obama follows even half of the recommendations urged by his advisory panel, the National Security Agency would significantly change the way it does business. The collection of U.S. phone records and the spying on other governments and their citizens would continue. But Americans' phone records would be held by phone companies, not the NSA.

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Centerbridge drops LightSquared offer, clearing way for Dish

December 18, 2013 1:46 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With the Centerbridge bid out of the way, the path is again open for Dish Network and the $2.2 billion stalking-horse bid it entered in LightSquared’s bankruptcy proceedings. Dish is pursuing LightSquared for access to its 35 MHz of spectrum licenses in the 1500 L band.

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