Time Warner Cable is preparing to provide on-demand content outside the home for the first time. TWC has secured the rights to provide a subset of the channels it has available for both on-demand and live programming outside the home , via its TWC TV app.
Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) announced plans to conduct another joint workplace diversity survey for the next editions of the WICT PAR Initiative and the NAMIC AIM (Advancement Investment Measurement). The Walter Kaitz Foundation will fund the survey through a grant.
Amdocs took the wraps off its Wi-Fi Experience Solution at the Policy Control and Data Pricing conference in Berlin. Using Amdoc’s network control offerings, the Wi-Fi Experience Solution enables mobile and broadband service providers to accelerate their Wi-Fi service deployments.
SES announced this morning that In Demand had renewed its capacity agreement with the satellite operator in order to continue the delivery of pay-per-view and VOD sports and entrainment video content to cable headends across North America. As part of the deal, In Demand is using a full transponder of C-band capacity on SES’ AMC-1 satellite.
Verizon Wireless has reportedly offered to buy spectrum rights from Clearwire Corp. for up to $1.5 billion. Clearwire had earlier agreed to be bought out by majority shareholder Sprint Nextel Corp. Sprint has, in turn, agreed to sell 70 percent of itself to Japan's Softbank Corp.
Dish Networks' $25.5 billion merger bid for Sprint represents a 13 percent premium over the value of Softbank’s current offer. Softbank’s bid, valued at approximately $20 billion, would put the Japanese cellular giant in control of 70 percent of Sprint.
HITS has signed up a set of new programming partners, and has bundled them in a newly organized set of 250 video channels that are now available in the DVB-S2 format. This new bundle, will include more HD channels, all still encoded in MPEG-2.
Columbia, Maryland-based Howard Community College is using Motorola Mobility’s passive optical LAN (POL) platform to provide IP connectivity in its new Heath Sciences building. The fiber-optic network will serve more than 1,500 Ethernet ports, and was designed and deployed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
Comcast Business announced today that it has signed a multi-year deal with the Washington Nationals to provide its Ethernet services in the ballpark. The Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI) line from Comcast serves as the backbone for Wi-Fi and other data services at Nationals Park.
The European Commission announced this morning that it had put its stamp of approval on Liberty Global’s $23 billion purchase of Virgin Media. The European Commission found that the deal, which was announced earlier this year, didn’t raise any competitive concerns.
Broadcasters lost access to spectrum in the transition to digital TV in 2009, and are worried they'll lose more under in a complicated reverse auction. The U.S. wants to clear 500 megaHertz of spectrum by 2020, with 120 mHz coming from TV stations.
The programmer is getting ambitious with second-screen technology in the form of a new companion app for the network’s new show “Da Vinci’s Demons: Citizens of Florence.” The second-screen app, called “Citizens of Florence,” relies on cues from the show's audio track to dynamically unlock interactive content as the show is being broadcast.
Cablevision, Comcast Xfinity TV, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS customers are the first to receive NBC Sports Network content, with more to come. NBC, NBC Sports Network and Golf Channel plan to stream more than 4,000 hours and 1,000 events and programs in 2013.
Arris announced this morning that the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) had signed off on its $2.235 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility’s Home division from Google.With the DoJ stamp of approval in hand, Arris has cleared all of the regulatory hurdles and expects the transaction to close “on or about April 17.”
It was a busy week for Aereo, including comments that emerged from broadcasters at the NAB conference in Las Vegas. Aereo’s business model is a direct threat to broadcasters, but if it emerges victorious in court it could be beneficial to some cable operators. One cable operator executive said that Aereo’s use case was “more of an opportunity than a threat for the MSOs.”