After the Library of Congress made it illegal to unlock cell phones in the United States, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has drafted a "wireless code" that would set limits on early termination fees and require providers to unlock phones under "reasonable terms."
It’s official. After weeks of rumors, Time Warner Cable announced that it had locked up the rights to carry the new Los Angeles Dodgers television channel after yanking them away from Fox Sports. The new Dodgers regional network is called SportsNet LA.
The U.N. telecommunications agency says its members have agreed upon a new compression format that could dramatically cut the amount of Internet bandwidth currently used by video files. The ITU says the format, or codec, known as H.265 would require just half the amount of data needed by its predecessor, H.264.
The FCC announced a number of new actions that it hopes will help accelerate the deployment of wireless broadband by removing barriers from a number of areas in the build-out of new networks. New rules would make it easier to modify an existing wireless tower or base station.
Spanish-language network Vme Media has picked the Comcast Media Center (CMC) to manage and deliver its video-on-demand programming. Vme has partnered with public television stations and is currently available in more than 10 million Hispanic homes, reaching nearly 80 percent of the market.
LodgeNet Interactive says it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of a plan to sell itself to investment firm Colony Capital for $60 million. The Sioux Falls, S.D., company said it will form a partnership with pay-TV provider DirecTV.
Kudelski invented the first portable professional recorder, the Nagra. Kudelski led the company until 1991, when his son André succeeded him as chairman and CEO. The elder Kudelski held a seat on the board of directors of Kudelski until 2006, and since had served as its honorary chairman.
The CALM Act requires video service providers (VSPs) to meet specific audio leveling standards. This paper reviews a best-of-breed solution that enables VSPs to solve loudness problems and avoid penalties, without compromising the audio experience.
AT&T reported a net gain of 192,000 U-verse TV subscribers for a total of 4.5 million TV customers, and a net gain of 609,000 high-speed Internet subscribers, to reach a total of 7.7 million. The company said its combined total of TV and broadband U-verse subscribers was 8 million.
Rogers said its home automation and home security platform, which is called Smart Home Monitoring, would be available soon in Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Rogers said the service would be available over the coming months after it gains licensing approvals.
Cablevision has added video from Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD and Watch Disney Junior for authenticated customers of its Optimum TV to Go service. Cablevision customers who receive the networks as part of their monthly video service can now stream these channels live or view popular shows in on-demand.
Verizon Wireless said that it will sell 39 lower 700 MHz B-block licenses to AT&T in exchange for a payment of $1.9 billion and the transfer by AT&T to Verizon Wireless of AWS (10 MHz) licenses in certain western markets, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Fresno, Calif., and Portland, Ore.
Miranda Technologies said it has acquired Softel, a provider of captioning, subtitling, audio and video description, interactivity, and other video technologies. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Miranda was purchased by Belden last year.
Belkin, a maker of smartphone cases and computing accessories, said that it is buying the home networking business unit of Cisco, including the Linksys router brand. Privately held Belkin did not disclose the purchase price, nor did Cisco Systems. The deal is expected to close in March.
Alain Charlebois has taken over the role of vice president of human resources and service excellence after Normand Vachon retired from the position after eight years. Charlebois was previously senior manager of human resources, corporate development and training at Videotron.