In a stock deal with one of its main suppliers, Comcast has agreed to pay $150 million for a stake in Arris. Comcast will acquire 10.6 million shares in Arris, and the deal will be completed in concert with Arris’ $2.35 billion purchase of Google’s Motorola Home division.
Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications have signed a series of agreements that include the sale of Hamilton-based Mountain Cablevision and Shaw’s AWS wireless spectrum to Rogers. The agreements total $700 million and also include Shaw gaining Rogers’ one-third stake in TVtropolis.
Clearwire filed with the FCC an opposition to Crest Financial’s earlier petition to reconsider the Eagle River Holdings deal from 2012, which gave Sprint a controlling interest in Clearwire. The WiMAX provider states Crest's petition "provides no credible basis for the FCC to reverse its actions" and should be "promptly denied."
Cogeco Cable reported a 4 percent increase in revenue in its first quarter, though its profit of $42.2 million was down a bit from the $43 million logged in the similar period a year ago. The company said the dip in profit was associated primarily with the sale of Cabovisao.
Jinni, whose search engine helps users find video content intuitively, announced seven customer wins for the fourth quarter of last year, including Time Warner Cable and Vudu. Vudu’s streaming service is available through Wal-Mart. The Jinni service is powered by the Entertainment Genome.
Netflix has wrangled an agreement for rights to a set of shows from both Turner Broadcasting System and The Warner Bros. Television Group. It appeared that programmers were freezing out Netflix, even to the point of dealing instead with over-the-top (OTT) rivals such as Amazon.com.
Cabovisão is using Nagra’s content protection system to secure premium content on its next-generation pay-TV service. Cabovisão had earlier turned to OpenTV, Nagra’s sister company under the Kudelski umbrella, to provide middleware for its interactive cable and IPTV services.
Time Warner Cable’s Alan Lui has been named senior vice president for HR Centers of Expertise and now assumes overall responsibility for guiding the human resource operations and benefits, talent acquisition and movement, learning and development, and diversity and inclusion teams for the company.
Smartphone users have for the first time surpassed tablet users in mobile data consumption. Apple’s iPhone 5 is the “hungriest” in terms of download volume, with Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and HTC’s Sensation XL in second and third, respectively, and a phablet, the Galaxy Note 2, in a not-too-distant fourth.
Before we Start Over with a New Year, here’s a Look Back at 2012 through the prism of CED’s Broadband 50, which is now 12 years old. We have scoured the cable world to come up with the people, stories and trends that were the most meaningful.
The nation’s second-largest cable operator is taking a more hands-on approach with its customers by allowing them to interact with its products and triple-play services at the new experiential store. The Wilmington store is the first of its kind, but Time Warner Cable plans on expanding the concept nationally over the next few years.
It seems everyone agrees that the Federal Communications Commission needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed recently with the FCC.
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Utility Authority has filed a petition with the FCC to block Sprint's impending 70 percent share transfer to Softbank on the basis that Sprint has "demonstrated a blatant disregard for the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and its regulatory authority over Sprint’s operation on the Crow Creek reservation."
Lynn Murphey was recently named as Cox Communications’ executive field director for its Middle Georgia market. In the newly created position, Murphey, who has worked for Cox for 16 years, will oversee day-to-day operations for Cox in the market.
JDSU has hired Susan Spradley as senior vice president and general manager of the Communications Test and Measurement (CommTest) business segment. She is responsible for the development and management of the communications test product portfolio.