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TiVo posts 2Q profit on settlement payment

August 28, 2013 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo reported a large second-quarter profit Tuesday after Google and Cisco paid it $490 million to settle a patent dispute. The company reported a loss if the settlement payments and other one-time items are excluded, but TiVo said it believes it has now achieved sustained profitability. 

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Comcast’s Fandango buying Quantum Loyalty Solutions

August 28, 2013 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Fandango is buying Quantum Loyalty Solutions Inc. to ramp up its promotional movie ticket and gift card business. Quantum owns Hollywood Movie Money, which offers a type of currency that can be used at the movie theaters that recognize it.

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Cox tunes in CableWiFi alliance hotspots

August 27, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications’ subscribers can now tap into other MSOs’ Wi-Fi hotspots in some of the major cities across the nation, including Washington D.C., Boston, San Francisco and Philadelphia. To start with, Cox customers can look for the CableWiFi SSID when they are in Comcast, Cablevision and Bright House Networks systems. Time Warner Cable hotspots will be added into the mix in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Dish, NCC Media partner up

August 27, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NCC Media, the cable industry's national sales representative firm, has struck up a partnership with Dish Network to further the placement of ads in local markets. The agreement combines ad impressions in over three million Dish subscriber homes with those of NCC owners Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable in 25 of the largest markets across the nation.

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Broadcom expands wearable devices platform with Wi-Fi direct

August 27, 2013 12:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

roadcom today announced an expansion to its wearable devices platform that will include Wi-Fi direct technology. According to the company, integrating Wi-Fi Direct into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform, Broadcom is helping OEMs develop wearable products that communicate seamlessly to the cloud via smart mobile devices. 

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Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38K users

August 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday. The social-networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers. Microsoft and Google have done the same.

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Report: Amazon testing its own wireless network

August 26, 2013 2:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Amazon could be going full-service soon, using spectrum controlled by satellite communications company Globalstar. The move would bridge the gap between Amazon’s hardware and web services. Much like Google’s own advances in connectivity, if Amazon’s network ambitions came to fruition, it would mean greater control for the company. 

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Shentel reorganizes along product lines

August 26, 2013 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel) has reorganized its management structure, essentially revising the job descriptions of several of its top executives so that they have specific responsibility for the company’s three lines of business.

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AT&T broadens availability of 45 Mbps data tier

August 26, 2013 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A few weeks after introducing the service in California and Nevada, AT&T has begun offering its 45 Mbps broadband tier, called U-verse Power, in 40 additional markets across 15 states in the Northeast, North Central and Southeast  regions of the U.S.

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Research: Google’s Chromecast a market game-changer

August 26, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to new research, the smart set-top box and dongle market is projected to pass 18 million units this year, which was higher than original forecast, due to the arrival of Google’s Chromecast device. ABI Research’s study said that the overall market was expected to have a 10.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from this year to 2018. 

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NCTC serves up Tennis Channel to members

August 26, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

he National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) is serving up TV Everywhere content from the Tennis Channel on its authenticated WatchTVEverywhere (WTVE) platform. NCTC members that offer the Tennis Channel through the NCTC’s master agreement will be able to offer the network’s live stream, including the 2013 U.S. Open that starts today, on the WTVE platform to their subscribers.

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Bright House Networks turns up voice, data services for school district

August 26, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks recently announced it was provisioning voice and data services for the nation’s eighth-largest school district. Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), which is headquartered in Tamp Bay, Fla., started migrating its voice and data transport services to Bright House Networks in April before completing the process on July 1.

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Kevin Spacey: TV industry has to get with the program

August 23, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Oscar-winning actor says television has overtaken cinema as the home of quality character-driven drama, but the industry risks failure if it doesn't recognize that viewers want control over what they watch, and when. "We no longer live in a world of appointment viewing," he said.

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Verizon to stream U.S. Open Tennis Championship

August 23, 2013 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company in May contracted with Synacor to provide an online video portal. Verizon asked Synacor to create an embedded video player on the portal, and to work with the Tennis Channel to get the streaming coverage of the U.S. Open.

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TWC counters CBS blackout with free antennas

August 23, 2013 12:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Somebody at Time Warner Cable noticed something about CBS that CBS apparently forgot – CBS broadcasts free over the air. TWC is going to offer free TV antennas to customers who’ve been blacked out from viewing CBS delivered on its cable plant.

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