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AT&T closes $1.9B deal for Verizon spectrum

September 11, 2013 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T gets 39 lower 700 MHz B Block licenses reportedly covering 42 million people in 18 states—California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

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Comcast promotes Jenckes, Charytan, Khoury; hires Brassel

September 11, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has passed out promotions to Lynn Charytan, Jennifer Khoury and Marcien Jenckes, and hired newcomer Ed Brassel to a newly created job. After previously serving as senior vice president and general manager of video services for Comcast Cable, Jenckes has been promoted to executive vice president, consumer services.

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TWC promotes FitzPatrick to SVP, CFO of residential services

September 11, 2013 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently announced that Mark FitzPatrick had been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer of residential services. FitzPatrick, who now reports to executive vice president and chief financial officer Artie Minson, now oversees all areas of finance for the company’s residential, media and video operations.

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Deutsche Telekom deploys TVE with MobiTV

September 11, 2013 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom has completed the first phase of its TV Everywhere service roll out with MobiTV. The streaming service, which is called Entertain2Go,  provisions video across various devices to deliver live TV and VOD-based programming to subscribers.

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2 Cox employees indicted in $943,000 embezzlement

September 11, 2013 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say two former Cox Communications employees accused of embezzling more than $940,000 from the company have been indicted by a federal grand jury. Officials said Tuesday that 36-year-old Joysha Flucker and 38-year-old Sakia Allen of Jonesboro had access to the company's electronic invoicing system that tracked payments to third parties.

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Ultra HD, HEVC advancing on parallel paths

September 10, 2013 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ultra HD is becoming an ever more viable option as the industry develops supporting solutions. NetInsight is demonstrating lossless 4K distribution; Elemental Technologies is showing a 4K delivery solution; Sagemcom is demonstrating gateways that support Ultra HD, aka 4K; and the DVB consortium of European video distributors is running multiple 4K demos.

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EarthLink set to offer wireless residential broadband

September 10, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

EarthLink is about to start offering a residential broadband service in 80 U.S. markets, to complement the mobile service the company introduced in June. Both service uses Clearwire’s WiMAX network, following a deal the two companies signed a year ago.

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Netflix breaks through with Virgin Media

September 10, 2013 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netflix has broken through the pay TV barrier by announcing this morning it will integrate its streaming service with Virgin Media’s TiVo set-top boxes. Starting this week, Virgin Media subscribers with TiVo set-top boxes will be able to toggle back and forth between Netflix’s streaming library and Virgin Media’s content from the same guide.

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Cablevision sings a new TVE tune with Music Choice

September 10, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a new TV Everywhere-based agreement, Cablevision’s video subscribers are now able to tune into Music Choice’s 46 commercial free music channels and videos across the nation on any broadband connection. Music Choice’s collection of on demand music, which is grouped by categories, is available via Optimum’s TV to Go platform on computers and supported portable devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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Comcast hires Stutts as new regional VP of external affairs for California

September 10, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has named Mary Stutts to the to the newly-created position of regional vice president of external affairs for Comcast California. In her new job, Stutts will report to Hank Fore, regional senior vice president for Comcast California. She will oversee all aspects of Comcast’s communications, government affairs, community investment and telecommunications policy matters throughout the state. 

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Yahoo tunes into mobile video with new application

September 9, 2013 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is auditioning for a bigger role on iPhones and iPads with the release of its first mobile application tailored for watching video on touch-control screens. The app, called Yahoo Screen, is set up to make the experience of sifting through video on smartphones and tablet computers more like channel surfing on a television.

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AT&T reaches Pac-12, BeIN Sport agreements

September 9, 2013 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has added three Pac-12 television agreements and BeIN Sport programming to its channel lineup. This morning AT&T announced that its U-verse subscribers could now view more than 700 live Pac-12 events, including 32 football games, on Pac-12 Networks.

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ThinkAnalytics tees up sports recommendations

September 9, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ThinkAnalytics has kicked off a new sports metadata library, which is called ThinkSports, that enables personalized recommendations for viewers’ favorite teams, athletes and sporting events. ThinkSports integrated Thuuz Sports’ service to offer personalized sports recommendations with support for more than 50 sports across 20 countries, and in 17 languages.

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RGB, Conax partner up on TV Everywhere platform

September 9, 2013 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RGB Networks has struck a deal with Conax to help service providers deliver secure adaptive bit rate (ABR) TV Everywhere services to their authenticated subscribers. With the partnership, the companies are integrating RGB’s TransAct Packager with Conax’s conditional access/digital rights (DRM) platform to ensure multi-screen services are delivered to the correct viewers.  

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TWC’s Britt ‘It’s not a free market’

September 9, 2013 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With today marking the one-week anniversary of CBS and Time Warner Cable ending their month-long stare down over retransmission fees, and with another dustup looming between Disney/ESPN and Dish Network, Time Warner Cable CEO and Chairman Glenn Britt has some advice for pundits covering programming fee dustups: Go read the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992.

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