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Netflix's shares soar on report of cable talks

October 15, 2013 12:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Netflix Inc. rose Monday in the wake of a newspaper report that the online TV and movie streaming company is in talks with several cable companies to make its service available to cable customers. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Netflix is in discussions with Comcast Corp., Suddenlink Communications and other cable providers to offer its streaming service on cable set-top boxes.

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Troubled telecoms: Alcatel-Lucent job cut protest

October 15, 2013 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wearing black trash bags marked with crosses, more than a thousand Alcatel-Lucent workers marched to the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday, staging a mock funeral that the chief executive warned could easily become a reality for a company with its roots in the earliest days of the telephone.

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Canada may impose a la carte on pay TV providers

October 14, 2013 3:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Canadian government plans to introduce legislation that will force the country’s multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) to offer television channels on an a la carte basis. The country's Industry Minister promises to introduce a plan next week.

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Broadcasters petition Supreme Court to kill Aereo

October 14, 2013 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In a maneuver that has important ramifications for retransmission consent arguments, ABC, CBS, Fox and Comcast-owned NBC, along with Univision, Telemundo, PBS and several individual TV stations have signed the petition asking the Court to decide that Aereo's methods violate copyright law.

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Vodafone completes buyout of German cable operator

October 14, 2013 1:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

British telecoms firm Vodafone says it has completed its 7.7 billion-euro ($10 billion) takeover of Germany's biggest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland. Vodafone, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, said in a statement Monday that it now holds just over 76 percent of Kabel Deutschland Holding AG.

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CenturyLink hooks Colorado firm up with 100 Gbps service

October 14, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink has signed up its first dedicated 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) data networking circuit for a business customer through a direct connection to the company's recently upgraded 100 Gbps nationwide network. Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe is using the service to launch a new product that allows its customers direct access to satellite mapping data. 

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Media: Netflix talking to Suddenlink, Comcast

October 14, 2013 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netflix is engaging in preliminary talks with Comcast and Suddenlink to make its streaming service available as an app on the cable operators’ set-top boxes. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the discussions were in the early stages and that a deal with either cable operator wasn’t imminent. 

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Aurora node expands upstream bandwidth with button push

October 14, 2013 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company claims its Universal Digital Return Technology coupled coupled with its 102-1002 MHz downstream-capable nodes is the only solution on the market that can be purchased and seamlessly upgraded from 5-42 MHz to 5-85 MHz in the return path.

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Comcast Business to build out network in Washington

October 11, 2013 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast Business is expanding availability of its high-speed broadband to underserved commercial areas in nearly 100 cities throughout Washington state. The company's expansion includes building to businesses that have specifically requested Comcast’s services as well as to expand fiber optic lines to areas to encourage future growth.

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Aereo on its way to Android

October 11, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aereo, a service that delivers broadcast television stations over the Internet, will come to Android devices on Oct. 22. Earlier this week, a court in Boston denied a request by an ABC station owned by Hearst, WCVB, for a preliminary injunction to stop Aereo's service.

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In the media: Charter mulls $25.5 million R&D lab near Denver

October 11, 2013 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications is considering plans to build a $25.5 million research and development lab in south Denver. If the proposed 80,000-square-foot center goes through, Charter would add around 55 more employees in the Denver area. The Denver Business Journal reported yesterday that the Colorado Economic Development Commission voted in favor of offering Charter as much as $893,796 in job-growth incentive tax credits.

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Concurrent serves up cloud-hosted video software

October 11, 2013 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent has taken the wraps off of a new software platform that helps service providers stream content from cloud-hosted video libraries. The company said its unified origin server simplifies content distribution and reduces content preparation costs.

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SCTE announces new board appointments

October 11, 2013 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) recently announced the selection of members for its SCTE Board of Directors for the upcoming 2013-2014 term. For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 terms, Tony Werner, executive vice president and CTO of Comcast, was newly appointed as a director while Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO of Suddenlink, was reappointed. 

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New gadget frees mobile TV from blocky attachment

October 11, 2013 1:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new gadget lets you watch TV on your phone or tablet without a blocky attachment. Audiovox's "mobiletv" gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan. The accessory doesn't have to be attached to the mobile device physically

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Cablevision crafts VoIP option package for small businesses

October 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Virtual Receptionist from Optimum is a cloud-based call routing and answering service that automatically answers incoming calls with a custom recorded message and presents the caller with a variety of call routing options. Subscribers can manage the service through a web portal.

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