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Netflix strikes movie deal with Weinstein Co.

August 20, 2013 10:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The multi-year agreement announced Tuesday builds upon a partnership that Netflix Inc. forged with Weinstein Co. last year. That deal gave it the streaming rights to the Oscar-winning film, "The Artist," as well other foreign films and documentaries from the 8-year-old studio.

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August 20, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The cloud is being sold as the greatest innovation since the food industry started building zip-lock technology into the packages of everything from hot dogs to shredded cheese, but there have been concerns: can cloud computing scale to cover hundreds of thousands of subscribers, and aren’t you just courting trouble by automatically building in too much delay? But the world is safe for the cloud, according to ActiveVideo.

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Cox Business scores deal with Las Vegas Convention Center

August 20, 2013 11:41 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has won a seven-year contract to provide voice, video and data services to the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. The deal covers 3.3 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space across Las Vegas. Cox will start providing its services to some of the conventions and special events this fall. 

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TiVo refreshes lineup with 6-tuner Roamio DVRs

August 20, 2013 11:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo Inc. announced a new line of digital video recorders Tuesday to give television viewers more control over what they watch on traditional channels and over the Internet. The fifth-generation DVRs from the company that pioneered the devices come as consumers have a growing number of choices for finding and watching TV shows and movies.

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FourthWall Media signs deal with Republican analytics group

August 20, 2013 11:25 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optimus, a Republican data management organization, has signed an agreement with FourthWall Media to access the latter’s cable set-top box viewing data. FourthWall said its viewership data could aid political analysts firms, such as Optimus, in identifying voter segments and targeting messages to the correct homes for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

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AT&T to expand Digital Life to 6 more markets

August 19, 2013 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company is scheduled to launch its Digital Life service in several more markets on Friday. They are Orlando, Providence, Virginia Beach, Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse. With these six cities, AT&T Digital Life, the company’s home management service, will be available in 39 U.S. markets. The company has a target of 50 markets by the end of this year.

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Time Warner Cable partners with NYC Media Lab

August 19, 2013 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The cable operator has pledged to contribute $1.6 million to the 2-year-old NYC Media Lab. Initially, TWC is specifically funding research at the organization into bandwidth usage trends. The NYC Media Lab was launched in 2010 by New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC), with participation of three major city universities.

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Study: Tight race between Huawei, Cisco, Ericsson

August 19, 2013 11:47 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Telecommunications vendors Cisco, Huawei and Ericsson were neck and neck on Infonetics Research’s equipment vendor leadership scorecard. While each vendor had different strengths, Huawei was ranked first on the scorecard, followed closely by Ericsson and Cisco.

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Report: Fiber-based broadband to hit 19% of market share

August 19, 2013 11:43 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Worldwide fixed-line broadband subscriptions will continue to grow at a healthy clip this year. According to a report by ABI Research, fiber-optic broadband share will grow to 19 percent by the end of this year, up from 16 percent last year. 

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Al-Jazeera America prepares for Tuesday launch

August 19, 2013 11:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Qatar-based news organization will finally establish a firm foothold on American television Tuesday after a decade of trying. At 3 p.m. EDT, Al Gore's former Current TV will turn out the lights in more than 45 million TV homes, replaced by the new U.S. affiliate of Al-Jazeera.

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In the media: Viacom cuts OTT deal with Sony

August 15, 2013 4:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TV models that have lasted decades are nowhere near dead, but they are definitely beginning to fray around the edges. Viacom is ready to have some of its most popular channels, including Nickelodeon and MTV be carried by an over-the-top provider – Sony.

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Aussie electronics retailer offering UltraViolet backing

August 15, 2013 4:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Australia’s largest electronics retailer is selling video on DVDs and Blu-ray disks accompanied by access rights through the UltraViolet digital rights locker. JB Hi-Fi is using the CSG Content Direct system from CSG Systems International to enable its UltraViolet online storefront in Australia and New Zealand.

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Comcast tabs Martinez as SVP in Houston

August 15, 2013 3:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced this week that Ralph Martinez has been appointed as the senior vice president for the company’s Houston Region. In his new job, Martinez is the top executive responsible for operations, financial performance and customer service for the region, which includes 63 communities throughout the Greater Houston area.

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RDK Management a good move by TWC, Comcast

August 15, 2013 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With the formation of RDK Management, Comcast and Time Warner Cable not only reaffirmed their own commitment in regards to developing new boxes on the Comcast RDK, but also signaled to the rest of the cable industry that the RDK was truly an open community.

AT&T: T-Mobile’s spectrum auction plan will lead to failure

August 15, 2013 12:25 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T blasted a T-Mobile proposal for the FCC’s upcoming incentive auctions for 600 MHz spectrum, desirable for wireless broadband. The carrier is saying T-Mobile’s  plan would result in failure to generate sufficient revenue and “almost certainly doom the auction.” T-Mobile proposes caps or limits on how much of the 600 MHz spectrum AT&T and Verizon would be able to bid on.

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