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Dish chair dares Softbank to raise bid for Sprint

May 10, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The chairman of satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corp., which is trying to buy Sprint Nextel Corp., is daring Sprint's other suitor to raise its bid. Dish's Charlie Ergen told investors and reporters Thursday that based on the benefits Japan's Softbank says it would get from buying Sprint, it should be paying a higher price.

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YouTube's new pay channels go from campy to kids

May 10, 2013 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Although the world's largest video site has rented and sold movies and TV shows from major studios since late 2008, YouTube is introducing all-you-can-watch channels that require a monthly fee. The least expensive of the channels will cost 99 cents a month but the average price is around $2.99.

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McCain bill takes aim at cable practices

May 10, 2013 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Senator John McCain has introduced a bill that aims to fix a grab-bag of problems in the TV industry. His bill proposes to bar programmers from offering channels only in bundles; it aims to make retransmission consent arguments easier to adjudicate; and restricts sports blackouts, among other measures.

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BeIN Sport kicks off streaming service with TWC, BHN

May 10, 2013 11:08 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Al-Jazeera Sport Media Network’s beIN Sport launched a new streaming service today with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks’ authenticated subscribers. The new service, which is called beIN Sport Play, will feature video content streamed in HD that is available on any broadband-connected PC, mobile device, or smart player

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Report: Comcast No. 1 for hosted business VoIP service

May 10, 2013 11:03 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast was the leader of the pack in a recent study of VoIP services. According to Infonetics Research’s scorecard, Comcast, 8x8, Verizon and West were the top hosted VoIP providers in North America while Verizon, XO, AT&T, and Windstream were the top IP connectivity providers in North America.

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Time Warner Cable launches Korean channels in NY/NJ footprint

May 10, 2013 10:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is now offering Korean-based channels TVK and TVK2 in its New York and New Jersey service area. TVK is a 24-hour cable channel dedicated to serving the Korean-speaking community with a mix of news, dramas, movies, sports, business, health, game shows, entertainment and educational programming.

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Averna hooks up with Pace on DOCSIS certification

May 10, 2013 10:49 am | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Montreal-based Averna has forged a design-validation partnership with Pace that it said would accelerate customer premise equipment certification (CPE) for cable operators. Using Averna’s DOCSIS Channel Emulator (DCE), the two companies will help service providers gain SCTE-40 certification on various CPE equipment for the cable and broadband industry.

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Huawei founder: we won't spy

May 9, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

During 26 years at the helm of Chinese tech giant Huawei, founder Ren Zhengfei has never once agreed to be interviewed by a journalist. Until now. Huawei is taking steps toward trying to dispel its image as a secretive and opaque company, and to reassure the world of its good intentions.

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Dish's Q1 disappoints; lowest sub adds in years

May 9, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network fell short of Wall Street expectations. Earnings were down 41 percent, and the company added only 36,000 TV subscribers in its first quarter, the fewest since 2009 when the recession and a dismal housing market hammered consumers.

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Starz extends app to Android devices

May 9, 2013 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Starz has made its TV everywhere app available on Android handsets and tablets, including Nook HD, Nook HD+, and the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Also, 3G/4G cellular access has been added to the service feature, giving Play users an additional connectivity option in addition to Wi-Fi.

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Zanaware adds support to legacy headend gear

May 9, 2013 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo CED Product Releases | Comments

Zanaware Technologies said its products can now support the headend equipment not only of the most prevalent newer systems, but also the equipment of many formerly popular legacy systems from companies such as General Instrument, Scientific-Atlanta and Terayon.

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Cablevision swings to loss; spending up on CPE

May 9, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems swung to a first quarter loss, due in part to declining revenues in its cable TV unit. The company added a modest number of revenue generating units (RGUs), and increased average revenue per user (ARPU) by a little more than 1 percent, to $156.34.

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Entropic files patent infringement lawsuit against ViXS

May 9, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Semiconductor vendor Entropic has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ViXS that relates to its use of MoCA technology. ViXS responded by saying that Entropic’s patent infringement claim was entirely without merit and that it planned to defend itself. 

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CFO Bornak departs from SeaChange

May 9, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International announced that Michael Bornak has resigned from his role as chief financial officer to take a job at another publicly traded company. Anthony Dias, SeaChange’s chief accounting officer, will be promoted to senior vice president and will serve as interim chief financial officer while SeaChange searches for a permanent CFO.

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Comcast’s Pick joins ValueVision board

May 9, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s Robert Pick, senior vice president of corporate development,  joined ValueVision Media’s board of directors. ValueVision, which Comcast owns a stake in, is a multi-channel retailer that operates under the ShopNBC name.

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