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Comcast bags Time Warner Cable in $45.2 billion stock deal

February 13, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator and ISP, has proposed a $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, which is the nation’s second-largest cable operator, in a deal that will have major ramifications on the cable and broadband industries. While the deal still needs to pass regulatory muster, Comcast will acquire all of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares.

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Former Cox exec Nagin convicted of taking bribes

February 12, 2014 5:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Former News Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in city work, including after the devastating storm. The federal jury found Nagin guilty of 20 of 21 counts against him.

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Technology firms urge changes to US spying

February 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of leading U.S. technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations. Executives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and AOL published a joint statement and sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama and members of Congress.

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SCTE Foundation names board for coming year

February 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast’s Tony Werner, Bright House Networks’ Nomi Bergman, opXL’s Tom Gorman and Time Warner Cable’s Christine Whitaker will serve as officers of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation for the 2013-’14 term, the SCTE Foundation Board.

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Rogers Communications misses Q4 estimates amid pricing pressure, hikes dividend

February 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Rogers Communications Inc. says its quarterly dividend is going up five per cent and it's prepared to spend up to $500 million to buy back stock from the public market in the coming year. The announcements came as the Toronto-based telecom and media company reported $357 million or 69 cents per share of adjusted earnings below analyst estimates of 75 cents per share.

Cablevision subs gain exclusive access to Fox 5 NY app

February 12, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Authenticated Cablevision subscribers in the New York area can now tap into the Fox 5 NY app on their iOS and Android devices to access live streams. The app works in the New York tri-state area where WNYW is available. Available programs include “Good Day New York,” “Fox 5 News” at 5, 6, and 10 as well as “Wendy Williams,” “Dr. Oz” and other Fox shows.

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Brightcove enables Chromecast app developers to add ads

February 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using technology from recently acquired Unicorn Media, the company can now enable content providers who are developing apps for Google Chromecast to dynamically insert ads in their content streams. Ads can be delivered on a personalized basis.

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Comcast stocks Warner Bros. content in electronic video store

February 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a recent agreement, Comcast subscribers can now buy movies and TV shows from Warner Bros. for viewing anywhere and on any device. The Warner Bros. content is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November.

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Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

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Fearless Predictions for 2014

February 11, 2014 8:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

"The Internet of Everything"? Some of the greatest marketers of the age got together and came up with a phrase only slightly less awkward than twerking. They’re amazing in that sort of so not-amazing-at-all way that you have to sort of admire them.

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New Products: Triveni, ThinkAnalytics, Pasternack

February 11, 2014 7:57 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Triveni, Digital Alert team up on M-EAS | ThinkAnalytics expands recommendations capabilities | Pasternack bows new line of  dividers. Triveni Digital recently announced that Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) functionality is now available for its metadata generation system.

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Open Mic: Moving us forward, faster, further

February 11, 2014 7:52 pm | by Matthew Zelesko, SVP, Converged Technology Group, Time Warner Cable | Articles | Comments

We are facing several technology transitions – the transition to IP-based video delivery, the transition of storage from the home to the cloud, and the transition of navigation from the home to the cloud.  And the RDK is a key enabler of those transitions, creating a common platform that provides the foundation for those capabilities.

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Memory Lane: A broadband alternative heats up

February 11, 2014 7:35 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

In the fall of 1948, when the FCC took a breather to think carefully about how to orchestrate the development of TV broadcasting, the commission couldn’t have dreamed it would be influencing the development of broadband Internet access. But the decisions it made have done just that.

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In Perspective: Diminishing returns

February 11, 2014 7:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Targeted advertising? Consider recommendation engines. No matter how sophisticated your slice-and-dice process, there are only so many things to recommend, and ultimately you’re left with 50 paths to “Surf Nazis Must Die.” The process works, but only to a point.

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Engineering-wise: Prepping tomorrow's workforce today

February 11, 2014 7:20 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

Whether workers are customer-facing or in behind-the-scenes operational capacities, our programs are intended to provide the education that will make them well-versed in technology and savvy about the industry in which they work. Operators are seeing the value.

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