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DirecTV customers lose The Weather Channel

January 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

About 20 million DirecTV customers nationwide lost The Weather Channel because of a dispute over fees between the channel and the satellite service. The two companies pointed fingers at each other late Monday as a midnight EST deadline for renegotiation of carriage fees paid by DirecTV to The Weather Channel passed without an agreement.

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Phone firms balk at proposed spy data shift

January 14, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They're worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do.

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TWC rejects ‘grossly inadequate offer’ from Charter

January 14, 2014 11:36 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The gloves are off in Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover Time Warner Cable. Charter has offered to buy the nation’s second largest cable operator for $132.50 a share, which was slightly higher than where Time Warner Cable’s shares closed on Monday. Monday night Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus, who took over as CEO of the nation’s second-largest cable operator on Jan. 1, formally rejected Charter’s third offer.

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The hottest gadgets of CES: 3-D printers to 4K TVs

January 13, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TV makers were heartened by the support they received for their new ultra-high-definition TV sets. The 3-D printing section bustled with activity, and it was clear that even though most people won't be buying a printer any time soon, they may be enjoying 3-D printed products, such as jewelry, wedding cakes and dental braces, in the near future.

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AT&T, Beats Music team up for family offering

January 13, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After rumors of a subscription streaming music service for some time, AT&T announced it has hooked up with Beats Music for a new family-orientated offering that will launch Jan. 21. The deal with Jimmy Iovine’s Beats Electronics will allow AT&T wireless customers to stream or download the service to five family members on up to 10 devices for $15 a month.

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Weather Channel says safety at risk in dispute

January 13, 2014 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Weather Channel asked its viewers Saturday to urge Congress to intervene in its business dispute with DirecTV, arguing that it can harm public safety if the satellite system pulls the network off the air for nearly 20 million viewers. The network's contract with DirecTV expires at the end of Monday. If an agreement on how much DirecTV pays The Weather Channel is not reached by then, TWC will likely stop airing on the system.

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Supreme Court to rule on Aereo service

January 13, 2014 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States Supreme Court will decide whether a startup company can offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters. The high court agreed on Friday to hear an appeal from television broadcast networks in their attempt to shut down a startup company, Aereo Inc., which takes free signals from the airwaves and sends them over the Internet to paying subscribers.

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NH completes $63M project to grow broadband access

January 13, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The $63 million Network New Hampshire Now project, led by the University of New Hampshire, was funded with $44.5 million in federal stimulus money and $18.3 million in private support. The new cable network exceeded project goals by more than 300 miles.

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Cisco puts Videoscape in the cloud

January 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco has created a hardware-independent, software-only version of its Videoscape video delivery platform. The company will also begin offering Videoscape as a cloud-based service. At the same time, Cisco said the NBC operating unit providing coverage of the upcoming Olympics in Sochi will use Cisco equipment.

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New Dish Hopper set-up can record 8 shows at once

January 10, 2014 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The eight-show system involves Dish's Hopper DVR and a new Super Joey add-on box for separate rooms. The catch is that four of those shows have to be from the broadcast networks ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. Dish also unveiled partnerships with LG Corp. and Sony Corp. so that Hopper users can watch recorded shows in a second room without needing a Joey.

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Shaw brings A&E app into TVE fold

January 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has launched A&E’s app to give its Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct authenticated subscribers TV Everywhere access to shows such as “Duck Dynasty,” “Storage Wars,” and “Rodeo Girls.” The A&E app, which launched Thursday, works on iOS, Android and Kindle devices, and is available online.

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Cablevision hires Comstock as EVP of operations

January 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has hired Robert Comstock to the newly created position of executive vice president, operations. Effective immediately, Cablevision said Comstock is responsible for all aspects of infrastructure that support the delivery of Cablevision’s customer experience, including network management, field operations, outside plant, Wi-Fi execution, and telecommunications network management.

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Netflix app to stream 4K on new TVs immediately

January 10, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix says video streaming of its programming in ultra-high definition will work for buyers of new UHD sets from Sony, LG, Samsung, Vizio and others upon purchase. That's because Ultra HD models from those makers will include the Netflix app and chips that decode signals in the so-called High Efficiency Video Coding standard, or HEVC.

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TV-watching app operator Viggle files for IPO

January 10, 2014 12:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Viggle Inc., which operates an app that tracks TV and music habits in exchange for rewards, on Friday filed for an initial public offering of common stock. The company didn't say how many shares it plans to sell. It said the IPO would take place "as soon as practicable."

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Report: Dish dropping $2.2B LightSquared bid

January 9, 2014 1:09 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network appears to be abandoning its $2.2 billion bid for LightSquared. LightSquared lenders are viewing Dish’s change of plans as a breach of contract. One of the possible restructuring plans for LightSquared is based on Dish’s bid and the ad hoc group directing the effort is lead by Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen’s L-Band Acquisition Corp.

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