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AT&T broadens availability of 45 Mbps data tier

August 26, 2013 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A few weeks after introducing the service in California and Nevada, AT&T has begun offering its 45 Mbps broadband tier, called U-verse Power, in 40 additional markets across 15 states in the Northeast, North Central and Southeast  regions of the U.S.

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Research: Google’s Chromecast a market game-changer

August 26, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to new research, the smart set-top box and dongle market is projected to pass 18 million units this year, which was higher than original forecast, due to the arrival of Google’s Chromecast device. ABI Research’s study said that the overall market was expected to have a 10.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from this year to 2018. 

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NCTC serves up Tennis Channel to members

August 26, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

he National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) is serving up TV Everywhere content from the Tennis Channel on its authenticated WatchTVEverywhere (WTVE) platform. NCTC members that offer the Tennis Channel through the NCTC’s master agreement will be able to offer the network’s live stream, including the 2013 U.S. Open that starts today, on the WTVE platform to their subscribers.

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Bright House Networks turns up voice, data services for school district

August 26, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks recently announced it was provisioning voice and data services for the nation’s eighth-largest school district. Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), which is headquartered in Tamp Bay, Fla., started migrating its voice and data transport services to Bright House Networks in April before completing the process on July 1.

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Kevin Spacey: TV industry has to get with the program

August 23, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Oscar-winning actor says television has overtaken cinema as the home of quality character-driven drama, but the industry risks failure if it doesn't recognize that viewers want control over what they watch, and when. "We no longer live in a world of appointment viewing," he said.

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Verizon to stream U.S. Open Tennis Championship

August 23, 2013 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company in May contracted with Synacor to provide an online video portal. Verizon asked Synacor to create an embedded video player on the portal, and to work with the Tennis Channel to get the streaming coverage of the U.S. Open.

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TWC counters CBS blackout with free antennas

August 23, 2013 12:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Somebody at Time Warner Cable noticed something about CBS that CBS apparently forgot – CBS broadcasts free over the air. TWC is going to offer free TV antennas to customers who’ve been blacked out from viewing CBS delivered on its cable plant.

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Suddenlink inks outside sales channel deal with Telarus

August 23, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has signed a deal with Telarus that allows the latter to resell its portfolio of small, medium and enterprise broadband and voice services. The deal marked Suddenlink’s entry into the outside sales channel sector, which will help the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator reach higher-end business clientele. 

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Cable One chalks up back to school data promo

August 23, 2013 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

To coincide with students going back to school, Cable One announced it had lowered the price on its 50 Mbps down, 2 Mbps up data tier to $35 a month. The promotion lasts for the first three months of service, and is available for a limited time. 

Report: Carrier router/switch market is booming in 2Q

August 23, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Based on second quarter numbers for the carrier router and switch market, service providers started opening up their wallets in the second quarter of this year. Globally, service provider router and switch revenue was up 27 percent, to $4 billion, in the second quarter of this year from the first quarter, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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Ace to roll out whole-home DVR

August 22, 2013 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ace Communications will begin rolling out whole-home DVR services using set-tops sourced from its current STB supplier, Amino Communications. The service provider will use Amino's A140 single stream and A540 devices to support whole home DVR services.

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Verizon's CBS deal does double duty as a dig at TWC

August 22, 2013 12:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon’s announcement that it negotiated a retransmission consent agreement with CBS Corp. to distribute CBS on its FiOS network was a masterwork of veiled digs at Time Warner Cable, which is engaged in an epic battle of wills with the broadcaster over retrans fees.

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Cox Business reaches for cloud with ViaWest

August 22, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Cox Business announced a strategic partnership with ViaWest that will enable it to offer commercial customers secure fiber network connectivity along with compliant colocation and cloud infrastructure services. Cox Business will start offering ViaWest’s services to customers initially in its Las Vegas, Phoenix and Southern California markets.

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Mediacom tunes up TVE web portal with Synacor

August 22, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has extended its four-year deal with Synacor, which included beefing up its web portal with more TV Everywhere services. The new web portal site gives Mediacom subscribers access to additional content and services from one online location with a single login for authentication.

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AT&T gives wings to Delta’s in air point-of-sales

August 22, 2013 11:58 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a multi-year agreement with Delta Air Lines to enable better in-flight mobile point-of-sale transactions by flight attendants. AT&T will equip Delta’s 19,000 flight attendants with Nokia Lumia 820 devices powered by Microsoft Dynamics mobile point-of-sale platform on Windows Phone 8.

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