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Cogeco's decision to drop IPTV project cuts profit

July 11, 2014 | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Cogeco Cable has abandoned an IPTV project after failing to meet performance expectations, resulting in a Q3 writedown. Instead, the Canadian operator will roll out a TiVo-based service to subscribers in Quebec and Ontario within the next year, similar to that offered by subsidiary Atlantic Broadband. 

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Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

July 14, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS' "60 Minutes" to deliver packages with self-guided aircrafts that seemed straight out of science fiction.

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Dish will bid in the 600 MHz incentive auctions

July 11, 2014 1:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

“High-capacity cable broadband connections are the lifeblood of over-the-top (“OTT”) video services,” the company said. The satellite-TV company called the FCC’s auction framework a win-win for broadcasters and communications companies looking for mobile broadband spectrum.

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Pend Oreille utility district upgrades to FTTH

July 11, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Pend Oreille PUD  is using FTTH installation kits from Brooks Utility Products to extend high speed broadband to underserved areas in Pend Oreille County east of Seattle, covering an area that stretches from the border with Canada south to Spokane. The project is expected to cost $34.5 million.

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SCTE announces all-star lineup for 3.1, Wi-Fi symposium

July 11, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The SCTE announced the headliners for its Wireless and DOCSIS 3.1 Pre-Conference Symposium that takes place the day before Cable-Tec Expo officially kicks off. Comcast’s Jorge Salinger, Cisco’s John Chapman, and CableLabs’ Belal Hamzeh, Mark Poletti, and Vivek Ganti lead a group of seven presenters that will provide a comprehensive overview of the two services and their roles in the cable industry.

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LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display

July 11, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs. The South Korean display panel maker said Friday the flexible display has a resolution of 1200 pixels by 810 pixels and maintains its function when it is rolled up.

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FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges

July 11, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court. The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn't settle with the FTC over the charges. 

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Ciena software brings SDN to WANs

July 9, 2014 4:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Supporting the move to software defined networking (SDN), Ciena has introduced a set of software products that includes a controller that enables network operators to virtualize their (WANs), along with three network applications. The company’s Agility portfolio is built using the OpenDaylight framework.

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Comcast Business wraps up Choice hospitality deal

July 9, 2014 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Choice Hotels International has picked Comcast Business as a qualified vendor for its triple play service offerings. Choice Hotels has more than 5,000 franchises located across the nation including brands such as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotels & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotels.

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Cox scores deal with SEC Networks

July 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With a little over a month left before the kickoff of the SEC Network, ESPN announced it had reached a carriage agreement with Cox Communications. Southeastern Conference college sports action will be available on multiple platforms and across Cox’s entire footprint when it launches. Aug. 14.

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Google picks 5 charities to create ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 3:05 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google announced five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers.

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Bell Labs achieves 10Gbps speeds on copper lines

July 9, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, is claiming a broadband speed record of 10 Gbps on traditional copper telephone lines using XG-FAST technology, a variant of the G.fast standard that is now being finalized. XG-FAST can also be used to deliver symmetrical 1 Gbps on copper.

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Buckeye Cablesystem's parent buys MSO in Mississippi

July 9, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Block Communications is buying MetroCast, which it will operate as a subsidiary. The combination of MetroCast and Buckeye Cablesystem would give Block control of roughly 176,000 subscribers. Metrocast is in the midst of an upgrade to all-digital.

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Comcast to kick off ‘People’s Hotlist’ voting campaign next week

July 9, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has come up with yet another way of engaging customers across its vast VOD library with next week’s kick off of “The People’s Hot list on Xfinity On Demand” campaign, which allows subscribers to vote for their favorite summer movies and shows. July 14 Comcast will post a mashup of the 200 "must-see" movies and TV shows from this summer.

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Charter bows 55 new Latino channels in New England

July 9, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications recently added its Latin View video tier in its New England footprint. With the addition of Latin View, Charter subscribers now have access to 55 digital channels, including 15 in HD, comprised of news, movies, sports, family and children’s programs from Mexico, Latin America and Spain. 

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GCI adds to TV Everywhere stable

July 9, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Alaskan cable operator GCI has beefed up its TV Everywhere lineup with the recent additions of Fox Network, BTN2Go, MTV, VH1 and Spike on its GCI Go TV Everywhere service. Authenticated GCI TV subscribers can access the channels, at no additional cost, from any device, anywhere. GCI customers can also watch the Fox programming online through the programmer’s web portal and on Hulu through Fox apps on GCI Go.

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