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NetCracker signs up to support Cable Center committee

November 8, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Cable Center announced this morning that NetCracker Technology was named as a co-presenting sponsor of its Customer Experience Committee (C5.) As a part of The Cable Center’s Customer Experience Central initiatives, the C5 is comprised of 25 invited members who represent leading cable operators in North America and Europe.

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Comcast tees up "Sportstacular" promotion

November 7, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Xfinity TV customers will have the chance to watch content from networks such as NFL Network, Big Ten Network (BTN), Pac-12 Networks, ESPN Goal Line, FOX Sports 1, NBA TV, NHL Network and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). This programming is typically available only to subscribers of Comcast’s various sports packages.

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Time Warner Cable wraps rights for A&E content

November 7, 2013 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and A&E have renewed their carriage agreements. With the new contract, which also covers Bright House Networks, the two MSOs will continue to air A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, Bio, H2, History en Espanol, and several other A&E channels.

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Twitter surges after IPO

November 7, 2013 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The opening price values Twitter at $31 billion, which puts it in in range of KFC and Pizza Hut owner Yum Brands, tractor and tool maker Deere & Co. Twitter's shares jumped as high as $50.09 on Thursday morning and were up $19.14, or 73.6 percent, at $45.14 in midday trading amid a broader market decline.

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Aereo adds support for Android 4.1 devices

November 7, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aereo announced its app now supports Android devices that run 4.1 operating systems or higher. The free app, which was released in a public beta on Oct. 22 for 4.2 devices, is available to users where Aereo’s antenna and cloud-based TV service has launched.

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Deutsch LA picks Comcast AdDelivery for TV commercial distribution

November 7, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Deutsch LA is serving up commercials for several clients via Comcast AdDelivery, the latter of which is a business unit of Comcast Wholesale. Deutsch LA, which is an interpublic company, is initially using Comcast AdDelivery for two of its clients, Volkswagen and the California Milk Advisory Board.

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TWC, CBS squabble over TVE rights

November 7, 2013 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the interesting insights to emerge from the month-long standoff between CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. this summer was that the dispute wasn't over money. In fact, the two sides were squabbling over digital rights — the ability for Time Warner Cable subscribers to watch CBS content on the go on mobile devices if they prove, or "authenticate," that they are subscribers.

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Dish to close rest of its Blockbuster stores in U.S.

November 6, 2013 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The  satellite-TV provider also is shutting down Blockbuster's DVD-by-mail service next month. Dish Network's retreat will render Blockbuster's once-ubiquitous brand nearly extinct. About 50 U.S. stores operating under franchise agreements will remain open.

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Desparately Seeking FTTP; LA to issue an RFI

November 6, 2013 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

LA’s desire is to have fiber extended to both residential and business customers. Initial estimates peg the costs anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion, and the city expects the bidder to assume it all. The city also wants the winning bidder to provide free connectivity to all at something between 2 Mbps and 5 Mbps.

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Wheeler champions competition in first comments as FCC Chair

November 6, 2013 1:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

After thanking acting chairwoman Mignon Clyburn for her service, Wheeler called these "important days in determining the future of our networks." He quoted John Gardner's observation, 'History doesn’t look like history when you’re living it,' comparing today's fourth-generation networks to Gutenberg’s printing press and the original railroads for their revolutionary effects on civilization.

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Mediacom increasing revenue but losing subs

November 6, 2013 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company lost a total of 12,000 revenue generating units during the quarter. During the same period in 2012, Mediacom lost 9,000. That puts the company down 59,000 RGUs since last year. The loss of video customers overwhelmed the increases in broadband and phone subscribers.

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Miranda expands loudness monitoring product line

November 6, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Axino-400 retains the performance of the original Axino-410, but with a reduced channel count. Where the original Axino 410 was built to handle up to 200 channels simultaneously, the Axino-400 enables broadcasters to monitor up to 40 channels from one device.

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Jinni launches new iPad app, website

November 6, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Jinni, whose search and recommendation engine helps users find video content intuitively, has launched a new, free iPad app and website. The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company said the new platforms delivered intuitive, personalized recommendations for movies, television and streaming content that match a user’s tastes and moods.

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Synacor snaps up Android-based company

November 6, 2013 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Synacor, which is a TV Everywhere and Web portal vendor, announced this morning it had bought Android development company Teknision for an undisclosed sum. The addition of Ottawa-based Teknision will allow Synacor to branch out into the mobile arena while adding an Android-based platform for developers and users. 

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DirecTV posts higher 3Q net income, revenue

November 6, 2013 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV, the No. 1 provider of satellite TV services in the U.S., posted a 24 percent jump in profit during the third quarter as it brought more subscribers on board. The company earned $699 million, or $1.28 per share, up from $565 million, or 90 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.

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