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Comcast revs up NASCAR coverage ahead of Daytona race

February 20, 2015 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Ahead of Sunday’s Daytona 500, Comcast has added some NASCAR-related enhancements to its X1 operating platform as well new NASCAR VOD content. Comcast, which took over as the title sponsor of NASCAR back in September, also expanded its X1 Sports App to include scheduling information for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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Level 3 vaults to 2nd place on Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard

February 20, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Thanks to its acquisition of tw telecom last year, Level 3 has moved into second-place on Vertical System Group’s U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard. Based on retail port shares, Level 3 was behind top-ranked AT&T but ahead of third-place Verizon.

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Frontier Communications posts 4Q profit

February 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Frontier Communications Corp. (FTR) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $13.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 4 cents per share.

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Small ISPs make case for Title II exemption

February 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Representatives of the ACA met with members of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau to reiterate its argument that Title II would impose “unwarranted and onerous burdens” on small service providers.

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ABC News app debuts on Xbox Live

February 19, 2015 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

This appears to be the first time a news app has been developed for a game console. Users will gain access to multiple simultaneous streams of live video as well as on-demand content, entertainment news, original programming and highlights from ABC News programs.

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Channels using compression to create more ad space

February 19, 2015 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Falling ratings are leading many top cable networks to jam more ads in “to meet audience guarantees made to advertisers and prop up revenue despite falling ad prices,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Cox partners with Cleveland Clinic on digital home health care services

February 19, 2015 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cox Communications has formed a joint venture with Cleveland Clinic to further develop in-home healthcare services. The new telehealth and home health services will be offered by the joint venture Vivre Health.

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Mediacom, Discovery ink long-term distribution agreement

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Discovery Communications and Mediacom Communications announced this morning that they’ve renewed their long-term distribution agreement. The latest deal included TV Everywhere rights across multiple platforms for authenticated Mediacom subscribers of Discovery’s 13 networks.

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Malaysia sets up IoT lab for medical apps

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Kontron coordinated the establishment of the research facility in Penang, and enlisted Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as participants. The new lab is part of Malaysia's  Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology program. 

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DirecTV’s 4th-quarter performance tops analysts' expectations

February 19, 2015 12:52 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

DirecTV's fourth-quarter results beat analysts' estimates as it added more subscribers in the U.S. The El Segundo, California-based company earned $778 million, or $1.53 per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31. That compares with $810 million, or $1.53 per share, a year earlier.

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Comcast reports TV Everywhere success data

February 18, 2015 12:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The MSO said that in the past year or so, it has more than doubled its catalog of live streaming networks on the Xfinity TV Go app, and more than 30 percent of Xfinity TV customers are using TV Everywhere monthly.

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Comcast partners with Boulder-based Boomtown on IoT lab

February 18, 2015 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast Labs has forged a partnership with startup accelerator Boomtown to build an Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Boomtown’s hometown of Boulder, Colo. The companies said the IoT lab will be one of the first in nation when it launches during “Boulder Startup Week” in May.  

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Frontier finishes phase 1 of broadband upgrade in Washington, North Idaho

February 18, 2015 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Frontier Communications has wrapped up the first phase of its broadband network upgrade in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Frontier said the upgrade doubled the available bandwidth en route to enabling faster broadband speeds while also providing network redundancy for its commercial and residential subscribers in the area.

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Sony outlines 3-year recovery plan, targets $4.2B earnings

February 18, 2015 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again. The company is targeting an operating profit of 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) and a 10 percent return on equity for the fiscal year through March 2018.

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Time Warner Cable Internet speeds in San Antone rose

February 18, 2015 12:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

TWC will gradually introduce faster broadband speeds throughout its entire system in and around San Antonio. The upgrade will also include an expansion of Wi-Fi hotspots around the city, building on an existing constellation of hotspots in businesses.

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