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Vivint launches 100Mbps fixed wireless broadband service

June 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The service already counts 15,000 customers in pilot cities including El Paso, San Antonio and several cities in Utah.             

Netflix to execute 7-for-1 stock split next month

June 24, 2015 9:21 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Netflix will execute a seven-for-one stock split next month in a widely anticipated move designed to make the Internet video service's shares more...

Showtime now available as a Hulu Plus $9 add-on

June 23, 2015 5:06 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Showtime will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers early next month for $9. Hulu Plus customers will be able to access Showtime programming through the Hulu app just before new seasons of "Masters of . . .


CWA: Verizon's pay increase a 'smokescreen'

June 23, 2015 4:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | Comments

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) says Verizon's offer to raise pay for 38,000 wireline employees is a ruse.


Cablevision boosts core internet service speed

June 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision has boosted its 15 Mbps Optimum internet service tier to 25 Mbps for new and existing residential and business customers. The upgrade is being provided at no additional cost. Standalone . . .


As it closes AOL deal, Verizon teases new video service

June 23, 2015 2:35 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | Comments

Verizon's mobile video service will work on competitors' networks as well as on Wi-Fi and will include ad-supported data, says Verizon executive vice president Marni Walden.

ThePlatform has a new video and metadata management service

June 23, 2015 11:51 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast's independent subsidiary thePlatform has announced its new cloud-based service for operators. The service, called the Unified Ingest Service, is available as a standalone service, but can be . . .


First net neutrality complaint filed against TWC

June 23, 2015 10:50 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The first net neutrality complaint has been filed by a San Diego-based company, which streams media services. According to Commercial Network Service, Time Warner Cable is charging unfair rates to deliver . . .


Verizon offers pay bump to 38K workers

June 23, 2015 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | Comments

Specifically, the offer includes a 2 percent wage increase effective Aug. 2, 2015; a 2 percent increase one year later; and a $1,000 lump sum payment in the third year.


ACA to FCC: DBS providers need to pay fair share of regulatory fees

June 23, 2015 10:34 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The filing comes in response to the FCC setting initial regulatory fees for DBS providers at...           


Briefs: Ericsson, DigiCert, VisualOn, C-COM Satellite Systems

June 23, 2015 9:38 am | by CED staff | Comments

Ericsson has signed a multi-year broadcast and media services deal with BT Sport to launch three TV channels. An interactive red button service in the UK will also be launched, which will allow viewers . . .


FCC’s Clyburn outlines Lifeline replacement, iBridge Now!

June 22, 2015 5:31 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

In light of proposed new rules for Lifeline Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is proposing changing the program’s name to iBridge Now.   

Virgin Media’s $4.6B broadband expansion begins with Manchester

June 22, 2015 1:17 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Virgin Media begins build out of its broadband network in parts of Manchester this week. The build out, called Project Lightning, will connect 150,000 residences and businesses in the city. However, . . . 


Analysts: More set-top box market consolidation to come

June 22, 2015 12:41 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Driven by the move toward digital platforms and HD video, ABI Research says the pay TV set-top box market will experience...

Martha Stewart Living acquired for $353 million

June 22, 2015 12:16 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | Comments

Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. became beset by the same challenges facing the entire media industry as her fans went online to get tips on cooking and decorating.


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