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Comcast content deal with Sony tweaks Netflix

March 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast has cut a deal to sell content from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which gives Comcast the right to sell Sony movies and TV Series. In an intriguing twist, that deal gives Comcast the rights to sell the first season of “House of Cards” – the show that helped turn Netflix into a prominent programmer, on par with traditional cable networks.  

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Conax, PayWizard integrate product lines

March 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

PayWizard and Conax have created a flexible ecosystem for monetizing multiscreen content, by combining he former’s subscriber management platform with the latter’s Contego Unite multiscreen security solution. The combination will enable operators to register and manage subscriber accounts and process payment across all devices.

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TiVo hires former Dish exec as CMO

March 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

TiVo has hired former Dish Network executive Ira Bahr as its new chief marketing officer. Bahr, who will start his new job immediately, will be in charge of the company's global marketing efforts. He will be based TiVo's San Jose corporate headquarters and report directly to TiVo CEO and president Tom Rogers.

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Aereo shut down in Denver, Salt Lake City

March 10, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After a recent court ruling, Aereo was forced to shut down its service in Denver and Salt Lake City Saturday morning. On Friday the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel turned down Aereo’s request to suspend a federal judge’s preliminary injunction order to stop its service in six states.

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Comcast challenging Disney's hold on tourism trade

March 10, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast Corp. will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in California and Florida theme parks, stepping outside its core business of telecommunications in an effort to boost revenue and profits.Recent moves by Comcast represent a challenge to the Walt Disney Co.'s tourism business in Orlando.

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Verizon offers up $20 discount for wireless + FiOS

March 7, 2014 1:21 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The limited time deal, running March 7 through April 19, grants $10 per month off each bill and promises two-year contract savings of up to $480. The deal extends to the $90 per month FiOS plan offering 50-25 Mbps broadband, TV and phone.

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Charter makes move to all digital in three states

March 7, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications’ all digital conversion initiative is now underway in Southern California, Alabama and Georgia. With the reclaimed bandwidth from the analog-to-digital conversion, which is scheduled to be completed across Charters footprint this year, Charter will serve up more than 200 HD channels, offer 10,000 VOD options and increase its data speeds.

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Charter tees up Showtime Anytime

March 7, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications has launched Showtime Anytime to give its authenticated subscribers free access to on demand content, live broadcasts of Showtime’s East and West Coast feeds and original programming. Showtime Anytime streams across computers, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire tablets and Roku streaming players anywhere in the nation.

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Antitrust official recused from Comcast-TWC review

March 7, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Justice Department says its top antitrust official, Bill Baer, is recusing himself from the department's review of Comcast's $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. Spokeswoman Gina Talamona says that Baer, an assistant attorney general, was not heading the review due to some work he did while in private practice.

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US judge rules for Samsung in dustup with Apple

March 7, 2014 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. judge on Thursday denied Apple's request to permanently ban Samsung from selling 23 older-model smartphones and tablets that a jury found infringed on patents held by the maker of iPhones and iPads. Judge Lucy Koh said Apple Inc. failed to prove that the South Korean company's patent infringement caused irreparable harm to Apple sales.

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FCC set to bar TV stations from retrans "collusion"

March 6, 2014 10:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a proposal among his fellow Commissioners recommending several measures, including the elimination of a certain loophole in current rules that allows media companies to circumvent ownership consolidation rules, and prohibiting multiple local broadcasters from negotiating together.

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GCI qualifies for wireless broadband grant

March 6, 2014 12:50 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The money, coming as part of the FCC’s Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, will go toward serving 37,000 people across 48 communities in Alaska. GCI expects to deploy the mobile broadband service within two or three years depending on “construction schedules and the type of technology deployed.”

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Cable One serves up Wi-Fi to small businesses

March 6, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable One has launched an on-site Wi-Fi service for small businesses in its footprint. The Wi-Fi service cost an additional $9.95 a month for small businesses that are subscribers to Cable One’s data service. On the gear side, Cable One is using SMC Networks to provision the service.

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Cox Business simplifies cloud services for small businesses

March 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Businesses has streamlined cloud services for small businesses with the national launch of a new service. The service, which is called Essential Cloud, features tailor-made cloud offerings for businesses in four primary verticals; real estate, restaurant, professional services and personal services.

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Harmonic introduces first in line of new IRDs

March 5, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The ProView 8100 is suitable for use for everything from basic monitoring to end-point delivery from the distribution network. The IRD can act as a stand-alone unit or as part of a widely dispersed primary distribution network under the control of Harmonic's DMS video distribution management system, the company said.

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