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Comcast, HBO, Mediacom unite in TV Everywhere awareness push

July 20, 2015 11:58 am | Comments

The collective includes Comcast, Cox Communications, Mediacom, A&E, Turner Networks, HBO, and Univision.                           


Google shareholders revel in record 1-day windfall of $65.1B

July 20, 2015 11:53 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writer; Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | Comments

A 16 percent surge in Google's publicly traded stock translated into an additional $65.1 billion in shareholder wealth, on paper at least.


Armstrong testing Ultra HD linear TV offering

July 20, 2015 11:23 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Armstrong is testing out satellite provider SES’s Ultra HD solution in what the companies are calling the first-ever live, linear UHD TV trial.


FCC sets start date for incentive auction

July 20, 2015 10:56 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Within the FCC’s list of items currently being circulated among the Commission is an item setting March 29, 2016 as the start date for auctions.


Cheating website Ashley Madison hacked, personal info posted

July 20, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Toronto-based Avid Life Media Inc. says it has had the hackers' posts, which included personal information, taken down and has hired a technology security firm. The company and law enforcement are investigating.

Briefs: AT&T, Vubiq, Adobe, IMAX

July 20, 2015 9:26 am | by CED Staff | Comments

The Kansas 9-1-1 Coordinating Council has awarded a contract to AT&T to provide a "Next Generation 9-1-1" emergency communications system across the state.


Briefs: RCN, Synopsis, Gemalto, RADWIN

July 17, 2015 11:10 am | by CED Staff | Comments

RCN Television Group (RCN) announced that RCN has purchased the entire interest of its joint-venture partner, FOX International Channels (FIC), in the U.S. Spanish language broadcast network, MundoFox. 


Shareholders approve Samsung deal paving way for succession

July 17, 2015 10:52 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | Comments

Shareholders approved Friday a highly contested deal that strengthens the Samsung family's grip on the world's largest smartphone maker, sparking criticism that South Korea lacks sufficient protections for foreign investors and small shareholders.


Hulu could at last offer an ad-free option

July 17, 2015 10:27 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

According to the report, Hulu’s ad-supported model won’t go away and the company will look at ways to use data to deliver more targeted ads.

Google's 2Q signals new era of austerity with new CFO

July 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

After years of big spending on risky projects that CEO Larry Page proudly hails as "moonshots," Google may be launching into a new orbit of financial discipline.


Dish may lose discounts as FCC adopts new DE rules

July 16, 2015 4:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | Comments

The possibility of Dish losing the discounts sent shares of the company into a slide. Dish was down just under 3 percent on the news to...


HBO Now goes live on Android, Amazon devices

July 16, 2015 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

HBO is also promising its service will soon be coming to both Amazon’s Fire TV and Google’s Chromecast.                            


FCC again delays vote on incentive auction rules

July 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor | Comments

The decision to delay a vote came after Senators Fred Upton (Rep-Mich.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.) sent a letter to...               


Charter’s free peering could sting Comcast and Verizon, analyst says

July 16, 2015 11:15 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield says that three-year decree could end up being closer to seven years if regulators have their say.


Marlene Sanders, TV news reporter and executive, dies at 84

July 16, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Marlene Sanders, a veteran television journalist for ABC and CBS News at a time when relatively few women did that job, has died of cancer. She was 84.



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