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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Altice confirms offer to buy Bouygues

June 22, 2015 11:55 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Altice has offered to buy rival French teleco Bouygues Telecom, and the deal could be worth just over $11 billion. On Monday the offer was confirmed by both companies. Bouygues said its board will meet . . .

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Analyst: Netflix winning its war on linear TV

June 22, 2015 10:33 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield says Netflix is making significant progress toward its goal of replacing linear TV.                

Briefs: Starz, Personalized Media Communications, Winchester Systems, Comcast

June 22, 2015 10:08 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Starz Play is now available to Starz premium subscribers through Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Starz Play device support is available on Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV STick, Xbox One, Xbox 360 . . .    

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Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dead at 95

June 19, 2015 11:13 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | Comments

Ralph Roberts, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95.

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Epix app available on Android TV

June 19, 2015 11:05 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The Epix app is now available on Google's Android TV. The app includes four live Epix channels, and streaming on-demand video content. It has a new user interface, and has content recommendations. The . . .

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Study: Half of world’s households to have pay TV by 2017

June 19, 2015 11:03 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

According to ABI Research, the worldwide pay-TV market currently sits at around 900 million subscribers and will surpass...          

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FCC expands Lifeline program to include broadband

June 19, 2015 10:07 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The FCC has voted to expand its Lifeline program to include broadband. As a result, ISPs selling service under the program could be required to... 

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Briefs: Time Warner Cable, DishLatino, Space Systems/Loral, Sierra Wireless

June 19, 2015 9:51 am | by CED staff | Comments

John H. Keib has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of residential services for Time Warner Cable. Keib will be in charge of service delivery, customer care, marketing . . .

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Mediacom signs multiyear agreement with Synacor

June 18, 2015 5:17 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Mediacom and Synacor have signed a deal that includes Synacor's next-generation portal service, TV Everywhere authentication, and ad solutions. The deal will allow Synacor to provide Mediacom customers . . .

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Update: NYC says Verizon failed to meet fiber deployment goals

June 18, 2015 1:06 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Verizon says it held up its end of the agreement but deployments stalled due to difficulties in gaining access from landlords.      

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Illinois high court: Comcast must reveal anonymous commenter

June 18, 2015 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Illinois Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court opinion ordering Comcast Cable Communications to identify a subscriber who posted an anonymous message suggesting a political candidate molests children.

AT&T open sourcing gigabit network components

June 18, 2015 1:01 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

AT&T is busy virtualizing the network functions featured in its gigabit broadband deployments and has decided to open source the technical specs.

Cisco to invest $10B in China over several years

June 18, 2015 11:31 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cisco will invest an excess of $10 billion in China over the next few years through a series of partnerships. The company announced the investment after CEO John Chambers, and incoming CEO Chuck Robbins . . .

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Cablevision CEO: Big bundle customers will inevitably decline

June 18, 2015 10:12 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision CEO James Dolan said over the next five years the amount of customers paying for big bundle service will drop by as much as 20 to 25 percent as OTT services continue to grow in the market. . .

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Briefs: AMD, Bright House Networks, Panasonic, Broadvoice, MapR Technologies

June 18, 2015 9:51 am | by CED staff | Comments

Samsung is utilizing AMD's Embedded G-Series system-on-a-chip for its new line of cloud monitors with thin client technology. The Samsung 21.5 inch TC222W and 23.6 inch TC242W are powered by AMD . . .

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