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AT&T conceives new app for babies

May 8, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the birth of AT&T’s new app for babies, users will be covered by apps from the cradle to the grave. AT&T’s BabyFirst’s U-verse app allows kids to create images on iPhone and iPad devices. From there they can see their handiwork on TV screens that are tuned to the BabyFirst channel.

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Cablevision ups Q1 ARPU and revenue

May 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The video market has been saturated for years, and the broadband market is nearly so. It’s been years since cable operators could grow through market penetration. The story these days is market share and average revenue per unit (ARPU). By those measures, Cablevision did well during its first quarter.

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thePlatform shuffles leadership team

May 8, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast-owned thePlatform announced this morning that co-founder Ian Blaine was leaving his CEO post effective June 20 to move into a strategic advisor role with the white-label video publishing company. The Seattle-based company is replacing Blaine internally with co-CEOs Marty Roberts, its current head of sales and marketing, and COO and CFO Jamie Miller.

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FCC Commish backs push for more Wi-Fi spectrum

May 7, 2014 1:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Cable, pursuing a Wi-Fi based wireless strategy, is enthusiastic about having the FCC open up more unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz Band. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the Commission needs to be creative about finding room for unlicensed spectrum in that band, while protecting incumbent services.

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Conexant brings Nuance "wake-up" tech onboard

May 7, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Nuance has created a means to use voice input to turn on an electronic system, even if it’s powered off. Conexant Systems has integrated this technology, which Nuance calls Wake Up Word, into its voice input processors. Consumers would be able to power up and control any smart appliance that includes the Conexant chip, potentially including TVs and set-tops, using voice commands.

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Bright House Networks to fire up free Wi-Fi in Tampa

May 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks will be offering a Wi-Fi service in Tampa Bay’s downtown area and riverfront public parks. The service is available for free for anyone to use for up to 2 hours or 1 GB a month. Once users go over the cap, they can purchase additional time.

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Shaw signs Wi-Fi deal with city

May 7, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Shaw Communications has inked a five-year deal with the British Columbia city of Pentiction to provide its residents with its Wi-Fi service. Pentiction’s council agreed to a non-exclusive deal with Shaw, which will see the Shaw Go WiFi service made publicly available in key city locations, including several city parks and other high-traffic locations.

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Alticast taps industry veteran Schutte for EMEA team

May 7, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Telecommunications veteran Tiann Schutte has joined Alticast as the president for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) team. Schutte's background includes interactive video, IPTV, mobile TV, cable, DTT, VoIP, satellite and OTT services. 

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Suddenlink to provide Netflix direct through its set-tops

May 6, 2014 5:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The operator follows a trio of other TiVo customers who recently announced they’d be doing the same. Suddenlink was the first cable operator to begin offering TiVo digital video recorders (DVRs) integrated with Suddenlink’s on-demand library and using TiVo’s user interface, search and discovery functions.

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KPN, Ericsson, test broadcast video over LTE

May 6, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

KPN became the first network operator in the Netherlands to conduct live tests with LTE Broadcast. The test over the weekend was done with Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Samsung and IBM. The trial took place in the Amsterdam Arena stadium during the soccer game of Ajax against NEC.

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Cablevision using analytics to improve operations

May 6, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSO has promoted Gemma Toner to SVP business insights and strategy, a new position. She will be overseeing the business unit of the company responsible for applying data-driven insights, on an enterprise-wide basis, in response to business opportunities and challenges with a focus on developing a more sophisticated customer experience.

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Mediacom boost revenues in 1Q; video subs decline

May 6, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

This morning privately-held Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the first quarter, which included increased revenues amid a continued decline in video subscribers. The nation’s eighth-largest cable operator, which reports its subscriber and revenue numbers under two subsidiaries, lost a total of 8,000 video subscribers in the quarter that ended March 31.

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Comcast Business hires Hove as VP of Twin Cities Region

May 6, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Business has hired former Level 3 exec Kalyn Hove as its new vice president for the Twin Cities Region.In her new job, Hove will provide operational and strategic leadership for all aspects of the region’s Comcast Business team, which includes operations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas.

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DirecTV 1Q profit falls on Venezuela charges

May 6, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

DirecTV, stung by a volatile currency situation in Venezuela, reported that its first-quarter profit fell 19 percent. Removing those one-time charges, however, the company beat Wall Street expectations and shares rose before the opening bell.

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Comcast expanding customer service in NH

May 6, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast is expected to employ about 200 people at a new customer service center by the end of the year in Hudson, New Hampshire. The center, located at the former home of Presstek, a printing equipment company, can employ up to 600 agents.

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