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Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes

October 31, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink. The Tokyo-based maker of the PlayStation 4 video game machines, Spider-Man movies and Xperia smartphones had reported a 19.6 billion yen loss for the same July-September period a year earlier.

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Arris steady in Q3, expects a boost in 2015... eventually

October 30, 2014 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Arris reported Q3 revenue of $1.4 billion, up 32 percent from the third quarter a year ago. Arris expects its largest customers might get distracted by the megamergers they're involved in, but they all need to respond to demand for gigabit services and Wi-Fi. CCAP trials might commence in the summer.

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Time Warner Cable’s profit slides in 3Q

October 30, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Time Warner Cable waits in the wings to be acquired by Comcast, the nation’s second-largest cable saw its third-quarter net income drop 6 percent. On the subscriber front, Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 residential video customers in the quarter, which was partially offset by the addition of 92,000 data customers and 14,000 voice subscribers.

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TiVo hooks up with Vudu for retail OTT

October 30, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

TiVo has forged an agreement with Walmart’s Vudu service to provision the latter’s streaming content to TiVo devices. The deal allows TiVo’s Roamio and Mini users to rent or buy movies and TVs shows from Vudu’s content partners, as well as access a customized Ultraviolet cloud library.  

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MSG prepares on-demand streaming of Knicks games

October 30, 2014 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Madison Square Garden Co. said Wednesday it is launching an on-demand service called MSG Go that will allow cable subscribers to watch Knicks games and MSG Network shows. MSG Go will be available to subscribers of pay-TV networks that carry MSG Networks.

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Review: CBS streaming not worth cutting cord, yet

October 30, 2014 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

With CBS' new All Access streaming service, I can watch shows right when they air. But is it worth $6 a month? The service is a good start. But the network needs to do more to make it worth the money — especially as HBO and other channels start to compete for online dollars.

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WiGig startup pulls in $20M of vencap

October 29, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Fabless semiconductor company Peraso Technologies has closed a $20 million funding round. The company's chipsets are designed for products that will support the 60 GHz IEEE 802.11ad specification, which supports gigabit wireless connectivity for wireless backhaul, small cell base stations, file transfer, docking stations and other applications.

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aioTV awarded patent for stitching together multiple services

October 29, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

aioTV said it has received a U.S. patent that describes methods and systems for delivering video content from multiple platforms to subscribers. The company said the patent is listed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office under the Patent 8,869,207 B1.

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Charter slows video losses, revenue up 8%

October 29, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Aided by an increase in broadband subscribers, Charter Communications increased its revenue in the third quarter while also cutting its net losses. Charter added 94,000 data subscribers in the third, which helped offset the loss of 9,000 basic video subscribers. Charter had lost 27,000 video subscribers in the same quarter a year ago

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Cox’s Gigabit tier marching into Virginia

October 29, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications is taking its Gigabit talents to Virginia where the superfast service will be available via a greenfield fiber build to homes in the Viridian Reserve at Hickory in Chesapeake. The 1-Gig service, which Cox calls “G1GABLAST,” will be available near the end of next year to 165 homes in the new housing development.

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Facebook's advertising revenue soars in 3Q

October 29, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant's overall advertising business. The steady increase indicates that Facebook has succeeded in steering advertisers to its mobile platform at a time when most of its users are using Facebook on phones and tablets. 

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Wheeler proposes allowing OTT companies to compete directly with cable

October 28, 2014 6:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The FCC Chairman proposed that over the top video distributors be given the same rights to retransmit broadcast stations and to distribute linear channels as any telco, cable company, or satellite broadcaster. Wheeler said it's time to modernize our interpretation of "MVPD" so that it is technology-neutral.

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TWC makes VoIP service portable -- call from anywhere

October 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

People who subscribe to Time Warner Cable (TWC) VoIP can now use their phone service anywhere in the world they have access to a Wi-Fi signal. TWC has launched an app, called Phone 2 Go, that lets its Home Phone customers take their service on-the-go at no additional cost.

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FilmOn follows Aereo asking to be an MVPD

October 28, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

FilmOn has notified the FCC it intends to begin retransmitting local broadcast channels to authenticated subscribers. The company said it has established headends to receive, record and stream local broadcast station video programming to consumers in dozens of designated market areas.

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Suddenlink names Shelton VP, fiscal operations for N.C. Region

October 28, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has hired Mike Shelton as vice president of fiscal operations for the cable operator’s North Carolina Region. In his new job, Shelton will be responsible for all aspects of regional fiscal operations including financial planning and analysis, warehouse and inventory control functions, as well as credit and collections efforts.

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