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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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BHN lines up speed increases, new 300 Mbps tier

October 28, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Starting in December, Bright House Networks will upgrade subscribers’ broadband speeds across some of its most popular tiers, as well as launch a residential 300 Mbps offering in Florida early next year. The speed upgrades are slated for the following tiers, Bright House Networks Standard Internet will move from 10 Mbps to 15 Mbps; Lightning 30 to 35 Mbps; Lightning 60 will move to 75 Mbps and Lightning 90 will increase to 150 Mbps. 

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SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts power exec roundtable

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

The SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter is hosting an executive roundtable next week that will tackle various top-of-mind topics including current events, network capacity, competition and customer experence. The “Executive Roundtable: 2015 and Beyond" event is slated for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at The Cable Center in Denver.

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Former Liberty Global exec steps in as CenturyLink’s new CTO

October 28, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CenturyLink announced this morning that former Liberty Global executive Aamir Hussain has joined the company as its new chief technology officer. Hussain, who reports to CenturyLink CEO and president Glen Post, previously worked in the Netherlands as Liberty Global's managing director and chief technology officer for Europe.

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Softbank ready to splash $10B on India investments

October 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Japanese telecommunications company Softbank Corp. said Tuesday it bought stakes in two Indian technology companies and could splash $10 billion on investments in the country over the next decade. Softbank is investing $627 million and becoming the biggest shareholder in Snapdeal, and is also investing $210 million in Ola Cabs.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success

October 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system. While Apple has partnered with major banks and large retail chains including Macy's Inc., Walgreen Co. and McDonald's Corp., critics have noted that it's not accepted by a number of other large chains.

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