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Charter's FY 2013 marked by growth

February 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company put Time Warner Cable in to play, and walked away with nothing as erstwhile takeover partner Comcast decided to bid on its own, but Charter president and CEO Tom Rutledge said in the company’s conference call that Charter is still interested in growth through acquisition.

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Dish 2013: flat, as far as the eye can see

February 21, 2014 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company ended 2013 with approximately 14.057 million TV subscribers, compared with approximately 14.056 million at the end of 2012. Dish also added approximately 253,000 net broadband subscribers, bringing its total broadband subscriber base to approximately 436,000.

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Time Warner Cable to boost speeds in Austin

February 21, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Despite its possible acquisition by Comcast, Time Warner Cable isn’t waving the white flag in Austin. Time Warner Cable announced it would boost its “Ultimate” 50 Mbps tier to 300 Mbps on the downstream by the this fall, as well bowing faster speeds across additional data tiers.

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AT&T unveils kid friendly app

February 21, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T is taking the worry out of channel surfing for parents by offering a free mobile app that was designed for use by children. In addition to the parental control features, the AT&T U-verse Kids! app lets children tune into TV programs via remote control buttons that were designed for kids.

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Report: Emerging markets drive growth in pay-TV market

February 21, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Despite the emergence of various over-the-top video providers, the pay-TV market will continue to grow thanks to emerging markets in places such as Latin America. A report by Infonetics Research said DirecTV Latin American saw a 15 percent increase in satellite subscribers year-over-year from the third quarter of 2012 to the same quarter last year.

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Aereo suffers first major legal setback

February 20, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A District Judge  argued that Aereo's retransmission of video signals is "indistinguishable from a cable company," and said that if Aereo continued to do business, it would damage broadcasters' ability to negotiate with legitimate licensees, siphon viewers away from their websites and subject them to potential piracy.

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Google begins process to expand Fiber in 2015

February 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

As with the previous three Google Fiber cities, Google is playing for the most favorable possible build conditions, including guarantees the company will be able to string fiber with a minimum of fuss, plus any regulatory grease that might be forthcoming. Cox, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T are at risk for a little more competition. Verizon? Not so much. Not at all, in fact.

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Set-top box sales fuels strong Q4 for Arris

February 20, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Arris reported its fourth-quarter earnings last night and announced that its set-top box shipments increased by a whopping 43 percent when compared to the previous quarter. That growth was spurred by increased shipments of its hybrid XG1 HD DVR for Comcast’s X1 platform, shipments to Latin America and increased shipments of its QIP box to Verizon.

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DirecTV’s Q4 results top analysts' estimates

February 20, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

DirecTV's fourth-quarter net income declined 14 percent, hurt in part by increased expenses. The performance still topped analysts' expectations. The No. 1 provider of satellite TV services in the U.S. also announced Wednesday that its board approved a new $3.5 billion stock repurchase program.

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WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook

February 20, 2014 12:37 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones. The $19 billion deal is by far Facebook's largest and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.

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FCC prepares to reassert network neutrality rules

February 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Following an Appeals Court decision that knocked down two of the three legs that propped up the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules, the FCC has requested suggestions from the public about how to proceed – how “to consider the court’s decision and what actions the Commission should take.”

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Comcast makes a move onto Ethernet Leaderboard

February 19, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast made its debut on Vertical Systems Group’s 2013 Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard. Comcast, which branched out into Ethernet services three years ago, moved up from Vertical Systems Group’s “Challenge” tier to rank eighth overall among the top providers. 

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Comcast Business hires Folkersen

February 19, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Business has hired former XO Communications employee Lynn Folkersen as its director of enterprise sales in Colorado. In his new job, Folkersen will lead the growth of Comcast’s portfolio of business services, which includes its Ethernet offerings and cloud-based Business VoiceEdge service.

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Synacor fuels Midcontinent’s TVE Sochi viewers

February 19, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Midcontinent Communications has deployed Synacor's Cloud ID Auto Authentication feature in time for the Sochi Olympics, which has led to a decrease in TV Everywhere abandonment by its viewers. Using Synacor’s white label auto authentication, Midcontinent has reported a dramatic drop in TV Everywhere abandonment, coming in under 10 percent compared to a typical TV Everywhere abandonment rate of approximately 50 percent.

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NY's Schumer recuses from review of Comcast/TWC deal

February 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday he is recusing himself from any role Congress plays in Comcast Corp.'s planned acquisition of rival Time Warner Cable Inc. after learning his brother was one of the lead lawyers behind the $45 billion deal. 

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