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Cablevision hires Paxton as SVP, exec director of creative services

December 5, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Mickey Paxton has boarded Cablevision as the cable operator’s senior vice president and executive director of creative services. In his new job, Paxton is responsible for the execution of Cablevision’s marketing and brand initiatives that support the company’s Optimum-branded services and products.

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GCI snaps up Alaska Communications’ wireless assets

December 5, 2014 1:02 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Anchorage-based Alaska Communications announced plans Thursday to sell its remaining wireless assets in the state to General Communication Inc. (GCI) to help pay down debt and focus on its growing broadband business. The sale, for $300 million, includes Alaska Communications' wireless subscriber base and its 33 percent interest in a partnership between the companies known as The Alaska Wireless Network LLC. 

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DirecTV 4K service will rely on Elemental transcoding

December 5, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

DirecTV became the first MVPD to announce plans to offer 4K content on demand, sometime in 2015. The satellite broadcaster will be using Elemental Server, a file-based transcoding solution, to prepare Ultra HD content for delivery. Elemental tweaked its HEVC algorithms so DirecTV didn't have to take a hit on bandwidth usage.  

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Senators look at dropping NFL blackout rule

December 5, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Senators from both parties warned the National Football League on Thursday to get rid of a four-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together. The blackout rule bars home games from being televised in a local market if they have not sold out, but is unfair to fans, lawmakers said.

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Liberty Broadband stock offering sets price of $40 a share

December 4, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Liberty Broadband is the corporate vehicle for Liberty Media's interest in Charter Communications; its minority interest in Time Warner Cable; TruePosition, a subsidiary that provides geolocation services largely to public safety and law enforcement agencies; and other properties.

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SeaChange's new Rave system brings OTT to the masses

December 4, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Rave supports the delivery of on-demand, time-shifted, live and downloaded content, delivered to any device. The system also includes the company’s analytics, promotions and advertising features. Customers can use Rave to build a straight OTT service, or to deliver a service that blends linear and OTT content.

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Comcast and AT&T megamergers are back on the clock

December 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The FCC restarted the clocks on both of the megamergers it is evaluating. Assuming no more stoppages, the Commission would have a decision in early March on whether or not to allow Comcast and Charter Communications to divvy up Time Warner Cable, and in late March on AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV.

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WOW! trims 9% of workforce

December 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable over builder WOW! is cutting 9 percent of its more than 3,000 employees. According to a story by DSLreports.com, the layoffs started Wednesday. A company spokeswoman said the elimination of the 270 jobs would continue through early next year.

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Liberty Global picks Amdocs to power MVNO deployments

December 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Liberty Global is using Amdocs’ mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) platform to support its mobile services in Hungary, Switzerland and the Netherlands. With Liberty Global’s foray into quad play services, Amdocs said its Compact Convergence solution reduced time to market while also integrating MVNO with existing business support systems (BSS.)

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Coalition forms to oppose Comcast's purchase of Time Warner Cable

December 3, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Several opponents of Comcast’s proposal to buy TWC, including some smaller cable operators, have banded together, calling themselves the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition. There are no conditions the regulatory agencies involved can set on the merger that will avoid the substantial harms they say will be caused by the merger.

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Infographic: Cogeco to launch neutral Public Cloud

December 3, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cogeco Data Services will launch its Public Cloud service early next year, which it said was Canada’s first neutral public cloud offering. The service will provide businesses access to public, private and hybrid cloud capabilities.

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ViXS Systems intros Ethernet-over-coax chips

December 3, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The ViXS XConnex EoC solutions can be deployed with 4 RF channels delivering 700 Mbps of payload traffic, with an option for field software upgrades to increase bandwidth up to 1.6 Gbps without any changes to existing hardware, the company said.

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Alpha bags Cheetah Technologies

December 3, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Power solutions vendor Alpha Technologies announced this morning that it had acquired Cheetah Technologies for an undisclosed sum. Alpha said it would keep the doors open on Cheetah’s Pittsburg facility. In addition to serving similar market sectors and mutual customers, the two companies have collaborated on outside plant power supply monitoring for “several decades.”

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RCN Business rings up Office Mobility app

December 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

RCN Business has launched a new app that lets its business customer employees stay connected with their office phones when they’re on the go. The Business Office Mobility app, which is a new feature from RCN Businesses’ hosted voice and business phone with call manager products, works with both iOS and Android devices. 

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Suddenlink adds CBS to primetime VOD lineup

December 3, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has added programming from CBS, which is currently the nation’s top-rated broadcast network, to its VOD primetime lineup. With CBS in the fold, Suddenlink now offers free on demand programming from all four major broadcast networks, which also includes ABC, Fox and NBC.

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