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Cox heads to starting blocks for 1-Gig service; CenturyLink expands 1-Gig in Vegas

May 23, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After announcing it was going to offer a 1 Gbps service to its residential customers last month, Cox Communications provided more details on the roll out. Cox will enter the 1-gigabit ring by starting with new residential construction projects and new and existing neighborhoods in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha. In all Cox locations, the cable operator said it would begin market-wide deployment of gigabit speeds by the end of 2016.

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TWC, BHN connect with Fox to offer more TVE choices

May 23, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks authenticated subscribers can now tap into video streams from Fox Now, FXNow, Fox Sports Go and Nat Geo TV apps across multiple devices at no additional cost. Once they’ve signed in with their usernames and passwords, customers can stream shows and movies on demand from Fox, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild plus watch live sports from Fox Sports.

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Report: Samsung prepping actual watchphone

May 23, 2014 12:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The device will actually place and receive phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. The report outfits the device with a camera, GPS, Bluetooth, a heart-rate monitor and email functionality. Samsung is reportedly in talks with U.S. wireless providers about the yet-unnamed device, which could be announced as soon as June or July.

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House passes curbs on NSA phone surveillance

May 23, 2014 12:46 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The House has moved the U.S. closer to ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records, the most significant demonstration to date of leaker Edward Snowden's impact on the debate over privacy versus security. But the final version of the legislation, "watered down" in the words of one supporter, also showed the limits of that impact. 

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Amazon becomes a programmer with its first show

May 23, 2014 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

"Tumble Leaf," follows the adventures of a blue fox named Fig. Amazon plans to release two more new kids programs over the summer. Only members of Amazon's Prime subscription plan can watch the programs, which are produced by Amazon Studios.

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Indiana phone co-op buys local cable operator

May 23, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Pulaski White Rural Telephone Cooperative (PWRTC) is in the process of acquiring TV Cable of Winamac, aka Zing. The purchase price was not disclosed. Together, the operation will be able to provide a triple play bundle that combines the most advanced services of each.

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Review: Apple's CarPlay headed in right direction

May 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

CarPlay implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard. It's expected to be available this summer when Pioneer Electronics plans to release a software update for five car radios designed to work with the iPhone.

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AT&T trials LTE-based home broadband service

May 22, 2014 1:32 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The company is planning a nationwide roll-out of a service for its wireless customers, who for $30 a month will be able to install a router in their homes that will convert LTE broadband into Wi-Fi signals. Up to 10 devices will be able to connect to the router at a time, AT&T said.

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Lincoln, Neb., fires up free municipal Wi-Fi network

May 22, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The city has switched on an outdoor public Wi-Fi access service built with equipment from Ruckus Wireless. NebraskaLink is providing a 1-gigabit network connection to support the project. Commonwealth Electric, the City's fiber optic contractor, donated the installation of the fiber optic network.

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TWC sets a date for 300 Mbps tier in Austin

May 22, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Starting June 3, Time Warner Cable will debut its 300 Mbps tier to more than 100,000 customers in Austin, Texas. Back in February Time Warner Cable announced it would increase the speeds across six of its residential data plans at no additional cost. 

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TWCBC’s Warfield 1st winner of SCTE’s Oakes scholarship award

May 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class’ Jeanie Warfield was named as the first recipient of the Catherine Oakes Memorial Leadership Scholarship for Women, the SCTE Foundation announced today. The $3,700 scholarship award was created to honor the memory of Cathy Oakes, senior vice president, operations for SCTE, who passed away suddenly last November. 

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AT&T: DirecTV deal won't impact network plans

May 22, 2014 12:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Bill Smith, president of AT&T’s network operations, said AT&T’s pending acquisition of DirectTV won’t have any effect on how the carrier invests in its network. Smith said that if anything, the acquisition of DirecTV was complimentary to AT&T’s current network plans. 

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By the numbers: good news/bad news with Q1 video subs

May 21, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The pay-TV universe expanded by about 260,000 subscribers in the first quarter. On the broadband side, that the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. acquired nearly 1.2 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers.

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Ensequence makes WE tv promos interactive

May 21, 2014 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Over the course of the campaigns, WE tv said it has seen 25 percent of the viewers who interacted with the spot opt-in for an SMS reminder. Additionally, initial interaction rates were as high as 3 percent, significantly above standard rates for other direct response media such as internet advertising or direct mail.

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Tennis anyone? Cox serves up French Open on TV Everywhere

May 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications and the Tennis Channel have teamed up to provide French Open coverage to the cable operator’s authenticated subscribers. At no additional cost, Cox subscribers can access the Tennis Channel’s linear coverage stream “from nearly everywhere” on a variety of devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

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