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Amazon branching out from TV series to movie production

January 20, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin producing motion pictures this year and aims to release a dozen original "prestige movies" annually.

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NBC to stream Super Bowl for free

January 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast is extending its habit of using big events to promote broadband TV, with its NBC subsidiary set to stream the Super Bowl for free to tablets and PCs. The stream will include a total of 11 hours of content, including the game itself and the halftime show. 

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WOW Business rolls 110 Mbps into four more states

January 16, 2015 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

WOW Business has reached markets in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Kansas with its ongoing rollout of 110 Mbps service across its footprint. In addition, WOW! Business has increased the speed of its $60 service from 15/2 Mbps to 30/5 Mbps.

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Cuomo admin to expand broadband access in NY

January 16, 2015 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Cuomo administration wants to give every corner of New York access to broadband Internet by 2019. If approved by state lawmakers the expansion plan would set aside $500 million to go to private broadband providers who invest a matching amount.

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Vubiquity hires Warner Bros. exec as marketing EVP

January 16, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Vubiquity has hired Michele Edelman as its Executive vice president of marketing and communications.  Edelman had most recently been vice president, worldwide direct to consumer marketing in the home entertainment division of Warner Bros. Studios.

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Jasper plans to join ranks of gigabit cities

January 16, 2015 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The city of Jasper, Indiana, said it has entered a deal with Smithville Communications and its Smithville Telecom subsidiary to rewire the city with fiber. Smithville Telecom will be based on equipment from Calix, and connectivity will be FTTP. Access is going to be 1 Gbps symmetrical.

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Apple aims to unify home networking with HomeKit

January 15, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Think of HomeKit as a way to unify smart-home products from different manufacturers. Currently, if Acme Co. makes a light switch, you need to download Acme's app to control it remotely. With HomeKit, companies can integrate their apps into a single software platform that you control from your iPhone or iPad.

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Itochu, Amagi, to stream Japanese channels worldwide

January 15, 2015 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

MSOs have benefited by providing content for defined ethnic communities in their footprints, either broadcasting in heritage languages or sourcing content produced in ancestral countries. The move by ICS should make it easier for international partners to provide Japanese content to Japanese-speaking audiences.

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Nair joins Schanz as co-chair of SCTE’s Energy 2020 initiative

January 15, 2015 1:36 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has brought an international presence to its “Energy 2020” program by announcing this morning that Liberty Global CTO and executive vice president Balan Nair was named co-chair. Nair joined John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president, Comcast as co-chair of Energy 2020.

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Charter adds 3 to government affairs team

January 15, 2015 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had hired three executives for the company’s government affairs team. Adam Falk was named senior vice president, government affairs while Waldo McMillan and Tamara Lipper Smith were hired to the roles of vice president, government affairs.

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Intraway adds subscriber Wi-Fi self management tool

January 15, 2015 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

How would you like it if you never heard another customer ever say "I forgot my password"? Intraway’s solution allows users to change and recover passwords and SSID, and select the Wi-Fi channel, among other capabilities inherent in their Wi-Fi DOCSIS devices.

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Cable One promotes Laulis, Silverman

January 15, 2015 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cable One has handed out promotions to long-time company employees Julie Laulis and Alan Silverman. Laulis was promoted from chief operational officer, to president and chief operating officer. In a similar vein  Cable One announced the promotion ofvice president, general counsel, and secretary Silverman to senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary.

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Obama criticizes state laws on broadband competition

January 15, 2015 1:10 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Wading into a states' rights dispute over Internet access, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for the repeal of laws that prevent local communities from creating their own broadband networks. Obama, for the second time in three months, cast himself as an antagonist to large cable and telephone companies that provide the bulk of the nation's Internet service.

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New FiOS portal powered by Synacor

January 14, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Verizon has gone live with a new multi-screen portal for FiOS that is enabled by Synacor’s platform. The guide provides a unified view of, and the ability to search through, all content available to FiOS customers across all platforms – TV, PC, mobile devices.

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Shomi costs drag Shaw’s 1Q profit down

January 14, 2015 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Shaw Communications reported this morning that its first quarter profits were down year-over-year, partially due to the start up cost associated with its streaming service that launched in November. Shaw and Rogers Communications both own a 50 percent stake in shomi, which is a new subscription VOD service that was designed to compete against Netflix, but Shaw lost $13 million on the joint venture in the first quarter.

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