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AT&T to roll out self-provisioning of business services

September 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

AT&T Network on Demandenables business customers to order, add, or change business services on their own in near real time. The services available will include Internet access, VPNs, and Ethernet. AT&T will offer the service commercially in Austin by the end of this year.

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Atlantic Broadband launches 1-Gig service in Miami

September 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has seemingly beaten AT&T to the punch by launching a symmetrical 1-Gigabit service in the Miami area. Atlantic Broadband’s 1-Gigabit service took flight this summer in ultra-wealthy Indian Creek Village, which is located in Miami-Dade County.

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Time Warner Cable adds Wi-Fi hotspots in San Diego

September 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable has turned up more than 300 Wi-Fi hotspots in the San Diego area for a total of 17,000 access points in Southern California. The nation’s second-largest cable operator, which is in the process of being acquired by Comcast, plans to add hundreds of additional TWC WiFi hotspots in San Diego this year. 

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Mediacom ups Joseph Commisso to group VP, corporate finance

September 17, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Mediacom Communications, the eighth-largest cable operator in the nation, has promoted Joseph Commisso group vice president, corporate finance. Commisso reports to Mark Stephan, who is the MSO’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

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France's Orange offers $4.4B for Spain's Jazztel

September 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

France's Orange has offered 3.4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) to buy the operations of Spanish telecommunications company Jazztel. The deal would make Orange/Jazztel the second largest fixed-line broadband Internet operator in Spain, after market leader Telefonica SA.

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Entropic looking for a buyer

September 16, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Having experienced one financial disappointment after another, Entropic is looking to sell, or in the corporate-speak the company adopted for the purpose, Entropic “announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the evaluation of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value.”

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Virgin Media tunes up 1-Gig test with ‘narrow trenching’

September 16, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media, which is the largest cable operator in the UK, will fire up a small 1-Gigabit trial in the Cambridgeshire village of Papworth that will feature a new trenching technique for laying fiber. Virgin Media said it would lay fiber in Papworth by using “narrow-trenching,” which it claims could reduce the cost of the network roll out by 33 percent. 

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Time Warner Cable to broadcast last 6 Dodger games on local TV

September 16, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After being shut out of broadcasts of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ baseball games this season, Time Warner Cable announced that local fans would be able to watch the final six games on a local TV station. Dodgers fans were frozen out of this season’s broadcasts because other cable, telco and satellite video providers weren’t able to come to terms with Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet LA, which televises Dodgers games.

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ViXS, Entropic drop litigation efforts

September 16, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Entropic and ViXS announced this morning that they have settled all of their legal differences, which included alleged patent violations and unfair trade practice allegations, while agreeing to cross-licensing deals that cover the patents that were at the root of the litigation. Entropic launched the first legal volley in May of last year when it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ViXS.

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'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach

September 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud.

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Rovi takes guide to the cloud

September 15, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Rovi introduced the cloud-based version of its Rovi Guide, and published a reference design for a set-top box based on Broadcom’s BCM7445 Ultra HD SoC and running Nexus-Trellis software. The cloud-based version of Rovi Guide is an HTML5-based, multi-platform media programming guide.

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ONO taps into TiVo’s cloud APIs

September 15, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

ONO, the largest cable operator in Spain, will be among the first cable operators to tap into TiVo’s APIs in order to offer its subscribers improved TV Everywhere services. ONO, which was already a TiVo customer, will integrate TiVo's service capabilities into its multi-screen mobile and web applications, including search and discovery capabilities and remote PVR recording management functionality.

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Mediacom checks off two retransmission deals

September 15, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Mediacom Communications, which has been a vocal proponent for new retransmission agreement guidelines, announced this morning that it had reached new agreements with LIN TV and Vaughan Media. With LIN TV and Vaughan onboard, Mediacom has also signed retransmission consent agreements with ABC and Fox TV Holdings this year.

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France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe

September 15, 2014 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Netflix is tapping into six new markets Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Well-established French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the government wants oversight and the cinema industry wants Netflix to invest heavily in French productions.

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Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion

September 15, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009.

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