Broadband Briefs for 11/05/09
• Va. Cox customers lose signal during World Series
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – Cox Cable customers in northern Virginia lost their signal for hours during the New York Yankees' World Series victory game.
Company officials say customers from Fairfax County to Fredericksburg lost their television signal Wednesday night due to a disruption in the digital cable service. Cox spokeswoman Gwen Sparks tells The Washington Post that crews were working to identify the problem and restore service.
Sparks could not estimate how many customers were affected.
• Broadstripe doubles Internet speeds in Md.
By Traci Patterson
Broadstripe, after completing an upgrade of its network, has increased Internet speeds for most of its Maryland residential high-speed Internet customers – at no additional cost.
Earlier this year, Broadstripe introduced "Broadstripe Forever," a lifetime price guarantee program that offers new and existing residential customers in its service areas one price for life: about $130 for video, high-speed Internet access and home phone service.
Broadstripe offers digital cable, home phone and broadband Internet services to consumers in Michigan, Maryland, Oregon and Washington State.
• AT&T drops pricing for mobile TV service
By Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week
Today, AT&T announced plans to cut the pricing for its white-labeled mobile TV service by more than 30 percent. Starting Nov. 8, AT&T’s Mobile TV will be available for $9.99 per month. Its basic package is currently running at $15 per month, with its Mobile TV Plus package going for $30 per month. The lower pricing applies to the basic package.
AT&T also launched a new mobile-TV-enabled handset, the Samsung Mythic. The Mythic features a 3.3-inch touchscreen and one-touch access to AT&T Mobile TV and social networking sites, including Facebook. The Samsung Mythic is available for $199.99 after a mail-in rebate and with a two-year contract. In addition to the Mythic, AT&T also launched the Samsung Flight, which is not compatible with its mobile TV service. The Samsung Flight is available for $99.99 after mail-in rebate and two-year contract.
The news of AT&T’s reduced pricing comes one month after Flo TV, which provides AT&T’s mobile television service, announced it would launch services independent of its two carrier partners AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Flo TV also said it would build out its device ecosystem and expand its channel offerings.