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Turner Broadcasting cutting 1,475 jobs

October 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Turner Broadcasting, the parent of the CNN, TBS and TNT networks, is eliminating about 1,475 jobs, or about 10 percent of its total employees. Monday's announcement follows an offer of voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees in August, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner.

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Cox out of the 1-Gig starting blocks in Phoenix

October 6, 2014 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications is following through on its 1-Gigabit announcement from earlier this year with Monday’s news that a 1-Gig residential service will launch in Phoenix later this month. The service, which has the brand name “G1GABLAST,” costs $69.99 a month when bundled with other Cox offerings.

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ESPN steps toward a la carte NBA games

October 6, 2014 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The NBA has extended its television deals with ESPN and TNT for nine years. The contract with ESPN may have a provision that will allow the channel to distribute out-of-market games on the web, outside its typical cable-channel basketball package, and in competition with the NBA’s own League Pass.

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Verizon to shutter Redbox Instant streaming service

October 6, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Verizon and Outerwall’s Redbox announced over the weekend that they would be pulling the plug on the Redbox Instant streaming video service on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The two companies said the service, which tied the Redbox DVD rental kiosk business with streaming video capabilities from Verizon, wasn’t as profitable as they had hoped it would be.

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Fairbanks on tap for GCI’s 1-Gig service

October 6, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Alaska’s GCI announced that Fairbanks would be joining Juneau and Anchorage as cities that were slated for its 1-Gigabit service. With the same deployment timeframe as last week’s Juneau announcement, the 1-Gig service, which is called “fiber re:D,” will be up and running near the end of 2016.

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Sprint cutting jobs this month to trim costs

October 6, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Sprint Corp., the nation's third-biggest cellphone carrier, said it is cutting an unspecified number of jobs this month to reduce costs as it tries to better compete with AT&T and Verizon, and hinted that more layoffs are possible. Sprint said Friday in a regulatory filing that it will book a $160 million charge in its fiscal second quarter to cover this round of layoffs, which will largely be completed this month.

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thePlatform hires SaaS specialist as sales VP

October 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

thePlatform has appointed Michael Kurtzman as vice president of sales for the Americas, where he will be responsible for leading the company’s sales in North, South and Central America. Jouari Santiago, formerly with Shaw Communications, has joined the company as director of sales for Latin America.

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Shaw beefs up TVE sports lineups with new apps

October 3, 2014 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

This week Shaw Communications added apps from Sportsnet Now and TSN Go to its roster of TV Everywhere programming. TSN Go is now available on iOS and Android devices to Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct video subscribers. TSN Go gives authenticated subscribers the ability to access TSN's recently expanded suite of feeds to watch live and on-demand sports content for free with their subscription to TSN.

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BabyFirst crawls into Suddenlink’s lineup

October 3, 2014 2:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

BabyFirst, which is a TV channel targeted at toddlers and their parents, announced today that it had launched on Suddenlink, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator. BabyFirst’s programming is now available to nearly all of Suddenlink’s 1.4 million video subscribers. 

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Angels fans get Wi-Fi connectivity for the playoffs

October 3, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Angel Stadium was set up with stadium Wi-Fi, just in time for fans of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to have their spirits crushed by the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network, owned and operated by 5 Bars, went live last night.

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Windstream to take on Time Warner Cable in Lincoln

October 3, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Windstream plans to begin providing residential TV service in Lincoln starting next year. It will be delivered using Ericsson’s Mediaroom platform, and it will be available bundled with Internet and phone service. The company said the service will be available to about 50,000 homes.

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Sandvine lands $7 million in orders from two top MSOs

October 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Sandvine announced it had received approximately $7 million in orders from two Tier 1 cable operators in North America. Sandvine declined to name the cable operators, but said one was from an existing customer while the other was a “competitive displacement" of a standalone vendor.

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Dish family set to bid on AWS-3 auction

October 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless, two companies in which it has indirect ownership, to bid on AWS-3 spectrum. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will also bid. Sprint will not participate in this auction, but instead save its strength for next year’s Incentive Auctions.

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Verizon, Viacom ink new retransmission deal

October 2, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Suddenlink Communications’ subscribers remain in the dark, both on their TVs and online, Verizon Communications and Viacom reached a new agreement yesterday that allows Verizon to continue to carry 25 Viacom networks. The deal was also notable because it granted Verizon the national rights to deliver Viacom programming to Verizon Wireless customers when a new service goes live early next year.

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Concurrent adds flexible caching at the edge

October 2, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In order to more easily scale video services across various devices, Concurrent has added software to its UpShift to enable flexible cache capacity at the edge of networks. Concurrent said UpShift supports video content delivery to any device, which allows commercial video services to be streamed to viewers inside and outside of their homes, and over fixed line or mobile broadband networks.

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