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Charter tees up Showtime Anytime

March 7, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications has launched Showtime Anytime to give its authenticated subscribers free access to on demand content, live broadcasts of Showtime’s East and West Coast feeds and original programming. Showtime Anytime streams across computers, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire tablets and Roku streaming players anywhere in the nation.

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Antitrust official recused from Comcast-TWC review

March 7, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Justice Department says its top antitrust official, Bill Baer, is recusing himself from the department's review of Comcast's $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. Spokeswoman Gina Talamona says that Baer, an assistant attorney general, was not heading the review due to some work he did while in private practice.

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US judge rules for Samsung in dustup with Apple

March 7, 2014 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. judge on Thursday denied Apple's request to permanently ban Samsung from selling 23 older-model smartphones and tablets that a jury found infringed on patents held by the maker of iPhones and iPads. Judge Lucy Koh said Apple Inc. failed to prove that the South Korean company's patent infringement caused irreparable harm to Apple sales.

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FCC set to bar TV stations from retrans "collusion"

March 6, 2014 10:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a proposal among his fellow Commissioners recommending several measures, including the elimination of a certain loophole in current rules that allows media companies to circumvent ownership consolidation rules, and prohibiting multiple local broadcasters from negotiating together.

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GCI qualifies for wireless broadband grant

March 6, 2014 12:50 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The money, coming as part of the FCC’s Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, will go toward serving 37,000 people across 48 communities in Alaska. GCI expects to deploy the mobile broadband service within two or three years depending on “construction schedules and the type of technology deployed.”

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Cable One serves up Wi-Fi to small businesses

March 6, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable One has launched an on-site Wi-Fi service for small businesses in its footprint. The Wi-Fi service cost an additional $9.95 a month for small businesses that are subscribers to Cable One’s data service. On the gear side, Cable One is using SMC Networks to provision the service.

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Cox Business simplifies cloud services for small businesses

March 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Businesses has streamlined cloud services for small businesses with the national launch of a new service. The service, which is called Essential Cloud, features tailor-made cloud offerings for businesses in four primary verticals; real estate, restaurant, professional services and personal services.

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Harmonic introduces first in line of new IRDs

March 5, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The ProView 8100 is suitable for use for everything from basic monitoring to end-point delivery from the distribution network. The IRD can act as a stand-alone unit or as part of a widely dispersed primary distribution network under the control of Harmonic's DMS video distribution management system, the company said.

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VeEX fields new field tester

March 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

VeEX has upped the ante by making it more flexible, multi-tasking and adding SyncE, 1588v2/PTP, GPS, chip-scale atomic clock, as well as asset management and workflow optimization with VeExpress. The VePAL TX300S Test Set with VeExpress support borrows the form factor and user interface from VeEX’s TX300-series test set.

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Dish adds Kindle Fire HDX to app

March 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Dish Network recently upgraded its Dish Anywhere app to support Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The app, which first launched last year, previously worked only on Android and iOS devices. Dish has been active on the TV Everywhere front, and its app gives subscribers the ability to watch all of their live TV programs, DVR recordings and VO titles on-the-go.

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Cablevision adds beIN sports networks to lineup

March 5, 2014 1:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cablevision announced this morning that it would add beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Español to its channel lineup. In order to prime the pump, Cablevision will serve up a free preview of both channels to all of its subscribers March 20-23.

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Report: Router market rebounds last year

March 5, 2014 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The service provider router market clawed its way to a 5 percent increase for all of last year after shrinking in 2012. Sales of service provider routers rebounded to a record level of $9.7 billion last year and are expected to accelerate this year, according to a report by Dell’Oro Group. 

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Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet-delivered TV

March 5, 2014 1:18 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are beginning to acknowledge a brutal truth that companies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms — wherever, whenever and on whatever devices they choose. Dish Network took a big step toward such a future with a deal announced Monday with Disney. 

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Roku gets into streaming-stick fight with Google

March 5, 2014 1:14 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Roku is getting into an Internet video-streaming stick fight with Google's Chromecast. Like the similarly shaped Chromecast, Roku's thumb-sized device plugs into a TV's HDMI port and feeds Internet video through a Wi-Fi connection. The Roku device, announced Tuesday, sells for $50 compared with $35 for the Chromecast. 

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Verizon CEO: ObamaCare might be a boon for broadband providers

March 4, 2014 1:53 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Lowell McAdam thinks the Affordable Care Act could be a big growth opportunity for broadband service providers, given the “disruptive” potential Obamacare could have for the M2M market. Specifically, he saw health care providers needing to reduce costs and how that could drive growth in M2M connections.

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