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DirecTV’s Q4 results top analysts' estimates

February 20, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

DirecTV's fourth-quarter net income declined 14 percent, hurt in part by increased expenses. The performance still topped analysts' expectations. The No. 1 provider of satellite TV services in the U.S. also announced Wednesday that its board approved a new $3.5 billion stock repurchase program.

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WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook

February 20, 2014 12:37 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones. The $19 billion deal is by far Facebook's largest and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.

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FCC prepares to reassert network neutrality rules

February 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Following an Appeals Court decision that knocked down two of the three legs that propped up the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules, the FCC has requested suggestions from the public about how to proceed – how “to consider the court’s decision and what actions the Commission should take.”

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Comcast makes a move onto Ethernet Leaderboard

February 19, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast made its debut on Vertical Systems Group’s 2013 Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard. Comcast, which branched out into Ethernet services three years ago, moved up from Vertical Systems Group’s “Challenge” tier to rank eighth overall among the top providers. 

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Comcast Business hires Folkersen

February 19, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Business has hired former XO Communications employee Lynn Folkersen as its director of enterprise sales in Colorado. In his new job, Folkersen will lead the growth of Comcast’s portfolio of business services, which includes its Ethernet offerings and cloud-based Business VoiceEdge service.

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Synacor fuels Midcontinent’s TVE Sochi viewers

February 19, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Midcontinent Communications has deployed Synacor's Cloud ID Auto Authentication feature in time for the Sochi Olympics, which has led to a decrease in TV Everywhere abandonment by its viewers. Using Synacor’s white label auto authentication, Midcontinent has reported a dramatic drop in TV Everywhere abandonment, coming in under 10 percent compared to a typical TV Everywhere abandonment rate of approximately 50 percent.

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NY's Schumer recuses from review of Comcast/TWC deal

February 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday he is recusing himself from any role Congress plays in Comcast Corp.'s planned acquisition of rival Time Warner Cable Inc. after learning his brother was one of the lead lawyers behind the $45 billion deal. 

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Broadcom, Elemental, enable 4K Olympics broadcast

February 18, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Broadcom, Elemental and NTV-Plus designed and deployed an end-to-end 4K HEVC workflow using Broadcom-enabled real-time decoders, Elemental Live video encoders, NTV-Plus satellite uplink and signal receiving systems, and Sony cameras for playback on Panasonic 65-inch 4K TVs.

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Cisco software moves service providers toward SDN

February 18, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In keeping with the trend toward software defined networking (SDN), Cisco’s new software suite, called the Evolved Services Platform (ESP), aims to abstract network control, so that even if a service provider has a mix of network types (fixed, mobile, Wi-Fi), the provider can manage everything as if it were a single, integrated network.

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AT&T, IBM ally on enabling Internet of Things

February 18, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The two companies said they will combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies to create services initially for city governments and midsize utilities. They intend to develop services that can integrate and analyze vast quantities of data from assets such as mass transit vehicles, utility meters, and video cameras.

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RCN first MSO to debut Opera TV Store on TiVo boxes

February 18, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

RCN subscribers with TiVo boxes can tap into video, music, games, social media, news and a range of apps now that the Opera TV Store is available. With this morning’s announcement, RCN became the first cable operator to launch the Opera TV store on TiVo DVRs

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Verizon tops customer service survey, Comcast last

February 18, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Verizon had the highest customer satisfaction results for its customer service calls, Comcast received the worst marks out of the nine companies that were surveyed. Out of the nine categories in the customer service survey, Comcast scored the lowest in eight, according to a survey by Vocal Laboratories (Vocalabs).

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Media strategists ready to target voters, 1 television at a time

February 18, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Welcome to addressable TV, an emerging technology that allows advertisers — Senate hopefuls and insurance companies alike — to pay some broadcasters to pinpoint specific homes. Eearlier this year, DirecTV and Dish Network announced a partnership that would allow political clients to reach into about 20 million households by matching up customers' identities with their satellite receive.

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2014 connected device production to hit 6 billion

February 14, 2014 1:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Among connected devices, those expected to enjoy higher production numbers this year include video game consoles, media tablets, mobile handsets, liquid-crystal display televisions (LCD TVs), set-top boxes and mobile PCs. In contrast, IHS expects declines in digital still cameras, camcorders, desktop PCs, DVD players/records and portable media players.

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Online offerings transform Olympic experience

February 14, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Sochi games are the first Olympics worldwide where more hours of video are available online than on television, rapidly transforming the way people experience the event. More than 30 million people in the United States have visited NBC's Olympics websites. And "Curling is almost unstoppable."

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