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INSP gains 140,000 new subs through NCTC members

July 29, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Family entertainment network INSP has added more than 140,000 new subscribers on multiple National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) systems across the country. In April INSP, which is available nationwide via cable, satellite DBS and telcos, reached a multi-year renewal agreement with Time Warner Cable.

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T-Mobile deal helps Rhapsody hit 2M paying subs

July 29, 2014 11:58 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Rhapsody International Inc. said Tuesday its partnership with T-Mobile US Inc. has helped boost its number of paying subscribers to more than 2 million, up from 1.7 million in April. Last month, Rhapsody teamed up with the nation's fourth-largest carrier on a new service called unRadio. It allows users to stream randomly generated songs along a genre, artist or song name without ads.

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BrightHouse business unit adds unified communications

July 28, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions has introduced Unified Communications (UC) as a feature for its Hosted Voice services. The enhancements include video calling, instant messaging and presence, desktop sharing, and web collaboration.

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CenturyLink extends agreement with Viamedia

July 28, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

CenturyLink has extended its agreement with Viamedia to include its three most recent IPTV markets: Phoenix; Omaha, Neb.; and Colorado Springs, Colo. CenturyLink had been offering its Prism IPTV service, based on Ericsson’s MediaRoom technology, in seven other markets.

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BHN starts VOD ad insertion with BlackArrow system

July 28, 2014 12:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSO has adopted BlackArrow’s solution to manage the execution of dynamic ad insertion in its on-demand services. Programmers working through Canoe can connect with industry-standard DAI systems, including the BlackArrow advertising platform installed by BHN.

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RCN Business serves up services to Citi Open

July 28, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

RCN Business is continuing its partnership with the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington D.C. by provisioning video, Internet and wireless services for the matches. RCN Business is providing connectivity for live-streaming of all matches during the tournament, a service available to viewers via the Citi Open web site. RCN Business is also supporting the work of the tourney’s staff.

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Comcast Wholesale, NCTC ink multi-year renewal deal

July 28, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Wholesale and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) announced this morning the renewal of a multi-year agreement for the HITS National Authorization Service (NAS), which included support for universal digital terminal adapters (uDTAs.) With NAS, NCTC cable operator members can reduce the cost associated with their live, on demand and IP services through a centrally managed platform.

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TNT’s ‘The Last Ship’ tops Comcast VOD voting contest

July 28, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The results are in for Comcast’s first-ever The People’s hotlist voting campaign, which allowed Xfinity subscribers to vote for their favorite summer movies and shows on Comcast’s VOD platform. According to a blog post by Andy Hunter, vice president, programming for Comcast Cable, more than 20 million votes were cast by customers each time they watched their favorite summertime movies and TV shows.

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GLDS strikes a multi-year deal with Sweetwater Cable

July 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Wyoming-based Sweetwater Cable TV has signed a multi-year agreement to use GLDS’ (Great Lakes Data Systems’) solutions to support its triple play services. Great Lakes Data Systems’ WinCable is a billing and service-provisioning platform that’s used by small to medium-sized broadband service providers. It offers tools to manage FTTH, digital video, VoIP, high-speed Internet and other services.

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Comcast cancels event at senator’s home

July 28, 2014 11:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast has canceled a promotional event at the home of a Kansas state senator. The cable company announced the open house in a recent news release that paired Republican Sen. Julia Lynn of Olathe and promotional language about its home security service.

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SEC Network adds TWC, BHN to carriage roster

July 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have scored a deal with ESPN to carry the SEC Network just ahead of the network’s launch Aug. 14. With the latest deal in hand—Time Warner Cable has typically forged carriage agreements for both itself and Bright House Networks— the SEC Network will be available to approximately 60 million homes nationwide.

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Jones/NCTI to provide call center tools to enTouch

July 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Jones/NCTI announced this morning that it had inked an agreement with Houston-based enTouch to provide enTouch a suite of learning tools for its field and call center frontline employees. The new enterprise platform includes Jones/NCTI’s in-depth course material, mobile learning application and career path development tools, as well as its LogiCall customer service support.

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Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

July 25, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue. Amazon has long focused on spending the money it makes to grow and expand into new areas. In one of its most high-profile moves, Amazon is introducing its own smartphone, the Fire, which starts selling Friday.

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BSkyB to create multinational European TV network

July 25, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

London-based pay TV network BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a multinational European broadcaster. The deal could have a wider impact on the media industry, giving Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox a cash boost to potentially revive its attempt to buy Time Warner.

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U-verse chugs along in Q2

July 24, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

AT&T said it added 488,000 high speed Internet subscribers, including 55,000 business customers. The company said it also added 190,000 U-verse TV subscribers, for a new total of 5.9 million. That’s roughly on par with the number of adds in the last few quarters.

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