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Cablevision to offer HBO Now

March 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision is the first cable operator to sign up with HBO to provide the latter’s new HBO Now streaming service. It will be distributed through Cablevision’s digital cable service Optimum.

DirecTV offers room service with a twist

March 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

DirecTV has developed a TV service for the hospitality industry that aims to induce hotel guests to use the TVs in their rooms rather than access their OTT services via wi-fi, thereby relieving hotel operators’ overburdened wi-fi systems.

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FCC proposal would virtually eliminate cable rate regulation

March 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The Commission today issued an NPRM that asks if the availability of DirecTV and Dish Network in a market automatically qualifies as “effective competition.” If yes (the FCC argues "yes"), rate regulation would automatically be dropped.

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SeaChange hires VP of sales for Latin America

March 16, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

SeaChange International has hired Rafael Castillo as vice president of Latin America sales. Prior to joining SeaChange, Castillo was senior vice president Latin America and the Caribbean for Grass Valley.

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FCC's reviews of Comcast, AT&T megamergers back on hold

March 16, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The two communications megamergers – Comcast with Time Warner Cable and AT&T with DirecTV are back on hold, as the FCC waits for the courts to make a decision on a procedural matter.

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Four out of five households choose HD

March 16, 2015 12:47 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Four out of five of households (81 percent) surveyed in the U.S. now currently have at least one HDTV. This showed a steep increase since 2011 as 46 percent of households possessed at least one during that time.

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Live-streaming apps dominate buzz at South by Southwest

March 16, 2015 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A live-streaming app called Meerkat, calls to online activism and pedicabs with a "Game of Thrones" Iron throne seat were the top topics of conversation at South by Southwest over the weekend as . . .

Alcatel-Lucent adds switches for metro networks

March 13, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The new photonic switches were designed specifically for service providers who need to cater to enterprise customers, supporting increasing video, cloud and data center traffic.

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MSOs making headway with search, discovery improvements

March 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Last year MSOs tested and implemented content discovery solutions with apps, smart TVs, and more, achieving incremental progress in allaying the frustration many of their subscribers have trying to find relevant content.  

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OTT video providers losing money to cord cheating

March 13, 2015 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The percentage of people sharing access to their subscriptions to OTT services ranges from 10 percent to 25 percent, The Diffusion Group has found, which means a lot of companies are forsaking a lot of potential revenue.

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Charter in talks to buy Bright House

March 12, 2015 9:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter Communications is in talks to acquire Bright House Networks. If the two pull the trigger, the deal could be worth over $10 billion, and increase Charter's video subscriber base by half again.

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Cuba allows rare taste of free public Wi-Fi

March 12, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cuba has allowed the launch of the island's first known free, public and officially sanctioned Internet service at a Havana cultural center that quietly began offering open Wi-Fi in recent weeks.

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Digitalsmiths: slow but steady progress on TV Everywhere

March 12, 2015 2:34 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The numbers say that about a quarter of subscribers have downloaded their provider’s app. About half of those people say they use it at least once a week.

Vanguard Award class of 2015 announced

March 12, 2015 2:17 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Kevin Hyman executive vice president of operations at Bright House Networks, and Jim Blackley, executive vice president of engineering and information technology at Charter Communications are among this year's honorees.

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FCC publishes Open Internet Order

March 12, 2015 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The FCC has finally published its order reclassifying broadband as a Title II service under the Communications Act – the Open Internet Order. Commissioner Pai’s dissent from the decision charges that the action itself violates the Communications Act.

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