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Suddenlink, Viacom reach impasse on retransmission agreement

September 29, 2014 | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The clock is ticking on a new retransmission agreement between Suddenlink Communications and Viacom, with the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator saying it will no longer carry Viacom networks starting Wednesday if a new deal isn’t reached. Suddenlink said that Viacom was demanding a 50 percent increase in payments despite viewership declining by almost 30 percent on some of Viacom’s networks over the past few years.

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TiVo app gets its Android game on; Atlantic Broadband a player

September 30, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Android users rejoice: TiVo has updated its app to include support for Android devices and Atlantic Broadband is offering the newest version of the app to its TiVo users. Starting today, TiVo users can download the TiVo Android App from the Google Play Store with availability to soon follow on the Amazon App Store.

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GCI’s 1-Gig service to land in Juneau

September 30, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

GCI Communications, which is Alaska’s biggest telecommunications company, said it would launch its 1-Gig “fiber re:D” service in Juneau before the end of 2016 after previously announcing the fiber service would be available in Anchorage next year. Like Google Fiber and AT&T, GCI is asking its customers to go to its website to express their interest in the 1 Gigabit offering, which will determine the neighborhoods that will get it first.

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EBay to split off lucrative PayPal business

September 30, 2014 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

EBay is splitting off its fastest growing segment, mobile payment service PayPal, the e-commerce company said Tuesday. The move comes after months of pressure from activist investor and billionaire Carl Icahn, who has a 2.5 percent state in eBay, according to FactSet.

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GVTC begins marketing gigabit connectivity

September 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company has strung 2,200 miles of fiber across a 2,000 square mile area that includes parts of Far North San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country and the Gonzales, area. More than 40,000 rooftops are connected to GVTC's network, with another 2,600 to be connected soon.

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Comcast ups Herrin to focus on customer experience

September 29, 2014 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The cable industry’s dismal customer satisfaction ratings have become a stereotype for the industry, but Comcast is vowing, again, to improve customer service with the promotion of Charlie Herrin to senior vice president, customer experience. On Friday Comcast Cable CEO and president Neil Smit took to company’s blog page to tout Herrin’s new role. 

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Net Neutrality: Government takes on the Internet

September 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster? The FCC is tackling that question this fall after the public submitted a record 3.7 million comments on the subject.

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Huawei vows $4B in fixed broadband R&D

September 26, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Huawei Technologies plans to invest more than $4 billion in fixed broadband technology R&D in the next three years, citing the areas of photonics and software-defined networking (SDN). Separately, the company earlier this week demonstrated a virtual CCAP at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

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Midcontinent, aioTV partner on blended video service

September 26, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

On the heels of receiving a patent for its technology, aioTV announced Thursday it was engaged in a “strategic partnership” with Midcontinent Communications that will blend QAM-based video services with over-the-top IP content and services. The service will use aioTV’s PassBox user interface, which will connect to Midco’s set-top boxes with an HDMI cable. 

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BlackBerry posts $207 million loss

September 26, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

BlackBerry posted a loss of $207 million in the second quarter on Friday just days after the embattled company launched a new phone. The Canadian company said it lost two cents per share on an adjusted basis on revenue of $916 million.

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Demanding video consumers pushing for modern user interfaces

September 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Comments

The increasing demands for modernizing user interfaces, and soaring consumer expectations are putting pressure on service providers to improve their user interfaces, and that means blending consumer behavior data with advancing technologies.

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Leveraging a network’s data a near game-changer

September 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Comments

Improving the customer experience by leveraging a network’s infrastructure data can be complicated and costly, but by not effectively accessing and using that data to better a customer’s experience and a network’s integrity could be fatal.

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SCTE’s Energy 2020 program unveiled at Expo

September 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The SCTE got down to the brass tacks of its ambitious, all encompassing Energy 2020 program Wednesday afternoon at Cable-Tec Expo. The new Energy 2020 program was first announced in June, but Wednesday’s workshop provided new details on its goals and key areas of focus.

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Paul Bunyan gets its Gig on with Calix

September 25, 2014 9:24 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Paul Bunyan Communications has teamed up with Calix to offer its customers in northern Minnesota a Gigabit service. Starting early next year, Paul Bunyan Communications will be offering its GigaZone Project service to its subscribers in northern Minnesota's Beltrami, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties.

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Bright House Networks’ Babinski Cable-Tec champ

September 25, 2014 9:18 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Propelled by victories in two events, Bright House Networks’ Greg Babinski took home the top honors at the SCTE International Cable-Tec Games in Denver earlier this week. Babinski, representing SCTE Region 9 and the SCTE Central Florida Chapter, beat out 29 other competitors in the 24th annual Cable-Tec Games.

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Liberty Global’s Fries: ‘Thanks Netflix’

September 24, 2014 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

When Netflix dropped into Liberty Global’s European footprint, Liberty CEO and president Mike Fries said it prodded his company to innovate and grow. Fries, who spoke with Comcast executive vice president and CTO during a keynote Expo session Wednesday morning, said the cable industry across the globe needed to collaborate and continue to scale in order to compete with hyper-giants such as Google and Netflix.

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