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NFL extends 'Sunday Ticket' deal with DirecTV

October 1, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games. The deal expands DirecTV's rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The agreement is worth $12 billion over eight years — $1.5 billion annually, according to a person familiar with the contract.

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Verizon, Viacom ink new retransmission deal

October 2, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Suddenlink Communications’ subscribers remain in the dark, both on their TVs and online, Verizon Communications and Viacom reached a new agreement yesterday that allows Verizon to continue to carry 25 Viacom networks. The deal was also notable because it granted Verizon the national rights to deliver Viacom programming to Verizon Wireless customers when a new service goes live early next year.

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Concurrent adds flexible caching at the edge

October 2, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In order to more easily scale video services across various devices, Concurrent has added software to its UpShift to enable flexible cache capacity at the edge of networks. Concurrent said UpShift supports video content delivery to any device, which allows commercial video services to be streamed to viewers inside and outside of their homes, and over fixed line or mobile broadband networks.

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Netflix signs Adam Sandler to four-film deal

October 2, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Adam Sandler has signed a deal with Netflix to star in and produce four films for the streaming service. Netflix announced early Thursday that it has landed one of Hollywood's biggest comedic stars in its growing push into original movies. The films will premiere exclusively on Netflix.

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San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access

October 2, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google. Internet giant Google donated about $600,000 to help the city buy and install Wi-Fi equipment and cover maintenance cost for two years

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Compass-EOS reimagines routers for SDN

October 1, 2014 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Compass-EOS has announced a new networking element aimed at breaking down the functions of a classic router and pulling out the forwarding element to stand on its own. The basic idea is to enable the move toward SDN by removing services and applications from the router.

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Comcast enables out-of-home streaming on cloud DVR platform

October 1, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has turned on out-of-home streaming for its cloud DVR service that is now live in eight markets across the cable operator’s footprint. The news about the out-of-home streaming element was announced in conjunction with rollouts of the cloud DVR service in San Francisco and Houston.

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Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers

October 1, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday. David Pokora, 22, of Mississauga, Ontario, and Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, of Washington, New Jersey, each pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement. 

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FCC signals review if OTT companies qualify as MVPDs

September 30, 2014 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The FCC has revived an obscure complaint by Sky Angel against Discovery. If the FCC changes policy in favor of Sky Angel, online providers would have the same ability to negotiate for carriage of local broadcast TV stations that cable and satellite TV providers have.

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FCC scraps sports blackout rule

September 30, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The blackout rule was put in place at a time when attendance was still the major source of revenue for most professional teams. In the decades since, ticket sales have been reduced to a minority percentage of proceeds. In the NFL especially, teams’ revenue from the sale of TV rights has far exceeded income at the gate.

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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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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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Belgacom to integrate Netflix

September 29, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Belgian operator, which renamed its service Proximus, said it would make Netflix available to its customers before the end of the year. There will be two tiers of service, one for 7.99 Euros for access on a single device and one for 8.99 Euros allowing access to HD content on two different devices.

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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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Suddenlink, Viacom reach impasse on retransmission agreement

September 29, 2014 1:04 pm | 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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