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Rogers Communications misses Q4 estimates amid pricing pressure, hikes dividend

February 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Rogers Communications Inc. says its quarterly dividend is going up five per cent and it's prepared to spend up to $500 million to buy back stock from the public market in the coming year. The announcements came as the Toronto-based telecom and media company reported $357 million or 69 cents per share of adjusted earnings below analyst estimates of 75 cents per share.

Cablevision subs gain exclusive access to Fox 5 NY app

February 12, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Authenticated Cablevision subscribers in the New York area can now tap into the Fox 5 NY app on their iOS and Android devices to access live streams. The app works in the New York tri-state area where WNYW is available. Available programs include “Good Day New York,” “Fox 5 News” at 5, 6, and 10 as well as “Wendy Williams,” “Dr. Oz” and other Fox shows.

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Brightcove enables Chromecast app developers to add ads

February 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Using technology from recently acquired Unicorn Media, the company can now enable content providers who are developing apps for Google Chromecast to dynamically insert ads in their content streams. Ads can be delivered on a personalized basis.

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Comcast stocks Warner Bros. content in electronic video store

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

Thanks to a recent agreement, Comcast subscribers can now buy movies and TV shows from Warner Bros. for viewing anywhere and on any device. The Warner Bros. content is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November.

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Cogeco cable offers geolocational advertising

February 11, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSO has installed Invidi’s Advatar addressable advertising platform to accomplish geo-specific content delivery. Capital Networks is managing the ad insertion operation for the Advatar system. The ads are customized for Cogeco subscribers viewing programming from TV station CHCH on Cogeco's system.

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Kabel Deutschland licenses the RDK

February 11, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cable companies all over the world are clearly encouraging the cable equipment vendors to expand to global scale, which should have a salubrious effect on equipment costs. Prior to the development of the RDK, cable companies in Asia, Europe, and The Americas agreed to give up regional differences in DOCSIS in favor of the single approach represented by DOCSIS 3.1.

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Charter announces 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board

February 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

As expected, Charter Communications fired off another salvo this morning as it prepares for its proxy fight for Time Warner Cable by announcing a full slate of 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board of directors. Included on the list of nominees were former Adelphia and Charter CTO Marwan Fawaz, and former Time Warner Cable engineering whiz Jim Chiddix.

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Warring weather channels vie for viewers

February 11, 2014 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Since Jan. 13, El Segundo, Calif.-based DirecTV has replaced The Weather Channel with WeatherNation TV in a dispute over fees. The move is angering customers, who say WeatherNation is a poor substitute that offers rote seven-day forecasts without the in-depth analysis.

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Time Warner Cable agrees to carry Padres games

February 11, 2014 12:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Time Warner Cable has agreed to carry San Diego Padres games on Fox Sports San Diego, ending a two-year stalemate that affected 22 percent of the county. Both companies said Monday that Time Warner Cable will begin offering Fox Sports San Diego on March 30, when the Padres open their season with a home game against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Report: Sprint getting cold feet on T-Mobile merger

February 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Officials have pointed to the competitive wireless industry that emerges since the FCC in 2011 blocked AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile. T-Mobile came away from that dashed deal with a big breakup fee that it put into expanding its network. Regulatory officials have repeatedly spoken about the need for four competitors in the U.S. wireless market.

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Front Porch links with thePlatform

February 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Front Porch Digital can now offer its customers a complete, hosted multiscreen video-publishing solution in the cloud. LYNX customers will be able to use mpx to upload, manage, and distribute videos to their own websites, third-party sites, smartphones, tablets, and more.

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DirecTV adds ‘local weather now’ from WeatherNation

February 10, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

DirecTV has added more features, including “Local Weather Now,” to its WeatherNation channel. DirecTV turned to Denver-based WeatherNation last month after it couldn’t reach a retransmission agreement with The Weather Channel. 

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Nielsen connects local ratings with consumers’ purchases

February 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

This morning Nielsen announced the launch of its Local Buyer Reach service, which links local TV stations’ viewing information with actual consumer transactions. The service works across more than 40 buyer categories, including automotive, retail shopping, quick-service restaurants, and grocery stores.

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Nielsen: Media everywhere, bathroom included

February 10, 2014 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Television still remains central to media consumption, the study found, despite the increase in time-shifted viewing and streaming video through a computer or smartphone. In the past year, time-shifting of television content grew by almost two hours, averaging 13 hours per month, the study found.

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CenturyLink boots up 1 gig service for MTUs in Salt Lake City

February 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CenturyLink took the wraps off of a symmetrical, 1 gigabit-per-second tier for multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings in the Salt Lake City area. While CenturyLink launched a 1gig service for business and residential customers in Las Vegas last year, as well as a pilot in Omaha, Neb., the Salt Lake City deployment marked the first time it has gone directly to MTUs with its 1 gigabit service.

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