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Charter lines up SEC Network deal with ESPN

August 7, 2014 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the clock ticking down on the SEC Network’s launch on Aug. 14, Charter Communications reached an agreement with ESPN to carry the network. With the recent additions of DirecTV, Suddenlink Communications, WOW! and Cable One, pretty much all of the dominos have fallen for SEC Network carriage agreements with the exception of Verizon FiOS.

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Comcast checks in with Doctor On Demand

August 7, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has signed on as a client of San Francisco-based Doctor On Demand in order to provide its employees video visits with the healthcare service’s doctors. Comcast plans on integrating Doctor On Demand into its health and wellness offerings and will, for certain plans, fully subsidize employees’ video visits with Doctor On Demand physicians

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Fox: No more pursuits of content companies

August 7, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. executives said Wednesday that the company won't try to buy any other big content companies, a day after it called off its pursuit of rival media giant Time Warner Inc. Fox Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said on a conference call with analysts that "we have no plans to pursue any other third-party content company as an alternative to Time Warner."

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Sprint CEO Hesse out, T-Mobile merger off

August 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Brightstar CEO Marcelo Claure will take over as President and CEO at Sprint. Claure founded Brightstar, a wireless distribution company, and earlier this year sold a majority stake to SoftBank for $1.26 billion. After the sale he joined the board at Sprint, also owned by SoftBank.

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Vyve fills out Oklahoma footprint with acquisitions

August 6, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Vyve Broadband said it has acquired certain assets of Reach Broadband and all the assets of Lakeview Cable. The acquisitions fill out Vyve’s footprint in Oklahoma. The former Reach and Lakeview systems have already been merged into Vyve's operations.

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Jones/NCTI offers field tech reference app

August 6, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Jones/NCTI has introduced a mobile tool designed to help field technicians by making training content immediately accessible. Amp is designed to complement a company's internal education toolkit and fill knowledge gaps so field teams can quickly and efficiently solve problems.

Dish's Q2 profit not enough to make analysts happy

August 6, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Englewood, Colorado-based company reported net income of $213.3 million, or 46 cents per share, compared with a loss of $11.1 million, or 2 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago. The company's results missed analysts' expectations.

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Synacor taps Comcast exec to lead turnaround

August 6, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Synacor appointed former Comcast Cable manager Himesh Bhise as chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors. The company announced in March that CEO Ron Frankel would be stepping down following the company's 2013 loss.

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CenturyLink plans gigabit services in 16 markets

August 6, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

CenturyLink plans to leapfrog some of its competitors by going straight to symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps in 16 markets. The carrier has also been reported to be negotiating with some of the cities, including Portland, Ore., for video franchises.

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Alternatives to passwords gain traction

August 5, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Passcodes are a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more.

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Verizon to FCC: throttling unlimited users “widely acepted”

August 5, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Following consumer consternation over reports that Verizon is occasionally restricting the access of some of its heaviest users, and after FCC Chairman cautioned the company, Verizon responds that its actions are necessary network management practices to handle network congestion.

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TWC joins green fleet program

August 5, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

TWC is joining a program administered by the DOE to reduce petroleum use within its fleet of more than 20,000 service trucks and vehicles. Participation in the DOE’s Clean Cities’ National Clean Fleet Partnership is part of the company’s “Go Green” initiative.

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Cisco forms Internet of Things group

August 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco has created a new group, called the IoT systems and software group, dedicated to machine connectivity. Kip Compton has been named VP, Internet of Things (IoT) Systems & Software, in charge of the company's strategy for what it considers a major growth area.

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Cablevision loses customers, but has faith in Wi-Fi

August 5, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cablevision lost 28,000 video customers, 8,000 broadband subscribers, as Verizon FiOS enticed subscribers away with offers of the triple play priced as low as $69 a month. But Wi-Fi usage is increasing, and the MSO believes it may yet be turned into a key differentiator against competitors.

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Cablevision hires Yahoo's Dibble as CTO

August 4, 2014 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The CTO title is a new one at Cablevision. Cablevision had been looking for a top technology executive since May, when Yvette Kanouff, the company’s EVP of engineering, left to join Cisco as the head of its service provider video software and solutions (SPVSS) organization.

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