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Netflix raises prices by a $1 for new subscribers

May 9, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Netflix is raising its Internet video prices by $1 per month for new customers and giving its current U.S. subscribers a two-year break from the higher rates. The changes mean anyone signing up for Netflix's video subscription service beginning Friday will pay $9 per month for in the U.S.

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Bright House Networks launches Web page for disabled customers

May 9, 2014 11:46 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks recently launched a centralized Web page that was designed to better serve its subscribers with disabilities. The “accessibility” Web page provides information on the cable operator’s products and services for disabled customers and their families including hearing/speech, mobility, vision, and assistive offerings.

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C Spire kicks off 1 Gbps in Mississippi

May 8, 2014 12:49 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The first phase of C Spire’s fiber initiative will see the rapid home broadband deployed in nine Mississippi cities: Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville. C Spire anticipates laying 4,600 miles of fiber optic infrastructure and spending millions to finish the first steps of the project.

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Comcast branches out cloud DVR, live streaming service

May 8, 2014 12:45 pm | Comments

Comcast has launched its cloud DVR and live in-home streaming service in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. The live in-home streaming part of the service was rolled out in the San Francisco area in the middle of last month with the network DVR element to follow. 

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ATX goes license-free with new transcoders

May 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

ATX Networks is dropping the license-based model for selling transcoders with the launch of its new VersAtivePro transcoding platform. The company said its goal with VersAtivePro is to make it the most budget-friendly solution in the professional quality transcoder market.

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NBC extends Olympic deal through 2032 for $7.75B

May 8, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Olympics are staying on NBC in the United States through 2032 in a record $7.75 billion deal that cut out rival networks and seals the long-term financial security of the IOC. In a stunning, pre-emptive deal negotiated secretly over six months, the International Olympic Committee awarded the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to NBC on Wednesday for an additional six games.

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AT&T conceives new app for babies

May 8, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the birth of AT&T’s new app for babies, users will be covered by apps from the cradle to the grave. AT&T’s BabyFirst’s U-verse app allows kids to create images on iPhone and iPad devices. From there they can see their handiwork on TV screens that are tuned to the BabyFirst channel.

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Cablevision ups Q1 ARPU and revenue

May 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The video market has been saturated for years, and the broadband market is nearly so. It’s been years since cable operators could grow through market penetration. The story these days is market share and average revenue per unit (ARPU). By those measures, Cablevision did well during its first quarter.

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thePlatform shuffles leadership team

May 8, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast-owned thePlatform announced this morning that co-founder Ian Blaine was leaving his CEO post effective June 20 to move into a strategic advisor role with the white-label video publishing company. The Seattle-based company is replacing Blaine internally with co-CEOs Marty Roberts, its current head of sales and marketing, and COO and CFO Jamie Miller.

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FCC Commish backs push for more Wi-Fi spectrum

May 7, 2014 1:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Cable, pursuing a Wi-Fi based wireless strategy, is enthusiastic about having the FCC open up more unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz Band. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the Commission needs to be creative about finding room for unlicensed spectrum in that band, while protecting incumbent services.

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Conexant brings Nuance "wake-up" tech onboard

May 7, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Nuance has created a means to use voice input to turn on an electronic system, even if it’s powered off. Conexant Systems has integrated this technology, which Nuance calls Wake Up Word, into its voice input processors. Consumers would be able to power up and control any smart appliance that includes the Conexant chip, potentially including TVs and set-tops, using voice commands.

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Bright House Networks to fire up free Wi-Fi in Tampa

May 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks will be offering a Wi-Fi service in Tampa Bay’s downtown area and riverfront public parks. The service is available for free for anyone to use for up to 2 hours or 1 GB a month. Once users go over the cap, they can purchase additional time.

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Shaw signs Wi-Fi deal with city

May 7, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Shaw Communications has inked a five-year deal with the British Columbia city of Pentiction to provide its residents with its Wi-Fi service. Pentiction’s council agreed to a non-exclusive deal with Shaw, which will see the Shaw Go WiFi service made publicly available in key city locations, including several city parks and other high-traffic locations.

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Alticast taps industry veteran Schutte for EMEA team

May 7, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Telecommunications veteran Tiann Schutte has joined Alticast as the president for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) team. Schutte's background includes interactive video, IPTV, mobile TV, cable, DTT, VoIP, satellite and OTT services. 

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Suddenlink to provide Netflix direct through its set-tops

May 6, 2014 5:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The operator follows a trio of other TiVo customers who recently announced they’d be doing the same. Suddenlink was the first cable operator to begin offering TiVo digital video recorders (DVRs) integrated with Suddenlink’s on-demand library and using TiVo’s user interface, search and discovery functions.

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