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CTAM launches consumer-facing TVE program

December 8, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CTAM is out of the starting blocks with a new consumer-facing TV Everywhere initiative that was designed to show consumers how easy it is to access and view multi-screen video content. The campaign, which is called “You could be watching TV,” was designed to expound on the benefits of TV Everywhere services, including live and on demand, and in or out of a home.

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CBS, Dish Network end brief blackout

December 8, 2014 12:51 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

CBS Corp. and TV provider Dish Network Corp. have reached an agreement that ends a contract dispute that led to a short programming blackout in local markets around the country, the companies announced Saturday.CBS had blocked Dish from carrying the local channels of CBS-owned TV stations for about 12 hours starting around 7 p.m. Eastern time Friday. 

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Cablevision, union at odds over NLRB findings

December 8, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Both sides are declaring victory in a dispute between Cablevision Systems Corp. and a union that represents some of the company's workers in Brooklyn. The sides are interpreting the findings in a nearly 300-page ruling issued Thursday by a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge.

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Comcast Business extends network in Atlanta

December 5, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The network will extend throughout midtown Atlanta, Vinings, Norcross, Duluth and Alpharetta, the company said, including several multi-tenant office buildings to support the delivery of Comcast Business Ethernet Services, aimed at businesses, schools, hospitals, and other organizations. 

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TDS expands 1-Gig reach

December 5, 2014 1:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Google Fiber, CenturyLink, Cox Communications, and AT&T, among others, are targeting larger cities with their 1-gigabit services, TDS Telecom is continuing to rack up small town deployments across four states. This week TDS Telecom started offering its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) product in broader areas of Mt. Juliet and La Vergne, Tenn. with plans to roll out the service in Farragut and Halls, Tenn. and St. Marys, Ga. next week.

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Cablevision hires Paxton as SVP, exec director of creative services

December 5, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Mickey Paxton has boarded Cablevision as the cable operator’s senior vice president and executive director of creative services. In his new job, Paxton is responsible for the execution of Cablevision’s marketing and brand initiatives that support the company’s Optimum-branded services and products.

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GCI snaps up Alaska Communications’ wireless assets

December 5, 2014 1:02 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Anchorage-based Alaska Communications announced plans Thursday to sell its remaining wireless assets in the state to General Communication Inc. (GCI) to help pay down debt and focus on its growing broadband business. The sale, for $300 million, includes Alaska Communications' wireless subscriber base and its 33 percent interest in a partnership between the companies known as The Alaska Wireless Network LLC. 

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DirecTV 4K service will rely on Elemental transcoding

December 5, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

DirecTV became the first MVPD to announce plans to offer 4K content on demand, sometime in 2015. The satellite broadcaster will be using Elemental Server, a file-based transcoding solution, to prepare Ultra HD content for delivery. Elemental tweaked its HEVC algorithms so DirecTV didn't have to take a hit on bandwidth usage.  

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Senators look at dropping NFL blackout rule

December 5, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Senators from both parties warned the National Football League on Thursday to get rid of a four-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together. The blackout rule bars home games from being televised in a local market if they have not sold out, but is unfair to fans, lawmakers said.

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Liberty Broadband stock offering sets price of $40 a share

December 4, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Liberty Broadband is the corporate vehicle for Liberty Media's interest in Charter Communications; its minority interest in Time Warner Cable; TruePosition, a subsidiary that provides geolocation services largely to public safety and law enforcement agencies; and other properties.

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SeaChange's new Rave system brings OTT to the masses

December 4, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Rave supports the delivery of on-demand, time-shifted, live and downloaded content, delivered to any device. The system also includes the company’s analytics, promotions and advertising features. Customers can use Rave to build a straight OTT service, or to deliver a service that blends linear and OTT content.

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Comcast and AT&T megamergers are back on the clock

December 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The FCC restarted the clocks on both of the megamergers it is evaluating. Assuming no more stoppages, the Commission would have a decision in early March on whether or not to allow Comcast and Charter Communications to divvy up Time Warner Cable, and in late March on AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV.

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WOW! trims 9% of workforce

December 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable over builder WOW! is cutting 9 percent of its more than 3,000 employees. According to a story by DSLreports.com, the layoffs started Wednesday. A company spokeswoman said the elimination of the 270 jobs would continue through early next year.

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Liberty Global picks Amdocs to power MVNO deployments

December 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Liberty Global is using Amdocs’ mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) platform to support its mobile services in Hungary, Switzerland and the Netherlands. With Liberty Global’s foray into quad play services, Amdocs said its Compact Convergence solution reduced time to market while also integrating MVNO with existing business support systems (BSS.)

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Coalition forms to oppose Comcast's purchase of Time Warner Cable

December 3, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Several opponents of Comcast’s proposal to buy TWC, including some smaller cable operators, have banded together, calling themselves the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition. There are no conditions the regulatory agencies involved can set on the merger that will avoid the substantial harms they say will be caused by the merger.

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