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NCTA slams Qualcomm’s “attacks” on LTE-U opponents

July 29, 2015 11:39 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

"In Qualcomm’s through-the-looking-glass world, PowerPoint presentations and unilateral pronouncements amount to collaboration."


Study: Central American pay-TV subscribers to increase as piracy declines

July 29, 2015 10:38 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The rise in pay-TV subscribers coincides with a drop in the amount of Central American households accessing illegal pay TV.


Nintendo reports profit but no word on new president

July 29, 2015 9:41 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Quarterly sales at Nintendo Co., the Japanese video-game maker of the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises, rose 20 percent to 90.2 billion yen ($729 million).


LG Electronics reports 45 percent plunge in 2Q earnings

July 29, 2015 9:29 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

LG Electronics said Wednesday its second quarter earnings sank 45 percent over a year earlier as losses widened in its TV business and mobile phones earned little income.

Briefs: Comcast, Anritsu, TP-Link, CBS

July 29, 2015 9:27 am | by CED Staff | Comments

Comcast Business announced an expansion of its advanced fiber network to the Salinas Municipal Airport Business District in Salinas, California.


The Latest: Netflix cheers

July 28, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Here's the latest from the Television Critics Association summer meeting in Beverly Hills, California, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.


Verizon to launch Go90 beta test in coming weeks

July 28, 2015 12:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

A Verizon spokesperson told Bloomberg that Go90 is “unlike any other system” and that the beta will test out the platform and functions including sharing.


Qligent bakes multi-channel visualization into monitoring platform

July 28, 2015 12:14 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Qligent plans to demonstrate the multichannel visualization application as part of its Vision exhibit at IBC 2015.


Briefs: Globecomm, Rentrak, Katz, Cal Test, Frontier

July 28, 2015 10:35 am | by CED Staff | Comments

The International Criminal Court will provide the world press with an on-premise content distribution network, called the Public Broadcast Control Room, through a recently signed contract with Globecomm.


Study: Operators favor hybrid OTT model

July 28, 2015 10:21 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

According to new research from MPP Global, 60 percent of operators called hybrid OTT the best fit for their business.              


Disney CEO: ESPN could be sold directly to consumers

July 27, 2015 11:37 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Iger said it won’t happen in the next five years but if ESPN chose to go OTT, and use HBO as a model, the network would look for “much larger penetration.”


VidCon a chance for fans to see online video stars in person

July 27, 2015 10:59 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | Comments

For the first time since moving from a Los Angeles hotel to across the street from Disneyland four years ago, VidCon is occupying the entire Anaheim Convention Center...


Briefs: Ruckus Wireless, TE Connectivity, AMP Visual, Frontier

July 27, 2015 10:54 am | by CED Staff | Comments

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. announced that the City of San Leandro has selected, deployed and standardized a new, free outdoor Smart Wi-Fi service.


Comcast, Discovery sign new carriage deal

July 27, 2015 10:44 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The new carriage deal includes all 12 of Discovery’s U.S. networks across Comcast Xfinity and it also covers TV Everywhere rights.


China lifting ban on sales of video game consoles

July 27, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China is lifting its ban on sales of video game consoles to promote the industry and a new manufacturing zone in Shanghai.



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