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Comcast Business pulls fiber into 10 New York communities

August 22, 2014 | Comments

Comcast Business has extended its fiber network to provisioin its Ethernet portfolio across 10 New York towns and villages in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester counties. Comcast Business’ four types of Ethernet services are now available in the communities of Beekman, Brewster, Carmel, Kent, Patterson, Pawling (town and village), Putnam Valley, Somers and Southeast.

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Dish Network taps Swain as new CFO

August 22, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Dish Network announced that Robert Olson will retire from his positions of executive vice president and chief financial officer on Oct. 15. Steve Swain, currently senior vice president of programming, will take over the CFO position from Olson, and report to Dish CEO and president Joseph Clayton.

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TWC adds tablets to news app

August 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently updated its TWC News app to include support for tablets as well as mobile devices. The latest update allows authenticated Time Warner Cable subscribers to tap into live and on demand programming from the cable operator’s news channels in New York City, the state of New York, North Carolina and Texas.

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Fitbit to stop selling data without consent

August 22, 2014 11:58 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Fitbit, a company that makes wearable devices that monitor fitness activity, says it's changing its practice of selling users' personal data to advertisers after concerns were raised about consumer privacy. The San Francisco-based company's move comes after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate what he called a troubling policy.

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Cable One teams up with Arbor Day Foundation for paperless billing

August 21, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable One is encouraging its subscribers to go green with paperless billing via a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree on behalf of each Cable One customer that elects to go with paperless billing. The initiative started earlier this month and runs through April 24.

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MLB online chief optimistic on relaxing blackouts

August 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An easing of blackout restrictions on Major League Baseball games online could come as early as next season, according to the head of baseball's online business. In an interview this week, Bob Bowman said he is optimistic that a deal could be reached soon with various cable operators, channels and ballclubs. 

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FCC approves MSOs' shift to new Wi-Fi spectrum

August 20, 2014 7:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cox have received approval from the FCC to switch the frequency at which their outdoor Wi-Fi access points operate from a portion of the unlicensed band now in common use to another nearby frequency at 5.1 GHz.

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TWC, Bright House, add NBC/U content to TV apps

August 20, 2014 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have secured the rights to offer NBC Universal's full portfolio of broadcast and cable network programming through their TV Everywhere applications. The multi-screen deal also includes local NBC and Telemundo-owned broadcast stations.

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Piksel exits stealth mode with SaaS video system

August 20, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company, which has risen from the ashes of KIT Digital, is launching an over-the-top video platform built on a set of software modules that address encoding, DRM, authentication, and a range of other functions, all available on a software-as-a-service model.

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AT&T to take on Comcast in Cupertino with GigaPower launch

August 20, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

To date, AT&T has targeted Time Warner Cable’s footprint with its GigaPower network, but now it will take on Comcast when the 1-Gig service launches in Cupertino. AT&T didn’t provide a lot of details on the Cupertino launch, but The San Jose Mercury News reported that the service was scheduled to go live in Apple’s hometown in December, with other Bay area rollouts to follow early next year. 

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NimbleTV touches down in Windy City

August 20, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

NimbleTV’s TV Everywhere service is now available to existing Comcast and AT&T video subscribers in Chicago. With the Chicago announcement this morning, NimbleTV announced it was no longer charging a monthly fee for the service when it includes 10 or more channels.

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Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high

August 20, 2014 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple's shares reached its previous split-adjusted peak of $100.72 in September 2012.

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Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching business at Stanford in the fall and USC next spring.

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Nielsen Catalina to use FourthWall viewer data

August 19, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company links advertising with retail sales by integrating data from Nielsen with shopper data from over 70M households.  With access to FourthWall Media’s TV viewing data, NCS is expanding the size of its dataset. FourthWall gathers data on 1.4M households.

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Black Arrow aims at ad exhaustion

August 19, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

There really aren’t enough advertisers with enough different targeted ads, which means some viewers often see the same ad over and over. BlackArrow has addressed the issue by adding support for audience-based frequency capping in its Advanced Advertising System.

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Time Warner Cable holds serve on U.S. Open Wi-Fi

August 19, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable will be serving up free Wi-Fi access at next month’s U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York City. The nation’s second-largest cable operator said the Wi-Fi deployment at the U.S. Open was its largest public venue installation to date with 235 access points. 

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