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U-verse chugs along in Q2

July 24, 2014 | by Brian Santo | Comments

AT&T said it added 488,000 high speed Internet subscribers, including 55,000 business customers. The company said it also added 190,000 U-verse TV subscribers, for a new total of 5.9 million. That’s roughly on par with the number of adds in the last few quarters.

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SEC Network adds TWC, BHN to carriage roster

July 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have scored a deal with ESPN to carry the SEC Network just ahead of the network’s launch Aug. 14. With the latest deal in hand—Time Warner Cable has typically forged carriage agreements for both itself and Bright House Networks— the SEC Network will be available to approximately 60 million homes nationwide.

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Jones/NCTI to provide call center tools to enTouch

July 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Jones/NCTI announced this morning that it had inked an agreement with Houston-based enTouch to provide enTouch a suite of learning tools for its field and call center frontline employees. The new enterprise platform includes Jones/NCTI’s in-depth course material, mobile learning application and career path development tools, as well as its LogiCall customer service support.

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Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

July 25, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue. Amazon has long focused on spending the money it makes to grow and expand into new areas. In one of its most high-profile moves, Amazon is introducing its own smartphone, the Fire, which starts selling Friday.

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BSkyB to create multinational European TV network

July 25, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

London-based pay TV network BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a multinational European broadcaster. The deal could have a wider impact on the media industry, giving Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox a cash boost to potentially revive its attempt to buy Time Warner.

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Rogers Communications posts lower Q2 net earnings on flat revenues

July 24, 2014 11:58 am | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Rogers Communications Inc. has reported a lower second-quarter net income of $405 million, or 76 cents per diluted share, while the telecom company struggled to add more wireless customers. Net profit was down 24 per cent from $532 million, or 93 cents, in the same quarter of 2013.

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UPC Hungary establishes cloud-based app store

July 23, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

UPC Hungary has followed its rollout of TV apps a few weeks ago by creating its own app store. The key for UPC Hungary is that by relying on a cloud-based delivery mechanism, it has been able to accomplish all of this without having to swap out any of its non-IP set-top boxes.

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Service Electric slings live, recorded content with Arris

July 23, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable pioneer Service Electric TV and Communications picked Arris to enable its whole home DVR platform that streams live and recorded content throughout the home and on the go. Service Electric is using Arris’ Whole Home Media platform, and its subscribers also have the option to buy the Sling-media based Arris MS400 Media Streamer in order to stream live and DVR content to their mobile devices. 

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Charter Business offers to pay early termination fees

July 23, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Business is going after small businesses in its footprint by offering to buy out the early termination fees that are associated with switching to the cable operator. The buyout allows businesses that are locked into contracts to make the switch to Charter Business without bearing the brunt of the termination fees.

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Javaid boards Rovi as SVP of discovery

July 23, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Rovi has tabbed Omar Javaid as its senior vice president of discovery. As head of the newly created discovery business group, Javaid is responsible for Rovi’s discovery product offerings from concept to customer delivery and oversees multiple areas across the group – from engineering, architecture and user experience to product lifecycle management (PLM), program management and product marketing. 

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Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years

July 23, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. The latest evidence of Apple's mounting momentum emerged Tuesday with the release of the company's fiscal third-quarter report.

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Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

July 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016. The agenda, announced Tuesday as Microsoft reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, helped boost the company's closing shares. 

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Dan Borislow, magicJack inventor, dies at 52

July 23, 2014 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Dan Borislow, the inventor of magicJack and a pioneer in developing phone calls over the Internet, died Monday, officials at the company he founded said. He was 52. A spokeswoman for MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd., said he died of a heart attack. In a statement, MagicJack CEO Gerald Vento praised Borislow as a visionary.

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Comcast, TWC, Verizon, AT&T pushing IPv6 transition in U.S.

July 23, 2014 12:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast has hit the 30 percent mark for IPv6 deployment, AT&T is now past the 20 percent mark and Time Warner Cable crossed over 10 percent threshold. Last month, Verizon Wireless was the first operator in North America to reach 50 percent. Plus: Vint Cerf talking address space on The Colbert Report.

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NCTC: A big year for programming rights

July 22, 2014 8:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 network operators are heading to Kansas City to learn the latest about TV everywhere, the migration to IP, and customer experience management, but programming issues are likely to be top of mind. “I can say unequivocally that this year, 2014, is the most significant year we’ve ever had from a programming contract standpoint,” said Frank Hughes, SVP of Member Services at NCTC.

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Digital ad insertion coming into reach for all

July 22, 2014 6:09 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Comments

DAI allows network operators to deliver targeted, addressable ads. It is becoming more common, will become more affordable and easier to implement, and should be showing up on the radar screens of Tier 2s and Tier 3s soon. WOW, for example, is heading into a trial of the technology soon.

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