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FCC’s Clyburn outlines Lifeline replacement, iBridge Now!

June 22, 2015 5:31 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

In light of proposed new rules for Lifeline Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is proposing changing the program’s name to iBridge Now.   

Virgin Media’s $4.6B broadband expansion begins with Manchester

June 22, 2015 1:17 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Virgin Media begins build out of its broadband network in parts of Manchester this week. The build out, called Project Lightning, will connect 150,000 residences and businesses in the city. However, . . . 


Analysts: More set-top box market consolidation to come

June 22, 2015 12:41 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Driven by the move toward digital platforms and HD video, ABI Research says the pay TV set-top box market will experience...


Martha Stewart Living acquired for $353 million

June 22, 2015 12:16 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | Comments

Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. became beset by the same challenges facing the entire media industry as her fans went online to get tips on cooking and decorating.

DirecTV, NFL facing class-action suit over Sunday Ticket

June 22, 2015 11:57 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The lawsuit scrutinizes the League’s use of exclusive territories for dividing up live-game presentations, blackouts, and...            

Altice confirms offer to buy Bouygues

June 22, 2015 11:55 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Altice has offered to buy rival French teleco Bouygues Telecom, and the deal could be worth just over $11 billion. On Monday the offer was confirmed by both companies. Bouygues said its board will meet . . .


Analyst: Netflix winning its war on linear TV

June 22, 2015 10:33 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield says Netflix is making significant progress toward its goal of replacing linear TV.                

Briefs: Starz, Personalized Media Communications, Winchester Systems, Comcast

June 22, 2015 10:08 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Starz Play is now available to Starz premium subscribers through Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Starz Play device support is available on Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV STick, Xbox One, Xbox 360 . . .    


Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dead at 95

June 19, 2015 11:13 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | Comments

Ralph Roberts, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95.


Epix app available on Android TV

June 19, 2015 11:05 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The Epix app is now available on Google's Android TV. The app includes four live Epix channels, and streaming on-demand video content. It has a new user interface, and has content recommendations. The . . .


Study: Half of world’s households to have pay TV by 2017

June 19, 2015 11:03 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

According to ABI Research, the worldwide pay-TV market currently sits at around 900 million subscribers and will surpass...          


FCC expands Lifeline program to include broadband

June 19, 2015 10:07 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The FCC has voted to expand its Lifeline program to include broadband. As a result, ISPs selling service under the program could be required to... 


Briefs: Time Warner Cable, DishLatino, Space Systems/Loral, Sierra Wireless

June 19, 2015 9:51 am | by CED staff | Comments

John H. Keib has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of residential services for Time Warner Cable. Keib will be in charge of service delivery, customer care, marketing . . .


Mediacom signs multiyear agreement with Synacor

June 18, 2015 5:17 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Mediacom and Synacor have signed a deal that includes Synacor's next-generation portal service, TV Everywhere authentication, and ad solutions. The deal will allow Synacor to provide Mediacom customers . . .


Update: NYC says Verizon failed to meet fiber deployment goals

June 18, 2015 1:06 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Verizon says it held up its end of the agreement but deployments stalled due to difficulties in gaining access from landlords.      



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