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Liberty Global, Searchlight close Choice TV deal

June 3, 2015 5:02 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Liberty Global and Searchlight Capital Partners closed a deal to buy Puerto Rico-based cable operator Choice Cable TV. The $272.5 million purchase was announced last December. As a result of the . . . 

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Showtime Launching Standalone OTT Service

June 3, 2015 3:39 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Showtime will offer an OTT service this July for $11 a month. The standalone service will be available exclusively through iOS devices at first, but the network plans to offer additional platforms . . .

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Report: FCC limits states’ power to regulate cable rates

June 3, 2015 1:37 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Democratic legislators warned the FCC that changing those rules could be bad for consumers...                                   

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Analyst: Altice Could Buy Verizon’s Local Wireline Next

June 3, 2015 11:54 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Citigroup analyst Michael Rollins thinks Verizon’s wireline business, excluding enterprise and strategic business units, could be a good acquisition target...

USA Freedom Act is signed into law

June 3, 2015 11:21 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

The President signed the USA Freedom Act into law after the bill was passed by the Senate on Tuesday. The Act extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act. The NSA will now have . . .

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AT&T ready to fold on net neutrality rules for DirecTV approval

June 3, 2015 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

That would mean AT&T would have to submit to the FCC's new rules forbidding blocking, throttling or paid prioritization.             

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AOL Ramping Up Video, Pushing Mobile Ahead of Verizon Deal

June 3, 2015 10:27 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

AOL is sprucing up the place before Verizon buys it.                                                                               

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Briefs: ContentWise, 8x8, Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable

June 3, 2015 10:26 am | by CED Staff | Comments

ContentWise, a digital TV content solutions provider, announces that it has been selected by the cable satellite TV operator TrueVisions to power personalization for its mulitscreen offering. Both . . .

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Comcast Taps Nike Exec as New CPO

June 2, 2015 3:29 pm | by Ben Munson, Editor | Comments

Comcast today announced that Chris Satchell will join Comcast Cable as executive vice president and Chief Product Officer (CPO).         

ACSI: Charter climbs, Time Warner falls in customer satisfaction

June 2, 2015 2:57 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Customer service rankings for pay-TV providers dropped 3.1 percent overall compared to last year according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Time Warner Cable came in last this year while . . .

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WWDC Could Bring News of New Apple Streaming Service

June 2, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Apple is prepping to launch a new streaming music service that will cost $10 per month, according to the Wall Street Journal.           

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Cisco Loses Two Presidents, Gains New CEO

June 2, 2015 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Gary Moore, chief operating officer, and Rob Lloyd, president of development and sales will leave the company later this month. Chuck Robbins will take over as CEO upon John Chambers' departure . . .    

Time Warner Cable CFO Steps Down, Joins WeWork

June 2, 2015 11:03 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Arthur Minson will continue working as an advisor to Time Warner...                                                                  

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Sling Taps Weinberger as Chief Product Officer

June 1, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Dish Network has appointed Ben Weinberger as senior vice president and chief product officer of Sling TV. Weinberger, co-founder and former CEO of Digitalsmiths, will oversee Sling TV's product . . . 

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Google Making Progress on Project Loon

June 1, 2015 1:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Mike Cassidy, vice president of Project Loon for Google, said that the project is progressing to the point that it could be ready for commercial deployment as soon...

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