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Virgin Media sticking with TiVo

March 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company said it will be sticking with its TiVo-based service, rather than adopt the Horizon platform developed by new owner Liberty Global. Virgin Media elected to use the TiVo box in part because it enables the company to offer Netflix. The company has also talked to Amazon about adding Amazon Prime.

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Midcontinent gets green light in Fargo

March 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Midcontinent Communications is now able to move forward with its plan of offering services in Fargo, N.D. now that a franchise agreement with the city commission has been reached. Earlier this week, the city commission voted in favor of the 15-year franchise agreement, which allowed Midcontinent to start on its $55 million expansion into Fargo

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Column: Plenty to worry about in Comcast/TWC deal

March 21, 2014 12:03 pm | by Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer | Comments

The herky-jerkiness of my Netflix video stream is nothing compared with my jittery nerves. I've been fretting since news broke last month that Comcast, the nation's reigning cable colossus, plans to swallow titanic runner-up Time Warner Cable. 

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Time Warner Cable execs rake in cash on Comcast deal

March 21, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Departing Time Warner Cable Inc. executives are in line to receive "golden parachute" compensation totaling around $135 million as part of Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion acquisition of the cable operator. Shareholders are being asked to vote on the packages in a non-binding advisory vote. The details were contained in a securities filing Comcast made Thursday.

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BlackBerry selling most Canadian real estate

March 21, 2014 11:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

BlackBerry is selling most of its real estate holdings in Canada as the struggling smartphone company continues to look for ways to improve its business. BlackBerry Ltd. did not disclose the buyer or purchase price, but said Friday that it will sell more than 3 million square feet of space and vacant lands.

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Sony demos virtual reality headset for PS4

March 20, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The prototype headset is capable of surrounding a wearer's vision with interactive virtual worlds. Codenamed Project Morpheus, it utilizes a 1080p head-mounted display with head-tracking capabilities and works in concert with the PlayStation 4 console to display imagery on the headset's screen, providing a 90-degree field of view.

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White-label portal combos OTT and linear

March 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Unified Video Technologies said it will introduce a new front-end interface for its video-on-demand portal service. While there are multiple white-label portal services, United Video claims its uVOD is differentiated in that it now also enables consumers to search and stream linear TV programming, in addition to over-the-top content.

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Atlantic Broadband accelerates business broadband packages

March 20, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Atlantic Broadband is quietly increasing Internet transmission rates and expanding the number of service tiers for business customers. ABB has more than doubled its fastest tier, from 50 Mbps to 110 Mbps. The new set of tiers also includes options for service at 15-, 30-, and 75 Mbps.

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AT&T’s Digital Life to go live in five more markets

March 20, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Starting tomorrow, AT&T will have its home automation and security platform, which is called Digital Life, live in four more markets. The new markets will include Greensboro, N.C., Bakersfield, Calif., Columbia, S.C., Fresno, Calif., and Knoxville, Tenn.

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Lightower Fiber upgrades with NetCracker

March 20, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

NetCracker Technology announced that Lightower Fiber Networks will upgrade to NetCracker 9.0 in order to improve its network resource visualization efforts. Lightower Networks, which merged with Sidera Networks early last year, will use NetCracker’s resource inventory solution to manage its 20,000 mile, all-fiber network, which serves more than 7,500 locations.

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Mobile devices add allure to March Madness at work

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Every year, the NCAA college basketball tournament gives employees a reason to goof off at their desks and root for their alma maters. But there's a growing source of potential headaches for bosses. Media companies like hosts CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s Turner are doing all they can to promote so-called TV Everywhere services.

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Videotron hires Bonin as VP of IT

March 20, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Canadian cable operator Videotron has hired Pierre Bonin to the position of vice president, information technology. Videotron said Bonin was now in charge of a 500-person IT team dedicated to developing, implementing and providing support for information technologies.

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Liberty Global selects Axiros for service and device management

March 19, 2014 1:21 pm | Comments

Liberty Global is using technology from Axiros to remotely provision and manage its customer premise equipment (CPE) across its new B2B VoIP service. The MSO has signed a 3-year contract to rely exclusively on Axiros’ TR-069 device management system.

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TP Vision adopts streaming content security system

March 19, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

TP Vision said it will integrate Elliptic Technologies’ tVault, which is based on DTCP-IP, which protects audiovisual content, when transmitted between digital entertainment products, against unauthorized copying, interception and tampering, while ensuring that content can be viewed and copied on home networked devices.

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Comcast adds 18 networks into live streaming lineup

March 19, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has beefed up its TV Everywhere roster with the addition of 18 live streaming networks on its Xfinity TV Go app. With the latest additions, Comcast now offers 53 live channels that can be viewed on the go via a Wi-Fi connection.

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