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FCC asked to impose conditions on AT&T-DirecTV merger

May 14, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Dish, Cogent, and several advocacy groups cosigned a letter to the FCC requesting the commission impose conditions on AT&T’s $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV.


Lagging cable sales scuff Cisco's Q3 results

May 14, 2015 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The company reported that orders in its service provider segment decreased 7 percent globally; U.S. service provider (SP) orders – largely the cable business – declined 17 percent. John Chambers, in his last conference call as Cisco CEO, vowed to turn that business around.


Cox sues AT&T, claims U-verse violates key patents

May 14, 2015 12:30 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cox Communications is suing AT&T, claiming that AT&T’s U-verse violates three of its patents. The suit leaves it to the court to set damages. Given the fundamental nature of the patents involved, the potential amount could be substantial.


AT&T to integrate Hulu into its own apps

May 13, 2015 7:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Hulu continued on its roll, adding AT&T to the growing list of distributors offering their customers direct access to the streaming TV service. AT&T said that later this year, its customers will be able to access Hulu through AT&T websites and also on mobile devices through AT&T apps.


Industry asks Appeals Court to stay Title II order

May 13, 2015 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The petitioners include the NCTA and ACA, representing the cable industry, along with USTA, CTIA, AT&T, CenturyLink, and WISPA. This was the entirely expected next step after the FCC rejected similar petitions from pretty much the same group.


Comcast Business expands Ethernet services in Portland OR

May 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast’s portfolio of fiber-based Ethernet services is now available to businesses in Portland. These fiber-based services include an Ethernet network reaching 10 Gbps.


Cablevision, ESPN in ad data pact

May 13, 2015 2:35 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision has entered an agreement with ESPN and Disney that gives ESPN access to the census-level audience data from Cablevision’s set-top boxes. Disney will also be able to use the data for advertising purposes for its other networks.


CenturyLink starts offering TV in Portland OR

May 13, 2015 1:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

CenturyLink now offers Prism TV to some residents and businesses in Portland, OR. The company is currently pursuing discussions with local officials to obtain franchise agreements in Seattle.


Adtran easing the way to 40G PON

May 13, 2015 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Adtran said it has figured out a means of deploying the optical elements of PON flexibly, so that implementing the latest 40 Gbps NG-PON2 technology will be almost as affordable as installing today’s 2.5 Gbps G-PON technology.


FTC approves Frontier's purchase of Verizon networks

May 12, 2015 2:08 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Frontier will be spending $10.5 billion to obtain Verizon’s fixed line DSL and FiOS assets in California, Texas, and Florida, in a deal announced earlier this year.


Comcast joins OpenDayLight open SDN group

May 12, 2015 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast and CableLabs have been working on OpenDaylight through a sub-project of PacketCable, the goal of which is to develop a PacketCable PCMM southbound plugin and supporting modules to allow the ODL controller to provision a CMTS as a network element that manages service flows with dynamic QoS.


Comcast Gigabit Pro at $300? Not so fast...

May 12, 2015 1:02 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast last night posted a set of web pages that said its Gigabit Pro service will be priced at $299 per month, but subsequently removed the information. Comcast announced the 2 Gbps last month, but still hasn't priced it.


Verizon buying AOL in latest mobile video push

May 12, 2015 11:55 am | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The deal comes as Verizon prepares an Over-the-Top (OTT) mobile video service for launch this summer. Verizon says combining with AOL will allow the companies to create a scaled, mobile-first platform for advertising and give Verizon access to AOL’s large digital content portfolio.


Charter hits the banks, adds to war chest

May 11, 2015 2:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter has met with banks to put together a debt package ranging between $25 billion and $30 billion. The move would strengthen its financial position should it succeed in its suit of Bright House Networks, or should it launch a new bid for Time Warner Cable – or both.


Dish loses video subs in Q1, blames carriage problems

May 11, 2015 2:21 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Dish ended Q1 of 2015 with 13.844 million pay TV subscribers having lost 253,000 compared to the previous year’s Q1. The company said the losses were from expired programming carriage contracts that resulted in a higher pay TV churn rate and a decrease in gross new pay TV subscribers.



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