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Paramount to add 500 films to YouTube rentals

April 4, 2012 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal to make nearly 500 films available to rent online, even while their parent companies continue to feud over a $1 billion lawsuit.

LightSquared, Inmarsat renegotiate on payment deadline

April 4, 2012 3:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared said it was "renegotiating" its contract for the use of Inmarsat's L-band spectrum as it works to slash expenses amid ongoing government opposition to the launch of its LTE network.

RGB’s just-in-time packaging streamlines multi-screen delivery

April 3, 2012 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The approach has the potential to dramatically cut storage costs.

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MetroPCS axes 3 unlimited plans

April 3, 2012 2:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS wiped out all but one of its unlimited data plans today, capping usage on its three cheapest plans and leaving only its most expensive rate in place for all-you-can-eat LTE service.

Verizon pledges mobile video if AWS deal closes

April 2, 2012 2:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon is reportedly planning a mobile video service if the government clears its multi-billion-dollar spectrum and marketing deal with four cable operators.

WOW provisions Ultra TV with Sigma Systems

April 2, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The operator uses Sigma products to manage services on its new multi-room entertainment system.

Ericsson closes BelAir acquisition

April 2, 2012 2:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The deal adds new Wi-Fi offload capabilities to its infrastructure offerings at a time when wireless operators are increasingly relying on the technology to manage soaring data traffic.

Towerstream cuts deal for Wi-Fi network

April 2, 2012 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company will host Wi-Fi for an unidentified national wireless carrier.

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Xfinity Home comes to the Bay Area

March 30, 2012 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

East Bay and North Bay customers will be the first to gain access to the home security and control service.

TiVo Premiere available across 70% of Suddenlink’s footprint

March 30, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Also, Virgin Media announced it is adding TiVo boxes to some new bundles.

Sprint plans 44% drop in cell sites

March 30, 2012 3:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint’s network overhaul will drop the number of cell sites it operates by 44 percent, executive Bob Azzi said at a conference.

Report: Fiber to businesses still booming in U.S., Europe

March 30, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A recent study by Vertical Systems Group found that the availability of business fiber continued to climb last year, both in the United States and Europe.

Clicking through the Wild West of video-on-demand

March 30, 2012 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast said it has reached a critical mass in both the number of subscriber who have on-demand and the amount of revenue being generated.

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Comcast dials in free text messaging for phone customers

March 29, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is sweetening its voice offering with the inclusion of free text messaging, as well as the ability to transcribe and read voicemail messages.

Dish heads to the cloud for workforce management

March 29, 2012 2:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Working with workforce management specialist Toa Technologies, Dish Network has centralized its national workforce support operation.

Shaw Business checks in with Wi-Fi service for medical centers

March 29, 2012 2:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Business, the commercial services arm of Shaw Communications, has inked an agreement to provide Wi-Fi, Internet and networking services to BC Biomedical Laboratories.

Cisco to buy ClearAccess’ software operation

March 28, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The acquisition would give Cisco direct title to critical software for home network visibility and management based on TR-069 standards.

Sprint mulls LTE tie-ups with regional carriers

March 28, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint may consider partnering with regional wireless providers on LTE through network sharing and spectrum hosting arrangements, according to a top network executive.

NTIA report identifies prime spectrum, advocates sharing

March 28, 2012 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Commerce, through the NTIA, announced the results of a report that found 95 MHz of prime spectrum could be repurposed for wireless broadband use.

NetAmerica, Panhandle light up Bonfire LTE

March 28, 2012 2:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Panhandle Telephone Cooperative is about to switch on LTE service in rural Oklahoma, and it won't do it alone: It's getting help from the NetAmerica Alliance

Aurora wins SCTE Canadian Summit’s Technology Challenge

March 28, 2012 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aurora Network’s Remote QAM module took the top honors at the SCTE Canadian Summit’s Technology Challenge yesterday.

Comcast tees up cloud-based phone service for businesses

March 27, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast continued its push in the commercial services sector with the recent launch of a cloud-based VoIP service for businesses.

Time Warner Cable uses mPortal to provision My TWC app

March 27, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s My TWC mobile gateway, which lets subscribers access and manage their Time Warner accounts remotely on their Android and iOS devices, is being powered by mPortal.

Cities without FiOS protest Verizon, cable deal

March 27, 2012 2:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Five cities in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland that don't have Verizon's FiOS service are slamming the company's tie-up with cable operators.

Cable vet Carlucci onboard as Alticast’s CTO of Americas

March 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Interactive TV and middleware vendor Alticast has tapped cable industry veteran John Carlucci as its new chief technology officer for the Americas.

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