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Ericsson boosts hetnet offering with BelAir acquisition

February 21, 2012 3:18 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson is buying Canadian Wi-Fi specialist BelAir Networks as part of a move to develop telecommunications equipment that integrates both Wi-Fi and cellular technologies.

Evolution Digital's DTAs available through NCTC

February 21, 2012 3:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

NCTC members will be able to get Evolution's DTAs and TiVo DVRs at lower prices through NCTC volume purchasing.

Cass Cable TV migrates to hosted digital TV

February 21, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The small provider in Illinois signs up for Avail-TVN's MPEG-4 service, freeing bandwidth for TV Everywhere and other services.

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YouTube enlists big-name help to redefine channels

February 21, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube is enlisting Hollywood's help to reach a generation of viewers more familiar with smartphones than TV remotes.

Netflix reaches multi-year movie deal with Weinstein

February 21, 2012 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix says it will stream certain movies from The Weinstein Co., including "The Artist," under an exclusive licensing agreement.

LightSquared misses $56M Inmarsat payment

February 21, 2012 3:05 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared, still reeling from the FCC's decision to block its wireless network, has withheld a $56.25 million payment to Inmarsat for use of the company's L-band satellite spectrum.

BlueHighways TV signs carriage agreement with NCTC

February 21, 2012 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BlueHighways TV has inked a multi-year carriage agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative that will make the network available to the NCTC's nearly 1,000 member cable operators.

Youth shaping future of online TV, movies, music

February 21, 2012 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Young people want their music, TV and movies now – even if it means they get these things illegally.

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Cable might cut ties with Clearwire

February 17, 2012 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clearwire warns its partnership with Comcast and Time Warner Cable is threatened by the MSOs' new relationship with Verizon Wireless.

Brightcove shares soar on 1st day of Nasdaq trading

February 17, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brightcove's shares are surging in their first day of trading on the Nasdaq exchange.

U.S. Cellular plans new 14-state LTE launch

February 17, 2012 2:34 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular pulled back the curtain on its new LTE markets with a round of deployments to span cities in 14 states.

Insider trading charges brought against Broadband Research prez

February 17, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

John Kinnucan of Portland, Ore., is awaiting an initial court appearance in Oregon. The president of Broadband Research LLC was arrested at his residence.

Comcast wraps up Xfinity Home launch in Freedom Region

February 16, 2012 3:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast's Freedom Region, which serves 2.1 million customers in greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern Delaware, has completed the launch of Xfinity Home across its entire footprint.

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Time Warner Cable closes in on streaming to Android devices

February 16, 2012 3:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is close to rolling out streaming television to Android devices with the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system.

Clearwire boasts strong Q4; weakness ahead

February 16, 2012 3:18 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire posted some rosy fourth-quarter numbers, but a spike in churn and a weaker-than-expected forecast indicate the company is not out of the weeds just yet.

Comcast ups Avgiris to EVP, GM of data group

February 16, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has promoted Cathy Avgiris to executive vice president and general manager of the data and communications group, where she will lead the rollout of the joint bundle offerings with Verizon Wireless.

CTIA applauds tax cut continuation act

February 16, 2012 3:14 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA is happy that lawmakers have agreed to extend the payroll tax cut because it includes a provision to auction off airwaves and give its members access to precious spectrum.

NewNet sees opportunity in WiMAX

February 16, 2012 3:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

NewNet's announcement that it has officially closed an acquisition of Nokia Siemens' WiMAX business (originally Motorola's WiMAX business) is a reminder that the technology might still afford a healthy business opportunity, although not perhaps as a strictly consumer-facing mobility solution.

Grassley: Still blocking FCC nominees

February 16, 2012 3:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Senator Chuck Grassley, a vocal critic of the FCC's handling of LightSquared, says he will continue to bar two FCC nominees from being confirmed despite the agency's decision to block LightSquared's network.

Fandango's former CEO joins Invidi's advisory board

February 16, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Invidi Technologies has invited Chuck Davis, best known as the former chairman and CEO of movie site Fandango, to serve on the company's advisory board.

Former Cox exec Kinsey joins Charter as VP of IP engineering

February 16, 2012 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a 12-year career at Cox Communications, Randy Kinsey has joined Charter Communications as its vice president of IP engineering.

Comcast nearly zeroes out subscriber defections in Q4

February 15, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast managed to accomplish what few had expected any cable company could accomplish in the competitive video era: It minimized subscriber defections to the point where customer loss was almost negligible.

TWC reaches out to PCs, Macs with live streaming app

February 15, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has queued up live streaming on PCs and Macs via its TWC TV app.

Shaw Business lands contract to provide services to energy camp

February 15, 2012 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications was the winning bidder on providing Snamprogetti Canada with communications services to the Sunrise Energy Project construction camp.

End of the road for LightSquared?

February 15, 2012 2:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has hammered what could be the final nail in the coffin for LightSquared's LTE plans.

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