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Rutledge settles in at Charter

February 28, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With two weeks under his belt as Charter's new CEO and president, Tom Rutledge faced the inevitable questions from analysts that sought to compare and contrast his current job with his former position at Cablevision.

Charter pushes back TiVo launch

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

In its fourth-quarter earnings conference call, Charter Communications executives said the company was pulling back on the reins for its planned deployment of TiVo's Premiere box.

Arris demos converged video on universal QAM

February 27, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kabel Deutschland is using Arris' D5 Universal Edge QAM to deliver DVB-C2 video to a Sony TV equipped with a DVB-C2 tuner.

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Sprint raises $2B in debt, stays mum on MetroPCS rumors

February 27, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to raise $2 billion in new debt funding that it said could be used to defray the cost of upgrading its network, pay off its debt or pour additional cash into Clearwire.

Ericsson, Qualcomm show new wireless video tech

February 27, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two are collaborating on a more efficient way to deliver video over cellular networks using the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) standards.

Google sells off Clearwire stake for $47M

February 24, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google is selling off its entire stake in Clearwire for $47 million, well below the market value of the shares.

Rogers debuts TV + Web whole-home service

February 24, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has started offering a combination whole-home PVR and TV Everywhere-style service based on Cisco's Videoscape architecture.

It's official: Obama signs spectrum, public safety bill

February 24, 2012 2:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has signed a payroll tax cut extension bill that includes provisions allowing the FCC to auction off television spectrum and the long-awaited creation of a national mobile broadband network for public safety.

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Report: Backhaul macro base stations will near 1.8M by 2014

February 24, 2012 1:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

New research by NPD In-Stat projects that the number of fiber-enabled backhaul macro base stations will approach 1.8 million by 2014.

Bright House locks up telecom contract for Republican convention

February 23, 2012 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is the official telecommunications provider for the Republican National Convention that will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Dish Network added 220,000 subs in Q4

February 23, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network said its net income rose 24 percent in the latest quarter, beating analyst expectations, as it added a modest number of subscribers.

In the media: Google files for OK to offer video

February 23, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google has requested approval from Missouri and Kansas to offer video services on its FTTH network in Kansas City.

Comcast gears up for launch of Streampix

February 22, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While it would appear on the surface that Comcast's new streaming video service, which it calls Xfinity Streampix, is an answering salvo to OTT competition such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, Comcast is positioning it as an additional feature to its stable of online video offerings.

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T-Mobile to FCC: Block Verizon AWS deal

February 22, 2012 2:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has asked the FCC to block Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion acquisition of a nationwide swath of AWS spectrum held by four cable companies.

TiVo, Pace buddy up on global partnership

February 22, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a deal that was designed to advance Pace's presence in North America and TiVo's abroad, DVR pioneer TiVo and set-top box vendor Pace announced that they have entered into a global partnership.

Technicolor adding tougher Wi-Fi

February 22, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company will integrate chips from Quantenna to support the multi-room distribution of HD video.

Microsoft hits Motorola, Google with EU complaint

February 22, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft lodged a formal complaint with the European Union's competition regulator against Motorola Mobility and its soon-to-be owner Google, saying Motorola's aggressive enforcement of patent rights against rivals breaks competition rules.

Edmunds exits Cox for new job at Comcast Cable

February 22, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable industry veteran Kimberly Edmunds has moved on from a 15-year career at Cox Communications to become senior vice president of customer care for Comcast Cable.

Report: Operators lose big on social messaging

February 22, 2012 2:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

New estimates from research firm Ovum indicate that consumers' increasing use of IP-based social messaging services on their smartphones cost telecom operators $8.7 billion globally in lost SMS revenues in 2010 and $13.9 billion in 2011.

BendBroadband adds HBO Go, Max Go to TV Everywhere mix

February 21, 2012 3:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has beefed up its recently launched TV Everywhere service with the addition of HBO Go and Max Go.

Comcast provisions health care facility with faster Ethernet

February 21, 2012 3:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services has upgraded Seattle-based health care provider Navos' network infrastructure from a 1.5 Mbps T1 line to its 50 Mbps business-class Ethernet service.

AT&T pressures FCC on Dish build-out

February 21, 2012 3:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T continues to pressure the FCC to force Dish into rapid build-out requirements for its planned mobile broadband network, requirements that the satellite provider has resisted.

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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