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Humax gateway leverages new SeaChange software

January 10, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The South Korean box maker hopes to break into the U.S. cable market in a big way with a deluxe gateway with eight tuners, DOCSIS 3.0, and support for DLNA and MoCA.

Hollywood's UltraViolet to make its way to TVs

January 10, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Flixster, a unit of Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros., said that its app will be available on Panasonic televisions and Blu-ray players that use its Viera Connect system of connecting to the Internet.

FCC plans Lifeline overhaul, broadband subsidies

January 10, 2012 2:49 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A federal program that provides discounts on landline and wireless phone service for low-income households is slated for a major overhaul under a plan announced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

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Netflix unveils video service in U.K., Ireland

January 10, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's Internet video service made its debut in the United Kingdom and Ireland Monday as part of a previously announced expansion that is expected to saddle the company with its first annual loss in a decade.

@ CES: TVs you can talk to, without sounding crazy

January 10, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Talking to the TV is usually a sign of extreme agitation, mental instability or loneliness. TV manufacturers are set to make it a more rational behavior, with a range of sets that respond to speech.

AT&T boasts LTE; Sprint, Verizon debut LTE devices

January 10, 2012 2:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's annual developer conference kicked off in Las Vegas with a series of executive keynotes that focused on its budding LTE network.

@ CES: Ballmer, Microsoft keynote a farewell to CES

January 10, 2012 2:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer delivered his company's final keynote at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

High court weighs policy against curse words on TV

January 10, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is considering whether government regulators may still police the airwaves for curse words and other coarse content at a time when so many Americans have unregulated cable television and the Internet is awash in easily accessible adult material.

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SeaChange gateway software supports QAM, IP delivery

January 9, 2012 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

SeaChange International announced new gateway software that it designed to support service providers' transition from QAM-based video to IP-based video.

Amino debuts Intel Atom-based hybrid gateway

January 9, 2012 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Amino is set to introduce a hybrid media gateway based on Intel's 32nm Atom chip for consumer electronics at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

Motorola throws its support behind G.hn

January 9, 2012 2:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company is the most consumer-oriented of the standard's supporters thus far, heartening the standard's other backers.

LG: TVs you can talk to, without sounding crazy

January 9, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Talking to the TV is usually a sign of extreme agitation, mental instability or loneliness. LG Electronics is set to make it a more rational behavior, with a range of TVs that respond to speech.

Analysts: Gadget sales to top $1T in 2012

January 9, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Developing countries like China and India will drive global sales of consumer electronics above $1 trillion for the first time, even as cash-strapped shoppers in the U.S. and Western Europe ease off spending for high-tech gear.

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Cox Business hooks up college football fans in New Orleans

January 6, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has got college football fans' backs during the BCS Championship Game between LSU and Alabama at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Sprint LTE set for launch in 10 markets

January 6, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to turn on its LTE service in 10 markets before the middle of this year, including Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

AT&T adds 11 new LTE markets

January 6, 2012 2:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced today that it has expanded its LTE service to 11 new markets, bringing the total to 26 markets covering 74 million points of presence (POP).

Kit Digital picks up Sezmi assets, clients for $27M

January 6, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sezmi has been purchased by Kit Digital for about $27 million in stock and cash. Both companies specialize in cloud-based multi-screen delivery, notably with capabilities to distribute video on LTE wireless networks.

Mao to take the reins at Ubee Interactive

January 6, 2012 2:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ubee Interactive said its executive chairman, Robert Y. L. Mao, will add the title of president upon the retirement of the company's CEO, Yuan-Hao Lin.

Shaw signs deal to provide voice service in Calgary

January 6, 2012 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Shaw Business has inked a three-year deal with the city of Calgary to provide local telephone services and advanced custom 311 configurations over its fiber network.

Leap mulls LTE tie-up with Sprint

January 6, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International is "very willing" to consider extending its current wholesale deal with Sprint for 3G service to LTE, CEO Doug Hutcheson said.

Report: iPhone 4S tops even iPad in data consumption

January 6, 2012 2:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The iPhone 4S is the most data-hungry device in the land, according to a new study from Arieso, which showed that iPhone 4S users gobble up twice as much data as iPhone 4 users and three times as much as iPhone 3G users. Perhaps even more surprising was that the iPhone 4S actually uses more data than even the iPad.

The 'CES curse'?

January 6, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. It's quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.

Charter adds Turner Networks to TV Everywhere fold

January 5, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter's TV Everywhere platform received a big boost with the recent addition of video content, both online and via mobile apps, from Turner Entertainment Networks.

Disney and Comcast reach a long-term deal

January 5, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Walt Disney Co. reached a long-term agreement with the nation's largest TV signal provider, Comcast, that extends their partnership into the next decade.

Knology gives the gift of D3 to Dothan data subs

January 5, 2012 2:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Knology officially launched its DOCSIS 3.0 wideband tiers in its Dothan, Ala., system, with no additional charges to its subscribers in the area.

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