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Report: Netflix still king of U.S. OTT market

November 1, 2012 2:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite reeling around like a drunken sailor on shore leave when it split up its streaming and mail DVD order services, Netflix is still the reigning champion of the over-the-top market in the United States, according a recent report by ABI Research.

Icahn buys 10 percent stake in Netflix

November 1, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's slumping stock price and weakening financial performance has finally attracted an opportunistic and sometimes nettlesome investor in Carl Icahn. In a regulatory filing, Icahn revealed he had used some of his $14 billion fortune to accumulate a 10 percent stake in Netflix.

In wake of Sandy, Comcast offers free access to Wi-Fi hotspots

October 31, 2012 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is lending a helping hand to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. It owns and operates thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

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MetroPCS 1st op with RCS service on LTE

October 31, 2012 2:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS became the world's first operator to go live with commercially available Rich Communications Services on an LTE network. The service is based on the GSMA RCS 5.0 standard and is being marketed under the GSMA joyn brand. Joyn sports IM-like features.

@ 4G World: Verizon Wireless promotes non-traditional uses for LTE

October 31, 2012 2:09 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LTE gets most of its press from the many flashy consumer devices that it powers, but Praveen Atreya, director of LTE product design and integration for Verizon Wireless, says the real growth for the technology is yet to be realized in a keynote at 4G World.

Shaw to add more Wi-Fi hotspots in Winnipeg

October 31, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has signed an agreement with the city of Winnipeg to offer its Wi-Fi service in more locations across the city, including libraries, arenas, recreation facilities and community centers. The Wi-Fi hotspots can be accessed by Shaw subscribers.

Elemental eases YouTube Live production

October 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies said it has integrated its Elemental Live system with YouTube Live, the video site’s feature that enables the streaming of live events. The integration makes it easier for professional content producers to create and synchronize YouTube Live events.

Syniverse: LTE roaming trials underway

October 31, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The roaming program spans both TD-LTE and FD-LTE. Though the names of the wireless providers participating in the trials have not been released, Clearwire, China Mobile and Softbank are three high-profile TD-LTE operators, while Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint are using FD-LTE.

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Sprint investments in Clearwire limited by Softbank deal

October 30, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Softbank's pending control of Sprint's purse strings could be bad news for Clearwire's ability to tap its largest shareholder for cash. Sprint has been a frequent source of capital for the perennially cash-poor WiMAX operator, having invested billions to fund Clearwire and gain access to its mobile broadband network.

Cable Center elects 3 new board members, realigns focus

October 30, 2012 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The new board members are Paul Cronin, senior vice president of customer experience at Cox Communications; Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs; and Comcast’s Kyle McSlarrow, who was recently named regional vice president of the Mountain Region.

Videotron selects Aurora Networks’ DWDM technology

October 30, 2012 1:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron was already an Aurora customer after deploying the vendor’s “Fiber Deep” architecture in 2008. Cable operators are looking at deploying more Fiber Deep offerings to extend the life of their networks while adding more bandwidth.

Telecoms start checking storm damage

October 30, 2012 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone and cable companies started assessing the damage in the storm-hit areas of the East Coast amid widespread reports of phone outages in flooded areas. Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and AT&T all were affected in the area by Hurricane Sandy.

DLNA doubles up on certification of audio, video systems

October 29, 2012 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Digital Living Network Alliance announced that it has seen a surge in the number of DLNA-certified audio/video (AV) products, along with more than 500 certifications of systems to date. The certifications for products have doubled since 2010.

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Roku search cuts across OTT universe

October 29, 2012 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Roku has updated its guide in the U.S. so that customers can search for content across several of the leading over-the-top sources. The issue is whether their customers – all of the various service providers – want to implement it in the way Roku has.

FCC opens review of T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger

October 29, 2012 1:06 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC kicked off its formal review of T-Mobile USA's merger with MetroPCS when it accepted the companies' application to transfer control of spectrum licenses. The deal will strengthen T-Mobile's position as the country's fourth-largest wireless operator.

Report: IP edge routers help carriers with video, mobility, cloud

October 29, 2012 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Carriers can overcome the triple threat of video, mobility and cloud-based services by making the transition to a more distributed, converged IP edge architecture that utilizes advanced IP edge routers, according to a recent white paper by Infonetics Research.

Bahamas cable company plans Florida expansion

October 29, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cable and Internet provider in the Bahamas says it is planning to expand to the nearby U.S. state of Florida. Cable Bahamas says a $65 million deal would give the Nassau-based company access to millions of potential customers in Florida.

Spectrum sale, increase in data subs drive Comcast’s Q3 results

October 26, 2012 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The sale of spectrum to Verizon Wireless and a 10 percent gain in data subscribers contributed to Comcast more than doubling its third-quarter profit. In its third-quarter earnings report, Comcast’s net income was $2.11 billion, or 78 cents per share.

@ TelcoTV: IPTV is about engaging consumers

October 26, 2012 3:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

For AT&T, the IPTV game right now is about engagement. Customers who interact with their TVs churn at a much lower rate. And 65 percent to 70 percent of AT&T's viewers use a mobile device while they are watching TV several times a week.

Clearwire halves June LTE plans as growth falters

October 26, 2012 3:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire has dramatically reduced the number of TD-LTE cell sites it plans to have on air by next summer amid declines in its wholesale business and listless retail growth. The operator will now install just 2,000 TD-LTE base stations by the end of June 2013, less than half of the 5,000 it previously planned to roll out.

Time Warner Cable names 3 AVPs for NYC service area

October 26, 2012 3:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has firmed up its leadership team in the company’s New York City service area with the recent appointments of three area vice presidents. As new area vice presidents, Brien Kelley, Gregg Cory and Anthony Ontiveros report to John Quigley, regional vice president of operations for New York City.

Ericsson’s Q3 weighed down by overseas sales slump

October 26, 2012 3:24 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson's third-quarter results took a hit as weak sales in Asia, the European financial crisis and its loss-making chip venture weighed down earnings. The Swedish infrastructure vendor saw sales slip 2 percent year-over-year to $8.12 billion, as declines in its key networks business offset gains in its services and support units.

Samsung’s Q3 continues rapid growth; cautions on Q4

October 26, 2012 3:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Samsung’s third-quarter profit jumped 91 percent to $5.97 billion on strong sales of the company’s Galaxy smartphones, but the company cautioned that things could slow in the holiday quarter. The division that produces Samsung’s high-end smartphone devices accounted for almost 70 percent of operating profit for the quarter.

Apple's $8.2B profit disappoints Wall Street

October 26, 2012 3:14 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple's fiscal fourth-quarter financials couldn't keep pace with Wall Street's expectations. The company's stock fell to just over $600 on sales of 14 million iPads and a net profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share. Analysts had been expecting $8.3 billion in profits and sales of 15 million iPads.

VeriSign’s Q3 profit rises on higher revenue

October 26, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VeriSign, which registers domain names on the Internet, said its third-quarter profit rose 32 percent, topping expectations. But it said that the U.S. Commerce Department might not finish reviewing the company's registry agreement before it expires.

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