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Bewkes nixes selling HBO by itself – for now

September 21, 2012 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On its own, HBO might cost U.S. consumers in the range of $10 to $15 a month, but TV distributors usually bundle the offering together with other packages that include 100 channels or more, which can raise one's monthly bill well above $100.

Comcast connects Polartec employees with Ethernet-powered VPN

September 21, 2012 1:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Polartec is a high-tech fabrics manufacturer. With employees and office locations around the world, Polartec used a VPN to keep track of company-related systems and data while also tracking inbound and outbound orders with its partners.

Apple loses German patent case vs. Samsung, Motorola

September 21, 2012 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A German court has dismissed Apple's claim that Samsung Electronics and Google's Motorola Mobility infringed patents used in touchscreen devices. The Mannheim state court's ruling Friday follows similar decisions in Britain and the Netherlands.


100G migrations accelerating

September 20, 2012 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With video constituting an ever-larger percentage of growing worldwide data traffic, communications companies are accelerating the migration to 100 gigabit transmission on backbones and metro area networks. There have been a lot of recent announcements in the U.S.

Game on: Shaw launches TV Everywhere service with HBO content

September 20, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The new multi-screen service – which currently works with Apple iOS devices, including the new iPhone 5 – is called Shaw Go. Once Shaw cable and Shaw Direct satellite subscribers authenticate themselves, they can access HBO Canada and Movie Central programming on Internet-connected devices.

AT&T buys San Diego WCS spectrum

September 20, 2012 2:05 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T continued its WCS shopping spree with the purchase of two licenses in San Diego, a key market in California. The spectrum will be used to supplement AT&T's LTE network in the California market, where competitor Verizon Wireless has already launched LTE.

MetroPCS: LTE customers nearing 1M

September 20, 2012 2:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist said that the prepaid provider has nearly 1 million LTE customers, a number that places one out of every nine customers on its mobile broadband network. Linquist said it at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York.

Liberty Global to buy rest of Telenet for $2.56B

September 20, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberty Global wants to buy the rest of Belgian cable TV provider Telenet Group Holding for about $2.56 billion. Liberty Global has been the Belgian cable provider's controlling shareholder since 2007 and owns 50.4 percent of Telenet's outstanding shares.


Synacor teams up with Comcast Spotlight for local ads

September 19, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Everywhere and Web portal vendor Synacor has joined forces with Comcast Spotlight, which is the advertising division for Comcast Cable, to provide a single point of contact for local online ads. Comcast Spotlight can now sell its advertising inventory on the Web portals that Synacor manages for cable operators.

Study: Despite Internet, global pay-TV subs to grow 5% this year

September 19, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite the threat of Internet video, coupled with a decline in the North American pay-TV market, global pay-TV subscribers will increase 5 percent this year to 858.1 million. The Asian-Pacific market, which is expected to add more than 27 million pay-TV subscribers this year, will drive the key growth area.

Sprint iDEN replacement hits 1M customer mark

September 19, 2012 1:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint said the push-to-talk service that is replacing its outgoing iDEN network now has more than 1 million customers. The announcement came just after AT&T said it planned to launch its upgraded PTT service, a product aimed squarely at attracting Sprint customers migrating off iDEN.

Legere appointed as new T-Mobile CEO

September 19, 2012 1:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom announced that it has appointed John Legere as the new CEO of its T-Mobile USA business unit. Legere succeeds Jim Alling, who has served as interim CEO since Philipp Humm abruptly left his post as CEO of T-Mobile. Legere is the former CEO of Global Crossing.

Comcast updates wireless gateway; 305 launches in Northeast

September 18, 2012 3:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris and SMC Networks made the previous versions of the Xfinity Wireless Gateway, but Technicolor has been added into the mix. The gateway that Technicolor built for Comcast is available to Comcast customers who subscribe to its Performance, Blast, Extreme 50 and Extreme 105 data tiers.


Time Warner Cable sheds stake in Clearwire

September 18, 2012 3:35 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable plans to shed its entire 7.8 percent stake in Clearwire. The cable company's exit from the WiMAX provider came shortly after it finished selling its AWS spectrum to Verizon Wireless. The deal allowed Time Warner Cable to resell Verizon's cellular service.

Bright House boosting backbone to 100G

September 18, 2012 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bright House will upgrade to the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) to expand its network capacity, improve spectral efficiency and lower the cost per bit of optical transport by capitalizing on the platform’s ability to deliver 100G-per-second bandwidth on each of 88 channels.

UXP upgrades its multi-screen platform

September 18, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Mint version 2.5 includes extended abstraction for services leveraging a variety of authentication protocols, including OAuth, SAML, LDAP, and an integrated Presence engine to support companion devices and interactive and blended real-time experiences.

Grim analyst report delivers latest hit to Netflix

September 18, 2012 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's stock slid nearly 6 percent amid the latest round of investor concerns about the video subscription service's ability to make money and retain customers as it grapples with higher licensing costs and tougher competition from the likes of Amazon and Comcast.

Comcast’s VoiceEdge now available in California

September 17, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced this morning that its cloud-based VoIP service for businesses, Comcast Business VoiceEdge, is now available across some of its California footprint. Comcast first launched the service in March and expects to have it fully deployed by the end of this year.

BendBroadband deploys Arris’ Alpha iPad app

September 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Working in conjunction with Arris, BendBroadband has launched a free iPad application that allows its subscribers to browse channel listings while watching live TV and to control their DVR settings and recordings on the go. The Alpha app is available through iTunes.

Arris’ SDV touches down in South Korea

September 17, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris’ switched digital video platform has made its first landing in South Korea with independent cable operator Areum Broadcasting Network (ABN). ABM will use the reclaimed bandwidth from SDV to offer more HD, as well as improve the clarity of its HD channels, and more VOD programming.

Xilinx buys Modesat for backhaul expertise

September 17, 2012 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Modesat, based in Estonia but with operations in Sunnyvale, Calif., designs FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) and ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits). The company has products for the TDM, SDH/SONET and Ethernet markets.

Commissioner: FCC has 'fallen behind' on spectrum promises

September 17, 2012 1:49 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said the agency has "fallen behind" on a 2010 pledge to free up spectrum for the wireless industry. "The Commission has fallen behind schedule in meeting the goals set forth in the National Broadband Plan," Pai said before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

House hearing set on FCC's handling of LightSquared

September 17, 2012 1:46 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

House lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on the FCC's management of LightSquared's botched attempt to build an LTE network. The Commission has been criticized for granting LightSquared a waiver for the service, only to block the company from moving forward with its plan because of problems with GPS interference.

Cox celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 17, 2012 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications is honoring Hispanic Heritage Month by offering culturally relevant programming through video-on-demand and on the Music Choice network, as well as by launching a new Spanish-language page on its Internet safety website.

Comcast TV Everywhere scorecard: 1.5B and counting

September 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With the fall TV season underway, Comcast issued a press release touting its TV Everywhere capabilities, which now includes a Web portal just for the fall shows, but what was notable in the release was that so far this year, Comcast said its Xfinity TV customers have already watched and streamed approximately 1.5 billion TV Everywhere shows across on-demand, online and apps.

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