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Comcast Gigabit Pro at $300? Not so fast...

May 12, 2015 1:02 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast last night posted a set of web pages that said its Gigabit Pro service will be priced at $299 per month, but subsequently removed the information. Comcast announced the 2 Gbps last month, but still hasn't priced it.

Verizon buying AOL in latest mobile video push

May 12, 2015 11:55 am | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The deal comes as Verizon prepares an Over-the-Top (OTT) mobile video service for launch this summer. Verizon says combining with AOL will allow the companies to create a scaled, mobile-first platform for advertising and give Verizon access to AOL’s large digital content portfolio.

Using CCAP to ensure the spectrum bump doesn’t turn into a mountain

May 11, 2015 7:18 pm | by Dan Dodson and Michael Rogombe-Williams, IBB Consulting | Articles | Comments

With CCAP, operators can make balanced, gradual progress, rather than step-by-step movement toward IP video. By rebalancing VOD and DOCSIS “uses” within a single CCAP service group and using CCAP to manage spectrum one channel at a time, cable operators will gain more precise spectrum control.

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Charter hits the banks, adds to war chest

May 11, 2015 2:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter has met with banks to put together a debt package ranging between $25 billion and $30 billion. The move would strengthen its financial position should it succeed in its suit of Bright House Networks, or should it launch a new bid for Time Warner Cable – or both.

Dish loses video subs in Q1, blames carriage problems

May 11, 2015 2:21 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Dish ended Q1 of 2015 with 13.844 million pay TV subscribers having lost 253,000 compared to the previous year’s Q1. The company said the losses were from expired programming carriage contracts that resulted in a higher pay TV churn rate and a decrease in gross new pay TV subscribers.

FCC rejects requests for stay of Title II implementation

May 11, 2015 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC flatly rejected petitions for a stay that would have prevented the Commission’s reclassification of broadband under Title II to take effect on June 12. Those who petitioned the FCC for a stay are expected to now turn to U.S. Courts directly for a stay.

FCC loses Court battle that was holding up AT&T-DirecTV merger review

May 8, 2015 7:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

A Federal Appeals Court found concrete definition in the enigmatic and unexplained, only to be confronted with synonyms that had no strict legal definition. So it parsed those words with all the discrimination of a teenager choosing from among similar shades of red nail polish, all to determine the FCC had violated its own policies, thus committing a substantive procedural flaw.

Deluxe scores business with Charter and with Shaw

May 8, 2015 2:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter is working with Deluxe OnDemand to expand premium titles and device support for CharterTV, the MSO’s TV Everywhere application. Shaw , meanwhile, will rely on Deluxe’s VOD management solution.

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AT&T dismisses Netflix objections to DirecTV merger

May 8, 2015 1:50 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T argued against Netflix’s claim that AT&T’s merger with DirecTV is harmful to online video distributors, and claimed “economic realities” would prevent AT&T from degrading service to customers. 

Bright House becomes a jump ball in merger mania

May 8, 2015 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Regardless of who buys whom, Bright House is now inarguably in play. Who ends up with the company – or even if the company does not merge with anyone – is entirely up in the air.

Candidate Fiorina stumps against FCC, Congress meddling

May 7, 2015 9:31 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Fiorina slammed the FCC's Open Internet rules and Title II classification of broadband, but advocated against the cable industry's preferred fix, for Congress to take the reins.

Facing a hostile crowd at INTX, Wheeler stands firm

May 7, 2015 9:25 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC Chairman's promise to fix the broken retransmission consent rules wasn't nearly enough to mollify a crowd of cable operators still furious about Title II reclassification of broadband and the FCC's role in the dissolution of the Comcast-Time Warner deal.

Dolan suggests Cablevision merger with Time Warner Cable

May 6, 2015 9:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Not five minutes after taking the stage at the INTX general session today, Cablevision CEO James Dolan knocked the entire industry completely off balance by doing everything but explicitly asking Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus to buy Cablevision.

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Suddenlink prepping headends for 1 Gbps broadband

May 6, 2015 10:27 am | by Brian Santo, @ | News | Comments

Suddenlink has begun installing Arris’ E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER), in preparation for a migration to DOCSIS 3.1 and the rollout of gigabit broadband services.

Cisco starts shipping a CCAP system

May 6, 2015 9:47 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cisco said it has begun commercial shipments of its new  cBR-8  converged cable access platform. The CCAP system allows broadband operators full DOCSIS 3.1 capabilities, and delivers both full spectrum video convergence and SDN.

Comcast vows that customer service is now job one

May 5, 2015 8:05 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

At a posh, newly remodeled flagship storefront that has yet to open to the public, Comcast announced a number of new initiatives to improve customer service, and had on display several others that have been in the works for some time.

Comcast announces sleek new gateways for 2016

May 5, 2015 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Updated from INTX: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts revealed a line of gateways with a swanky new soft-edged polyhedral design; the official launch of its voice-based remote control; and a set of relationships with companies making automated home products.

DirecTV adds 60K subs in US in Q1

May 5, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV said it added 60,000 net subscribers in the U.S. market during the quarter, or 48,000 more than it added in last year's first quarter. Total enrollment in its largest market climbed about 1 percent to 20.4 million.

Handful of MSOs offering Hulu directly

May 5, 2015 10:36 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mediacom has cut deals to make both Netflix and Hulu directly available to its customers. Hulu entered similar deals with Armstrong, Atlantic Broadband, Mediacom Communications, Midcontinent Communications and WOW!

Meerkat wins Mayweather-Pacquiao match

May 4, 2015 5:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The match popped up, unauthorized, on new services like Twitter's Periscope and Meerkat, where people used the video function on their smartphones to relay the broadcast directly to the Internet.

Wheeler confident FCC will beat Title II lawsuits

May 4, 2015 3:07 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

"I said all along, the big dogs are going to sue," Wheeler said during an interview at TechCrunch's Disrupt New York event that was broadcast online. "There's nothing surprising about that." 

Cablevision holds steady in Q1

May 4, 2015 2:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision’s net revenue in the first quarter grew 2.5 percent to $1.61 billion compared to last year’s first quarter net revenue, which was reported at $ 1.58 billion.

Cable operations pace Comcast's Q1

May 4, 2015 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Shrugging off the aborted takeover of Time Warner Cable, Comcast turns in a solid Q1, paced by broadband additions and the enthusiastic reception to the X1 platform.

Telcos ask FCC for stay on Title II

May 1, 2015 3:01 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Several organizations from the telco sector have petitioned the FCC for a stay on its Open Internet Order, which reclassifies broadband as a communications service subject to Title II regulation.  

TWC turns in best ever quarter, operations-wise

May 1, 2015 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable turned in one of its most impressive quarters in terms of subscriber metrics in a very long time, as the rumor mill spun crazily about the company’s options now that Comcast has given up its takeover attempt.

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