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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.

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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.

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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.

YouTube enlists big-name help to redefine channels

February 21, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube is enlisting Hollywood's help to reach a generation of viewers more familiar with smartphones than TV remotes.

Netflix reaches multi-year movie deal with Weinstein

February 21, 2012 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix says it will stream certain movies from The Weinstein Co., including "The Artist," under an exclusive licensing agreement.

LightSquared misses $56M Inmarsat payment

February 21, 2012 3:05 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared, still reeling from the FCC's decision to block its wireless network, has withheld a $56.25 million payment to Inmarsat for use of the company's L-band satellite spectrum.

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BlueHighways TV signs carriage agreement with NCTC

February 21, 2012 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BlueHighways TV has inked a multi-year carriage agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative that will make the network available to the NCTC's nearly 1,000 member cable operators.

Youth shaping future of online TV, movies, music

February 21, 2012 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Young people want their music, TV and movies now – even if it means they get these things illegally.

Cable might cut ties with Clearwire

February 17, 2012 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clearwire warns its partnership with Comcast and Time Warner Cable is threatened by the MSOs' new relationship with Verizon Wireless.

Brightcove shares soar on 1st day of Nasdaq trading

February 17, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brightcove's shares are surging in their first day of trading on the Nasdaq exchange.

U.S. Cellular plans new 14-state LTE launch

February 17, 2012 2:34 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular pulled back the curtain on its new LTE markets with a round of deployments to span cities in 14 states.

Insider trading charges brought against Broadband Research prez

February 17, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

John Kinnucan of Portland, Ore., is awaiting an initial court appearance in Oregon. The president of Broadband Research LLC was arrested at his residence.

Comcast wraps up Xfinity Home launch in Freedom Region

February 16, 2012 3:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast's Freedom Region, which serves 2.1 million customers in greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern Delaware, has completed the launch of Xfinity Home across its entire footprint.

Time Warner Cable closes in on streaming to Android devices

February 16, 2012 3:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is close to rolling out streaming television to Android devices with the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system.

Clearwire boasts strong Q4; weakness ahead

February 16, 2012 3:18 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire posted some rosy fourth-quarter numbers, but a spike in churn and a weaker-than-expected forecast indicate the company is not out of the weeds just yet.

Comcast ups Avgiris to EVP, GM of data group

February 16, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has promoted Cathy Avgiris to executive vice president and general manager of the data and communications group, where she will lead the rollout of the joint bundle offerings with Verizon Wireless.

CTIA applauds tax cut continuation act

February 16, 2012 3:14 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA is happy that lawmakers have agreed to extend the payroll tax cut because it includes a provision to auction off airwaves and give its members access to precious spectrum.

NewNet sees opportunity in WiMAX

February 16, 2012 3:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

NewNet's announcement that it has officially closed an acquisition of Nokia Siemens' WiMAX business (originally Motorola's WiMAX business) is a reminder that the technology might still afford a healthy business opportunity, although not perhaps as a strictly consumer-facing mobility solution.

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