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Details on PlayStation Vue, comparison with Sling TV

March 25, 2015 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's new PlayStation Vue online TV service launched in three cities last week with more than 50 channels starting at $50. Additional channels can be had for $10 to $20 more, and the service comes . . .

Oregon Senate to vote on tax break for Internet companies

March 25, 2015 11:52 am | by Johnathan J. Cooper, AP writer | News | Comments

The Oregon Senate expects to vote Tuesday on a bill giving tax breaks to Internet providers and companies that own data centers, the measure's sponsor said Monday. The bill is a response to an . . .

Salt Lake City will soon offer Google's high-speed Internet

March 25, 2015 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Salt Lake City will soon join a handful of U.S. cities in offering high-speed internet service through Google Fiber. Mayor Ralph Becker made the announcement on Tuesday at The Leonardo museum. Google . . .

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Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes

March 24, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company is joining forces with a tech startup to harness computing power to heat homes in the Netherlands. Eneco, a Dutch-based energy company with more than 2 million customers, said . . .

FTC preparing to protect consumers from the Internet of Things

March 24, 2015 1:14 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Monday announced it's expanding its scope to protect consumers as new connected technologies come to market.

First legal challenges filed against FCC's Internet plans

March 24, 2015 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The lawsuits challenging the FCC’s recent Internet activities have started to trickle in. Two suits challenge the Commission’s Open Internet plan. Another aims to block the agency from nullifying two specific state laws that restrict the expansion of municipal broadband networks.

Internet video - free or fee?

March 24, 2015 12:32 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting . . .

Schmidt: Google Still Working on Google Glass

March 23, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google hasn't taken its eye of Google Glass and is still working to bring the controversial wearable to market.  

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AT&T's Project VIP dropped $1.8B in Missouri

March 23, 2015 2:25 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

From 2012 to 2014 AT&T has invested over $ 1.8 billion in its Missouri wired and wireless network as a part of its project velocity IP (VIP) investment plan.  

Antietem joins the broadband overage crowd

March 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Antietam Cable will begin charging its broadband customers overage fees when they exceed their monthly data allocations, in what is now a common practice.  

Euro carriers accelerate DSL to 170 Mbps

March 23, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telefonica, BT, and Orange, have wrapped lab trials of G.fast technology, in which they were able to accelerate DSL on local loops to 170 Mbps. BT is about to move into field trials, and a group of companies is looking to adapt the technology for cellular backhaul.

Canada orders MSOs to offer pick-and-pay options

March 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The CRTC has backed off a plan to order Canadian MVPDs to offer their subscribers full a la carte choice, and instead has ordered Canadian operators to establish basic service bundles that can be supplemented with additional tiers.

HBO, Sony looking to skirt network neutrality

March 20, 2015 1:17 pm | News | Comments

In the media: HBO, Showtime, and Sony are all proposing to pay MVPDs to have their services prioritized as they are distributed, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today. The trick would be to call this something other than "paid prioritization."

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HomeGrid Forum tabs new prez

March 20, 2015 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The HomeGrid Forum has elected Donna Yasay as its new president. Yasay is business development director at Marvell Semiconductor, one of HomeGrid’s promoter members.

Atlantic Broadband pitches in on Miami centennial

March 19, 2015 2:15 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The cable operator will support eight Wi-Fi hot spots throughout Miami, and will also install fiber optics within the festival area in order to televise live footage from the “Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach Global Music Festival.”

AT&T, Verizon to litigate Title II through industry organizations

March 19, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and Verizon will likely allows others to fight the upcoming court battle against the FCC's new Open Internet rules. 

Startup claims to fix delays on wireless networks

March 19, 2015 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Twin Prime, a startup that claims to be able to accelerate content delivery on the last mile of cellular networks, pulled out of stealth mode with a $9.5 million round of funding, including an investment from GigaOm founder Om Malik.

ViaSat, Boeing prep satellite-based broadband system

March 19, 2015 12:52 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

ViaSat and Boeing have announced a global satellite broadband network, the ViaSat Flexible Broadband System. The venture is meant to enable regional operators around the world to offer broadband services.

PlayStationVue is live, for $50 to $70

March 18, 2015 2:32 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Sony released its cloud-based TV service PlayStation Vue today, with programming bundles that range from $50 to $60 to $70 per month -- roughly what traditional MVPDs charge.

Comcast trialing DOCSIS 3.1 modulation scheme

March 18, 2015 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Not waiting for hardware based on new DOCSIS 3.1 silicon, Comcast has begun testing orthogonal frequency division multiplexing technology in field trials in its networks.

The new TV world: can you really save money?

March 18, 2015 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers want to be able to choose the channels they pay for. The industry is responding with smaller bundles and a few direct-to-consumer services, such as HBO Now. But that approach is shaping up to cost consumers more money, not less.

Imagine unveils single system for live and on-demand content delivery

March 18, 2015 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Imagine Communications' CloudXtream enables the delivery not only of VOD and cloud DVR (cDVR), but also live video. Its capabilities include dynamic ad insertion, packaging, encoding, transcoding, storage management and cloud orchestration.

Comcast to help build Braves' new ballpark

March 18, 2015 11:48 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has partnered with the Atlanta Braves on a development that will include a new stadium and a nine-story office tower for Comcast that will include two datacenters.

Sling TV arrives on Xbox

March 17, 2015 2:38 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

At the same time the OTT service said it will expand its core package by the end of March with A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime, all A+E Networks. The core package will remain at $20.

Wheeler: no secret orders from the White House

March 17, 2015 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

Is anybody waiting for the day when the merits of Title II regulation are debated? The news today is that if you are, you’re going to be waiting longer still. But Congress has got conspiracies to address, so let's get to it.

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