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PlayStation network debuts first scripted series

March 9, 2015 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting Tuesday, "Powers" will be free to PlayStation subscribers, with the first episode free to anyone for streaming through the PlayStation Store web site (a PlayStation console is not required). Subsequent episodes will be available for purchase by non-subscribers.

Microsoft unwraps cloud-based video workflow service

March 9, 2015 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Relying on Imagine Communications' Zenium software defined workflow management platform, media companies can use Microsoft's cloud-based services to quickly set up multi-screen delivery.

Bright House to begin offering 300 Mbps tier in Florida

March 6, 2015 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO said it is launching the faster service throughout its full Florida service area -- in Tampa Bay and the Central Florida region. The new tier, which will support maximum upload speeds of 15 Mbps, will be available to all residential customers beginning later this month.

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T-Mobile is buttering up Dish and it might work

March 6, 2015 1:51 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile keeps saying nice things about Dish, which could help pave the way to a Dish-T-Mobile joint bidding agreement going into the 600 MHz incentive auctions. Together, the two might have a much improved shot at winning the low-band spectrum T-Mobile desperately needs.

FCC Counselor: Title II will not be burdensome, so no exemptions

March 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Independent operators are seeking exemption from Title II. That's unlikely, an FCC representative told attendees at the ACA Summit, because the agency believes the cost of compliance will “not be burdensome.”

Broadband subscribership increased in 2014

March 6, 2015 12:37 pm | by Helena Fahnrich | News | Comments

The broadband universe continues to expand, with 3 million new high speed data customers. Cable companies continue to win the vast majority of new subscribers.

Microsoft plans to bridge Xbox and PC video gaming

March 5, 2015 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phil Spencer, head of the company's video game division, detailed Microsoft's plan for game makers to create universal apps that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs with Windows 10, as well as smartphones, tablets and other devices running the forthcoming version of Windows.

AT&T looking to DirecTV to help make TV biz profitable

March 5, 2015 2:49 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Lori Lee, EVP, AT&T Home Solutions, said “Sixty percent of every dollar that we earn in revenue in video goes straight to the content guys and when you think about DirecTV… they pay 20 percent less content cost than we do in U-verse. So that drives a lot of scale immediately."

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Rep. Walden backs legislative fix for network neutrality

March 5, 2015 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Rep. Greg Walden called the FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as a communications service a “total overreach,” and insisted that a legislative approach is the best way to assure that ISPs conform to network neutrality principles.

New Nvidia game system supports 4K TV

March 4, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The console, called Shield, is designed to deliver video – including ultra HD (UHD, aka 4K), music, apps, and games. Although it can deliver video, the company is positioning the product as primarily a game system.

TWC's app now available on the Xbox One

March 4, 2015 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Beginning today, TWC video subscribers who have either a free or paid Xbox Live account will be able to access to 7,000 free and subscription on-demand titles via their game consoles, from any room without an additional set top box.

Edgeware, CSI Digital ally on hosted IP video system

March 4, 2015 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The two are partnering to provide a set of hosted solutions designed to put IP-based video services within the reach of Tier 2s and Tier 3s. The integrated systems will enable smaller cable and telco operators to offer multi-screen delivery of live TV and VOD services.

Cable One bumping up broadband speeds

March 4, 2015 12:37 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Starting next month Cable One plans to start increasing Internet upload and download speeds on its Premier and Ultra plans across the majority of its network. Current subscribers will get free upgrades, and new subscribers will sign on at the new speeds.

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Charter will swoop back in if Comcast-TWC falls through

March 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast remains confident its takeover of Time Warner Cable will be approved, but if the deal fails to get approval, Charter is ready to step back in. Either way, Liberty Global and Liberty Media expect more consolidation deals.

Wheeler Takes Controversial Title II Pitch on the Road

March 3, 2015 1:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

“President Obama and I have both been longtime supporters of net neutrality,” Wheeler said at MWC, arguing that the Internet needs a referee. “Do we have a set of rules that says activities should be reasonable and somebody who can throw the flag if they’re not?” 

Frontier CEO steps down, McCarthy to take over helm

March 3, 2015 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications announced this morning that current president and chief operating officer Daniel McCarthy will succeed Maggie Wilderotter as CEO effective April 3. Wilderotter, the long-time CEO of Frontier, will transition to a new role at Frontier as executive chairman of its board of directors where she will work closely with McCarthy during the transition period.

GPON spending fuels big year for broadband equipment

March 3, 2015 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Robust GPON equipment sales played a key role in driving the worldwide broadband equipment market to a record year in 2014. Spending on broadband aggregation equipment rose 9 percent in 2014, to $8.2 billion, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

Ethernet switch market sets record in 4Q

March 3, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Ethernet switch market reached a high-water mark in revenue and port shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014. Data center and campus markets were key drivers in the record setting fourth quarter.

Google Confirms MVNO Plans, Announcement in "Coming Months"

March 2, 2015 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network operators on developing a cellular plan. He says "you will see us announce it in the coming months."

Trust the market... except when it's wrong

March 2, 2015 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

The market has reacted to the FCC’s plan to reclassify broadband with utter indifference. Needham nonetheless downgraded Time Warner Cable. Other analysts are likely to follow. If the market is wrong, it needs to be show its error.

Broadcom adds upstream analysis tools to DOCSIS CPE chips

March 2, 2015 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Broadcom is in the process of enabling cable operators to perform upstream analysis. Separately, the company has added a pair of gateway chips that include support for both 4K video and MoCA 2.0 connectivity.

Charter re-brands biz services as Spectrum Business

March 2, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had renamed its Charter Business division “Spectrum Business.” The new name for commercial services is now aligned with the residential Charter Spectrum services that were first announced two years ago.

Report: 2014 a record year for DOCSIS channel shipments

March 2, 2015 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Fueled by cable operators’ need for more broadband speed, DOCSIS channel shipments reached record levels last year. According to a report by Infonetics Research, DOCSIS channel shipments were up 114 percent to 4.8 million worldwide.

Wall Street yawns in response Title II

February 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

Aereo assets sold, for a pittance

February 27, 2015 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

And thus ends one of the more interesting technological digressions of recent years. The few assets that Aereo had left were auctioned off and brought in less than $2 million, far, far less than what the defunct company had hoped to reap from the sale.  

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