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DirecTV offers room service with a twist

March 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

DirecTV has developed a TV service for the hospitality industry that aims to induce hotel guests to use the TVs in their rooms rather than access their OTT services via wi-fi, thereby relieving hotel operators’ overburdened wi-fi systems.

Four out of five households choose HD

March 16, 2015 12:47 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Four out of five of households (81 percent) surveyed in the U.S. now currently have at least one HDTV. This showed a steep increase since 2011 as 46 percent of households possessed at least one during that time.

OTT video providers losing money to cord cheating

March 13, 2015 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The percentage of people sharing access to their subscriptions to OTT services ranges from 10 percent to 25 percent, The Diffusion Group has found, which means a lot of companies are forsaking a lot of potential revenue.

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Charter in talks to buy Bright House

March 12, 2015 9:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications is in talks to acquire Bright House Networks. If the two pull the trigger, the deal could be worth over $10 billion, and increase Charter's video subscriber base by half again.

Cuba allows rare taste of free public Wi-Fi

March 12, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cuba has allowed the launch of the island's first known free, public and officially sanctioned Internet service at a Havana cultural center that quietly began offering open Wi-Fi in recent weeks.

Vanguard Award class of 2015 announced

March 12, 2015 2:17 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Kevin Hyman executive vice president of operations at Bright House Networks, and Jim Blackley, executive vice president of engineering and information technology at Charter Communications are among this year's honorees.

FCC publishes Open Internet Order

March 12, 2015 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has finally published its order reclassifying broadband as a Title II service under the Communications Act – the Open Internet Order. Commissioner Pai’s dissent from the decision charges that the action itself violates the Communications Act.

AT&T: DirecTV will give us new leverage with content providers

March 11, 2015 2:25 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T CFO John Stephens, speaking at a Deutsche Bank conference, said one of the synergies from the DirecTV deal will be AT&T’s enhanced leverage with content providers.

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Comcast enrolls record number of Internet Essentials subscribers

March 11, 2015 1:20 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In the last six months, Comcast has added 90,000 accounts to its Internet Essentials plan, which makes broadband available at more affordable rates for low-income customers. The company said the recent additions set a new six-month enrollment record for the program.

ACA to FCC: help us reduce rising program costs

March 10, 2015 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The ACA has petitioned the FCC to make it easier for its members to collectively bargain with programmers, which the organization argues will help smaller operators maintain margins, in turn giving them greater latitude to extend and improve broadband services.

HBO's streaming service available only through Apple TV

March 9, 2015 4:50 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

HBO Now will be $14.99 a month (as many people guessed), it will be available in time for the Game of Thrones season premiere, but if you want to see it on your big screen TV, it will be available only on Apple TV boxes -- for now.

Metroplex targets Texas companies with symmetrical broadband

March 9, 2015 1:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Texas-based communications company is attempting to entice businesses in Addison, a suburb of Dallas, with fiber-based communications services that happen to be symmetrical.

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.

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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.

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."

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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