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Start-up to focus on 2nd screen opportunities

August 2, 2012 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Backed by Technicolor, Magic Ruby will leverage Technicolor technology to create stronger ties between the TV and handheld devices used as companion devices.

AT&T to acquire NextWave

August 2, 2012 2:07 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced it is acquiring NextWave Wireless to expand capacity for its LTE deployments using the company’s WCS and AWS spectrum.

Reimagining data, content in an all-IP world

August 2, 2012 2:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The drying up of SMS and voice revenues is hastening the need for carriers to radically reinvent their businesses.

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Sony's loss grows; it cuts earnings forecast

August 2, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's red ink worsened in the April-June quarter and it lowered its full-year earnings forecast as it battles a strong yen and declining sales of liquid-crystal display TVs and video game machines.

Comcast staunches flow of basic video losses in Q2; broadband flourishes

August 1, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the seventh consecutive quarter, Comcast has reduced the rate of its basic video subscribers losses, while overall second-quarter net profit increased 32 percent, thanks in part to new broadband subscribers.

BlackArrow targets addressable ads with SIS offering

August 1, 2012 2:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

BlackArrow has fleshed out its advanced advertising arsenal with the addition of its Subscriber Information Service product.

Roku announces partners for Roku Stick

August 1, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

More than half a dozen CE manufacturers and retailers have signed on to provide products that will work with Roku’s forthcoming plug-in.

Cable Bahamas picks UXP’s MINT Platform for multi-screen services

August 1, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable Bahamas has tabbed UXP Systems’ Multiscreen Interaction (MINT) Platform for an upcoming market trial on personalized, multi-screen video, voice and messaging services.

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Verizon fined $1.25M for blocking tethering apps

August 1, 2012 2:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is paying $1.25 million to settle a complaint that it violated FCC regulations by blocking tethering applications for some of its smartphone users

SCTE debuts 2 energy standards

July 31, 2012 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SCTE 184 establishes recommended practices for energy management, while SCTE 186 defines common environmental and sustainability requirements for equipment within those facilities.

Survey: Cisco edges Motorola for IP set-top box satisfaction

July 31, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent survey of the hybrid, IP-based set-top box sector, operators gave Cisco a slight edge over Motorola.

Report: TV Everywhere on the cusp of breakout year

July 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Everywhere services could start to help reduce churn and increase revenues.

Allot grabs Oversi for $16M

July 31, 2012 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Allot expects the Oversi product portfolio to complement its Allot Service Gateway; the combined product set will enable both video optimization and caching.

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Oracle to buy Xsigo Systems

July 31, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker Oracle has agreed to buy networking technology company Xsigo Systems for an undisclosed sum.

Comcast tunes up 1st usage-based broadband trial in Nashville

July 30, 2012 1:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast will implement a new usage-based broadband policy that could result in a charge of $10 for 50 additional gigabytes each time subscribers use more than their monthly allotment of 300 GB.

Survey: One-third of cable cord cutters won’t come back

July 30, 2012 1:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent survey, 33 percent of cord cutters would not return to cable operators’ embrace, even if the cost for the video service was drastically reduced.

FCC, S.D. utilities split on broadband fund reforms

July 30, 2012 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadband Internet access should start reaching more rural parts of the country after the Federal Communications Commission retooled a fund that has traditionally subsidized rural phone service.

Olympic viewing: NBC critics loud on social media

July 30, 2012 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast’s broadcast unit was all geared up to stream much of the Olympics. Did it set expectations too high, or is it just screwing up?

In the media: Comcast to pay $170M to explain Xfinity brand

July 27, 2012 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast seeks to better define Xfinity branding during Olympic spots.

Clearwire loses customers in Q2, mulls 'strategic' deals

July 27, 2012 12:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire's executives say they are continuing to evaluate selling off spectrum or partnering with another company after losing both wholesale and retail customers in the second quarter.

Google to offer KC ultra-fast Internet for $70 a month

July 27, 2012 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google revealed what it will charge for its long-awaited, ultra-fast Internet service in Kansas City: $70 per month.

U.S. program to boost rural broadband in Va., W.Va., Mont., Alaska

July 27, 2012 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is targeting money toward boosting access to high-speed Internet to rural Americans.

Consumer Reports: Vudu’s streaming service tops Netflix for customer satisfaction

July 27, 2012 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netflix rules the roost when it comes to the overall number of streaming subscribers, but Vudu’s service came out ahead in a recent survey by Consumer Reports.

Galaxy phones drive Samsung to record profit again

July 27, 2012 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung reported another record-high quarterly profit as customers flocked to Galaxy smartphones, helping it outdo rivals at a challenging time for the global tech industry.

Tales from decrypt

July 26, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Just when the FCC was ready to consider lifting the ban on encryption for cable’s basic tier, along came Boxee throwing a wrench into the works.

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