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Lake County's broadband effort in Minn. rankles private co.

July 23, 2012 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The project can't succeed without taking the majority of Mediacom's customers.

DirecTV customers: Sponge Bob is back

July 20, 2012 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom and the satellite TV service provider have settled a dispute that had cut off access to 17 Viacom channels for DirecTV subscribers.

Google's Q2 earnings rise as clicks on ads soar

July 20, 2012 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is getting even better at showing online ads to the right people at the right time. That enabled the Internet search leader to hit analysts' earnings target for the second quarter.

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Microsoft reports 1st loss as public company

July 20, 2012 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft posted its first quarterly loss in its 26 years as a public company as it declared a struggling online ad business a bust and prepared for one of the biggest product updates in its history.

U.S. venture funding falls 12% in Q2 to $7B

July 20, 2012 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Funding for start-ups fell 12 percent in the April-June period as U.S. venture capitalists poured less money into fewer deals than a year earlier.

In the media: Comcast teeing up 305 Mbps tier

July 20, 2012 10:57 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an answering salvo to Verizon’s 300 Mbps data tier, Comcast is reportedly laying the groundwork for a 305 Mbps tier that will launch in Verizon FiOS markets.

Verizon’s broadband adds fewest in 4 years

July 19, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Solid subscriber growth of FiOS Internet barely compensates for DSL losses; FiOS TV grows, as well.

Comcast launches online Learning Center for Internet Essentials

July 19, 2012 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is augmenting its low-cost Internet Essentials broadband tier with an enhanced online Learning Center.

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Google to make fiber announcement next week

July 19, 2012 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is planning an announcement in Kansas City about its ultra-high-speed Internet network, but it declined to give any details.

JDSU adds PMD test for fiber nets

July 19, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company believes its tester is the first available that allows network operators to take those measurements without having to shut down links or re-route live traffic.

Clearleap adds authentication service

July 19, 2012 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The ability to authenticate will help Tier 2s and Tier 3s also start offering TV Everywhere-type services to their subscribers.

You bought it: Suddenlink sold for $6.6B

July 19, 2012 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, BC Partners and Suddenlink President and CEO Jerry Kent – along with members of his management team – have bought the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator.

Viacom decides not to block 'Daily Show' online

July 18, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom has decided to let new episodes of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" be shown on its websites, easing a blockade of online viewings that it imposed in a fee dispute with DirecTV.

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FreeCast set to start charging

July 18, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company also plans to release its first device and a wireless PC/keyboard that users will be able to use to control the FreeCast guide and navigate the Web on their TV screens.

Report: North American cable modem sales up 50%, thanks to D3

July 18, 2012 2:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts pushed cable modem sales to increase by more than 50 percent when compared with the same timeframe a year ago.

AT&T unveils shared data as option, not mandate

July 18, 2012 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T followed Verizon Wireless’ lead and unveiled new shared data plans. But unlike its competitor, moving to the plans will be optional.

Ericsson looks to LTE, services amid profit slump

July 18, 2012 2:06 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson's profits slid 63 percent in the second quarter as it took a hit from the European debt crisis and a slowdown in spending on legacy networks.

Intel’s Q2 earnings fall; company sees economic headwinds

July 18, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, said the weak global economy is slowing its growth, and revenue for the current quarter is likely to come in below Wall Street forecasts.

Polish media unite to charge for online content

July 18, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several major Polish media companies are joining forces to put some of their best online content behind a combined paywall. The Piano pay model emulates cable television.

@ The Independent Show: SeaChange to demo multi-screen capabilities

July 18, 2012 9:07 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International will be at the Independent Show demonstrating software solutions that can enable small and mid-size cable operators to extend their services to tablets, smartphones, PCs and other devices.

@ The Independent Show: Adara’s hosted SDV system to be on display

July 18, 2012 9:02 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adara Technologies said Darien Communications in Georgia is using its hosted and managed switched digital video (SDV) service to enable the addition of hundreds of HD channels, as well as other services long the province of larger operators.

@ The Independent Show: Entone to show off hybrid TV system

July 18, 2012 8:54 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Entone will be touting an integrated product suite that one small operator said has put his company on equal footing with the big guys when it comes to advanced TV services.

@ The Independent Show: RGB enables multi-screen for all

July 18, 2012 8:39 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RGB Networks will be at The Independent Show highlighting how its digital and IP-based video products can be tailored for use by small- and medium-size operators.

From fantasy to reality

July 18, 2012 8:21 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The delivery of video content to multiple screens by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators has long come under the heading of sheer fantasy. Not anymore. Now it’s real.

Comcast, Scripps strike carriage agreement that includes TV Everywhere

July 17, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and Scripps Networks Interactive have forged a multi-year distribution agreement that will provide Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers with Scripps video content across a range of devices and platforms.

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