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Verizon holds steady, adding 180K FiOS TV subs

April 19, 2012 2:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it now has more than 5 million FiOS Internet customers.

Google CEO Page gets grilled in Oracle trial

April 19, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google CEO Larry Page spent nearly an hour in a federal courtroom deflecting questions about his role in a copyright dispute over some of the technology in his company's Android software for smartphones.

Hiawatha Broadband experiments with Amino hybrid box

April 19, 2012 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Minnesota service provider is trying out the integration of OTT content.

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Study: Set-top box shipments up, revenue largely flat

April 19, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Worldwide set-top box shipments spiked upwards by 13.7 percent compared with the previous year, but revenue was nearly flat, according to a recent study by Infonetics Research.

WOW buys Knology for $1.5B

April 18, 2012 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With Knology’s 275,000 subscribers, WOW becomes the country’s 13th-largest multichannel video programming distributor.

Cox slams Sprint with patent countersuit

April 18, 2012 2:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cox Communications is suing former business partner Sprint for patent infringement, a countersuit aimed at deflating a patent suit Sprint filed against Cox and three other companies.

Time Warner Cable streaming live to some Android devices

April 18, 2012 1:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has followed through on its promise to deliver live streaming video content to Android-based smartphones and tablets, but the catch is that those devices need to be running the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Verizon to sell A-block, B-block spectrum licenses

April 18, 2012 1:55 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless announced plans to sell off its 700 MHz A-block and B-block spectrum licenses but said it's all contingent on approval of its bid to purchase AWS licenses from the likes of SpectrumCo, Cox and Leap Wireless.

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FCC moves on rules benefitting Dish wireless plans

April 18, 2012 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC brought Dish Network's wireless plans one step closer to advancing when it set deadlines for comments on a plan for flexible use of the 2 GHz satellite band, a proposal that could ultimately allow Dish to launch its LTE network.

Dyyno blows down cost barrier for TV Everywhere

April 17, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Using low-cost servers, Android-based set-tops and a cloud-based partner, Dyyno puts TV Everywhere within the reach of small operators.

Comcast broadens reach, increases speed for Internet Essentials

April 17, 2012 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has made several enhancements to its Internet Essentials program, which was designed to increase broadband adoption by low-income families.

Synacor fuels MetroCast’s TV Everywhere Web portal

April 17, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Synacor is provisioning MetroCast Communications’ new Web portal that will give the cable operator’s customers access to its TV Everywhere service and other video content.

FCC chief defends spectrum auctions at NAB

April 17, 2012 2:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The head of the FCC tried to convince broadcasters to sell off their spectrum in voluntary auctions during a speech at the National Association of Broadcaster's annual conference in Las Vegas.

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Report: AT&T, T-Mobile take fastest network honors

April 17, 2012 2:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA and AT&T finished top in their classes for 3G and 4G network performance, respectively, according to this year’s PCWorld report that measures wireless network performance.

Oracle skewers Google as Android trial opens

April 17, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oracle began trying to convince a jury that Google's top executives have long known that they stole a key piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers.

Cox bows TEDTalks On Demand

April 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has laid claim to being the first cable operator in the nation to offer TEDTalks On Demand, which features lectures from well-known scientists, adventurers, artists, designers and storytellers.

New Starz, DirecTV deal adds in online sites

April 16, 2012 2:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starz Entertainment and DirecTV struck a new multi-platform deal that adds online access to movies and other video content to the satellite provider’s TV Everywhere stable.

Streaming service for rocket launches lifts off with CMC

April 16, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast Media Center (CMC) has inked a deal with United Launch Alliance to provide live and on-demand coverage of rocket launches across various media platforms.

Provider taps Minerva, Edgeware for enhanced IPTV

April 16, 2012 2:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Indiana telecom company Smithville has enhanced its IPTV service by putting into place a system that records live broadcast TV and enables on-demand and restart viewing.

OptiComm picks Casa Systems’ CMTSs

April 16, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Australia-based OptiComm will use cable modem termination systems from Casa Systems to build out the country’s first wholesale, DOCSIS 3.0-based HFC network to deliver data services.

CTIA survey highlights growing data demand

April 16, 2012 2:24 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

According to CTIA, the annual U.S. wireless data traffic grew 123 percent – from 388 billion megabytes in 2010 to 866.7 billion megabytes in 2011.

Chyron and ConnecTV combo on multi-screen

April 16, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two are set to integrate their systems to enable broadcasters to add interactivity that brings together TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones.

Windstream opens doors on Little Rock data center

April 13, 2012 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Windstream opened its newest data center in Little Rock, Ark., in order to help provision its business customers’ needs via cloud-based and dedicated managed services.

Study: China boosts mobile backhaul equipment market

April 13, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks in part to a surge in router purchases in China, the global mobile equipment market grew by 8 percent to $7.4 billion.

Call for paper submissions underway for Cable-Tec Expo

April 13, 2012 2:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers is seeking papers and presentations for consideration at this year’s SCTE Cable-Tex Expo.

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