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Pace powers Sky New Zealand’s new Igloo TV service

July 16, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pace is providing hardware and software elements for Sky New Zealand and TVNZ’s new Igloo TV service, which has soft-launched with some customers.

Behind the blackouts: Power plays for profits

July 16, 2012 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Programmers are profiting at the expense of distributors, and in the middle of it all, consumers are the ones paying the price.

Sprint expands LTE launch to 15 cities

July 16, 2012 3:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has turned its five-market LTE launch into a 15-market debut as it works to catch up with its larger competitors.

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Comcast buys out Microsoft’s stake in MSNBC

July 16, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has bought out Microsoft’s 50 percent stake in MSNBC.com and rebranded the site as NBCNews.com.

Report: Mobile broadband pushing mobile services to $976B

July 16, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mobile broadband is poised to push mobile services to $976 billion, according to a recent report.

DOJ, FCC concerns are delaying Verizon AWS deal

July 13, 2012 2:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The federal antitrust regulator is said to be delaying approval of the spectrum purchase because of concerns that side deals to cross-sell each other's products amount to a non-compete agreement.

Price hike still haunts Netflix stock 1 year later

July 13, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix is more popular among couch potatoes than investors after its polarizing decision to raise U.S. prices for video subscription services.

PC sales fall 6% to 11% in U.S. during Q2

July 13, 2012 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Personal computer sales sagged as shifting technology trends, upcoming product releases and a shaky economy dampened demand for the machines currently on the market.

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Vecima sells more assets

July 13, 2012 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company dumps more real estate to raise cash as it transitions to a new generation of technology.

NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics

July 13, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC launched two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.

Canadian court scraps royalty for online downloads

July 13, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's Supreme Court ruled that songwriters and music publishers are not entitled to royalties for song and video game downloads.

Time Warner Cable service focuses on moving subs

July 12, 2012 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new program is designed to help moving customers get their cable services in their new digs up and running ASAP.

Judge lets start-up relay live TV to iPhones in NYC

July 12, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge said the case probably would have been decided in favor of the broadcasters were it not for the case challenging Cablevision's RS-DVR system.

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Viacom blocks online episodes in DirecTV fight

July 12, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom shut off access to full-length episodes on its own websites such as MTV.com and ComedyCentral.com to all visitors, even those who have no stake in the dispute.

Hyatt begins rollout of interactive TV

July 12, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system, provided by start-up Roomlinx, enables customers to access hotel services through onscreen menus.

FreedomPop adds Sprint LTE to MVNO mix

July 12, 2012 2:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FreedomPop is adding Sprint's soon-to-be-launched LTE network to its free wireless service and reportedly plans to phase out its use of Clearwire's WiMAX network.

NYC bringing wireless Internet to pay phone kiosks

July 12, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Yorkers have been making fewer and fewer calls on the city's 12,000 pay phones, yet the kiosks will likely be getting heavier use soon.

W.Va. officials defend stimulus broadband spending

July 12, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia bought more than 1,000 expensive Internet routers from Cisco with federal stimulus funds.

Calix lowers Q2 guidance, citing soft sales

July 12, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Calix's shares lost nearly a third of their value after the broadband equipment company lowered its second-quarter forecast.

Verizon Wireless claims T-Mobile swap ‘enhances’ AWS deal

July 11, 2012 2:44 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is telling the FCC that its agreement to swap spectrum with T-Mobile USA makes its purchase of AWS spectrum even better for consumers.

FCC commissioner aiming for Dish spectrum rules by September

July 11, 2012 2:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network's plan to use a large swath of satellite spectrum for a wireless network could get a final decision from federal regulators.

PCT International secures $25M

July 11, 2012 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company will use some of the money to recapitalize earlier debt, with the balance used to support global expansion.

Xfinity Home lands in South Florida

July 10, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The broadband service enables customers to remotely monitor their home and control digital thermostats and lights in real time.

House Dems again criticize Verizon AWS deal

July 10, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

House Democrats are pressuring federal regulators for the second time in a month about Verizon Wireless' marketing deals with those cable operators from which it has proposed buying AWS spectrum.

Cox expands BTN2Go to Android devices

July 10, 2012 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Customers who subscribe to the Big Ten Network will be able to watch games on their Android handhelds.

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