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SCTE's 130 advertising standards garner ITU-T's approval

January 31, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Eight advanced advertising technology standards developed by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers recently received approval from the Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T).

AT&T Execs Get Job Duty Redo

January 31, 2012 1:05 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

AT&T is reshuffling the responsibilities of four top executives, naming John Stankey as its chief strategy officer and putting the head of its wireless business in charge of expanding smartphone sales.

Comcast among latest round of investors for SnagFilms

January 30, 2012 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a $10 million round of investment last year, SnagFilms has raised another $7 million in funds from its investors, which included Comcast Interactive Capital.

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SMC Networks names Wytanis as new COO

January 30, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Customer premise equipment vendor SMC Networks announced this morning that Joseph Wytanis is its new chief operating officer and executive vice president.

LightSquared GPS argument up for public comment

January 30, 2012 1:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared has been fighting for FCC approval of its plans to deploy a hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network despite charges of interference with GPS systems.

Alliance: Super Wi-Fi an 'Inaccurate Moniker'

January 30, 2012 1:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wilmington, N.C., is first city to host services in white spaces – previously unused spectrum that lies between television channels.

Thailand welcomes Twitter's new censorship policy

January 30, 2012 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter "felt responsible to cooperate with governments to make sure basic rights are not violated through the use of social media."

Motorola Mobility posts Q4 loss

January 27, 2012 3:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

For the full year, however, STB shipments were up 6 percent compared with 2010, but the operation was barely mentioned during the company's conference call with analysts.

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DirecTV, Sunbeam resolve dispute over fees

January 27, 2012 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV and the owner of TV stations in Miami and Boston have resolved a dispute over fees the satellite provider pays to run broadcast programming.

In the media: Wave Broadband up for grabs

January 27, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Wave Broadband is letting potential buyers kick the tires on the possible sale of its business, and Comcast and Charter might be interested.

Comcast, NBC pledge $2.7M to broadcasting museum

January 27, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast, NBC News and NBC 5 Chicago jointly announced that they have pledged more than $2.7 million worth of in-kind and financial support to the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Charytan to head up Comcast's new regulatory group

January 27, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has formed a new legal regulatory group that will be headed by Lynn Charytan, who is the company's vice president of legal regulatory affairs.

In original Internet shows, hints of coming change

January 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of experimenting, the top video destinations on the Web are suddenly flush with original programming: documentaries, reality shows and scripted series.

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Samsung's Q4 profit rises 17% on smartphone sales

January 27, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics reported a 17 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit on the strength of smartphone sales, even as the company battled claims it had copied Apple's iPhone.

Feds drop fraud case against Adelphia founder, son

January 27, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A six-year legal battle involving the jailed father-son duo who headed now-defunct Adelphia Communications has ended after prosecutors withdrew tax fraud charges related to their earlier conviction in a $1.9 billion fraud case.

TWC reports robust Q4, outlines plan for more IP streaming

January 26, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its iPad video app, Time Warner Cable will be sending live video streams to even more devices – including PCs and Macs, game consoles, and Internet-connected TVs – around the home.

Time Warner Cable keys on promos to win customers back

January 26, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

After posting largely glowing numbers in its fourth-quarter earnings report, Time Warner Cable is not about to rest on its laurels.

AT&T posts $6.7B loss despite surging smartphones

January 26, 2012 2:31 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T said it lost $6.7 billion during the fourth quarter on the cost of its benefit plans, the downgrade of the value of its directory assets and a $4 billion charge for its attempt to acquire T-Mobile USA.

Netflix customers return in Q4; stock soars 16%

January 26, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix has regained almost as many customers as it lost following an unpopular price increase, signaling that the video subscription service is healing from its self-inflicted wounds.

Toa hires VP of marketing

January 26, 2012 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Toa Technologies has hired software industry veteran John Opdycke as vice president of worldwide marketing.

Israel sets sights on next-generation Internet

January 26, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Israel is often referred to as "Start-up Nation," thanks to its long history of high-tech breakthroughs produced by scrappy little companies. But in one critical area, the speed of Internet connections, Israel has fallen behind other tech-savvy countries.

Social TV evolves with Viggle app for iPhone, iPad

January 25, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When you tap the screen, Viggle's software for iPhones and iPads listens to what's on, recognizes what you're watching and gives you credit at roughly two points per minute. It even works for shows you've saved on a DVR.

SEMI Forum set for March 15 in Philly

January 25, 2012 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

If there's any doubt that the cable industry is serious about energy management, it should be dispelled when the SCTE opens the doors on its SEMI (Smart Energy Management Initiative) Forum in Philadelphia.

Ericsson's Q4 profit drops

January 25, 2012 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LM Ericsson shocked the market by posting much-worse-than-expected fourth-quarter results, mainly blaming operators for turning cautious due to the global financial turmoil.

Lynch new area VP for Comcast California's Southwest Bay area

January 25, 2012 1:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Cable announced that Amy Lynch is the company's new area vice president for Comcast California's Southwest Bay Area, which marked the first time a woman was picked to oversee the territory that includes Silicon Valley and the San Francisco peninsula.

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