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Open Mic - Expo: Something for Everyone

November 3, 2011 10:31 pm | by Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO at Suddenlink Communications | Articles | Comments

When the curtain goes up on Expo and a companion event, the Capacity Management Symposium, during the week of Nov. 14, it will mark the culmination of a year of intense discussion among CTOs, other industry thought leaders, the Cable-Tec Expo Program Committee and SCTE officials.

Engineering-Wise - Kennen Sie Kabelnetze?

November 3, 2011 10:14 pm | by Daniel Howard, senior vice president of engineering and CTO at SCTE | Articles | Comments

It hasn’t gotten to the point where we’ve struck a partnership deal with Berlitz yet, but over the past couple of years there’s been a dramatic increase in interest from the international community in SCTE’s products and services.

AT&T extends deal to redistribute DirecTV

November 3, 2011 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a three-year extension with DirecTV to continue to be able to resell the latter's TV service across the 22 states where AT&T offers residential broadband and voice service.

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NFL Sunday Ticket is big draw for DirecTV in Q3

November 3, 2011 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV Group, the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster, raked in more subscribers than ever in the third quarter, helped by the NFL Sunday Ticket.

Judge allows Sprint suit over AT&T, T-Mobile deal

November 3, 2011 3:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A federal judge is allowing Sprint and C Spire Wireless' lawsuits against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA to proceed on the grounds that they could have an anticompetitive effect on the market for wireless devices.

Clearwire adds 1.9M subs in Q3

November 3, 2011 3:07 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire managed to add a record number of subscribers in the third quarter and reported a decent quarter overall, but its financing requirements are keeping investors from getting too excited.

Comcast names chief procurement officer

November 3, 2011 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has promoted Peter Kiriacoulacos to executive vice president of procurement for Comcast Cable, an operation he had been leading as a senior vice president.

CenturyLink's Q3 net income falls as expenses rise

November 3, 2011 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company CenturyLink reported lower third-quarter net income Wednesday as operating expenses related to its April acquisition of larger phone company Qwest overshadowed increased revenue.

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Qualcomm posts record earnings on chip sales, licensing

November 3, 2011 2:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Qualcomm posted record increases in sales and profits for its fiscal fourth quarter Wednesday on surging growth in the global smartphone market.

Comcast stems video sub losses in Q3; Xcalibur heads to 'major market'

November 2, 2011 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is still mulling the fine print of its Xcalibur service, including price point and whether it will be a premium-only offering, but the IP- and cloud-based service is headed to a major market next year.

Satellite, IPTV video services gaining ground on cable

November 2, 2011 4:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While the OTT threat seems to be waning, satellite and IPTV video service providers are gaining ground on cable operators' share of the video pie, according to a recent report.

Clearwire, UnitedOnline sign 5-year WiMAX deal

November 2, 2011 3:30 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire needed a savior, and it appears that savior has come. The company will provide wholesale WiMAX services for UnitedOnline's NetZero brand beginning next year.

Cable Center elects 6 to Hall Of Fame

November 2, 2011 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Cable Center announced the 2012 class of inductees for The Cable Hall of Fame. The honorees were chosen based on their achievements and contributions to the cable industry.

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Frontier touts Second Connection

November 2, 2011 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While most everyone else is talking about bandwidth caps, Frontier Communications has an interesting solution for its customers: Add another, separate DSL line.

Sony headed for fourth straight year in red

November 2, 2011 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony reported a 27 billion yen ($346 million) loss for the latest quarter and downgraded its annual earnings forecast to stay in the red for the fourth year straight.

Yahoo to buy Interclick for $270M

November 2, 2011 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The acquisition comes as Yahoo itself is the subject of takeover speculation. The company has been struggling to grow its revenue, even as rivals such as Google and Facebook – and overall Internet advertising – are doing just that.

Charter enables Netflix, Hulu, Amazon searches on Web portal

November 1, 2011 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rather than keeping over-the-top streaming videos from the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon at arm's length, Charter is embracing them.

Fox, DirecTV sign retrans accord

November 1, 2011 2:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

On the day their extended retransmission contract ran out, Fox Networks and DirecTV reached an agreement.

Obama nominates Pai, Rosenworcel to FCC posts

November 1, 2011 2:11 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Pai and Rosenworcel will replace outgoing commissioners Meredith Atwell Baker and Michael Copps.

Clearwire dumps postpaid, Sprint 3G

November 1, 2011 2:08 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire has stopped offering postpaid plans to new customers and will no longer sell dual-mode WiMAX/3G devices that use Sprint's CDMA network.

MetroPCS banks on LTE after tough Q3

November 1, 2011 2:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS is forging ahead with its LTE plans after a third quarter that saw fewer customers signing up for the operator's prepaid service.

YouTube launches broad entertainment venture

October 31, 2011 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube is making a bold step into original programming in an entertainment venture with some 100 content creators.

Amazon ads fuel to fire with Disney-ABC content

October 31, 2011 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As Netflix struggles, Amazon's streaming service has inked brand new deals with major studios to bring more content to its Kindle Fire tablets.

Ben Wolff quits Clearwire board

October 31, 2011 2:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire co-founder and former CEO Ben Wolff has quit his post on the company's board of directors, ending his seven-year stint at the WiMAX operator.

Convergys consolidates Virgin Media inventory control

October 31, 2011 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media has consolidated 20 different equipment inventories onto a single inventory control system provided by Convergys.

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