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Vivendi confirms offer for video sharing site Dailymotion

April 7, 2015 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vivendi has submitted an offer for the YouTube rival to Orange - the former France Telecom. Orange has been looking for someone to take DailyMotion off its hands for more than two years. 

Telus tabs $4B to upgrade wireless, wireline networks in Alberta

April 6, 2015 2:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telus in Canada plans to upgrade all wireless sites in Alberta to 4G LTE, to utilize Telus’ newly acquired AWS-3 spectrum within the province, and to increase wireline internet speeds to 100 Mbps.

Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

April 1, 2015 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chromebooks have been steadily gaining in popularity, particularly in schools, as more applications and services made available over Internet connections — a phenomenon known as "cloud computing" that has reduced the need for hard drives.

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Comcast, Angelakis to form $4B investment firm

March 31, 2015 3:53 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast vice chairman and chief financial officer Michael J. Angelakis is leaving the company to establish a new global investment company, which he’ll do with Comcast’s backing.

Comcast announces a wave of promotions

March 30, 2015 1:45 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

As executive vice president of customer experience, Charlie Herrin will continue to try to help Comcast turn around its worsening reputation for customer service.

Starz names VP in charge of digital platforms

March 30, 2015 1:36 pm | by Helena Fahnrich @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Jason Wyrick has been promoted to VP of digital platforms overseeing the development of digital products and services. He began working for Starz in 2005, most recently serving as senior director of digital platforms.

PlayStation gets Spotify, replacing Sony's own music service

March 30, 2015 12:29 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Spotify is coming to the PlayStation, replacing Sony's own Music Unlimited service, as the company continues to expand the game console into an entertainment hub beyond video games. Spotify hits the . . .

Ergen gets payoff as LightSquared bankruptcy settled

March 27, 2015 3:24 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen was granted a request for $1.4 billion in cash plus interest as repayment for LightSquared's debt he bought using hundreds of millions of dollars from his daughter's trust fund. In bankruptcy court last year, LightSquared alleged that Ergen had purchased the debt illegally on Dish's behalf and not for himself. 

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Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

March 27, 2015 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed. . .

Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer

March 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Comcast says its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will take longer than expected because of a long-running regulatory review. The country's largest cable company wants to buy Time Warner . . .

Oregon Senate to vote on tax break for Internet companies

March 25, 2015 11:52 am | by Johnathan J. Cooper, AP writer | News | Comments

The Oregon Senate expects to vote Tuesday on a bill giving tax breaks to Internet providers and companies that own data centers, the measure's sponsor said Monday. The bill is a response to an . . .

Salt Lake City will soon offer Google's high-speed Internet

March 25, 2015 11:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Salt Lake City will soon join a handful of U.S. cities in offering high-speed internet service through Google Fiber. Mayor Ralph Becker made the announcement on Tuesday at The Leonardo museum. Google . . .

Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes

March 24, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company is joining forces with a tech startup to harness computing power to heat homes in the Netherlands. Eneco, a Dutch-based energy company with more than 2 million customers, said . . .

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Bright House, GCI, join SCTE corporate program

March 24, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Bright House and GCI have become members of the SCTE corporate alliance partner (CAP) program.

Internet video - free or fee?

March 24, 2015 12:32 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting . . .

What Gap? What the Generations Say About Learning and Technology in the Workplace

March 23, 2015 2:45 pm | by Wayne Applehans, president and chief product officer, Jones/NCTI | Articles | Comments

Strife in the workplace. Headlines about generations in the workforce play up the differences among Baby Boomers (born 1946-1965), Generation X (born 1966-1980) and Millennials (born 1981-2000) . . .

Comcast to triple size of social media team

March 23, 2015 2:33 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is tripling the size of its social care team in order to focus on assisting its customer base via social media platforms. The idea is to have a Comcast team available to customers wherever those customers are on social media.

Antietem joins the broadband overage crowd

March 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Antietam Cable will begin charging its broadband customers overage fees when they exceed their monthly data allocations, in what is now a common practice.  

MSOs plumb the depths of another consumer poll

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Out of the 20 industries covered in the fifth annual Temkin Experience Ratings, TV service, and ISP’s received the lowest ratings with Comcast scoring the lowest in the industry.

McKinney, Nair to speak at Tuck

March 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablelabs' Phil McKinney and Liberty Global's Balan Nair will be this year’s featured presenters at the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program.

DirecTV offers room service with a twist

March 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

DirecTV has developed a TV service for the hospitality industry that aims to induce hotel guests to use the TVs in their rooms rather than access their OTT services via wi-fi, thereby relieving hotel operators’ overburdened wi-fi systems.

SeaChange hires VP of sales for Latin America

March 16, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

SeaChange International has hired Rafael Castillo as vice president of Latin America sales. Prior to joining SeaChange, Castillo was senior vice president Latin America and the Caribbean for Grass Valley.

FCC's reviews of Comcast, AT&T megamergers back on hold

March 16, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The two communications megamergers – Comcast with Time Warner Cable and AT&T with DirecTV are back on hold, as the FCC waits for the courts to make a decision on a procedural matter.

Charter in talks to buy Bright House

March 12, 2015 9:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications is in talks to acquire Bright House Networks. If the two pull the trigger, the deal could be worth over $10 billion, and increase Charter's video subscriber base by half again.

Espial hires Huppertz VP of marketing

March 12, 2015 12:57 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

After playing an important role in the acquisition of SeaWell Networks by Arris last year, Jeff Huppertz has been brought on by TV and IPTV software and solutions supplier Espial as the new vice president of marketing and business development.

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