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Rogers Communications posts lower Q2 net earnings on flat revenues

July 24, 2014 11:58 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Rogers Communications Inc. has reported a lower second-quarter net income of $405 million, or 76 cents per diluted share, while the telecom company struggled to add more wireless customers. Net profit was down 24 per cent from $532 million, or 93 cents, in the same quarter of 2013.

House authorizes death of CableCard

July 23, 2014 4:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives has reauthorized STELA. The cable industry had hoped to tack on provisions to reform retransmission consent rules, but the House declined. But the House did include language to end separable security requirements. In other words, the House has agreed to let the loathed CableCard die.

Charter Business offers to pay early termination fees

July 23, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Business is going after small businesses in its footprint by offering to buy out the early termination fees that are associated with switching to the cable operator. The buyout allows businesses that are locked into contracts to make the switch to Charter Business without bearing the brunt of the termination fees.

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Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years

July 23, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. The latest evidence of Apple's mounting momentum emerged Tuesday with the release of the company's fiscal third-quarter report.

Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

July 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016. The agenda, announced Tuesday as Microsoft reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, helped boost the company's closing shares. 

NCTC: A big year for programming rights

July 22, 2014 8:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 network operators are heading to Kansas City to learn the latest about TV everywhere, the migration to IP, and customer experience management, but programming issues are likely to be top of mind. “I can say unequivocally that this year, 2014, is the most significant year we’ve ever had from a programming contract standpoint,” said Frank Hughes, SVP of Member Services at NCTC.

Digital ad insertion coming into reach for all

July 22, 2014 6:09 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | News | Comments

DAI allows network operators to deliver targeted, addressable ads. It is becoming more common, will become more affordable and easier to implement, and should be showing up on the radar screens of Tier 2s and Tier 3s soon. WOW, for example, is heading into a trial of the technology soon.

Comcast scores bonus ‘Divergent’ movie content for its digital store

July 22, 2014 1:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has expanded its partnership with Lionsgate to include bonus features and interactive content from Lionsgate’s “Divergent” motion picture that is based on the popular series by Veronica Roth. The Lionsgate-designed iOS app, which is free via the iTunes App Store, includes an authenticated premium experience available to Xfinity customers with the purchase of the film through Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand digital store.

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Comcast ups investments in X1 and infrastructure in Q2

July 22, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Whether winning or losing customers, Comcast had its best second quarter in quite some time. The company attracted 203,000 new broadband accounts, while 144,000 former subscribers canceled their video connections. On both measures, this was the best Q2 performance for Comcast in 6 years.

Tablets enrich Verizon’s 2Q results

July 22, 2014 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In the second quarter earnigns report this morning, tablets helped Verizon's bottom line as it added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and 1.15 million postpaid tablets. On the FiOS side, Verizon posted subscriber gains across its video, data and phone services.

Birch wraps purchase of Cbeyond

July 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it now has approximately 200,000 business customers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Puerto Rico. Its IP-based network now has approximately 31,000 fiber route miles, and covers 22 states and Washington, D.C.

TWC participates in Gigabit RFI in LA

July 21, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced it was participating in the city of Los Angeles’ request for information (RFI) process that is targeting the development of a communitywide 1 Gigabit network that will serve area residents, businesses and city government. The nation’s second-largest cable operator said its response included detailed information about the deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 to deliver the 1-Gig service.

Comcast scores SEC Network deal with ESPN

July 18, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With less than one month left until the SEC Network kicks off its college football coverage, ESPN and Comcast announced this morning that a deal had been reached. Striking a deal with the nation’s largest cable operator and ISP is a watershed moment for the SEC Network, but it still needs to sign off on deals with Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV, among others.

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Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service

July 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users. The largest U.S. e-commerce site said Friday that the Kindle Unlimited service will give users the ability to read as much as they want from more than 600,000 Kindle titles such as "The Hunger Games."

Google's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings miss

July 18, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue. The report released Thursday also showed that Google's advertising prices are still dropping to extend a nearly three-year slump.

CEO Whitman takes chairman post at Hewlett-Packard

July 18, 2014 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues. HP has split the roles of chairman and CEO since Mark Hurd resigned as CEO in 2010. The company has faced shareholder displeasure over a series of missteps and slumping sales. 

Liberty Global buys a stake in BSkyB’s ITV

July 17, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global announced today that it was buying a 6.4 percent stake in British broadcaster ITV from BSkyB for 481 million pounds, or $824 million. Liberty Global said in its press release that it didn’t intend to make an offer to acquire all of ITV, but reserved the right to do so if circumstances warranted it.

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

July 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is cutting up to 18,000 jobs, about 14 percent of its staff, over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April and cut down on management layers. CEO Satya Nadella, who took the job in February, delivered the news to staff in a memo that Microsoft released publicly.

Report: Youth being served by smart energy products

July 16, 2014 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, young consumers are more readily embracing the Internet of Things through smart home devices. Parks Associates’ Internet of Things (IoT) research found that young consumers, those with children, and those in a home for three to four years were leading the adoption of Internet-connected energy devices.

Comcast red faced by customer service rep

July 16, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast is apologizing after a tech-savvy California customer posted eight minutes of telephone conversation online in which he tried repeatedly to get a customer service representative to disconnect his service. The customer, Ryan Block, succeeds in getting the unidentified Comcast rep to agree to disconnect his service, but only after the rep repeatedly asks Block for a reason. 

Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood

July 16, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Though rejected, a surprise bid by Rupert Murdoch's Fox for entertainment rival Time Warner underscores that large media companies are in the mood for major consolidation. Time Warner Inc., which owns the Warner Bros. movie studio and TV channels such as TNT, TBS and HBO, said Wednesday that it rejected the deal and had no interest in further discussions. 

Apple, IBM team up in mobile devices, applications

July 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries.

Buckeye, Sinclair break 7-month retrans impasse

July 15, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a seven-month long standoff, Buckeye CableSystem viewers can now watch NBC again after a new agreement was reached with Sinclair Broadcast Group. According to The Toledo Blade, which, like Buckeye, is owned by Block Communications, the new two-year agreement was reached yesterday.

Incognito updates Bandwidth Activity Reporter

July 15, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help cable operators unlock “big data” in their broadband networks, Incognito Software has updated its Bandwidth Activity Reporter. The latest version of the platform extracts and analyzes data from multiple network, billing, and customer relationship management sources to provide network intelligence, usage reports, and service metrics. 

Hewlett-Packard Interim Chairman Whitworth resigns

July 15, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard's Interim Chairman Ralph Whitworth has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues. Whitworth's resignation is effective on Wednesday. Personal computer maker HP said that its board will discuss appointing a new chairman at its next meeting.

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