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France's Orange offers $4.4B for Spain's Jazztel

September 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

France's Orange has offered 3.4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) to buy the operations of Spanish telecommunications company Jazztel. The deal would make Orange/Jazztel the second largest fixed-line broadband Internet operator in Spain, after market leader Telefonica SA.

Entropic looking for a buyer

September 16, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Having experienced one financial disappointment after another, Entropic is looking to sell, or in the corporate-speak the company adopted for the purpose, Entropic “announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the evaluation of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value.”

Time Warner Cable to broadcast last 6 Dodger games on local TV

September 16, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After being shut out of broadcasts of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ baseball games this season, Time Warner Cable announced that local fans would be able to watch the final six games on a local TV station. Dodgers fans were frozen out of this season’s broadcasts because other cable, telco and satellite video providers weren’t able to come to terms with Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet LA, which televises Dodgers games.

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'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach

September 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud.

Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion

September 15, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009.

Dish, Nagra integrate security to cut off piracy

September 12, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Nagra said Dish Network is first customer to deploy its new security system, which hardwires conditional access into set-top chips. The approach should frustrate pirates who infiltrate control word networks, steal control words, then distribute them, enabling anyone to hack into content.

Cable One adds sports surcharge to subscribers’ bills

September 12, 2014 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Due to burgeoning sports programming costs, Cable One has added a monthly sports surcharge of $2.94 across its footprint. The surcharge, which will take effect in the next billing cycle, impacts all residential standard cable tier subscribers.

AT&T, Verizon top list of big corporate spenders

September 10, 2014 11:57 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T and Verizon were the top-two corporate capital spenders for non-financial corporations last year, according to a recent report. The Progressive Policy Institute’s study found that AT&T shelled out $20.9 billion last year in domestic capital spending while Verizon was second at $15.4 billion. 

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Armstrong signs up with TiVo, Pace, for multi-screen delivery

September 9, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Armstrong has signed up for TiVo's cloud-based service, using the Pace MG1 whole-home gateway DVR and Pace MI3 IP STB client and TiVo Stream, as well as TiVo's iOS and Android mobile applications. Armstrong plans on an early 2015 launch of the co-branded products as part of Armstrong's bundled services offered primarily to residential and businesses subscribers across Pennsylvania.

Gainspeed hires former Harmonic exec as CEO

September 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Gainspeed has brought onKrish Padmanabhan as its CEO. Prior to Gainspeed, Padmanabhan was senior vice president of products and solutions at Harmonic, where he oversaw overall strategy for its video playout and compression portfolio. He replaces Drew Perkins,  a co-founder of the company.

SCTE bolsters international presence

September 8, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has broadened its reach abroad with the recent addition of Liberty Global to SCTE’s Corporate Alliance Program (CAP) as well as the formation of an international-based training program. The training and certfication program is called the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), which will serve as an international gateway to the SCTE’s library of resources. 

RFMD steps closer to TriQuint merger

September 5, 2014 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RFMD shareholders voted to approve the merger agreement and to approve the compensation arrangements for RFMD's named executive officers in connection with the transaction. TriQuint's stockholders are scheduled to vote on the merger agreement and other matters at a special meeting to be held later today.

Ciena beats Street 3Q forecasts

September 5, 2014 12:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ciena Corp. on Thursday reported profit of $16.2 million in its fiscal third quarter. The Hanover, Maryland-based company said it had profit of 15 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs and stock option expense, came to 32 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations.

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RCN Business launches in Empire State Building

September 3, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Offices in the building will have access to the entire RCN Business suite of services, including high-speed Internet, dedicated internet access (DIA), hosted voice, PRI/SIP trunks, video (HDTV) and Ethernet E-Line and E-LAN. RCN has MEF 2.0 certification for its Ethernet services.

Charter inks data warehouse deal with Sense Corp

September 3, 2014 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced it has signed a deal with management and technology consulting firm Sense Corp to create its next-generation enterprise data warehouse. Under the terms of the deal, St. Louis-based Sense Corp will serve as Charter’s exclusive vendor for its business intelligence initiative, which Charter said would include integrating new subscribers by early next year. 

AT&T files suit against Cox for patent infringement

September 2, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Friday AT&T filed a patent lawsuit against Cox Communications alleging that the cable operator and over 30 of its regional systems had infringed on eight of its patents. The patents were related to DVRs and set-top boxes as well as managing VoIP and data services.

Cleveland rocks server farms

September 2, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.

CenturyLink opens doors on 2nd Toronto area data center

August 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink held a grand opening earlier this week for its second data center in the Toronto area and fourth overall in Canada. CenturyLink said the new data center, which is called “TR3,” was built to support up to 5 megawatts of IT load and 100,000 square feet of raised floor space. 

Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

August 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea — but it doesn't quite work. Though many companies are trying to make "visual search" a reality, this seemingly simple notion remains elusive.

Telefonica ups bid to create Brazil's top operator

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica has raised its offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros previously. Telefonica S.A. said in a statement Thursday the offer includes 4.66 billion in cash and 12 percent of the share capital in the new company.  

Former CEO Frankel resigns from Synacor’s board

August 27, 2014 5:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former CEO Ron Frankel resigned from Synacor’s board of directors effective Aug. 25. Frankel had served on the board since 2001, which was also the same year he was named CEO. Frankel said in March that would be leaving his position as CEO, but would remain on the board and as an advisor. 

Liberty Global reported to get EU approval for Ziggo takeover

August 27, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Global is likely to secure the EU’s approval of its $6.5 billion takeover of Ziggo in the Netherlands if it agrees to sell of a specific TV channel, Bloomberg reported. Officially, the two companies would acknowledge only that merger discussions are ongoing.

WOW! Business doubles up service delivery team to serve commercial customers

August 27, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business announced this morning that it had streamlined and expanded its business service delivery team to better serve small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise and wholesale communications customers across its 19 markets. WOW Business’ 60-member service delivery team has doubled since the same time frame a year ago, and recently moved into a national service delivery center in Huntsville, Ala. 

Cox doubles down on speeds at Las Vegas Convention Center

August 26, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has doubled the speeds for three of its wired data tiers at the Las Vegas Convention Center at no additional cost to exhibitors, show management and other users. The faster speeds from the cable operator’s Cox Business/Hospitality Network division went into effect immediately at the convention center.

Senate video promotes broadcaster a la carte

August 26, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

VIDEO: Senate Republicans are promoting the notion of making local stations a la carte on cable networks with a new YouTube video. The idea has the potential for gaining bipartisan support, even in this bitterly divided Congress, as a consumer-friendly and nearly pure free-market solution.

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