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Verizon Digital Media adds live event distribution

July 8, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Live Events can acquire event feeds from any source – including satellite, terrestrial fiber and Internet – then transcode and deliver the content to broadcasters and other commercial customers. The service also provides proactive monitoring and redundancy over Verizon's global network.

FCC approves SoftBank-Sprint-Clearwire transaction

July 8, 2013 1:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has given its blessing to SoftBank’s $21.6 billion merger bid for Sprint and Sprint’s $5 per share buyout bid for Clearwire. In the order, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction will likely result in public interest benefits.

In the media: Samsung buys Boxee

July 3, 2013 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Samsung is reported to have purchased over-the-top box designer Boxee, for something less than the $28.5 million that had been invested in the company. Boxee had attempted to raise another $30 million in venture capital, but eventually decided instead to sell.

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Rogers to launch customer loyalty program

July 3, 2013 11:38 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to keep its subscribers from churning away, Rogers Communications announced this morning that it would launch a customer loyalty program in key markets this summer. The program, which is called “Rogers First Rewards,” allows Rogers customers to earn points that can be redeemed online for discounts on Rogers’ products and services.

Charter closes deal to buy former Bresnan systems from Cablevision

July 1, 2013 3:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has wrapped up is $1.62 billion purchase of Cablevision’s Bresnan Broadband Holdings, which the latter called Optimum West. The immediate result is that Charter, which is the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator, has added systems in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah that pass more than 660,000 homes and serve 375,000 residential and business customers.

Tribune to acquire 19 TV stations for $2.73B

July 1, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tribune Co. has reached a deal to buy Local TV Holdings LLC's 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion in cash, significantly boosting its television business as it looks to sell its newspaper operations. The  company said the acquisition makes it the No. 1 local TV affiliate group in America.

Comcast turns Summer into kids' watch-a-thon

July 1, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO’s Summer of Kids has a dual purpose. First, it is aimed at driving viewers to its on-demand library of family-friendly content. The company is using the occasion to introduce a set of search and discovery features. Comcast is also opening its Wi-Fi network to all comers for two weeks.

Comcast Business names Fassnacht VP of Western Region

July 1, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has hired Matt Fassnacht as the new vice president of its Western Region. Prior to joining Comcast, Fassnacht worked for Cox Business in Las Vegas where he oversaw product development, marketing, sales, technical engineering and design, installation and account management.

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Dish throws in the towel on Clearwire acquisition

June 27, 2013 12:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish was far from winning over Clearwire investors to its offer anyway. Sprint earlier this month announced that Clearwire had accepted Sprint’s raised bid of $5 per share to buy out Clearwire, a deal that values Clearwire at approximately $14 billion and represents a 47 percent premium over Sprint’s previous offer of $3.40 per share.

Comcast Business partners with D.C. startup platform

June 27, 2013 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Washington D.C.—based 1776 has picked Comcast Business as its exclusive network services partner for the 1776 Campus, which is an incubation space and events venue for emerging startups. With the agreement, 1776 tenants have access to Comcast Business’ Ethernet, Internet, voice and video services.

Live from the Show: Deluxe Digital

June 26, 2013 4:25 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

 Deluxe Digital Distribution introduced the Deluxe OnDemand Multiscreen-Ready video catalog service. Deluxe Digital Distribution’s SVP of Sales and Marketing, Chris Rittler, explains how the company’s cloud-based solution simplifies and automates workflows to access, distribute, and manage on-demand video content in a multiscreen environment without the costs and headaches.

Live from the Show: Cycle 30

June 26, 2013 4:07 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Cycle30 started life as the back office development operation within GCI. Cycle30 VP of sales Jeth Harbinson, explains how the company is expanding to support new products and applications, including machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity.

Ohio internet sales tax exempts cable products

June 26, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A package of tax changes added to the state budget would increase the state sales tax and apply it to digital products, such as MP3s, e-books and videos bought on the Internet. The sales tax wouldn't apply to any video programming that's included in a cable service package, but viewers could expect their Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions to be taxed.

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Cisco upgrades Hong Kong provider's Wi-Fi network

June 26, 2013 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A network operator in Hong Kong is upgrading its Wi-Fi network to the latest generation of the wireless technology, 802.11ac, using Cisco’s service provider Wi-Fi products. PCCW-HKT plans to deploy the Cisco Aironet 3600 Series wireless access point. Using the 802.11ac standard, the Aironet 3600 Series is able to support up to 1.3Gbps of throughput.

TWC breaks ground on National Data Center West expansion

June 26, 2013 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

sterday in the Denver suburb of Centennial, Time Warner Cable broke ground on expanding its National Data Center West facility. The expansion comes with a price tag of $85 million and the revamped data center is slated to go live in January of 2015.

AT&T launches Digital Life in five more U.S. markets

June 26, 2013 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has added Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Portland and San Antonio to its list of markets that now offer the telco’s home automation and security service. With the latest additions, AT&T's Digital Life will be available in 27 markets, with plans to introduce the service in up to 50 markets by the end of this year.

Sumit Kumar promoted to CEO at Vecima

June 25, 2013 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vecima Networks said Sumit Kumar will become CEO of the company effective August 1. With Vecima since 1995, Kumar has been consistently promoted since joining the company, from vice president corporate strategy (2006-09), to executive vice president (2009-11), to president (2011-13).

Media Broadcast migrating from ATM to all-IP

June 25, 2013 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The German service provider has upgraded its ATM network using systems from Ericsson as a migration path to an all-IP network. Media Broadcast said the upgrade gives it a highly flexible solution for unified video, audio, data and voice transmission capabilities.

Delivery Agent partners with PayPal

June 25, 2013 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Delivery Agent hopes to boost T-commerce activity by forging a relationship with one of the masters of Internet-based commerce, PayPal. The idea is to induce PayPal merchants to take advantage of Delivery Agent’s existing relationships with service providers and consumer electronics companies to offer coupons, requests for information (RFIs) and the ability to make direct purchases.

tv2u sets up global CDN

June 25, 2013 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Malaysian company has activated a global CDN service that can deliver both live and on-demand content and can also perform ad insertion on behalf of clients, including over the top (OTT), web TV, and mobile service providers. Technology partners include SeaWell Networks, Elemental Technologies, Minerva, Verimatrix, and VuBiquity.

Zeebox adds in Digitalsmiths' search & discovery

June 24, 2013 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Zeebox is using Digitalsmiths’ video discovery technology, called Seamless Discovery, across all platforms that the former supports. The range of second-screen applications now includes search and discovery; the Zeebox "Recommended For You" feature delivers personalized recommendations based on individual viewing behavior.

Healthcare chain taps Telesystem for network expansion

June 24, 2013 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Healthcare provider ProMedica has selected Telesystem for its latest network expansion.  The nonprofit healthcare system was in need of additional network and storage capacity, given the increasing amount of multimedia information required to be accessed and pushed from one facility to another.

Dish launches new box for hospitality sector

June 24, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The hotels and hospitality sector is heating up among service providers with Dish Networks the latest company to join the fray. This morning Dish announced the launch of its Smartbox platform, which can provision HD and SD channels in every hotel room through one unit.

Vodafone casts bid for Kabel Deutschland

June 24, 2013 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Vodafone PLC has launched a takeover bid for Germany's biggest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland, as part of its push to dominate media services in its biggest market. Vodafone, a British cellphone company with wide international interests, confirmed Monday it will offer 87 euros per share for Kabel Deutschland.

In the media: Malone thinks Netflix should pay for bandwidth

June 21, 2013 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Some U.S. cable operators continue to be agitated that Netflix isn’t paying them for using their pipes, and John Malone, who just sank a whole lot of money into Charter Communications, has thrown in with them. And by the way, Glenn Britt is not interested in selling Time Warner Cable to Charter.

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