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WOW! Business sets up shop in Maryland

October 16, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business is now offering its voice, data and cloud services to businesses in Annapolis and other communities in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Starting this month, WOW! Business said it was serving up its commercial services to thousands of businesses in Annapolis, Pasadena, Millersville and other parts of the county closest to its 200-plus mile coaxial and fiber-optic network.

Atlantic Broadband adds 10-Gig Metro E service to business portfolio

October 16, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has added a 10 Gigabit Metro Ethernet service to its business services roster. The 10-Gig Metro E service is available across all of Atlantic Broadband’s footprint including Western Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, Maryland/Delaware, and Aiken, S.C.

Comcast has bold plans in NASCAR coverage

October 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast has innovative plans to beef up how NASCAR fans follow the sport, from routine news stories flowing on a ticker during the week to expanded coverage from inside the pits on the weekends. Comcast recently signed a 10-year agreement to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier racing series beginning next season.

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Report: Global set-top box market a mixed bag

October 15, 2014 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A recent report by Infonetics Research noted that the global set-top box market was rife with “mixed signals” with revenues increasing 4 percent to $4.8 billion from the first to second quarter of this year while shipments were down in the second quarter of this year when compared to the same quarter a year ago.

McAndrew exits Cablevision for Xylem

October 15, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a two year stint as Cablevision’s vice president of corporate communications, Kelly McAndrew has left the cable operator’s employ for Xylem. McAndrew joined Xylem, which focuses on global water issues, as vice president of global public affairs.

Qualcomm buying CSR in $2.5 billion deal

October 15, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Qualcomm is buying British chip maker CSR in a deal worth approximately $2.5 billion as it pushes aggressively into technology that connects devices over the Internet. CSR concentrates on the auto, consumer, and voice and music segments. The company's fiscal 2013 revenue totaled $960.7 million.

Nobel winner: cable could have been cheaper in the U.S., but...

October 14, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition. U.S. regulators didn't follow Tirole's advice to require cable and phone companies to sell competitors access to last mile connections.

Time Warner Cable deploys CSG’s SmartVideo for billing

October 14, 2014 1:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help new subscribers understand their first bills, Time Warner Cable has launched CSG’s SmartVideo platform in several of its markets. CSG SmartVideo sends invitations to new customers’ email addresses for videos that explain charges, discounts, and other pertinent information included in the monthly statement.

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Suddenlink signs up Comedy.TV for multi-year distribution agreement

October 14, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications continued to move forward in regards to replacing the 24 Viacom channels that were lost earlier this month after a new deal wasn’t reached with Tuesday’s addition of Comedy.TV. Suddenlink, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator with 1.1 million basic video subscribers, reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Comedy.TV parent company Entertainment Studios.

Ratings whoopsie

October 13, 2014 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Nielsen took another hit in credibility when it announced an unspecified technical error led to incorrect ratings for broadcast networks. Cable companies have been dissatisfied with Nielsen’s technical capabilities for reporting, specifically its delay in figuring out a way to measure multi-screen viewing.

Suddenlink adds UP, Aspire to channel lineup

October 10, 2014 5:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In the wake of Viacom yanking its 24 networks away from Suddenlink Communications’ subscribers on Oct. 1 after a new carriage agreement wasn’t reached, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator has added new channels to its lineup. The latest additions to Suddenlink’s channel roster are UP and Aspire.

Clarity Telecom wraps up deal with WOW!

October 10, 2014 11:53 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Clarity Telecom and corporate parent Pamilico Capital announced this week that they had completed their $262 million cash deal to buy broadband systems and assets, which are located in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa from WOW! Clarity said it would transition the platform over from WOW! in the coming months and recast the operation as Vast Broadband.

EU antitrust body OKs Liberty Global's Dutch deal

October 10, 2014 11:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority has granted conditional approval to Liberty Global PLC's proposed 10 billion-euro ($13 billion) deal to fully take over Dutch cable operator Ziggo NV. The EU Commission said Friday the acquisition may go ahead provided Liberty sells one pay TV channel and changes its broadcaster contracts to ensure it won't abuse its market position to undermine competition.

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Microsoft CEO apologizes for comments on women

October 10, 2014 11:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized Thursday night and said he was wrong for saying that women don't need to ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well. Nadella was blasted on Twitter and in blog posts for his comments, which were made earlier Thursday at an event for women in computing. 

TWC shareholders OK deal with Comcast; FCC proposes review compromise

October 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable shareholders have approved the company’s takeover by Comcast. Meanwhile, the FCC suggested a compromise with the companies that would encourage them to hand over documents the Commission wants for its review of the acquisition.

Latest iPads, Mac system expected at Oct. 16 event

October 8, 2014 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is expected to step up its efforts to boost recently slumping iPad sales with the unveiling of its latest tablet computer at an Oct. 16 event. The showcase also is expected to feature an update to the operating system for its Mac computers and the possible release of a new digital payment service called Apple Pay. 

Comcast shareholders approve TWC acquisition

October 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

More than 99 percent of Comcast shareholders voting supported Comcast’s proposal to issue 2.875 shares of Comcast Class A common stock for every share of TWC common stock. Meanwhile, Comcast and TWC are fighting the FCC's request to see the contracts they've signed with various programmers.

Cisco reorganizing switcher/router operations

October 8, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pursuant to a round of layoffs announced in August, Cisco is reorganizing, reportedly removing a layer of executives, mostly product managers who were each responsible for specific product families within the company’s switching and routing business.

ESPN’s Berman, Comcast's Werner among Cable Center’s 2015 Hall of Fame class

October 8, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, along with five other inductees, is rumbling, bumbling, stumbling into the Cable Center’s Hall of Fame next year. The six newly elected industry leaders will be inducted during the 18th annual Cable Hall of Fame Celebration, held in conjunction with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s newly minted Internet and Television Expo (INTX) next year in Chicago.

Samsung expects lowest profit in over 3 years

October 8, 2014 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest smartphone maker is suffering a financial decline in the face of intense competition from Apple Inc. and upstart Chinese brands. In a preview to earnings due out this month, Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that its quarterly profit is estimated to have fallen to its lowest level in more than three years, dragged down by weak sales of its flagship Galaxy phones.

Sprint shutting down WiMax network

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

News of the shutdown originally surfaced when Android Central published a Sprint internal email. The memo states that starting Oct. 6 letters are being sent to corporate-liable customers and that individual-liable and prepaid customers will be notified 180 days before the scheduled shutdown.

Cox Business connects Navy sites in San Diego

October 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On the heels of a new five-year contract, Cox Business recently completed the build-out of 40 miles of its broadband network to 165 Navy sites in San Diego County. Cox’s network now reaches into barracks, hotels, fire stations, residential housing, recreation centers, and ships in the harbor in order to offer its triple play services to approximately 50,000 sailors stationed in San Diego.

Suddenlink, Discovery reach long-term carriage deal

October 7, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Suddenlink Communications’ standoff with Viacom festers into its second week, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator announced it has reached a long-term distribution agreement with Discovery Communications. Suddenlink viewers are currently blacked out from Viacom’s 24 networks, both online and on their TVS, but Suddenlink will continue to carry Discovery’s 13 nets.

Turner Broadcasting cutting 1,475 jobs

October 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Turner Broadcasting, the parent of the CNN, TBS and TNT networks, is eliminating about 1,475 jobs, or about 10 percent of its total employees. Monday's announcement follows an offer of voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees in August, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner.

ESPN steps toward a la carte NBA games

October 6, 2014 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The NBA has extended its television deals with ESPN and TNT for nine years. The contract with ESPN may have a provision that will allow the channel to distribute out-of-market games on the web, outside its typical cable-channel basketball package, and in competition with the NBA’s own League Pass.

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