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AT&T's pursuit of DirecTV thrills no one

May 13, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

AT&T is on the verge of buying DirecTV, according to reports. The deal could be worth $50 billion, but no one thinks this is about synergy, or subscribers, or scale. Most think it's about AT&T's dividend. Whoo. Hoo. AT&T can buy DirecTV, but it won’t be able to buy an exclamation point.

Buckeye, Trilithic enter product test pact

May 12, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Trilithic and Buckeye CableSystem have entered a research and design collaboration to develop and commercialize new products used to improve service delivery and customer experience in the cable market. Buckeye will gain access to the latest Trilithic products during the term of the strategic partnership and provide Trilithic with feedback on next-generation technologies.

TWCBC survey: Small businesses want Wi-Fi

May 12, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class conducted a survey in regards to small business technology trends. Among the list of small business needs, Wi-Fi rose to the top. The survey found that 80 percent of the respondents believed their customers expected free Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi also topped the list as the best way to attract new customers, but only 43 percent of the businesses offered Wi-Fi.

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Liberty Media spinning off cable holdings

May 9, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Media said it is spinning off its cable and broadband properties into a new publicly traded company that will be called Liberty Broadband. At the same time, the company also said it bought 897,000 shares of Charter for $124.5 million, giving it a 26.4 percent beneficial ownership of Charter’s equity.

Cablevision ups Q1 ARPU and revenue

May 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The video market has been saturated for years, and the broadband market is nearly so. It’s been years since cable operators could grow through market penetration. The story these days is market share and average revenue per unit (ARPU). By those measures, Cablevision did well during its first quarter.

Cablevision using analytics to improve operations

May 6, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has promoted Gemma Toner to SVP business insights and strategy, a new position. She will be overseeing the business unit of the company responsible for applying data-driven insights, on an enterprise-wide basis, in response to business opportunities and challenges with a focus on developing a more sophisticated customer experience.

Comcast Business hires Hove as VP of Twin Cities Region

May 6, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has hired former Level 3 exec Kalyn Hove as its new vice president for the Twin Cities Region.In her new job, Hove will provide operational and strategic leadership for all aspects of the region’s Comcast Business team, which includes operations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas.

RBI acquires Cass Cable in Illinois

May 5, 2014 12:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rural Broadband Investments continued its program of consolidating rural cable operators with the acquisition of several cable systems in Illinois from Cass Cable TV. RBI’s goal is to buy enough systems in small-to-mid sized rural markets to give it a total of 300,000-400,000 cable subscribers.

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Media: Comcast close to streaming EA games

May 5, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is close to completing a deal with Electronic Arts (EA) that would allow its XI subscribers to buy and stream games, such as “Madden,” through their TVs, according to a story by Reuters. Citing five unnamed sources, Reuters reported that Comcast and EA have worked on testing the service for the past two years. Instead of a game console, the service would allow gamers to use their tablets as the controllers for the games.

A breakdown of the latest Apple-Samsung dustup

May 5, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Many of today's smartphones share similar features, from responsive touchscreens that let users unlock the phone with a flick of a finger, to pop-up animations that offer a shortcut to dialing a number or storing it in a digital address book. Those similarities are at the center of an array of patent disputes as Apple and Samsung Electronics sue each other in courts and trade offices around the world.

Report: AT&T Looking to Buy DirecTV

May 2, 2014 1:42 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is said to have approached DirecTV about the acquisition. As the report points out, combining DirecTV’s 20 million customers with AT&T’s 5.7 million TV subscribers would get them nearer to the 30 million customers Comcast will have if its Time Warner Cable acquisition is approved.

TDS plunks down $261 million to buy BendBroadband

May 2, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Another one bites the dust. Telephone and Data Systems (TDS) is buying cable operator BendBroadband for $261 million. BendBroadband will strengthen TDS’ hand in the cable operator sector. Last year TDS Telecom bought Baja Broadband.

Bright House Networks, iControl hook up on home security

May 2, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is the latest announced customer for home automation and home security vendor iControl. The nation’s sixth-largest cable operator is using the iControl Converge software platform for its home security and control service that was first offered two years ago in Florida. 

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Cable Show: Business services will blossom with Time Warner Cable/Comcast deal

May 1, 2014 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

During Thursday’s business services session at The Cable Show moderator Gemma Toner addressed the elephant in the room right off the bat. Toner asked the Time Warner Cable and Comcast panelists about the impact of Comcast’s $45 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable. 

Bright House Networks inks channel partnership with Intelisys

April 30, 2014 5:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has signed a strategic channel partnership agreement with technology services distributor Intelisys. As part of the agreement, Intelisys’ network of more than 1,200 downstream partners, consisting of sub agents, solution providers and cloud-focused partners, will be able to offer Bright House Networks’ voice, Internet, and advanced managed services.

Rovi and NCTC sign deal on DTA guides

April 30, 2014 11:52 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative has signed a master agreement for the use of Rovi DTA Guide by its membership. NCTC members will be able to license the Rovi DTA Guide through the cooperative and have access to Rovi technology to deploy Rovi guides on DTA devices.

Time Warner Cable’s Meeks a Vanguard Award winner

April 30, 2014 11:17 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Phil Meeks has made the most of his six and half years in the cable operator industry and was recently rewarded by being named as one of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award winners. Meeks took over the commercial services division of Time Warner Cable a little over a year ago when he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer, business services.

Cable Show: MSOs vs. Programmers spat erupts anew

April 29, 2014 6:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

During the “Faster, Better, More Entertaining Future" panel during the Cable Show's opening day general session, the conflict between cable operators and programmers over escalating programming costs that normally seethes beneath the surface was brought into daylight.

Charter, Comcast strike a multi-pronged deal

April 28, 2014 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast, Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable triangle has come full circle with today’s news that Comcast and Charter have reached an agreement that included selling off 1.4 million Time Warner Cable subscribers to Charter, swapping 1.6 million subscribers between Comcast and Charter and spinning off 2.5 subs to form a new company.

Closing arguments set in Apple-Samsung trial

April 28, 2014 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The high-stakes battle between the world's largest smartphone makers is scheduled to wrap up this week after a monthlong trial that has pulled the curtain back on just how very cutthroat the competition is between Apple and Samsung. Closing arguments in the patent-infringement case are scheduled to begin Monday, with the two tech giants accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. 

Verizon: Stormy weather in Q1

April 25, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Verizon's FiOS TV penetration strategy seems to be running out of steam at the 35 percent mark, but subscriber adds were down in Q1 mostly because people don't want installers in their homes when it's snowing. Meanwhile, FiOS broadband is growing okay. The FiOS footprint is what it is, but what about Verizon over the top?

AT&T’s Digital Life to sound the alarm in 7 new markets

April 25, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting today, AT&T’s home automation and security service, which is called “Digital Life,” is available in seven new markets. The latest launches coincided with the first roll out of Digital Life a year ago after some initial hiccups.

Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

April 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial that threatened to expose the tactics deployed by billionaire executives to corral less affluent employees. 

Three U.S. operators hosting Netflix on their set-tops

April 25, 2014 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN are all incorporating the Netflix app directly into their services. The three - all TiVo-based service providers – are the first U.S. MSOs to directly integrate Netflix with their traditional services. European operators Virgin Media and Com Hem were the first to do so.

ADB adds healthcare to CVS

April 24, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ADB continues to evolve its Commercial Video Solution (CVS) with the latest edition targeting the healthcare industry. Using its set back boxes, cable operators can now offer a cloud-based HD/VOD service to hospitals and doctors that includes monitoring and reporting.

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