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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.

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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. 

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.

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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?

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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.

TWC reports operations improvements in Q1

April 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subscribers for high-speed Internet connections rose 269,000 during the quarter, the biggest increase in six years, since the first quarter of 2008. The company lost 34,000 cable TV subscribers during the quarter, which it said was its smallest loss in at least five years.

U-verse expands in AT&T's Q1

April 23, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In AT&T’s first quarter, its landline business revenue fell 0.4 percent to $14.6 billion. But its newer U-verse phone, TV and Internet service saw growth. AT&T had 634,000 additional high-speed Internet subscribers and 201,000 new TV subscribers.

The Aereo arguments, from inside the Supreme Court chambers

April 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing. Several justices expressed concern that a ruling for the broadcasters could hamper the continuing development of cloud computing, which gives users access to a vast online computer network that stores and processes information.

Sochi golden for Comcast’s 1Q; X1 reducing churn

April 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The numbers are in: Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts said the company’s X1 platform reduced “voluntary” churn by 20 percent to 30 percent relative to its broader base in the first quarter. Overall, Comcast is dropping 15,000 to 20,000 X1 boxes, which are being provided by Pace and Humax, a day into customers’ homes, which doubled its deployment rate from six months ago.

Many companies still haven't migrated to IPv6

April 22, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Though many of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world spent much of the last two years doggedly preparing for the transition to IPv6, few service providers are IPv6 ready, according to Incognito Software, even as the number of IPv4 addresses left unassigned is small and rapidly dwindling toward none.

Cognizant buys itaas

April 22, 2014 12:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Giant IT company Cognizant has purchased privately-held itaas for an undisclosed amount, expanding its reach into the cable industry. Cognizant expects itaas expertise can be brought to bear to support other industries such as banking, retail, and healthcare.

Service providers prime targets for hackers

April 22, 2014 1:46 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The world’s networks are under constant, relentless attack, including – perhaps especially – the networks of service providers. Service providers are not only targets themselves, but since they provide the network infrastructure for so many other companies, they are doubly at peril, according to Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report.

AT&T lines up 21 potential markets for 1 Gbps U-verse

April 21, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new candidate metropolitan areas include: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose.

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