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Dish, CBS agree to second extension

November 26, 2014 10:58 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Video blackouts are a real buzz kill for those tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving comas, so on that note CBS and Dish Network agreed to extend their retransmission talks for the second time. The two sides had settled on a five-day extension on Nov. 20 before the second extension was announced Tuesday night.

Denhart steps down as CEO at BlackArrow

November 25, 2014 7:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BlackArrow’s Dean Denhart is stepping down as the company’s chief executive officer. He’d held...

Cablevision promotes Anselmo to VP, corporate communications

November 25, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Effective immediately, Cablevision has promoted Lisa Anselmo to vice president, corporate...

Koch starts tender offer for Oplink transaction

November 24, 2014 12:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc. has started its tender offer tied to its approximately $445...

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Cha-Ching! TWC’s Marcus, DirecTV’s White to score big bucks

November 21, 2014 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus and DirecTV CEO Mike White are the envy of Dr. Evil. Marcus, who has been on the job for 11 months, and White are poised to cash in for considerably more than Dr. Evil’s $1 million dollar plan to ransom the world.

Lightpath ups Flynn to SVP of sales

November 21, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Lightpath, the commercial services division of Cablevision, has promoted Joseph Flynn to the position of senior vice president of sales. In his new role, Flynn is tasked with overseeing Lightpath’s sales operation, which includes day-to-day leadership and management of all its sales functions.

Comcast hires Raj as SVP of strategic and financial planning

November 20, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has hired Devesh Raj as its senior vice president of strategic and financial planning. In his new job, Raj will help drive the overall growth strategy at both Comcast and NBCUniversal, which includes leading the identification and pursuit of strategic business opportunities, partnerships, alliances, and licensing agreements.

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Cogeco to expand flagship data center

November 20, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cogeco Data Services is beefing up its flagship data center in Barrie, Ontario by adding more than 20,000-square-feet of operational space. Cogeco said the expansion project at the data center was underway and it will be wrapped up early next year.

Mediacom Business: We got gigabit too

November 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators have been quick to point out that they’ve been offering gigabit services on the business services side for sometime now. Such is the case with Mediacom Business, which first started offering fiber-based gigabit services back in 2007 before renaming the platform “Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions” in the summer of 2013.

Former Arris exec Elder takes helm at Concurrent

November 19, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent announced that Derek Elder will take over as the company’s CEO on Friday, replacing Dan Mondor. Elder, a former Arris executive, will also join Concurrent’s board of directors. Mondor had served as Concurrent’s CEO since April 2008.

Appeals court holds up megamergers; decision challenged

November 17, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The U.S. Court of appeals ruled that programmers do not have to share details of their transmission contracts with a set of MVPDs because some of the MVPDs want to hire outside legal counsel to review the documents. The ACA challenged the decision as unjustified.

Sony's TV service to go commercial early next year

November 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service is called Vue, and will be delivered at first through PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. The company will start with a free beta test with a limited number of people residing in New York. Sony intends to offer Vue commercially starting early next year.

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Cable One to spin off from Graham Holdings

November 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Graham Holdings’ board of directors has decided that its Cable One division would be more successful on its own with the spinoff slated for next year. Graham Holdings board of directors gave management its nod of approval to proceed with plans for the complete legal and structural separation of Cable One, which will result in the cable operator being a publicly traded company.

Alaska’s GCI partners with oil & gas vendor

November 13, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

GCI, through its GCI Industrial Telecom division, has struck a strategic partnership with oilfield monitoring vendor WellAware. The deal will give WellAware access to GCI’s mapping and analytics information across the state, which will be used by oil and gas field operators.

Cisco beats Street 1Q profit, revenue forecasts

November 13, 2014 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. posted stronger-than-expected first-quarter results on Wednesday. It also announced that its chief financial officer will step down. The seller of routers, switches, software and services said its net income totaled $1.83 billion, or 35 cents per share.

Roberts: Full steam ahead on Time Warner deal

November 13, 2014 12:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is moving "full steam ahead" with the company's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable despite the uncertainty raised by President Barack Obama's call for tougher regulations on high-speed Internet service providers. Roberts said Comcast Corp. still intends to spend about $20 billion during the next two years to improve its Internet service and other products.

YouTube adds subscription service to music mix

November 13, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is remixing the music on its YouTube video site with the addition of ad-free subscription service "Music Key" and a new format designed to make it easier to find millions of songs that can still be played for free. The subscription service is part of Google's effort to mine more revenue from YouTube as the video site approaches the 10th anniversary of its inception.

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TWCBC teams up with OhioHealth for telemedicine

November 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is enabling OhioHealth, which a not-for-profit system of healthcare facilities based in central Ohio, connect patients and physicians with telemedicine services. In addition to triple play services, Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) is providing OhioHealth with its 100 Mbps point-to-point Ethernet private line (EPL) fiber circuits to connect 50 care sites across the state.

Frontier Communications re-ups with Viacom

November 12, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Suddenlink Communications, Vyve Broadband and Cable One have moved on after failing to reach new carriage agreements with Viacom, Frontier Communications has inked a new a long-term retransmission deal with the content provider. Frontier’s deal with Viacom included multi-platform rights for 27 Viacom networks as well as for premium channel Epix. Terms of the new deal weren’t released.

Yahoo forks out $640M for BrightRoll

November 12, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is buying digital video advertising service BrightRoll for $640 million in the Internet company's latest attempt to boost its revenue after years filled mostly with financial futility. The acquisition announced Tuesday marks Yahoo's first major purchase since reaping a $9.4 billion windfall in September by selling part of its stake in a rapidly rising Internet star, Chinese e-commerce service Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Juniper Networks CEO steps down after review

November 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Networking vendor Juniper Networks announced on Monday that CEO Shaygan Kheradpir resigned from the company after less than a year at the helm. Juniper Networks said that Kheradpir, who was also on the board of directors, resigned following “a review by the board of directors of his leadership and his conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer." 

AT&T’s in-flight LTE service aborts takeoff

November 11, 2014 12:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's LTE network will apparently not be taking flight, but things are looking up at GoGo. Runway Girl Network reported Monday that AT&T is abandoning plans that it announced back in April to bring in-flight LTE network service to airlines in 2015. 

Small companies rush to fill gigabit void

November 10, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest companies have little interest in providing gigabit residential service, and Google is being extremely choosy and extremely slow about installing Google Fiber. That's opening opportunities to install fiber for companies like Pinnacle Communications, Ritter Communications and Arkwest, all in Arkansas.

Report: Carrier Wi-Fi revenues to reach $8 billion in U.S. by 2019

November 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spurred on by recent standardization efforts, carrier Wi-Fi revenues in the United States are projected to reach nearly $8 billion by 2019, according to a recent report. The report by ABI Research also said that Cisco and Ruckus Wireless were the early carrier Wi-Fi equipment vendor leaders while other main market players include Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, and Ericsson.

AT&T Buying Mexico Wireless Provider Iusacell for $2.5B

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

On Friday AT&T agreed to buy Mexico wireless provider Iusacell for $2.5 billion. The deal nets AT&T Iusacell’s licenses, network assets, retail stores as well as its approximately 8.6 million subscribers. Iusacell operates as both Iusacell and Unefón and maintains a network that covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s population.

Suddenlink adds video, data subs; Project GigaSpeed ramping up

November 7, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink parent Cequel reported growth in revenue, growth in basic video subscribers, and increased ARPU. The company said it expects to increase capital spending next year to upgrade its network; this is in accordance with its previously announced Project GigaSpeed.

ESPN, Showtime heading for direct-to-consumer subscriptions in '15

November 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ESPN is the latest channel announcing it is going to offer direct subscriptions next year, joining HBO and CBS. Separately, CBS said that its Showtime channel will also be available over the top next year. Disney is going to hold off on going OTT with any of its many other channels.

Cablevision loses data subs too; says more programmers prepping to go direct

November 6, 2014 1:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems lost subscribers in the third quarter, including data customers. CEO James Dolan also noted that "a significant number of suppliers" -- programmers, are preparing services similar to the ones announced by HBO and CBS, in which they will go direct to consumers.

Vonage buys Telesphere Networks for $114 million

November 6, 2014 11:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. said it plans to buy privately held Telesphere Networks for $114 million. Telesphere, based in Phoenix, provides video conferencing and cloud-computing for small businesses. It's expected to have revenue of about $40 million this year, Vonage said.

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