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FiOS growth solid, if unspectactular, in Verizon Q2

October 21, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While FiOS did well on the residential side with 114K new video subscribers, commercial FiOS operations have been lagging. On the enterprise side, FiOS revenue was down 4.4 percent in the quarter. Analysts assert that cable competition is cutting into FiOS commercial operations.

Time Warner Cable drops new Arris gateway into LA, New York City markets

October 21, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has upped its DVR capability in its Los Angeles and New York City markets with...

Suddenlink first cable operators to sign up for Sony Movie Channel

October 21, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is the first cable operator to sign a carriage agreement with Sony...

SeaChange names Samit as new CEO

October 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen software vendor SeaChange International has hired Jay Samit as its new CEO. Samit...

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Who is this Polka guy, and why is he saying such heinous things?

October 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

“Why won't you give cable subscribers the same rights you're evidently giving broadband customers under the ‘CBS All Access’ plan?” Maybe because broadcasters will make much less money if viewers get to choose to pay for each of the major networks, because everyone expects that tens and tens of millions of viewers won’t.

Turner channels removed from Dish amid pact spat

October 21, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement. Dish Network Corp. said Tuesday that Turner refused to extend the overall deal. But Turner— a division of Time Warner Inc. — said in a statement that it has worked for months to come up with a fair agreement.

Incognito updates Auto Configuration Server

October 20, 2014 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using the system, service providers will be able to remotely manage multiple devices, ease the roll out of new services, monitor their networks to resolve potential problems before they occur, and gain visibility into the home network, all designed to help operators increase quality of service.

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Bright House Networks lands Metro E deal with Orlando hotels

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

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions has reeled in a deal to provide its Metro Ethernet-based services to one of Orlando’s largest hospitality groups. Bright House Networks will provide Rosen Hotels & Resorts Metro Ethernet connectivity between its three convention hotels and its four leisure hotels, as well as dedicated Internet access (DIA) and HD video services.

Rentrak scores STB status measurement patent

October 20, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rentrak announced this morning that it has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the method and system behind measuring the status of set-top boxes. U.S. Patent number 8,863,166 was designed to identify when TV sets are off, but the set-top-box is on.

CBS debuts stand-alone streaming service

October 16, 2014 1:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows. The news comes a day after HBO said it plans to offer a streaming-only service next year.

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.

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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Netflix's stock plunges as subscriber growth slips

October 16, 2014 11:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This is a sequel that Netflix shareholders never wanted to see: The world's largest Internet video service has once again turned off potential viewers with a price increase that is punishing the company's stock price. The backlash surfaced in a third-quarter earnings report that Netflix Inc. released Wednesday.

New DirecTV satellite might be used for 4K delivery

October 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV’s latest satellite has been delivered in preparation for launch. This satellite represents what appears to be the first commercial use of reverse band, which enables some of the same spectrum, and/or some adjacent spectrum, used for the uplink to also be used for the downlink.

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.

Nagra powers Vodafone Spain's OTT-DTT hybrid service

October 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Nagra announced that Vodafone España is its first customer for its QuickStart Hybrid system in Europe. Vodafone Spain is using Nagra’s technology to create a service that will combine over-the-top (OTT) content and digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels.

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.

GCI adds TiVo service in another Alaskan city

October 14, 2014 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaska’s GCI is now serving up its TiVo-based service to its subscribers in Kotzebue. GCI currently has its GCI TV powered by TiVo service available across 95 percent of its footprint with plans to have it fully rolled out in all of its markets by the end of the year.

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.

Shaw opens up hotspots in areas of Calgary where power is down

October 13, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications is providing free access to non-subscribers on thousands of its Wi-Fi hotspots in downtown Calgary where a power outage occurred over the weekend. According to published reports, a Saturday night fire in an underground electrical vault in the core downtown area of Calgary caused the power outage, which could take four to seven days to fix.

MobiTV behind Deutsche Telekom's nDVR

October 13, 2014 12:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MobiTV announced it is behind the cloud recording capabilities offered by Deutsche Telekom with its multi-screen / TV Everywhere service. MobiTV's network DVR  allows recorded programs to be stored in the cloud and played on any mobile device, anytime, anywhere.

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.

TWC updates app to include VOD guide on Roku

October 10, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has blended in a VOD guide on its TWC TV app that runs on Roku’s platform. The Roku platform launched early last with an initial focus on live TV, but the latest update allows those users to see some of Time Warner Cable’s VOD library right from the live TV guide.

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.

AT&T’s SEC football fans can ‘Talk Back’ with sports celebs

October 9, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has found a way to get SEC football fans into the game by enabling a new “Talk Back” feature that allows them to interact with sports celebrities during live games. Talk Back is a second-screen feature that works via the U-verse App for Tablet or via a web portal. Viewers are able to submit their questions and watch live as sports celebrities answer them. 

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.

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