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Comcast adds video subs in Q4; Cox kicks tires on X1

January 28, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In its first quarterly gain of basic video subscribers in six and half years, Comcast announced this morning that it had added 43,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter. Comcast’s robust fourth quarter earnings came on the heels of rumors that it was in talks with Charter Communications to divide up Time Warner Cable.

Suddenlink promotes Pflantz, Sonne

January 28, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications announced it has promoted Mike Pflantz to senior vice president of corporate finance and accounting at the company’s headquarters in St. Louis. Suddenlink also announced that Jared Sonne was promoted to the position of vice president of operations for the company’s Texoma Region.

Liberty Global snaps up rest of Ziggo for $13.7 billion

January 27, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone can scratch Ziggo off of his “to do” list now that his Liberty Global has picked up the rest of Ziggo that it didn’t already own in a $13.7 billion cash and stock deal. After purchasing a 28.5 percent stake in Ziggo in March of last year, Malone and Liberty Global had been in hot pursuit of the rest of Netherlands-based Ziggo since August. 

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Comcast to bring online Olympics coverage to TV

January 27, 2014 12:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past few Olympics, NBC has shown more live coverage over the Internet than it has on TV. For the upcoming Winter Games, Comcast's Xfinity TV subscribers will be able to tap the breadth of that online coverage on their big screens. 

FCC inundated with pleas to save LPTV

January 24, 2014 1:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC next year will embark on the complicated process of auctioning off 600 MHz spectrum licenses. Part of that entails compensating and relocating/repacking the many low-power TV (LPTV) broadcasters that currently occupy those airwaves. For many, it’s become a legitimate concern that many of the free TV stations simply won’t continue on after the auction.

Time Warner, Bright House expand TV-E rosters

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

MSOs continue to gradually accrete more networks for their TV Everywhere line-ups. Time Warner Cable and ally Bright House Networks said they have just signed A&E, History and Lifetime.  TWC is already hosting the apps for those networks as part of its TV Everywhere offerings. Bright House Networks will follow next week.

Netflix adds 2.3M more US subscribers in banner 4Q

January 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix ended December with 33.4 million U.S. subscribers who stream video over high-speed Internet connections, up from 31.1 million in September. The company picked up another 1.74 million subscribers outside the U.S. to end last year with 10.9 million international customers.

NBCU/Comcast tee up deal with 49ers, Levi’s Stadium

January 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and NBCUniversal have struck a wide-ranging, 10-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers to provide a range of services at the new Levi’s Stadium. Hooking up professional sports stadiums with its Ethernet and Wi-Fi services is nothing for new Comcast, but the deal with the 49ers also included programming elements as well. 

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Clearleap hires former Vubiquity exec John Smith

January 23, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen vendor Clearleap has hired John Smith as vice president, new market development. Smith most recently served as senior vice president, North American sales at Vubiquity, which is a global provider of multiplatform video services.

ThinkAnalytics, IVA combo search with trailers

January 22, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IVA’s entertainment metadata will be matched to the ThinkAnalytics Search and Recommendations Engine. The combination will enable video service providers to present trailers and other promotional content with the results of a search or a recommendation process.

Wave Broadband gets CALM with Tektronix

January 22, 2014 11:37 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Wave Broadband has deployed Tektronix’s Sentry Assure platform to help it comply with the Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. To date, Wave Broadband, which serves more than 400,000 subscribers across the West Coast, has installed Sentry Assure in three of its systems.

Payne boards Suddenlink as chief programming officer

January 22, 2014 11:27 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has hired former Cox employee Katherine Payne as its new senior vice president and chief programming officer. Payne, who will start Feb. 24, is taking over for Patricia McCaskill, who will retire after a 35-year career in the cable industry.

Charter fires back at Time Warner Cable

January 21, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to win the hearts, minds and votes of Time Warner Cable shareholders, it’s become a war of online presentations between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Today Charter Communications posted a follow up presentation on its website that came on the heels of Time Warner Cable’s rejection of its $132.50 per share bid for Time Warner Cable early last week.

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TWC to offer theme-based lineups in parts of Maine, NH

January 21, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting March 4, Time Warner Cable will launch its theme-based digital channel lineup in some areas of Maine and New Hampshire. The new channel lineup makes it easier for subscribers to find the content and shows they want by grouping channels together into similar genres, such as sports, news, music, kids/teens and premium channels.

Media: Netflix app launches on Com Hem STBs

January 20, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

Starting today, subscribers of Sweden’s Com Hem can access Netflix content via an app on their set-top boxes. According to Broadband TV, Netflix is available to Com Hem users that have TiVo boxes in their homes. The deal is similar to the one Virgin Media, TiVo and Netflix cooked up late last year. 

NFL Network to stream live on Xbox One

January 17, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Microsoft is working with NeuLion to enable the delivery of the channel at 60 fps. Doubling the typical frame rate of live video is especially pertinent with sports broadcasts. Sports networks, including ESPN, consistently say that if forced to choose between one or the other, a faster frame rate is preferable to higher resolution.

Cincy’s got next on Aereo’s service

January 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aereo announced that its antenna and cloud-based TV service would launch in Cincinnati on Tuesday. It’s been a busy month for Barry Diller-backed Aereo. The latest launch will be on the heels of the Supreme Court agreeing to decide on whether Aereo can offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters. Also this month, Aereo secured $34 million in its third round of funding.

Former Cox exec Schultz joins Charter

January 17, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has hired Richard Schultz for the position of senior vice president of inbound sales and retention, customer operations. Schultz has more than 25 years of experience leading sales in the telecommunications industry, most recently at Cox Communications.

Southwest Airlines, Dish extend live-TV deal

January 17, 2014 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Southwest Airlines Co. and Dish Network Corp. said Thursday that they will extend free in-flight, live-TV service through the end of this year for passengers who watch on their own Internet-capable devices. The service started last July and includes nearly 20 channels and up to 75 on-demand programs.

Comcast’s new research center reaches for the skies

January 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Not content with already having the tallest skyscraper in its hometown of Philadelphia, Comcast announced yesterday that its new research center will be even taller when its finished in 2017. The glass and stainless steel Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will over shadow the neighboring Comcast Center, which is the cable operator’s headquarters that opened in 2008.

Suddenlink picks NetCracker for customer management

January 15, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NetCracker Technology announced this morning that Suddenlink Communications has signed on to use its Customer Management and CRM platform. NetCracker was already the primary hosted billing platform provider for Suddenlink, but NetCracker has expanded that relationship by installing its web-based Customer Management and CRM offering.

ThinkAnalytics, SeaChange forge global reseller agreement

January 15, 2014 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Search and recommendation vendor ThinkAnalytics and SeaChange International announced this morning that they had signed a global reseller agreement. With the deal in place, ThinkAnalytics has integrated its search and recommendation engine into SeaChange’s Adrenalin backoffice platform.

Harris Broadcast wraps up deal to buy Imagine Communications

January 15, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Harris Broadcast announced this morning that it had completed its purchase of Imagine Communications. The deal brought Imagine’s adaptive bit rate (ABR) technology into Harris’ product portfolio. Financial terms of the deal weren’t released.

Huawei rejects reports of security weakness

January 15, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese tech giant Huawei on Wednesday rejected suggestions its telecoms equipment is vulnerable to hacking and forecast a rise in 2013 profit of nearly 50 percent. Chief financial officer Cathy Meng rejected as "groundless" reports that Huawei equipment might be more vulnerable to security threats than telecoms infrastructure made by other companies.

Charter calls Time Warner Cable a 'turnaround project'

January 15, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Charter Communications executives labeled Time Warner Cable a "turnaround project" suffering from a failed strategy as they urged Time Warner Cable shareholders to prod management to begin talks with Charter on its buyout offer. The criticism was leveled Tuesday after Charter revealed details of its proposed bid for Time Warner Cable. The offer would create the third-largest pay TV provider in the country.

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