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CBS invests in Aereo alternative

April 23, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. says it has made a minority investment in Syncbak, a technology company that allows mobile device users to pick up signals from their local TV stations over the Internet. The broadcaster said it would like to work closely with cable, satellite and telecommunications companies on building the capability.

Cox cues up Android devices for TV Everywhere app

April 23, 2013 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced this morning that its Cox TV Connect app now supports Amazon's Kindle Fire, Google's Nexus and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 and Note tablets. Prior to the addition of Android devices today, Cox’s app worked with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices

TWC’s security service launches in Dallas

April 23, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dallas is the latest city to launch Time Warner  Cable’s home automation service, which is called IntelligentHome. Time Warner Cable has previously said it planned on having IntelligentHome rolled out across its entire footprint by year’s end.

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Aereo plans Boston TV party

April 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aereo is rolling its streaming TV service into the Boston area where it will take on Comcast and RCN. Aereo will square off against Comcast’s next generation, IP/QAM-based X1 platform in Beantown, which was made its debut in Boston last year. 

Plala to deploy Android set-tops in Japan

April 22, 2013 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Japanese IPTV company will be deploying Android-based set-tops built by Sumitomo Electric Networks and based on new chips from STMicroelectronics. STM's Orly system-on-chip (SoC)  includes a dedicated real-time multimedia processor, multi-standard video decoding engines, and video encoding.

Rogers TV Anyplace app streams into LG’s smart TVs

April 22, 2013 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Friday Rogers Communications laid claim to be being the first cable operator in Canada to launch an app for streaming on demand video to LG Electronics’ smart TVs. Rogers Anyplace TV will be available on 2012 and 2013 LG Smart TVs including OLED and Ultra HD. At launch, the app will host more than 1,000 hours of content.

DLNA hands out awards to 10 members

April 22, 2013 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to recognize individuals and companies that have helped the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) promote its effort for connecting DLNA-certified devices to networks in consumers’ homes, the organization recently handed out its awards for remarkable achievements and company contributions.

Comcast streams Outdoor Channel

April 22, 2013 11:46 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and the Outdoor Channel have inked a multi-year distribution agreement that made the network’s content available across Comcast’s TV Everywhere platform. Effective immediately, the Outdoor Channel’s video content is now available on Comcast’s Xfinity on demand, the xfinity.com/tv web portal and through the Xfinity TV Player app.

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Buckeye hires former NCTC CEO Abbas as new president

April 19, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye Cablevision, which does business under the Buckeye CableSystem moniker, has brought former National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) president and CEO Jeffry Abbas on board as its new president and general manager. At Buckeye CableSystem, Abbas will report to Joe Jensen, Block Communications’ executive vice president/cable and telecommunications.

Provo next after Austin for Google Fiber

April 18, 2013 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google will take over a troubled municipal fiber-optic system and make Provo, Utah, the third city to get its high-speed Internet service via fiber-optic cables. Google Fiber was rolled out in Kansas City, Mo., last year; company announced earlier this month it will make Austin, Texas, the second city to get ultra-fast Internet service.

Verizon FiOS adds outweigh DSL losses in Q1

April 18, 2013 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon added a total of 188,000 FiOS Internet and 169,000 FiOS video subscribers in its first quarter. Verizon ended the quarter with a total of 5.6 million FiOS Internet and 4.9 million FiOS video connections. It also migrated 83,000 homes from copper to fiber.

Arris names new executive leadership team

April 18, 2013 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris CEO Bob Stanzione has assembled his new leadership team now that the deal to buy Motorola’s Home division closed yesterday. Former Charter Communications CTO Marwan Fawaz, who joined Motorola last year, won’t be a part of the new executive team, but Stanzione said in a company memo that Fawaz would stay on board over the next few weeks to help with the transition.

DirecTV sets up network with Mariners

April 17, 2013 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The Mariners and DirecTVSports Networks are partners in a new regional sports network where the franchise will be the majority stakeholder in the operation. The deal will run through the conclusion of the 2030 baseball season with DirecTVSports Networks taking a minority position but overseeing the daily management of the network.

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Arris’ pickup of Moto a done deal

April 17, 2013 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Stick a fork in Arris’ acquisition of Motorola. Arris announced this morning that its $2.3 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility’s Home division from Google was wrapped up. The completion of the acquisition, which was first announced Dec. 19, came after the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) signed off on the deal on Friday.

Comcast hires Adamson as VP of commercial business services in Mile High Region

April 17, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has hired Shawn Adamson as its vice president of commercial business services for its Mile High Region. In her new job, Adamson will lead Comcast’s portfolio of business offerings and services, including the company’s Metro Ethernet suite of services that were launched two years ago.

Cable One’s Burge retires after 50 years in customer service

April 17, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With more than 50 years in customer service, Barbara Burge has no doubt seen and heard it all in the cable industry, but she recently announced her retirement as Cable One’s general manager in Altus, Okla. Her career started out in 1962 at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company where she worked as a service representative

Time Warner Cable app delivers TV outside the home

April 16, 2013 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is preparing to provide on-demand content outside the home for the first time. TWC has secured the rights to provide a subset of the channels it has available for both on-demand and live programming outside the home , via its TWC TV app.

In Demand renews capacity deal with SES

April 16, 2013 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SES announced this morning that In Demand had renewed its capacity agreement with the satellite operator in order to continue the delivery of pay-per-view and VOD sports and entrainment video  content to cable headends across North America. As part of the deal, In Demand is using a full transponder of C-band capacity on SES’ AMC-1 satellite.

Dish leapfrogs Softbank with $25.5B bid for Sprint

April 15, 2013 1:53 pm | by Ben Munsen, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Networks' $25.5 billion merger bid for Sprint represents a 13 percent premium over the value of Softbank’s current offer.  Softbank’s bid, valued at approximately $20 billion, would put the Japanese cellular giant in control of 70 percent of Sprint.

Motorola connects Howard Community College with POL

April 15, 2013 12:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia, Maryland-based Howard Community College is using Motorola Mobility’s passive optical LAN (POL) platform to provide IP connectivity in its new Heath Sciences building. The fiber-optic network will serve more than 1,500 Ethernet ports, and was designed and deployed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Comcast strikes Ethernet accord with Nationals

April 15, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced today that it has signed a multi-year deal with the Washington Nationals to provide its Ethernet services in the ballpark. The Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI) line from Comcast serves as the backbone for Wi-Fi and other data services at Nationals Park. 

EU signs off on Liberty Global’s deal to buy Virgin Media

April 15, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The European Commission announced this morning that it had put its stamp of approval on Liberty Global’s $23 billion purchase of Virgin Media. The European Commission found that the deal, which was announced earlier this year, didn’t raise any competitive concerns.

Starz pushes 2nd-screen technology

April 12, 2013 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The programmer is getting ambitious with second-screen technology in the form of a new companion app for the network’s new show “Da Vinci’s Demons: Citizens of Florence.” The second-screen app, called “Citizens of Florence,” relies on cues from the show's audio track to dynamically unlock interactive content as the show is being broadcast. 

NBC Sports democratizes streaming

April 12, 2013 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision, Comcast Xfinity TV, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS customers are the first to receive NBC Sports Network content, with more to come. NBC, NBC Sports Network and Golf Channel plan to stream more than 4,000 hours and 1,000 events and programs in 2013.

DoJ signs off on Moto/Arris deal

April 12, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris announced this morning that the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) had signed off on its $2.235 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility’s Home division from Google.With the DoJ stamp of approval in hand, Arris has cleared all of the regulatory hurdles and expects the transaction to close “on or about April 17.”

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