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News Corp. buys stake in Roku

July 26, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

News Corp. is a member of an investment group that has injected a whopping $45 million into the streaming video company.

Alcatel-Lucent to cut 5,000 jobs after loss in Q2

July 26, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Telecoms equipment group Alcatel-Lucent is to cut 5,000 jobs in a multi-million-euro cost drive after it reported a second-quarter net loss of €254 million, or $308 million.

Pohl new chairman of BlackArrow’s board of directors

July 26, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable industry veteran Michael Pohl has been named as BlackArrow’s new chairman of its board of directors.

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Net Insight signs up reseller

July 26, 2012 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TI Broadcast Solutions Group is a consultancy that helps design broadcast facilities for a range of clients.

Comcast Ventures leads Series C round of funding for WhoSay

July 25, 2012 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Ventures was the lead investor in a Series C round of funding for WhoSay that totaled $12 million

LG Electronics’ profit falls as mobile loses money

July 25, 2012 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics reported a lower quarterly profit as its mobile phone division sank to a loss and forecast its earnings to deteriorate further.

Comcast cues up free Wi-Fi hotspots in Philly area during Olympic Games

July 25, 2012 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has opened up access to indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots for non-subscribers in Philadelphia and  parts of New Jersey and Delaware for the duration of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

Comcast goes platinum with new 305/65 data tier

July 24, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon’s reign for having the fastest downstream data speed in the United States proved to be short-lived now that Comcast is set to launch its Xfinity Platinum Internet tier.

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U-verse drives AT&T’s Q2 wireline operations

July 24, 2012 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company continues to bleed DSL customers, and some of those are lost completely.

Cisco plans 1,300 layoffs in new cost-cutting round

July 24, 2012 3:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cisco is cutting more employees from its payroll as part of a restructuring effort aimed at refocusing the company on its core strengths.

Time Warner Cable’s Gillman joins SeaWell Networks’ board

July 24, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor SeaWell Networks announced that Time Warner Cable executive Joan Gillman has joined its board of directors as an independent member.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable add wireless markets

July 23, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two MSOs continue their ongoing rollouts of their bundles with Verizon Wireless.

GLDS debuts TV Everywhere authorization

July 23, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system links to the company’s Web-based self-care portal, so subscribers can manage all of their services with a single account.

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Hood Canal adopts RGB infrastructure

July 23, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service provider is initially using the set-up to reclaim analog bandwidth and introduce more high-definition channels.

TWC pumps $850,000 into new state-of-the-art hub in S.C.

July 23, 2012 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable engineers took an innovative approach to a new hub in Summerville, S.C., by grouping services together into pods.

Buckeye CableSystem tunes up TV Everywhere with Azuki

July 23, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Azuki Media Platform includes adaptive streaming, entitlement and digital rights management (DRM).

Plans to share federal spectrum met with skepticism

July 23, 2012 1:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A plan to make the federal government share its spectrum with the wireless industry is being met with skepticism by an FCC commissioner and the wireless industry.

Survey: 50% of operators to deploy caching, CDNs by 2014

July 23, 2012 1:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Service providers rated Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent and Juniper as the top service provider edge router and/or carrier Ethernet switch vendors.

DirecTV customers: Sponge Bob is back

July 20, 2012 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom and the satellite TV service provider have settled a dispute that had cut off access to 17 Viacom channels for DirecTV subscribers.

Verizon’s broadband adds fewest in 4 years

July 19, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Solid subscriber growth of FiOS Internet barely compensates for DSL losses; FiOS TV grows, as well.

Comcast launches online Learning Center for Internet Essentials

July 19, 2012 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is augmenting its low-cost Internet Essentials broadband tier with an enhanced online Learning Center.

You bought it: Suddenlink sold for $6.6B

July 19, 2012 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, BC Partners and Suddenlink President and CEO Jerry Kent – along with members of his management team – have bought the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator.

Cogeco steps into U.S. market with $1.36B purchase of Atlantic Broadband

July 18, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canadian cable operator Cogeco is making its first foray into the United States with its $1.36 billion purchase of Atlantic Broadband.

Viacom decides not to block 'Daily Show' online

July 18, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom has decided to let new episodes of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" be shown on its websites, easing a blockade of online viewings that it imposed in a fee dispute with DirecTV.

FreeCast set to start charging

July 18, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company also plans to release its first device and a wireless PC/keyboard that users will be able to use to control the FreeCast guide and navigate the Web on their TV screens.

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