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Verizon accelerates LTE build

November 9, 2012 2:19 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo told analysts that the company is accelerating the deployment of its LTE network, which already has a wide lead over AT&T’s LTE coverage. Verizon Wireless now plans to complete its LTE rollout by the middle of next year.

AT&T changes policy, will allow FaceTime over cellular

November 9, 2012 2:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T will allow any customer with an LTE-capable iOS device on a tiered or shared data plan to use Apple's FaceTime video conferencing app over a cellular connection. AT&T had previously said it would only allow users who switched to the company's new shared data plans to access the app.

Judge rejects injunction against Dish DVR

November 8, 2012 3:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A California judge has rejected a request for a preliminary injunction against Dish Network's ad-skipping digital video recorder in a dispute that has pit broadcasters against a main distributor of their programming. The ruling was not released publically.

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SeaChange wins two more multi-screen customers

November 8, 2012 3:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange racked up two more customers for its Adrenalin multi-screen video software, neither of which were identified beyond describing them as one North American and one Latin American service provider. One of the two also selected SeaChange’s Nitro multi-screen user experience software.

Time Warner Cable rings in holiday season with Best Buy offer

November 7, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s “Holiday Triple Play” is hitting Best Buy stores. New and existing Time Warner Cable customers that sign up for Time Warner Cable’s voice, video and data services during the holiday offer get a $150 Best Buy gift card. The triple-play bundle starts at $89.99 a month and lasts for one year.

AT&T sets $14B broadband expansion

November 7, 2012 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Many homes in AT&T's local phone service areas will see the company becoming more competitive with cable for broadband service under a new $14 billion, three-year investment plan the company revealed. But in more outlying areas, the company will start shifting customers from regular phone lines to wireless service.

Frontier Communications' Q3 profit up threefold

November 7, 2012 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, which offers broadband, digital phone, video and other services, said that net income rose to $67 million, or 7 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. That compares with net income of $20.4 million, or 2 cents per share, in the same period last year.

Charter’s new strategy shows signs of paying off in Q3

November 6, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications reported third-quarter revenue of $1.88 billion, slightly up from revenue in its Q3 a year ago, and a loss of $87 million, compared with $85 million a year ago. Residential video customers decreased by 73,000 in the third quarter.

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Cablevision’s Q3 overwhelmed by expenses

November 6, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision reported a third-quarter loss of $3.8 million on slightly higher revenue, compared with the similar period a year ago. Third-quarter net revenue grew 1.2 percent to $1.685 billion. The loss was attributed to higher expenses associated with restructuring and compensation, as well as larger expenditures on paying down debt.

DirecTV misses Street’s Q3 expectations

November 6, 2012 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV missed Wall Street's earnings estimates for the third quarter, which included a 10-day blackout of Viacom channels like Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. DirecTV said that it earned $565 million, or 90 cents per share, for the July-to-September period.

Comcast moves Lopez to head Oregon operations

November 6, 2012 3:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has named Rodrigo Lopez as regional vice president for Oregon and southwest Washington State. The position opened when Comcast offered Lopez’s predecessor, Hank Fore, a similar position running the company’s California operations.

Netflix pops poison pill

November 6, 2012 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix is moving to protect itself against hostile takeovers, after activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed a stake of nearly 10 percent in the online video company. Netflix has adopted a shareholder rights plan, also known as a poison pill.

TWC’s video subs down, business services booming in Q3

November 5, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s quarterly profit and video subscriber losses were below Wall Street’s projections, but data and business services continued to be a boon to the company’s bottom line. Time Warner Cable’s net income increased to $808 million, or $2.60 a share, in the third quarter.

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CableLabs forms security subsidiary

November 5, 2012 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The cable industry’s research consortium has formed its first subsidiary, called NetworkFX, to provide companies outside of the cable industry with public key infrastructure (PKI) technology. PKI uses digital certificates to secure broadband connections for networked devices.

Cablevision secures roaming rights to NBCU content

November 5, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new agreement with Cablevision includes what NBCUniversal called expansive rights to on-demand content from its cable and broadcast network portfolio, as well as access to live channels across multiple platforms, both in and out of the home.

TWC rolls mobile charging stations into NYC; Cablevision re-groups

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

With tensions mounting in some of the areas that saw the biggest impact from Hurricane Sandy, Time Warner Cable and other service providers are rushing into the morass to fix their triple-play services and ease subscribers’ frustrations.

@ 4G World: 3GPP reports progress on LTE Release 12

November 2, 2012 2:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Speaking during a panel discussion on the future of LTE, Asok Chatterjee said the standard’s update is set to include Wi-Fi offload, methods to minimize drive tests, enhanced self-organizing network technology and methods to improve the technology's use for M2M, among other items.

Cogeco grows; market is ‘maturing’

November 2, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable reported higher revenue but lower profit, a decrease attributed largely to higher taxes resulting from changes in Canada’s tax code. Revenue in the company’s fourth quarter increased by 6.2 percent to reach $324.8 million; profit was $45.7 million.

Live From Cable-Tec Expo - SeaChange

November 2, 2012 1:20 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

CED contributor Stewart Schley interviews Steve Davi, CTO at SeaChange International, and talks about the company's "third wave" of a dramatic transformation, "the third seachange at SeaChange," at this year's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2012 in Orlando.

Live From Cable-Tec Expo - SCTE

November 1, 2012 4:26 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

CED Editor-in-Chief Brian Santo talks with Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers President and CEO Mark Dzuban about the new and exciting things happening at the organization that hosted SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2012 in Orlando.

AT&T mixes in iOS version of cloud-based video/photo-sharing app

November 1, 2012 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After previously launching its cloud-based storage service on Android devices, AT&T announced that users with iOS devices can now store their photos, music, documents and videos on its cloud storage platform. AT&T’s Locker is now available for downloading via Apple’s App Store.

Boxee with network DVR on sale

November 1, 2012 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Boxee began selling the new version of its set-top that combines network DVR, live TV and Internet apps – a set of over-the-top video services. At least initially, Boxee TV will be available exclusively in Wal-Mart stores, and online at Walmart.com and on the company’s own website.

FCC: Communications slowly improving after Sandy

November 1, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cell towers knocked out by Superstorm Sandy were slowly coming back to life, federal regulators said, but about 1 in 5 were still out of service in a storm-hit area stretching from Virginia to Massachusetts. That compares with 1 in 4 cell towers that were out of service the day after the storm made landfall.

Report: MoCA STB sales increase 33% in Q1

November 1, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) standard is the driving force behind the growth in home networking devices, and in the third quarter of this year, MoCA set-top box sales increased 33 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Report: Netflix still king of U.S. OTT market

November 1, 2012 2:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite reeling around like a drunken sailor on shore leave when it split up its streaming and mail DVD order services, Netflix is still the reigning champion of the over-the-top market in the United States, according a recent report by ABI Research.

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