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In the media: Google files for OK to offer video

February 23, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google has requested approval from Missouri and Kansas to offer video services on its FTTH network in Kansas City.

Comcast gears up for launch of Streampix

February 22, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While it would appear on the surface that Comcast's new streaming video service, which it calls Xfinity Streampix, is an answering salvo to OTT competition such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, Comcast is positioning it as an additional feature to its stable of online video offerings.

Cable closes in on universal support for TV apps

February 22, 2012 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

An interop event at CableLabs demonstrates the ability to run a single app on different players from different vendors, all based on updated CableLabs specs.

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T-Mobile to FCC: Block Verizon AWS deal

February 22, 2012 2:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has asked the FCC to block Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion acquisition of a nationwide swath of AWS spectrum held by four cable companies.

TiVo, Pace buddy up on global partnership

February 22, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a deal that was designed to advance Pace's presence in North America and TiVo's abroad, DVR pioneer TiVo and set-top box vendor Pace announced that they have entered into a global partnership.

Technicolor adding tougher Wi-Fi

February 22, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company will integrate chips from Quantenna to support the multi-room distribution of HD video.

Microsoft hits Motorola, Google with EU complaint

February 22, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft lodged a formal complaint with the European Union's competition regulator against Motorola Mobility and its soon-to-be owner Google, saying Motorola's aggressive enforcement of patent rights against rivals breaks competition rules.

Edmunds exits Cox for new job at Comcast Cable

February 22, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable industry veteran Kimberly Edmunds has moved on from a 15-year career at Cox Communications to become senior vice president of customer care for Comcast Cable.

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BendBroadband adds HBO Go, Max Go to TV Everywhere mix

February 21, 2012 3:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has beefed up its recently launched TV Everywhere service with the addition of HBO Go and Max Go.

CMC offers CDN-based VOD service to cable ops

February 21, 2012 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Via its Comcast Media Center subsidiary, Comcast is letting other cable operators tap into its content delivery network in order to provision video-on-demand services.

MSG, Time Warner Cable complete deal for Knicks games

February 21, 2012 3:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of the New York Knicks has finalized its deal to return the NBA team's games to about 2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in the New York area.

Cass Cable TV migrates to hosted digital TV

February 21, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The small provider in Illinois signs up for Avail-TVN's MPEG-4 service, freeing bandwidth for TV Everywhere and other services.

Comcast adding 10 new networks

February 21, 2012 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast says four minority-owned networks will be launched on its cable TV systems, including channels spearheaded by music mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and NBA Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

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YouTube enlists big-name help to redefine channels

February 21, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube is enlisting Hollywood's help to reach a generation of viewers more familiar with smartphones than TV remotes.

Netflix reaches multi-year movie deal with Weinstein

February 21, 2012 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix says it will stream certain movies from The Weinstein Co., including "The Artist," under an exclusive licensing agreement.

BlueHighways TV signs carriage agreement with NCTC

February 21, 2012 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BlueHighways TV has inked a multi-year carriage agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative that will make the network available to the NCTC's nearly 1,000 member cable operators.

Youth shaping future of online TV, movies, music

February 21, 2012 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Young people want their music, TV and movies now – even if it means they get these things illegally.

Brightcove shares soar on 1st day of Nasdaq trading

February 17, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brightcove's shares are surging in their first day of trading on the Nasdaq exchange.

Comcast wraps up Xfinity Home launch in Freedom Region

February 16, 2012 3:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast's Freedom Region, which serves 2.1 million customers in greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern Delaware, has completed the launch of Xfinity Home across its entire footprint.

Time Warner Cable closes in on streaming to Android devices

February 16, 2012 3:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is close to rolling out streaming television to Android devices with the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system.

DirecTV adds 125K subs in Q4

February 16, 2012 3:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV Group said its net income rose 16 percent in the latest quarter, helped by subscriber gains.

Comcast ups Avgiris to EVP, GM of data group

February 16, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has promoted Cathy Avgiris to executive vice president and general manager of the data and communications group, where she will lead the rollout of the joint bundle offerings with Verizon Wireless.

CTIA applauds tax cut continuation act

February 16, 2012 3:14 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA is happy that lawmakers have agreed to extend the payroll tax cut because it includes a provision to auction off airwaves and give its members access to precious spectrum.

Elemental hires sales VP for Asia

February 16, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Based in Hong Kong, Godfrey will lead sales and service efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.

Former Cox exec Kinsey joins Charter as VP of IP engineering

February 16, 2012 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a 12-year career at Cox Communications, Randy Kinsey has joined Charter Communications as its vice president of IP engineering.

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