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Cisco beats Street 1Q profit, revenue forecasts

November 13, 2014 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. posted stronger-than-expected first-quarter results on Wednesday. It also announced that its chief financial officer will step down. The seller of routers, switches, software and services said its net income totaled $1.83 billion, or 35 cents per share.

Roberts: Full steam ahead on Time Warner deal

November 13, 2014 12:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is moving "full steam ahead" with the company's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable despite the uncertainty raised by President Barack Obama's call for tougher regulations on high-speed Internet service providers. Roberts said Comcast Corp. still intends to spend about $20 billion during the next two years to improve its Internet service and other products.

Tablets increasingly used to watch linear TV

November 13, 2014 12:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Infographic: More and more people are using their tablets for viewing linear content. Ad placement (and viewing) in broadband content is increasing significantly. That's true not only of long-form content but also of short-form content  and everything in between.

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thePlatform instantly converts linear broadcast for replay modes

November 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

thePlatform has introduced a service for broadcasters that converts linear TV almost immediately into a format that can be used for instant replay in a multi-screen delivery environment. The capability is based in part on Elemental Technology’s Delta JIT packaging system. 

AT&T chair: go Title II and we'll sue

November 12, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

If the FCC were to attempt to reclassify broadband as a communications service under Title II, the industry will immediately sue to block the move, AT&T Randall Stephenson vowed. Furthermore, communications companies will stop investing in their networks.

WOW! tunes in Netflix on Arris boxes

November 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! will be offering its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app that works on Arris boxes in their homes. Developed for WOW! by Arris, the Ultra TV set-top box integrates Netflix app into the leased boxes.

TWCBC teams up with OhioHealth for telemedicine

November 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is enabling OhioHealth, which a not-for-profit system of healthcare facilities based in central Ohio, connect patients and physicians with telemedicine services. In addition to triple play services, Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) is providing OhioHealth with its 100 Mbps point-to-point Ethernet private line (EPL) fiber circuits to connect 50 care sites across the state.

Frontier Communications re-ups with Viacom

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

While Suddenlink Communications, Vyve Broadband and Cable One have moved on after failing to reach new carriage agreements with Viacom, Frontier Communications has inked a new a long-term retransmission deal with the content provider. Frontier’s deal with Viacom included multi-platform rights for 27 Viacom networks as well as for premium channel Epix. Terms of the new deal weren’t released.

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AT&T pauses fiber build on Title II concerns

November 12, 2014 12:31 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said his company couldn't afford to continue its fiber buildout until regualtory uncertainties were resolved. Stephenson's comments come just days after President Obama's strongest statement yet on the Net Neutrality debate. Obama urged the FCC to categorize ISPs under Title II, which would essentially make the Internet a public utility. 

Report: Europe leads U.S. in PC-to-TV connections

November 11, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to the adoption of PC-to-TV connections, Europe is top dog over the Untied States. According to Internet of Things and European entertainment research from Parks Associates, 54 percent of the broadband households in Spain and 38 percent in both the United Kingdom and Germany have a PC connected to the TV compared to 32 percent in the U.S.

Shazam exec says second-screen not happening

November 11, 2014 12:15 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shazam CPO Daniel Danker said second-screen viewing is not going to catch—at least not in terms of engaging with a mobile device throughout the viewing experience. Speaking Monday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Danker said “in most cases people are quite passive” and that behavior relies on a more “lightweight” experience to engage them while watching television.

Small companies rush to fill gigabit void

November 10, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest companies have little interest in providing gigabit residential service, and Google is being extremely choosy and extremely slow about installing Google Fiber. That's opening opportunities to install fiber for companies like Pinnacle Communications, Ritter Communications and Arkwest, all in Arkansas.

Cable stocks whacked on Obama Title II endorsement

November 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

If the FCC were to approve the White House's recommendations, the Internet would be regulated like other utilities such as electricity, water and telephone services. The White House is calling for an "explicit ban" on deals between broadband Internet providers and online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube.

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Obama endorses Title II reclassification for broadband

November 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

 President Barack Obama today said he would like to see broadband reclassified under Title II, as a means of ensuring the Internet remains free and open. NCTA president  Michael Powell responded, “We are stunned the President would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet"

Suddenlink adds video, data subs; Project GigaSpeed ramping up

November 7, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink parent Cequel reported growth in revenue, growth in basic video subscribers, and increased ARPU. The company said it expects to increase capital spending next year to upgrade its network; this is in accordance with its previously announced Project GigaSpeed.

ESPN, Showtime heading for direct-to-consumer subscriptions in '15

November 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ESPN is the latest channel announcing it is going to offer direct subscriptions next year, joining HBO and CBS. Separately, CBS said that its Showtime channel will also be available over the top next year. Disney is going to hold off on going OTT with any of its many other channels.

Cablevision loses data subs too; says more programmers prepping to go direct

November 6, 2014 1:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems lost subscribers in the third quarter, including data customers. CEO James Dolan also noted that "a significant number of suppliers" -- programmers, are preparing services similar to the ones announced by HBO and CBS, in which they will go direct to consumers.

Mediacom loses more video subs in 3Q, revenues inch up

November 6, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications saw its third quarter revenue increase slightly in the face of declining video subscribers. Privately held Mediacom, the nation’s eighth-largest cable operator, reported a net quarterly decline of 8,000 primary service units (PSU) across its two subsidiaries.

DirecTV beats Street 3Q forecasts

November 6, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV (DTV) on Thursday reported earnings of $611 million in its third quarter. The El Segundo, California-based company said it had profit of $1.21 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.33 per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations.

Report: OTT use will increase household bandwidth 31 percent annually

November 5, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the plethora of OTT services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, among others, the average household bandwidth requirements are poised to increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, according to a recent report. The report, which was commissioned by Ciena and conducted by ACG Research, said that peak hour average usage per household would increase from 2.9 Mbps this year to 7.3 Mbps in 2018. 

Comcast hires former Yahoo exec to lead multicultural services

November 5, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Cable has hired former Yahoo executive Javier Garcia to the positions of vice president and general manager, multicultural services. In his new job, Garcia will report to Marcien Jenckes, executive vice president of consumer services for Comcast Cable. He’ll be responsible for directing, designing and implementing Comcast’s multicultural services strategy across all of its Xfinity products.

Shy bladder group protests DirecTV ad

November 5, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shy bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad where a "painfully awkward" actor Rob Lowe says that he can't urinate in public. Part of a campaign to encourage people to switch from cable, the ad features two Lowes: a handsome one in a slick suit who claims to be a DirecTV customer, and a goofy-looking Lowe wearing a fanny pack with his hair parted in the middle. 

Dish turns in uninspiring Q3 results

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dish Network reported a modest uptick in third quarter revenue, less than half the profit, a modest decline in subscribership for its video service, and a minimal increase for broadband. With the video market is saturated, the company is widely seen as treading water.

Cable One taps into CSG’s next-gen billing platform

November 4, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One is up and running with the latest iteration of CSG International’s customer care and billing platform. Cable One is using CSG in support of its video, voice and data services for both business and residential customers. 

Media: Apple, Google hook up Disney on cross platform deal

November 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

It’s not exactly “cats living with dogs,” but the needle for enabling TV Everywhere services may have budged a fraction with the news that Google and Apple will allow purchased Disney movies to be viewed on each other’s platforms. 

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