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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.

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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.

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.

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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. 

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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. 

Discovery tops 3Q profit forecasts

November 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $280 million. On a per-share basis, the Silver Spring, Maryland-based company said it had net income of 41 cents. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were 46 cents per share.

Rovi buys startup Fanhattan for undisclosed sum

November 3, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi will be jumping into the CPE business, acquiring startup Fanhattan, which used its expertise in guide and recommendation technology as a launchpad for a set-top that combines linear, on demand, and OTT content. The companies did not disclose the purchase price.

Verizon bows faster gateway

November 3, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon teamed up with Greenwave Systems on its new home gateway, which, under lab conditions, can deliver up 800 Mbps on the downstream along with an unobstructed Wi-Fi range of up to 325 feet. The gateway uses beamforming and supports the various standards of Wi-Fi, including 802.11b/g/n/ac, as well as MoCA 2.0 and Ethernet.

Atlantic Broadband offers Netflix as Xmas stocking stuffer

November 3, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting today and running through Dec. 31, Atlantic Broadband is offering new customers three free months of Netflix’s streaming service when they sign up for  bundles over the holiday season. Customers that sign up for Atlantic’s double play (which includes TV and data) and triple play (TV, data and phone) qualify for the Netflix service, which is integrated with Atlantic’s TiVo offering. 

Proposed FCC compromise will be a win for the industry

October 31, 2014 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler may drop attempts at Title II reclassification, but in exchange will approve the Comcast / Time Warner Cable and AT&T / DirecTV mergers only with conditions that will bar them from engaging in paid prioritization. It's a win for MVPDs, but will they accept it?  

Imagine picks up OpenTV's ad platform

October 31, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Imagine said the acquired products will be supported alongside Imagine Communications’ existing advertising business systems offerings while providing a foundation for future developments that include linear, online, OTT and programmatic business models for TV and radio.

Xfinity customers can make the drop at UPS stores

October 31, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast continues to polish its customer service apple by allowing subscribers to drop off their equipment directly at UPS stores where the gear will be processed, packed and shipped back to Comcast free of charge. In addition to the more than 500 Xfinity stores, the equipment can now be dropped off at 4,400 UPS stores across the nation. The equipment can be handed into the UPS stores as is, without wrapping or packaging.

Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes

October 31, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink. The Tokyo-based maker of the PlayStation 4 video game machines, Spider-Man movies and Xperia smartphones had reported a 19.6 billion yen loss for the same July-September period a year earlier.

Arris steady in Q3, expects a boost in 2015... eventually

October 30, 2014 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris reported Q3 revenue of $1.4 billion, up 32 percent from the third quarter a year ago. Arris expects its largest customers might get distracted by the megamergers they're involved in, but they all need to respond to demand for gigabit services and Wi-Fi. CCAP trials might commence in the summer.

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