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Rogers debuts TV + Web whole-home service

February 24, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has started offering a combination whole-home PVR and TV Everywhere-style service based on Cisco's Videoscape architecture.

It's official: Obama signs spectrum, public safety bill

February 24, 2012 2:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has signed a payroll tax cut extension bill that includes provisions allowing the FCC to auction off television spectrum and the long-awaited creation of a national mobile broadband network for public safety.

Report: Backhaul macro base stations will near 1.8M by 2014

February 24, 2012 1:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

New research by NPD In-Stat projects that the number of fiber-enabled backhaul macro base stations will approach 1.8 million by 2014.

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Canoe Ventures shuts down iTV business, lays off 120

February 23, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canoe Ventures is scuttling its interactive TV advertising platform to focus on video-on-demand and TV Everywhere dynamic ad insertion.

Bright House locks up telecom contract for Republican convention

February 23, 2012 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is the official telecommunications provider for the Republican National Convention that will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Dish Network added 220,000 subs in Q4

February 23, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network said its net income rose 24 percent in the latest quarter, beating analyst expectations, as it added a modest number of subscribers.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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