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Ciciora’s Corner - Be amazed ...

February 1, 2012 2:03 am | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Articles | Comments

Apparently HDTV is old stuff now. According to USA Today, HDTV receivers are now in 87 percent of U.S. homes, even if some of those homes don’t have HDTV programming.

Open Mic - Who owns the home network?

February 1, 2012 1:51 am | by Benoit Joly, Senior Vice President of Operational Marketing at Technicolor | Articles | Comments

If there’s one safe bet in telecom, it’s that the percentage of households worldwide with connected consumer electronics (CE) devices will continue to grow at a healthy clip.

Technicolor tops 10 million DTAs sold in North America

January 31, 2012 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Paris, France-based Technicolor has strengthened its foothold abroad by selling 10 million digital terminal adapters (DTAs) in North America.

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Comcast among latest round of investors for SnagFilms

January 30, 2012 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a $10 million round of investment last year, SnagFilms has raised another $7 million in funds from its investors, which included Comcast Interactive Capital.

Videotron adds four new HD channels

January 30, 2012 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron recently bolstered its high def lineup with the addition of four channels.

Alliance: Super Wi-Fi an 'Inaccurate Moniker'

January 30, 2012 1:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wilmington, N.C., is first city to host services in white spaces – previously unused spectrum that lies between television channels.

Thailand welcomes Twitter's new censorship policy

January 30, 2012 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter "felt responsible to cooperate with governments to make sure basic rights are not violated through the use of social media."

DirecTV, Sunbeam resolve dispute over fees

January 27, 2012 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV and the owner of TV stations in Miami and Boston have resolved a dispute over fees the satellite provider pays to run broadcast programming.

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Comcast, NBC pledge $2.7M to broadcasting museum

January 27, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast, NBC News and NBC 5 Chicago jointly announced that they have pledged more than $2.7 million worth of in-kind and financial support to the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications.

In original Internet shows, hints of coming change

January 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of experimenting, the top video destinations on the Web are suddenly flush with original programming: documentaries, reality shows and scripted series.

TWC reports robust Q4, outlines plan for more IP streaming

January 26, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its iPad video app, Time Warner Cable will be sending live video streams to even more devices – including PCs and Macs, game consoles, and Internet-connected TVs – around the home.

Time Warner Cable keys on promos to win customers back

January 26, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

After posting largely glowing numbers in its fourth-quarter earnings report, Time Warner Cable is not about to rest on its laurels.

AT&T posts $6.7B loss despite surging smartphones

January 26, 2012 2:31 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T said it lost $6.7 billion during the fourth quarter on the cost of its benefit plans, the downgrade of the value of its directory assets and a $4 billion charge for its attempt to acquire T-Mobile USA.

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White space goes live in Wilmington, N.C.

January 26, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The city of Wilmington, N.C., has been testing out white space technology for almost a year, and the experiment went live.

Netflix customers return in Q4; stock soars 16%

January 26, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix has regained almost as many customers as it lost following an unpopular price increase, signaling that the video subscription service is healing from its self-inflicted wounds.

Israel sets sights on next-generation Internet

January 26, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Israel is often referred to as "Start-up Nation," thanks to its long history of high-tech breakthroughs produced by scrappy little companies. But in one critical area, the speed of Internet connections, Israel has fallen behind other tech-savvy countries.

Social TV evolves with Viggle app for iPhone, iPad

January 25, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When you tap the screen, Viggle's software for iPhones and iPads listens to what's on, recognizes what you're watching and gives you credit at roughly two points per minute. It even works for shows you've saved on a DVR.

Concurrent scores a customer win in Poland

January 25, 2012 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent recently racked up a customer win with Vectra, which is Poland's second-largest cable operator.

Bermuda CableVision gears up VOD platform with Avail-TVN

January 25, 2012 1:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Avail-TVN is provisioning a full range of video-on-demand services, including high-definition, standard-definition and 3-D streams, for Bermuda CableVision.

Sprint reveals more on roaming; AT&T pounces

January 25, 2012 1:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The articles in the Oklahoman and the Kansas City Business Journal seem fairly innocuous: As a cost-cutting measure, Sprint plans to rely more on roaming for rural areas in the two states.

Skyfire raises $8M, gets Verizon backing

January 25, 2012 1:38 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Skyfire Labs, a mobile video optimization company, has raised $8 million in Series C financing, and even though Verizon Investments participated in the round, the company views that as a plus, not a minus, when it comes to getting business with other Tier 1 carriers in North America.

Verizon swings to loss on pension costs

January 24, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's iPhone sales were strong, while on the wireline side, the company added 201,000 FiOS broadband and 194,000 FiOS video accounts.

BendBroadband names Holmes new VP of technology

January 24, 2012 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has appointed Wade Holmes as its new vice president of technology after Holmes served in that role on an interim basis.

Azuki offers to manage multi-screen services

January 24, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Give us two days, the company says, and we'll have you up and running with multi-screen services.

Amino picks Celeno's Wi-Fi platform for IPTV STBs

January 24, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amino Communications has selected Celeno Communications' Wi-Fi solutions for use in its IPTV set-top boxes.

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