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WOW buys Knology for $1.5B

April 18, 2012 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With Knology’s 275,000 subscribers, WOW becomes the country’s 13th-largest multichannel video programming distributor.

Cox slams Sprint with patent countersuit

April 18, 2012 2:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cox Communications is suing former business partner Sprint for patent infringement, a countersuit aimed at deflating a patent suit Sprint filed against Cox and three other companies.

Time Warner Cable streaming live to some Android devices

April 18, 2012 1:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has followed through on its promise to deliver live streaming video content to Android-based smartphones and tablets, but the catch is that those devices need to be running the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

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Dyyno blows down cost barrier for TV Everywhere

April 17, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Using low-cost servers, Android-based set-tops and a cloud-based partner, Dyyno puts TV Everywhere within the reach of small operators.

Synacor fuels MetroCast’s TV Everywhere Web portal

April 17, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Synacor is provisioning MetroCast Communications’ new Web portal that will give the cable operator’s customers access to its TV Everywhere service and other video content.

FCC chief defends spectrum auctions at NAB

April 17, 2012 2:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The head of the FCC tried to convince broadcasters to sell off their spectrum in voluntary auctions during a speech at the National Association of Broadcaster's annual conference in Las Vegas.

Cox bows TEDTalks On Demand

April 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has laid claim to being the first cable operator in the nation to offer TEDTalks On Demand, which features lectures from well-known scientists, adventurers, artists, designers and storytellers.

New Starz, DirecTV deal adds in online sites

April 16, 2012 2:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starz Entertainment and DirecTV struck a new multi-platform deal that adds online access to movies and other video content to the satellite provider’s TV Everywhere stable.

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Streaming service for rocket launches lifts off with CMC

April 16, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast Media Center (CMC) has inked a deal with United Launch Alliance to provide live and on-demand coverage of rocket launches across various media platforms.

Provider taps Minerva, Edgeware for enhanced IPTV

April 16, 2012 2:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Indiana telecom company Smithville has enhanced its IPTV service by putting into place a system that records live broadcast TV and enables on-demand and restart viewing.

OptiComm picks Casa Systems’ CMTSs

April 16, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Australia-based OptiComm will use cable modem termination systems from Casa Systems to build out the country’s first wholesale, DOCSIS 3.0-based HFC network to deliver data services.

Chyron and ConnecTV combo on multi-screen

April 16, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two are set to integrate their systems to enable broadcasters to add interactivity that brings together TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones.

Kiosks go mainstream for companies selling DVDs, iPads

April 16, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Streaming? Many people favor renting DVDs from a box – and they’re increasingly buying goods from kiosks.

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Verizon’s tech switch interrupts FiOS VOD service

April 13, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Meanwhile, the city of Philadelphia will hold a hearing about Verizon’s foot-dragging on its FiOS rollout plans.

Windstream opens doors on Little Rock data center

April 13, 2012 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Windstream opened its newest data center in Little Rock, Ark., in order to help provision its business customers’ needs via cloud-based and dedicated managed services.

Time Warner Cable, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotional bundles

April 12, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Verizon Wireless are now offering cross-promotional bundles in Raleigh, N.C.; Kansas City; and Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Charter gears up for interactive ads with FourthWall’s widgets

April 12, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications is setting the stage for interactive advertising by deploying FourthWall Media’s Ad Widgets in 800,000 digital homes across five markets.

Comcast gives Fenway Park a Metro E makeover

April 12, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

One of the nation’s most hallowed baseball parks has stepped into the future with the installation of Comcast Business Services’ Metro Ethernet service.

Motorola Mobility combines IRDs, transcoders

April 12, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The integrated systems will help MSOs handle incoming MPEG-4 video as they upgrade networks built for MPEG-2.

Wal-Mart debuts $60 OTT box from D-Link

April 12, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

You do that Vudu that you do so well – Wal-Mart gets an exclusive on a box that will support its video service.

VTel to expand IPTV reach

April 12, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The carrier will use equipment from Alcatel-Lucent to bring fiber-based broadband to rural Vermont customers.

Sony to ax 10,000 workers in restructuring

April 12, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As expected, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai plans to slash 10,000 jobs from the company’s workforce as Sony works to turn around its business amid worst-ever projected losses.

Review: Wal-Mart previews 'Disc to Digital' movie service

April 12, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart is testing the UltraViolet digital rights locker – it will provide free streaming rights to movies that customers can prove they own.

'Marley' to stream on Facebook while in theaters

April 12, 2012 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook keeps probing ways to get into the film rental biz.

BlackArrow’s software adds flexibility to dynamic ad insertion

April 11, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor BlackArrow has released new software that was designed to help cable operators work with programming networks to expand the sale, placement and measurement of dynamic advertising insertion across IP and traditional pay-TV platforms.

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