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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

CMC delivers CBeebies preschool channel over VOD

January 24, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BBC Worldwide picked the Comcast Media Center to pitch the programming from Spanish-language channel CBeebies from the CMC's video-on-demand content distribution platform.

Charter upgrade to EBIF is underway

January 23, 2012 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the aid of itaas, the MSO has upgraded about 1.6 million set-tops in nine of its systems so that they are EBIF-enabled, and it is in the process of upgrading another 1.9 million more.

In the media: Knology negotiating to pick up 1,000 subs in Fla.

January 23, 2012 1:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to The News Herald, the city of Springfield would make about $3.1 million in infrastructure upgrades before transferring its cable system over to Knology.

Time Warner Cable serves up live TV in the home with iPhone app

January 20, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable's TWC TV app is now available for use on iPhones, which means subscribers can now watch live shows in their homes, remotely manage their DVRs and change channels with their iPhones.

CableLabs sets interop for 3-D TVs, set-tops

January 20, 2012 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs invited manufacturers of 3-D-capable cable set-top boxes, TV sets and test equipment to an event during which they'll be able to evaluate how well their products interoperate.

DirecTV dispute with Sunbeam has viewers in dark

January 20, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV and the owner of TV stations in Miami and Boston are in a standoff over fees the satellite provider pays to run broadcast programming, leaving tens of thousands of viewers unable to see shows ranging from "American Idol" to the NFL playoffs.

Comcast's Parker box goes for a test drive at the FCC

January 19, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is planning its first major rollout of its next-generation Xcalibur service, so it makes sense that reports are surfacing that the box, which is called "Parker" by Comcast, being used for the service is making its way through testing at the Federal Communications Commission.

Zodiac claims 2 more customers for HTML5 platform

January 19, 2012 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two operators were identified only as Tier 1 North American MSOs. The company previously announced that it has been working with Cablevision and with Videotron.

U.N. sets stage for blazing-fast new mobile devices

January 19, 2012 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A United Nations telecom meeting has approved the next generation of mobile technology, which experts say will make devices 500 times faster than 3G smartphones and eliminate the wait time between the tap of a finger and the appearance of a Web page.

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