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Shaw Communications adds 5 new HD channels to its lineup

December 16, 2011 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications announced that it had launched five new HD channels: Space, Business News Network (BNN), Bravo, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

Time Warner Cable in an Android state of mind

December 15, 2011 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has released its second Android-based app in as many weeks, with the latest, My TWC, taking flight.

Suddenlink offers any-room DVR with TiVo Premiere

December 15, 2011 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications subscribers that currently enjoy TiVo Premiere in their homes can now pause a recorded program in one room and resume watching it in another.

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TV companies have a year to pipe down loud ads

December 15, 2011 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shush, already. That's the message the Federal Communications Commission is sending with new rules that force broadcast, cable and satellite companies to turn down the volume on blaring TV commercials.

Alcatel-Lucent provisions 100 Gbps network in S. Amer.

December 15, 2011 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to gear from Alcatel-Lucent, Cablevision Argentina is laying claim to being the first cable operator in South America to deliver 100 Gbps speeds over an optical network.

Networks shell out billions for NFL

December 15, 2011 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With NFL games enjoying seemingly invincible ratings while most everything else on TV goes down, down, down, the league's traditional broadcast partners embraced a deal that sends their rights fees up, up, up.

Netflix increases Q3 spending to woo lawmakers

December 15, 2011 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix spent more money currying favor with U.S. lawmakers and regulators in the third quarter while the video subscription service's customers rebelled against a price increase.

Rumors swirl around Verizon acquisition of Netflix

December 14, 2011 3:11 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

If LTE is set to usher in the age of mobile video in 2012, Verizon might be preparing to dive right in with an acquisition of DVD and streaming video provider Netflix. At least, that's the gist of the rumors being reported recently.

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Verizon upgrading FiOS IP backbone

December 14, 2011 3:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon will be upgrading the IP backbone of its FiOS service, deploying Cisco CRS-3 carrier routers in several major markets to support 100G transport.

Pace, Amino both name new CEOs

December 14, 2011 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

There was an odd coincidence in the set-top box market, with both Amino Technologies and Pace announcing they are replacing their respective chief executives, effective immediately.

Report: Cable broadband gear up 14% year-over-year

December 14, 2011 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The worldwide sale of cable broadband equipment was up 14 percent year-over-year in the third quarter, according to a new report by Infonetics Research.

Best Buy’s Q3 profit falls, shares skid

December 14, 2011 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics retailer Best Buy’s third-quarter net income fell 29 percent as it cut prices in popular categories such as tablets and TVs to drive sales and traffic during the busy holiday season.

Bright House signs ad agreements with Verizon, Comcast, Knology

December 13, 2011 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Media Strategies, the advertising division of Bright House Networks, has signed up Verizon FiOS, Comcast Spotlight and Viamedia/Knology to serve up national and regional spot ads in the Tampa Bay area through its Tampa Bay Interconnect.

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Motorola, FourthWall form a multi-screen bond

December 13, 2011 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has adopted products from FourthWall Media to support tighter integration between set-top boxes and mobile devices.

Turner’s Heller joins Arris’ board

December 13, 2011 2:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris has added Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) vice chairman Andrew Heller to its board of directors.

In the media: Comcast to carry BBC World News

December 13, 2011 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BBC World News is coming to America thanks to a distribution deal with Comcast. The New York Times reported that a deal between the BBC and Comcast has been reached, with the expectation of an official announcement from the two later.

AT&T's Flo build-out carries $1B-plus cost

December 13, 2011 2:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T told the FCC that it will cost between $1 billion and $2 billion to use Qualcomm's Flo TV spectrum for supplemental downlink capacity in its LTE network.

Using Pseudowire to Keep Up in Cell Backhaul

December 12, 2011 5:06 pm | by Chris York, product marketing manager at DragonWave | Articles | Comments

Cable operators have been in a strong position to address the demand for mobile backhaul and business services. The biggest impediment to satisfying that demand is that cable networks built to support primarily residential video and data services do not meet the SLA requirements of large enterprise customers.

YouTube acquires RightsFlow to help license music

December 12, 2011 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube has acquired RightsFlow, a New York-based company that will help it identify the owners of music that people use in videos they post.

Expo: Playing Out of Bounds

December 12, 2011 1:14 am | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

At Cable-Tec Expo, we ran into Comcast CTO Tony Werner, mentioned what Verizon’s Eric Bruno had announced about Home Control, and asked him if Comcast had any plans to do likewise: sell broadband-based services outside of its traditional footprint.

In Perspective – An Extra Helping

December 11, 2011 5:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Ordinarily, we include coverage of Cable-Tec Expo in our November/December print issue. This year, Expo was scheduled too late in the year for us to include it in that edition, prompting this extra online installment.

Time Warner Cable boosts data speeds, adds HD nets in Carolinas

December 9, 2011 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has ramped up the upstream and downstream speeds of several of its data tiers in its Carolinas system, as well as added more HD channels.

Charter goes commercial with TiVo multi-room

December 9, 2011 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications is going commercial with a whole-home solution using the TiVo Premiere box that it announced last January.

Cablevision sues Verizon over accuracy of ads

December 9, 2011 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems is suing rival Verizon Communications in an effort to stop an advertising campaign deriding the speed of Cablevision's Internet service.

Suddenlink tunes in VOD, Caller ID in Ariz. communities

December 9, 2011 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink has dropped video-on-demand services and TV Caller ID features into some Arizona communities that were formerly served by NPG Cable.

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