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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.

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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.

Time Warner Cable closes in on streaming to Android devices

February 16, 2012 3:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is close to rolling out streaming television to Android devices with the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system.

DirecTV adds 125K subs in Q4

February 16, 2012 3:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV Group said its net income rose 16 percent in the latest quarter, helped by subscriber gains.

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Comcast ups Avgiris to EVP, GM of data group

February 16, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has promoted Cathy Avgiris to executive vice president and general manager of the data and communications group, where she will lead the rollout of the joint bundle offerings with Verizon Wireless.

CTIA applauds tax cut continuation act

February 16, 2012 3:14 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA is happy that lawmakers have agreed to extend the payroll tax cut because it includes a provision to auction off airwaves and give its members access to precious spectrum.

Elemental hires sales VP for Asia

February 16, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Based in Hong Kong, Godfrey will lead sales and service efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.

Former Cox exec Kinsey joins Charter as VP of IP engineering

February 16, 2012 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a 12-year career at Cox Communications, Randy Kinsey has joined Charter Communications as its vice president of IP engineering.

Comcast nearly zeroes out subscriber defections in Q4

February 15, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast managed to accomplish what few had expected any cable company could accomplish in the competitive video era: It minimized subscriber defections to the point where customer loss was almost negligible.

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TWC reaches out to PCs, Macs with live streaming app

February 15, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has queued up live streaming on PCs and Macs via its TWC TV app.

Shaw Business lands contract to provide services to energy camp

February 15, 2012 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications was the winning bidder on providing Snamprogetti Canada with communications services to the Sunrise Energy Project construction camp.

Chicago asked not to stifle wireless at summits

February 15, 2012 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A city councilman wants to forbid the Police Department from pulling the plug on all of that electronic communication during the G-8 and NATO summits in May, taking away a tactic employed by authorities during a crackdown on democratic protests in Egypt.

FCC urged to end sports blackout rule

February 14, 2012 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Sports Fan Coalition receives money from Verizon, and has received funding from Time Warner Cable in the past, but insists it is "driven by fans."

Groups push Congress to protect white space spectrum

February 14, 2012 3:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

More than 100 corporations, trade associations and public interest groups are worried that white space spectrum could become a casualty of the showdown between the House and Senate over the payroll tax cut extension bill.

Start-up that streams broadcast TV picks up $20M in venture funds

February 14, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IAC Chairman Barry Diller takes a seat on the board of Aereo, which has devised a new over-the-top scheme based on antenna farms and network DVRs.

LaJoie keynote speaker at SCTE Canadian Summit

February 14, 2012 3:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable executive vice president and CTO Mike LaJoie will be the keynote speaker at the SCTE Canadian Summit 2012 in Toronto.

Verizon betting big on medical IT

February 13, 2012 4:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A collaboration with Health Evolution is designed to figure out how to transform the delivery of medical services.

Verizon defends cable deal redactions

February 13, 2012 3:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is refusing to reverse redactions about its marketing side deal with cable operators forged in its $4 billion acquisition of their AWS spectrum.

N.Y. cable dispute blacks out Knicks, 4 NHL teams

February 13, 2012 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers lost TV access to the NBA's Knicks and the NHL's Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres because of a fight over rate increases between the cable giant and MSG Network.

Comcast’s thePlatform promotes three execs

February 13, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video management and publishing vendor thePlatform announced that three of its executives have been promoted.

AT&T customers surprised by 'unlimited’ data limit

February 13, 2012 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under a new policy, AT&T has started cutting their data speeds as part of an attempt to manage data usage on its network.

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