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Comcast unlocks vault of Fox TV Everywhere content

February 12, 2013 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and Fox Networks announced a multi-platform distribution deal that gives nearly 22 million Xfinity TV customers access to a wide range of video content from Fox across linear TV, online, tablets, mobile devices and gaming consoles.

Dish: Without wireless partner, selling spectrum an option

February 12, 2013 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen reiterated that his company will sell its AWS spectrum if it can’t find a suitable partner to help it deploy an LTE Advanced wireless network. Ergen made the comments at The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D conference.

Genband unifies product line, launches white label cloud service

February 12, 2013 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Genband launched a new white label cloud service, which is called “NUViA,” that it said will cut down on the amount of equipment service providers need to provision their services while also cutting down on time to market.

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ThinkAnalytics doubles its revenue

February 12, 2013 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bolstered by a nice run of new customer signings, ThinkAnalytics reported financials that saw a doubling of its revenue and profits over the previous year. Recent new customer signings include Cox, Swisscom, Unitymedia in Germany, Zon in Portugal and Nordic operator Canal Digital.

Ruckus hires Cisco Wi-Fi expert

February 12, 2013 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ruckus Wireless has hired David Stephenson, formerly with Cisco Systems, as senior principal engineer within its System Architecture group. Stephenson worked at Cisco for nearly 14 years within its Wireless Networking Business Unit, where he was responsible for the technical architecture of Hotspot 2.0.

TWC adds VOD content for PCs, Macs on Web browser

February 11, 2013 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After offering VOD content on its TWC TV app for iPads, Time Warner Cable has upgraded its TWCTV.com Web portal to do the same on Macs and PCs. With the upgrade to TWCTV.com, Time Warner Cable is now serving up 4,000 VOD titles to subscribers.

SCTE offers 9 new or updated training courses

February 11, 2013 2:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced that it will offer a record 50 virtual classes this year, including nine new or revised courses, across a wide range of technical areas. This year’s virtual lineup is a 35 percent increase over the 37 classes it offered last year.

Phone cos: Cell service holding up after storm

February 11, 2013 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cell phone companies say their networks are largely up and running after a blizzard dumped up to 3 feet of snow on New England. Not all cell towers have backup power, so natural disasters can take out cell service through power outages.

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Milius and milestones

February 8, 2013 5:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Ray Milius and his team are responsible for engineering matters at Starz. Starz is not among the largest programmers, but it frequently is among the first programmers to adopt new technologies. Recently, Ray and his team got Starz into TV Everywhere with its Encore and MoviePlex On Demand And Play services.

Report: Early Isis results warrant skepticism

February 8, 2013 11:37 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Mobile wallet joint venture Isis is seeing results from trials in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas, according to Yankee Group, but the research group isn't quite convinced. Since the trials were launched, merchants supporting the mobile payment system have seen an uptick in both repeat visits and overall purchases.

FCC aims to improve completion rate of long-distance calls to rural areas

February 8, 2013 11:35 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which seeks comment on rules to help address problems in the completion of long-distance telephone calls to rural customers. The NPRM is specifcally aimed at intermediate carries that complete long-distance calls for long-distance providers.

Idaho panel: Let telecoms call existing customers

February 8, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A House committee agreed that Idaho should lift a 13-year-old restriction barring phone and cable TV companies from calling existing customers to market new products or services, rejecting an argument from the attorney general's office that the change would erode people's privacy protections.

Comcast 1st ISP to offer safety, security platform for smartphones, tablets

February 7, 2013 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to protect its subscribers against security threats on their mobile devices, Comcast has launched its Constant Guard Mobile app. Comcast said it’s the first ISP in the nation to offer an Internet safety and security platform for its smartphone and tablet users.

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Sprint posts record Q4 revenue, $1.3B loss

February 7, 2013 1:54 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The company said the loss was primarily due to network improvements related to its Network Vision initiative, including the shutdown of the Nextel platform. The company also noted $45 million, or negative $.01 per share (pre-tax), related to impacts from Superstorm Sandy.

Verwaayen leaves Alcatel-Lucent amid $1.8B loss in 2012

February 7, 2013 1:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen is leaving the company. Verwaayen made the announcement as the company reported a $1.8 billion loss for 2012. Verwaayen will not seek reelection as a director at the annual general meeting and will step down as CEO once a successful transition has been executed.

Making the second screen work

February 7, 2013 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Years after Netflix, smartphones and tablets all hit the scene, even those service providers capable of multi-screen delivery continue to struggle with the multi-screen phenomenon. That’s because even as service providers respond to viewers’ increasing appetite for video on screens other than the TV, consumers’ multi-screen behavior continues to evolve.

A kaleidoscope of moving parts

February 7, 2013 11:34 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The once heavily tech-driven business model of small Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable and broadband service providers is morphing into a kaleidoscope of moving, interchangeable parts. Smaller operators whose subscriber counts number in the four- and five-figure range are fiddling with and tweaking their business models like never before.

Managing the multi-screen video transformation

February 7, 2013 10:56 am | by Paul Casinelli, product manager at IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

The multi-screen transformation has taken the video world by storm. Customers now expect the same video services they receive on their set-top box on their video-capable devices. Adoption of multi-screen services is occurring across the spectrum, running the gamut of service providers, content providers and enterprises.

Malone’s Liberty Global to fork out $23B for Virgin Media

February 6, 2013 3:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The acquisition, which needs to pass regulatory approvals and is slated to close in the second quarter, would not only pit mega moguls John Malone and Rupert Murdoch against each other in the United Kingdom, but it would also give Malone’s Liberty Global the crown as the world’s largest cable operator.

Report: Mobile data traffic to increase 13-fold by 2017

February 6, 2013 3:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Global mobile data traffic is expected to increase 13-fold by 2017, reaching 11.2 exabytes per month, according to Cisco's Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast. The company says the growth in mobile data usage will be driven by the increase in mobile Internet connection, including M2M modules.

FCC Sandy field hearings emphasize modernizing infrastructure

February 6, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

At the Superstorm Sandy field hearings, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski made it clear the wireless communication outages experienced during the storm couldn't happen again. When Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast, approximately 25 percent of cell sites across 10 states were rendered inoperational.

AT&T rebrands U-verse Live TV as Mobile TV, levels pricing

February 5, 2013 3:07 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has renamed its U-verse Live TV app, now calling it Mobile TV. The carrier announced the change that will go along with improved video quality on LTE, direct billing to subscriber accounts and an even $9.99 charge for the service across the board.

Amdocs offers major rev of back office suite

February 5, 2013 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Amdocs claims its updated product suite is the only back office system able to deliver real-time integration across network control, business and operational support systems to give end customers a new level of control over their experiences.

Skype launches direct carrier billing; it’s coming soon to U.S.

February 5, 2013 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Skype has launched carrier billing in Russia through technology from Mach and payvia. The company expects the service that allows users of the VoIP service to charge Skype credits directly to their carrier's monthly bill. Mach said the new feature will soon be available to Skype users in the United States and Canada.

TWC tips off multi-screen access to TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes

February 4, 2013 3:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Authenticated subscribers of Time Warner Cable and DirecTV can now catch all of the Los Angeles Lakers games on their iOS devices, home computers, and Android tablets and phones. Time Warner Cable has made its TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes video content available for Internet and mobile viewing.

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