Sprint's bid to own 100 percent of Clearwire has been accepted at $2.2 billion, which equals the $2.97-per-share cap that Sprint majority stakeholder Softbank placed on the deal. Sprint said the deal takes the enterprise value of Clearwire to approximately $10 billion.
AT&T has beefed up its TV Everywhere roster with the addition of Starz Play, Encore Play and MoviePlex Play from Starz Entertainment. AT&T subscribers that are signed up for the Starz Encore and MoviePlex premium channels can now view the content on iOS devices through their Wi-Fi and broadband connections.
Avail-TVN’s ViewNow, which is being used by Verizon FiOS for Redbox Instant, is now available to other service providers that want to offer a branded subscription VOD service of their own. Using ViewNow, service providers will be able to offer titles from Avail-TVN’s library.
A new report from the Open Technology Institute (OTI) suggests that carrier-implemented monthly data caps and tiered pricing are unnecessary and are a result of decreasing competition in the wireline and wireless markets in the United States.
Comcast says its tablet and phone app now lets subscribers download and store movies and TV shows from some channels for offline viewing. Cable companies have rushed out applications that let viewers stream TV content, but this is the first one that allows offline viewing.
The Walt Disney Co. began the year with a long-term carriage deal with Comcast, and it’s ending it with a similar agreement with Cox Communications. Cox is now able to carry Disney programming across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and Internet-enabled televisions.
Sprint’s bid to buy the remaining portion of Clearwire is proving more complicated than originally thought, as Softbank, which plans to acquire a 70 percent stake in Sprint next year, draws a cap on Sprint’s bid for Clearwire, and investors say they want a lot more per share than that bid will allow.
Verizon has extended the reach of its NFL coverage with the addition of “Watch NFL Network” to its FiOS TV Online Web portal. “Watch NFL Network” provides FiOS TV customers with live streaming access to NFL Network and RedZone programming.
The FCC will move ahead with a plan to make available 100 megahertz of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz Band (3550-3650 MHz) for the use of small cell and database technologies. The Commission said the proposal lays the groundwork for the widespread deployment of small cell technologies across the spectrum.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says the city has reached an agreement with a broadband developer to build out its fiber network for high-speed computing for homes, businesses and services. The deal allows Gigabit Squared to start raising money for engineering work.
A U.N. conference weighing possible Internet rules shifted into a high-stakes showdown after advancing a proposal for greater government oversight. The proposal was a blow to U.S.-led efforts to keep new regulations from touching the ’Net.
Airline passengers can already get online 30,000 feet over Oklahoma. Soon, U.S. airlines will offer Internet connections over the ocean, too. United, Delta and American – the nation's three biggest airlines – said that they're within weeks of having their first international flights with Internet service.
The FCC late yesterday gave approval for Dish Network to deploy a terrestrial wireless broadband network on its holdings of what was previously spectrum reserved for satellite transmissions. The decision came concurrent with the commission’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for an auction of the H Block, a chunk of airwaves adjacent to Dish’s AWS spectrum in which Sprint has expressed interest.
Sprint and Clearwire are nearing a deal that would allow Sprint to buy the remaining 49 percent of Clearwire that it doesn't already own, according to a report from CNBC. In October, Sprint acquired a 4.5 percent stake in Clearwire from Eagle River Holdings LLC to push it up to a 50.8 percent controlling interest in the company.
The MVNO operating on Clearwire’s WiMAX network announced its foray into home broadband, and that it has begun accepting orders for its Hub Burst modem/router. The broadband service will operate on a “freemium” model similar to the wireless data services that FreedomPop began offering earlier this year, but customers’ initial data allocation will be upped to 1GB.
With the update, Time Warner Cable is now serving up 4,000 VOD titles on iPad, iPhone and iPad touch devices to subscribers. The movies and shows come in both SD and HD formats from 91 providers. Users have access to the VOD programming associated with their subscription packages. Other cable operators, such as Cablevision, also offer subscribers access to their VOD libraries across multiple screens.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced that Cox Communications executive vice president and CTO Kevin Hart will be the keynote speaker at its SCTE SEMI (Smart Energy Management Initiative) Forum 2013 in April.
Belden continued its expansion into the broadband space with an acquisition of privately held PPC for $515.7 million. For the last few years, Belden has been expanding out of its origins in broadcast equipment into other areas of the communications market.
Huawei announced a move to set up shop on Nokia's home turf. The Chinese company says it will invest $90 million over a five-year period to establish a research and development (R&D) center in Helsinki, Finland. The move will add to its existing R&D deployments.
Avvasi has introduced a new system network operators can use to actively adjust the quality of video – per subscriber and per device. While the system could be used by any broadband provider, Avvasi’s new product (like its previous products) are aimed at LTE network operators.
Comcast’s X1 platform, which was originally called “Xcalibur” internally, represents the future of video because it combines cloud-based navigation, personalization and search functions, and an interactive programming guide with customized apps and social media features.
The back and forth between Dish Network and Sprint continued, as Dish Network submitted an ex parte filing that blasts Sprint's suggestion that the FCC do more to protect the H-block from being interfered with by Dish's AWS-4 spectrum.
Europe's largest chipmaker, STMicroelectronics, said it plans to exit its money-losing joint venture ST-Ericsson as it struggles to manage a downturn in global demand. Swiss-based STMicroelectronics said it is negotiating "exit options" from ST-Ericsson.
The global connected device market continues to grow, according to the latest numbers from IDC Research. Shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones as a collective grew 27 percent annually in the third quarter of 2012, hitting a record 303.6 million shipments valued at $140.4 billion.
The cost of Cablevision’s video and voice services will remain the same, and the price increase doesn’t apply to subscribers who are currently part of a promotional package, but the new pricing will go into effect once a customer’s promotion ends.