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RENOWNED CABLE TV LEADERS MICHAEL WILLNER & SIDNEY KNAFEL TO INVEST IN AND HELM NEW VIDEO TECHNOLOGY INNOVATOR – PENTHERA PARTNERS, LLC. Cable Executives Jump to New Media PITTSBURGH, PA. – September 10, 2012 – Cable industry veterans Michael S.... Read entire article
10 Sep 2012 | 9:00 am PDT

Insight - Time Warner Merger Completed

Insight Communications is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Cable. The merger became official today as the two companies completed the deal that was announced last August. No immediate changes are expected in the service to customers as Time... Read entire article
29 Feb 2012 | 3:18 pm PST

Time Warner Cable announces trial of optional metered broadband

Time Warner Cable Revives Usage-Based Internet Plan, But Now It's Optional [Multichannel News] Time Warner Cable announced this week that it plans to trial an optional plan for customers to purchase metered broadband. Calling it Essentials Broadband, TWC will initally... Read entire article
28 Feb 2012 | 4:30 pm PST

Google now activating 850K Android devices daily

850,000 Android Devices Are Activated Each Day [Silicon Alley Insider] Last quarter, boosted by the fact that the iPhone had been made available on all three of the largest mobile carriers, Apple took the smartphone market share lead over Android.... Read entire article
28 Feb 2012 | 4:27 pm PST

TiVo announces new integration for Comcast customers

Comcast On Demand TiVo Integration Weeks Away [Zatz Not Funny!] Comcast's partnership with TiVo is a mere weeks away from coming to market, according to TiVo's quarterly earnings call. The partnership will first be unveiled in the San Francisco area... Read entire article
27 Feb 2012 | 12:21 am PST

Nielsen finds women watch more streaming video than men

Hey Ladies! Guess Who Loves Web Video? [All Things D] A recent Nielsen survey of web video viewing by gender found that, at least when it comes to Netflix and Hulu, more women are watching more web video than men.... Read entire article
27 Feb 2012 | 12:17 am PST

Botnet computers at risk due to ending of court order

500,000 zombie PC imperiled as expiration of court order approaches [Ars Technica] Back in November a federal judge allowed the not-for-profit Internet Systems Consortium to operate replacement domain-name-system servers for the purpose of replacing a rogue DNSChanger botnet that was... Read entire article
24 Feb 2012 | 1:09 pm PST

Google files for permission to offer TV service

Google Seeks Approval for Kansas City Video Service [All Things D] Google tipped its hand earlier this month that it was making plans to provide a video product for its Kansas City fiber project with an FCC application for a... Read entire article
24 Feb 2012 | 9:23 am PST

Google to make augmented reality glasses

Google's 'Terminator' Glasses Will Contain A Camera And Track Your Location [Silicon Alley Insider] Google has picked a new market to attempt to revolutionize. This time it's eyewear. Google's X Lab has been working on augmented reality eyeglasses. Resembling something... Read entire article
23 Feb 2012 | 3:32 am PST

Comcast launching Netflix competitor

Comcast launching Xfinity Streampix to compete with Netflix [Ars Technica] The latest Netflix competitor comes from the nation's largest cable provider - Comcast. Comcast's Xfinity Streampix service and is expected to be launched later this week. It's the first effort... Read entire article
23 Feb 2012 | 1:25 am PST

Court in Britain gives ISPs the ability to block The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay Faces UK Blockade [Mashable] A High Court Justice in Britain has declared that The Pirate Bay violates that country's law by enabling and assisting users to share copyrighted material. In fact, the justice went as far as... Read entire article
22 Feb 2012 | 10:57 am PST

Google now stands accused of bypassing cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Google also bypasses user privacy settings in Internet Explorer, says Microsoft [The Verge] The Wall Street Journal was first to report that many of the biggest tech companies, including Google and Facebook, had circumvented user privacy settings in Apple's desktop... Read entire article
22 Feb 2012 | 10:45 am PST

Some changes to March Madness online streaming for 2012

March Madness streams to more platforms in 2012, but not everything is free [EngadgetHD] CBS and Turner Sports received rave reviews for their coverage of the 2011 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament for showing all games in HD across four cable... Read entire article
21 Feb 2012 | 12:23 pm PST

French three-strikes law reducing piracy

Copyright Cheats Face the Music in France [New York Times] France has been on a two-year crusade to end digital content piracy and recently stepped up its efforts by sending its first anti-piracy cases to court. A French law, commonly... Read entire article
21 Feb 2012 | 12:13 pm PST

Researchers find vulnerability in online encryption

Flaw Found in an Online Encryption Method [New York Times] The protocol used to encrypt certian online transmissions might have flaws that could expose encrypted data to exploits. Used for online shopping, banking and other secure services, the protocol is... Read entire article
17 Feb 2012 | 2:33 pm PST

Google circumvents Safari privacy controls

Google Under Fire For Circumventing Safari Privacy Setting [TechCrunch] Google was caught last week circumventing the built-in privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser to install third-party cookies on users machines. Third-party cookies are typically used to track user web surfing... Read entire article
17 Feb 2012 | 2:17 pm PST

Apple to preview next version of Mac OS

Meet Mountain Lion: The Latest Mac OS [All Things D] Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be released in a preview version this summer. The most significant feature included in the newest Mac OS X version is full iCloud... Read entire article
16 Feb 2012 | 9:09 am PST

Kindle Fire is 14 percent of tablet market share in last quarter of 2011

Amazon Steals 14% Tablet Market Share In Q4, Apple Share Drops To 57% [Tech Crunch] A recent report from iSuppli shows that the Amazon Kindle Fire has made an impact on the tablet market, which had previously been dominated by... Read entire article
16 Feb 2012 | 9:07 am PST

Startup plans to stream broadcast television channels

'Aereo' To Test Copyright Law With Internet-Streaming TV Service [Multichannel News] A new startup company backed by Barry Diller has launched in the New York City area and proposes to offer a novel way to watch broadcast television. Aereo will... Read entire article
15 Feb 2012 | 5:11 pm PST

Netflix planning additional original programming

Netflix Planning More Original Series [Broadband Reports] Netflix's customer growth has begun to create larger demands from programmers whose core businesses are in competition with Netflix's on demand, commercial-free streaming. Several programmers and studios have been raising rates and creating... Read entire article
15 Feb 2012 | 4:56 pm PST

Mobile video now accounts for half of all wireless data usage

Mobile Video Now More Than Half Of Wireless Traffic: Cisco [Multichannel News] Cisco is out with its latest Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2011-16, and it contains some astounding data about consumers usage of mobile video.... Read entire article
14 Feb 2012 | 4:46 pm PST

Time Warner Cable brings live TV to the computer screen

Now Launching TWC TV for PC – in Beta [TWC Untangled] Time Warner Cable has added yet another way to watch live television on something other than a TV screen. This week the nation's second largest cable provider announced the... Read entire article
14 Feb 2012 | 4:25 pm PST

Boxee considering DVR functionality

Boxee may launch a DVR subscription service [GigaOM] Boxee recently released an addition to its Boxee Box peripherial called the Live TV tuner, which provided users the ability to watch over-the-air broadcast TV via the set-top. Since offering the Live... Read entire article
13 Feb 2012 | 12:22 pm PST

Google applies for satellite downlink license near Kansas City

Is Google planning to offer IP video to Kansas City? [Ars Technica] A recent FCC filing suggests that Google's Kansas City fiber project could include an IP-based video service. The FCC recently reviewed an application from the company's Google Fiber... Read entire article
13 Feb 2012 | 12:10 pm PST

Is the TV economic model finally changing? Nielsen study reveals growing number of broadband video and broadcast TV watching households

Nielsen: Cord Cutting And Internet TV Viewing On The Rise [TechCrunch] A new study from Nielsen suggests that cable and satellite consumers are starting to say no to hefty rate increases. According to this study the number of homes that... Read entire article
10 Feb 2012 | 10:04 am PST

Cable Nets Showered With Emmy Nominations

Cable networks once again dominated the Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. HBO remains the most nominated network, having earned 99 total nods. “Game of Thrones” led the way with 19 nominations. FX received 45 nods, including 18 for miniseries “Fargo.” Additional cable programs receiving multiple nominations were “American Horror Story: Coven” on FX (17), “The Normal […] Read entire article
10 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am PDT

New Kids Collection Now On Demand

The latest kids’ movie collection on Suddenlink On Demand features hits from top performing children’s franchises. The lineup includes “Bob the Builder: Let’s Build the Beach,” “Adventures in Lalaloopsy Land: The Search for Pillow,” and “Bratz Kidz Sleep-Over Adventure.” This collection will be available through August 5. Where Suddenlink On Demand is available, check out […] Read entire article
9 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am PDT

Rowling Releases New Potter Short Story

J.K. Rowling has followed up her success authoring the best-selling Harry Potter series by writing original short stories for Pottermore, the online home for the world of Harry Potter. Today, she released a new story to give fans a glimpse at the boy wizard all grown up. The newest development in the Potter series centers […] Read entire article
8 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am PDT

Learn to Use Technology Like Your Teen

A Platform for Good (PfG), an interactive website aimed at helping parents and teens navigate the digital world, recommends reaching out to teens and young children for help accessing the latest technologies. In a recent article, PfG asks, “Why not take advantage of the young expert in your home?” The site, originally launched by the […] Read entire article
7 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm PDT

Happy Independence Day!

We’re taking a short break for the holiday, resuming posts Monday, July 7. Read entire article
3 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am PDT

VOD Collection Salutes Independence Day

Celebrate Independence Day with a collection of patriotic films, now on Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD). This special assortment is available through July 31 and includes popular titles like “The Hurt Locker,” “Independence Day,” and “Black Hawk Down.” Where Suddenlink VOD is available, check out these and other titles by going to Channel 1. To […] Read entire article
2 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm PDT

Three Arizona Communities Get MAX 107.0

Beginning today, Arizona residential customers in Camp Verde, Sedona, and Village of Oak Creek can get our High-Speed Internet MAX 107.0 service. MAX 107.0 features a download speed up to 107 megabits per second (Mbps) and an upload speed up to 5 Mbps, the fastest residential service in these communities. Since spring of 2010, MAX […] Read entire article
2 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am PDT

History to Air ‘America: The Story of Us’

In honor of Independence Day, the History channel will air “America: The Story of Us” on Friday, July 4. The epic 12-hour television event, which originally premiered in 2010, tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented. Tune in to the marathon between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT. “America: The Story of Us” […] Read entire article
1 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am PDT

Charleston Wins ‘Red, White & You’ Sweepstakes

A Charleston, W.Va., resident’s entry in the “Red, White & You” Sweepstakes has earned her city an expanded Independence Day fireworks display, courtesy of cable network Destination America  and Suddenlink. Launched in March, the “Red, White & You” contest invited people nationwide to share why their community deserved an all-American, spectacular July 4 celebration. Charleston […] Read entire article
30 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am PDT

2014 FIFA World Cup On Demand

Programming from the FIFA World Cup, soccer’s ultimate event, is now available through Suddenlink On Demand. Suddenlink customers now have access to the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremonies and select matches. Bonus features from ESPN and Univision are also available. Where Suddenlink On Demand is available, go to Channel 1 and select 2014 FIFA […] Read entire article
27 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am PDT

I Confess, I Don’t Completely Understand How the Internet Works

I don’t know how an iPhone works. I think I understand parts of it. Like, I get the fundamentals of how radio waves carry data. And I sort of get how batteries store energy. But I have no idea how microprocessors work or how orbiting satellites triangulate location data. In fact, I’m not entirely sure the... Read more »
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9 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm PDT

Should Cable Manage Its Own Top Level Domains?

Last week in London, I had the pleasure of attending the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) 50th meeting since its establishment in 1998. You may not have heard of ICANN before, but it plays a significant part of the governance of the global Internet. It’s especially important right now as the Internet... Read more »
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2 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am PDT

Will Your Broadband Be Fast Enough Tomorrow?

In 2014, average peak Internet connection speeds in the United States have reached 40.6 Mbps and the number of Internet connections above 10 Mbps has jumped 62 percent in a year. We can expect these numbers to keep increasing as more ISPs are offering broadband tiers that are well into the hundreds of megabits per second. But a... Read more »
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1 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am PDT

As Entertainment Goes Up, Energy Usage Goes Down

In spite of watching nearly nine hours of television every day, new reports show American home entertainment energy usage is dropping. How is this possible? First, after the new voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement among video providers was solidified about a year ago, 85 percent of new set top boxes being purchased meet Energy Star... Read more »
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27 Jun 2014 | 8:35 am PDT

Connecting the Dots on Internet Congestion

Sometimes when you’re streaming a movie on Netflix, it’ll start pixelating. The quality drops and your crisp HD stream melds into blocky fuzz. It might even drop out altogether. It’s incredibly frustrating – it happens to all of us – and it’s the result of network congestion. Not too many years ago, barely any video... Read more »
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25 Jun 2014 | 7:31 am PDT

Rubio, Booker Working to Expand Unlicensed Spectrum, Build the Future of Gigabit Wi-Fi

It’s predicted that there will be more than seven billion new Wi-Fi enabled devices manufactured over the next three years. Many of these won’t resemble the tablets and smartphones now tapping our Wi-Fi hotspots – they’ll be small, single-purpose devices that help us keep tabs on everything from home heating to eggs. But as these... Read more »
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20 Jun 2014 | 7:25 am PDT

Should an 80 Year-Old Law Apply to the Internet?

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Communications Act of 1934. The Act was established to regulate telephone, telegraph and radio so that all U.S. citizens could receive basic communication services. It contains seven sections, Title I through Title VII. Title II, the section on common carrier regulation, has been making headlines recently, with some... Read more »
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19 Jun 2014 | 1:48 pm PDT

WATT THE…?! LA Times Gets it Wrong on Cable Box Energy Efficiency

In March we reported that the new voluntary energy conservation agreement (VA) among multichannel video providers, device manufacturers and energy advocacy groups would soon be working to deliver energy savings for 90 million American homes. The VA included commitments to efficiency standards that would improve set-top box efficiency by up to 45 percent and rack up more... Read more »
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19 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am PDT

FCC Report: Cable Broadband Delivers on Advertised Speeds

Last week, in opening an informal inquiry into matters related to Internet interconnection and traffic exchange, Chairman Wheeler stated: “Consumers must get what they pay for.  As the consumer’s representative we need to know what is going on.”  Today, with the release of the fourth Measuring Broadband America report, the Commission demonstrates that consumers do,... Read more »
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18 Jun 2014 | 10:32 am PDT

A Win-Win Scenario for Wi-Fi and E-Rate

Anyone who has a child, or who has seen a child recently, can tell you that the youth of America are highly connected users of Wi-Fi. According to recent data from the Pew Internet Project, three-quarters of teenagers use mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to access the Internet. The FCC has recognized and responded... Read more »
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17 Jun 2014 | 2:16 pm PDT

I’ve Got the Whole World (Cup) in My Hands

Now that FIFA World Cup has officially kicked off, the globe is once again coming together in the name of football. I find myself thinking back to life during the last tournament. I remember desperately trying to navigate the problematic time difference and watch the games before catching wind of the results. I anguished over... Read more »
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16 Jun 2014 | 6:52 am PDT

Powell on C-SPAN Discussing Netflix, Net Neutrality, and Title II

NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell was invited back to C-SPAN’s The Communicators this week. And while perennial cable conversations about cord cutting and new cloud-based menu guides came up early, the core conversation of the day was Netflix, net neutrality, and Title II regulation. Powell affirmed the industry’s position on net neutrality protections –... Read more »
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13 Jun 2014 | 11:04 am PDT

Why is Netflix Strong Arming the Net Neutrality Debate?

In the ongoing air wars over net neutrality, personal attack and comedic fodder have sadly obscured an accurate portrayal of the issues now confronting the FCC in the wake of the DC Circuit’s decision in Verizon v. FCC. Instead of following the old adage of “when in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream... Read more »
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12 Jun 2014 | 5:57 am PDT

Inside the Numbers: Is Mobile the Balance of Broadband?

In Mary Meeker’s just-released 2014 Internet Trends report, she points to developments in mobile penetration and usage that reveal it may be becoming a viable competitor to traditional wireline broadband. Her report says that in 2014 we used 81 percent more data on mobile than we did in 2013. And of our total data consumed,... Read more »
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4 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am PDT

Blossoming New Programming Promises for Red Hot Summer

Many spring upfront presentations took place in April and May where networks provided a peek into their summer line-ups. There are lots of new shows on the horizon and other exciting network news. Here, we highlight the cable entertainment and programming updates of the past month that includes anything from insider information on TV ratings... Read more »
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30 May 2014 | 7:31 am PDT

World Cup 2014 – The Semifinals

With more TV viewing and video streaming by sports fans than ever before, we’ve reached the Final Four in the World Cup. While there’s no surprise about which teams reached this level, the two semi-final games should provide a lot …

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8 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am PDT

Good Connections Made Easy

I was very impressed by your service technician Hichem’s professionalism and ability to patiently explain the remote control, Guide, etc. He took the time to make sure that the connections were good, inside the house and outside. Hichem is truly …

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7 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm PDT

Le Tour de France – 2014

For the last few weeks the attention of the sporting world has been riveted on Brazil as it hosts the World Cup. But another major sporting event starts on Saturday—the grueling annual  three-week bike race known as The Tour de …

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5 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am PDT

World Cup 2014 – Quarterfinal Preview

In this week’s post we take a look back at the first phase of Knock Out play and look forward to the Quarterfinals.

Round of Sixteen Recap

World Cup 2014 continued the great drama in the Round of Sixteen, with …

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3 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am PDT

Another Work Day, Another U.S. World Cup Game

American soccer fans will once again have a chance to help break daytime sports viewing records when the United States and Belgium play in the World Cup Round of 16 at 4pm EST Tuesday, July 1.

Despite airing during the …

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1 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm PDT

Enjoy a Summer Blockbuster at Home

Summer is a veritable picnic for movie lovers, especially with Movies On Demand.  There is a movie for every taste as a number of both new release hits and undiscovered titles make their television premieres via Movies On Demand in …

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30 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am PDT

World Cup 2014 – Knock Out Play Begins

In this week’s post we take a look back at the first two weeks of Group Play, and look forward to Knock Out Play.

Group Play Recap

World Cup 2014 has been an exhilarating tournament. Last week we told you …

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27 Jun 2014 | 12:13 pm PDT

We Believe!

Critical U.S. and Germany World Cup Match at High Noon on Thursday June 26 is Available Both Live and On Demand

How are you planning on watching the big U.S. World Cup game today? One of the biggest challenges in …

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26 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am PDT

Excellent Work!

Couldn’t be happier with your Service Technician Jose’s work. He knew right away what to do and didn’t leave until he made sure we had an Internet connection for every computer, and he also double-checked that our phone line was working. …

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25 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am PDT

Recipes for the World Cup: Viva Colombia!

Colombia plays Japan in one of today’s World Cup matches, at 4:00pm EST. The game is available to Bright House Networks customers on these channels: Univision for the Spanish language broadcast, on ESPN for English, and ESPN Deportes for Portuguese. …

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24 Jun 2014 | 10:31 am PDT
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