Nov
26
2014

FCC Gets AT&T to Back Off Its Fiber Deployment Freeze Bluff -

Earlier this month AT&T responded to the President’s clear support of Title II by bluffing and claiming they were freezing all fiber investment to “up to” 100 cities. If you’ve been around here for a while you know that AT&T’s plans to deploy fiber to 100 cities was always a heavy dose of smoke and mirrors to begin with, the company in reality repeatedly slashing their fixed-line investment projections (they had just cut fixed-line spending […]

Nov
26
2014

Netflix CEO: Broadcast TV Might Be Dead by 2030 -

Speaking in Mexico this week to discuss Netflix’s international expansion into Latin America, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings put a predicted shelf date on the legacy industry that is traditional broadcast TV: 2030. “It’s kind of like the horse, you know, the horse was good until we had the car,” Hastings said. “The age of broadcast TV will probably last until 2030.” Hastings also downplayed recent news that Nielsen (long a denier of the cord cutting […]

Nov
26
2014

Poor Neighborhoods Get Slower Speeds in NYC '1 Gbps' Wi-Fi Plan -

Earlier this month New York City unveiled one of the more aggressive Wi-Fi deployments ever, promising all NYC residents access to free, 1 Gbps Wi-Fi via 10,000 “LinkNYC” pylons installed in all five boroughs of the city. Those pylons will be supported by advertising display panels, and will offer users not only access to Wi-Fi, but also access to 911, 311, and touchscreen access to city services. “Affordable access to broadband for all New Yorkers […]

Nov
26
2014

Netflix Sues Former Executive For Taking 'Kickbacks' -

Netflix has sued the company’s former president of IT operations Mike Kail, stating that Kail took kickbacks from vendors while employed at the company. According to the complaint (pdf, first spotted by Re/Code) Kail steered Netflix business to two IT companies — VistaraIT Inc. and NetEnrich Inc, in exchange for a 12 to 15% monthly “referral fee” paid to his personal consulting firm. Netflix paid those two companies a total of $3.7 million from 2012 […]

Nov
26
2014

Charter's Latest Ads Mock AT&T For Usage Caps -

Users in our Charter forums recently noted that Charter appears to have modified their terms of service to indicate they’re moving away from hard, enforced usage caps and back to what’s known as “soft” — or less frequently enforced — usage caps. In January of 2009 we were the first to report that Charter had started implementing soft caps — a 100 GB cap on their basic tier, a 250 GB cap on their then […]

Nov
26
2014

Comcast's X1 Platform Sees Yet Another Outage -

Comcast recently saw two outages related to its X1 set top cable platform in a span of three days, resulting in the company’s new Senior VP of “Customer Experience” Charlie Herrin issuing a public apology. According to an ongoing thread in the official Comcast forums, the platform suffered through another outage in several markets yesterday afternoon and evening. Many of the customers complain about the X1 — which was supposed to be a revolution for […]

Nov
26
2014

RedBox Hikes Kiosk Prices on Heels of Streaming Failure -

Back in October, RedBox and Verizon announced they’d be shuttering the companies’ Internet video streaming joint venture, stating that consumers simply didn’t find the professed Netflix-killer very interesting. While Verizon has turned their focus to a planned wireless live TV streaming service expected next year, RedBox has turned its attention to its traditional rental kiosks — and price hikes. The company this week announced that starting on December 2, the daily rental rate for DVDs […]

Nov
26
2014

Kids’ VOD network Kabillion lands deal with Cablevision

Kabillion, a VOD network that features content for kids, recently reached a carriage agreement with Cablevision. With the Cablevision deal, Kabillion is now available to more than 50 million homes across the United States. Other programming partners for Kabillion include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Verizon and Bright House Networks. Kabillion, which said it’s the only independently-owned VOD network ranked among the “Top 10 Kids Free On Demand” networks in the U.S., first launched […]

Nov
26
2014

Betting on Internet of Things, Tyco invests in Qolsys

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Nov
25
2014

Cable Saw 83% of the 700k Net Broadband Additions Last Quarter -

While the nation’s biggest pay TV providers lost 150,000 subscribers last quarter, the latest data from the Leichtman Research Group indications that the nation’s largest phone and cable companies managed to see a net gain in 700,000 broadband customers during the same quarter. While telcos continue to leech cable TV customers from cable operators due to improved features, the cable companies saw 83% of the net broadband additions for the quarter largely thanks to faster […]

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