Dec
18
2014

Dear Sony: please let us help you screw the terrorists (and give you money in the process)

Dear Sony; Please release “The Interview” on demand on the Playstation Network on Christmas day. If theatres debut “The Interview,” a bunch of terrorists calling themselves the Guardians of Peace threaten to bomb them. Some authorities believe the GOP might be unhinged enough to actually do it. I would love to urge theatre owners to show the movie anyway, but I can’t in good conscience recommend that somebody else volunteer to risk being bombed. So […]

Dec
18
2014

Today in Engineering History: First Airplane Flies at Kitty Hawk

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Dec
18
2014

Dish welcomes Netflix in

Dish said it is integrating Netflix into its service. It will be available as an app to customers who have a second-generation Hopper DVR. The company plans to also roll out the app out on its Joey, Super Joey and Wireless Joey clients. Even as Netflix has topped 50 million subscribers, most large MVPDs want Netflix to go away. In Canada, Rogers and Shaw teamed to create a competitor to Netflix. That makes Dish’s decision […]

Dec
18
2014

Boingo, Time Warner Cable boot up Passpoint-enabled roaming

Time Warner Cable and Boingo are laying claim to being the first companies in the world to launch a reciprocal Passpoint-based roaming network for their customers. The two companies announced a bilateral Wi-Fi roaming deal back in June and also said then that they would complete a Passpoint-enabled integration later this year to allow users to connect seamlessly and securely with their Passpoint-certified devices and account credentials. Read more about Boingo, Time Warner Cable boot […]

Dec
18
2014

Comcast hires Vega as director of government affairs, Central Valley

Comcast has hired public affairs veteran Angela Vega as director of government affairs for the Central Valley. Vega, who will be based in Fresno, Calif., will report to Sue Vaccaro, senior director of government Affairs for Comcast California. In her new job, Vega will be responsible for Comcast’s local government affairs and policy issues in Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare, and Santa Barbara counties. Read more about Comcast hires Vega as director of government affairs, Central Valley […]

Dec
17
2014

At least 59% of U.S. Households Can Buy 100 Mbps Internet Access

At least 59 percent of U.S, residents could buy Internet access service at a minimum speed of 100 Mbps, at the end of 2013, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce. That probably is worth keeping in mind the next time you see or hear it said that U.S. high speed access is “behind,” or “worse” than some other countries. But that statistic raises questions. Just how much bandwidth do most U.S. […]

Dec
17
2014

Comcast Speed Increases Reach Portland, Seattle, Denver -

Back in January we were the first to report that Comcast was again doubling speeds on many of its tiers, starting first with the company’s Midwest division. As noted then, upgraded Comcast users will see the company’s “Performance” tier bumped from 25/5 to 50/5 Mbps, their “Blast” tier from 50/10 to 105/10 Mbps, and their Extreme 105 speeds bumped from 105/20 Mbps to 150/20 Mbps. Since then, Comcast has been deploying the speed bumps and […]

Dec
17
2014

Dish First Major Pay TV Provider to Add Netflix to Set Tops -

Dish Network appears to be the first major pay TV player willing to integrate Netflix into the company’s set top box hardware. Reports recently emerged that Netflix was making a refocused push to get Netflix on the set tops of the biggest cable operators. While Netflix has had luck getting smaller companies like RCN and Suddenlink to sign off on the idea, bigger cable operators have resisted Netflix’s advances for fear of directing their subscribers […]

Dec
17
2014

Support Grows for Apple Pay

Apple has been busy adding more banks and retailers to its Apple Pay mobile payments service. SunTrust, Barclaycard, and USAA are among the companies that have recently decided to support Apple Pay. Ten more banks, including TD Bank North America and Commerce Bank, will also support the payments service as of Tuesday, according to a report from The New York Times. The addition of these banks means Apple Pay can now support cards accounting for […]

Dec
17
2014

CSP Capex Over 2014–19 Period to Surpass $2 Trillion

LONDON – Revenue growth rates for communications service providers (CSPs) remain modest, but CSPs will continue to invest heavily in their networks, expects Ovum. With global CSP capital expenditures (capex) forecasted to total more than US $2 trillion from 2014 to 2019, the global analyst firm warns CSPs must continue to do less with more, leveraging new technologies, network designs, vendors, and operating models. In a new report, “Communications Service Provider (CSP) Revenue & Capex […]

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