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And just like that, it's a wrap. Motorola's parts weren't all suitable to Google's future needs, but it was clearly an all-or-nothing ordeal back when the purchase went down. Now, Arris is taking Motorola Home's cable and internet businesses away from Google, and it's likely a win-win. The company this week announced that it completed its acquisition of the Motorola Home business from a subsidiary of Google, which will reportedly "enable Arris to transform how service and content providers deliver entertainment and communications." Google comes out with $2.2 billion from the sale, and Arris also issue Google 10.6 million shares of its common stock in connection with the transaction. This acquisition... Read more...
If you aren't familiar with Aereo, here's the highlight: it's a service that allows users to stream live over-the-air TV networks through the Internet, anywhere in the world. As of right now, the service is limited to the New England area, but it plans to spread as fast as possible. It's also wrapped up in all sorts of legal trouble, as the TV networks (CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX) want the whole thing shut down. Evidently, there's lost revenue when networks aren't watched through conventional means (pay-TV or antennas), and instead of learning to adapt to the Internet, they're just trying to blockade progress. The real issue is that Aereo doesn't pay transmission fees to the networks; it just takes... Read more...
The list of nations living in a mostly disconnected state continues to shrink, and that's a good thing. Cuba most certainly has access to the Internet, but it definitely isn't topping the list of countries that offer the highest speeds at the lowest prices. But now, an undersea cable of the fiber optic variety has been laid and connected -- Cuba is now linked to Venezuela in terms of ones and zeros that pass along intel through the world wide web. The line was just switched on this week, marking a huge milestone. Previously, Cuba was unable to join other undersea fiber optic networks because of a U.S. embargo. The line also links to Jamaica, but unfortunately, state telecom company Etecsa has... Read more...
The five stages of grief begin with denial, and if Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is grieving the impending decline of cable customers, that’s where he is in the process. According to paidContent, Bewkes said at an event in New York that he doesn’t see cord cutting as a serious threat to his industry. Worse, he committed the familiar one-percenter blunder of trying to comment on the financial capabilities of middle- and low-income Americans and missing the mark. He said that cord cutters are limited to a small segment of low income Americans, which may technically be true but ignores completely the fact that even middle and upper-middle class people are increasingly looking at ways to... Read more...
The Internet has been said to be just one big series of tubes. Accurate? In fact, yes, it is. But data doesn't just flow around the globe without a medium to travel through, and most users take the undersea cabling necessary to make it happen for granted. Now, thanks to a little company called Facebook, we're hearing a bit more about it. This week, TIME dotCom (out of Malaysia) has entered into a construction and maintenance agreement of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable system connecting Malaysia to Korea and Japan. The APG is a 10,000 km international fibre optic cable system that will link Malaysia to Korea and Japan with seven branches to other Asian countries. The cable system... Read more...
There's fast, and then there's really, really fast. As lovers of the Internet, we love the latter. Kabel Deutschland agrees, as the cable operator has just announced an amazing achievement. Somehow, it has accomplished a new world record in transmission: 4.7Gbps. There has been a successful field test in cable network of the city of Schwerin, and the company is giving a tip of the hat to AARIS in helping it hit the rate over traditional TV cable. Back in 2010, KD already achieved a speed test peak of 1.17 Gbit/s in a field test in the cable network of the city of Hamburg. The maximum download speed of 4.7 Gbit/s achieved now in the Schwerin field test enables KD to transmit more bandwidth than... Read more...
Good news if you get your Internet service through Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, or Time Warner Cable: You just got free access to about 50,000 WiFi hotspots. The quintet of cable ISPs announced that they’ve partnered to provide free WiFi hotspot access to all of their combined customers under the network name “CableWiFi”. Currently, Bright House and Cablevision have CableWiFi networks set up in NYC and in central Florida. Over the next few months, more networks from all five participating ISPs will pop up throughout public places such as malls, restaurants, beaches, and parks in New York City (and the surrounding Tri-State area), LA, Tampa,... Read more...
Couch potatoes are discovering that it doesn't make sense to keep forking over money to cable companies when they can simply stream the shows they want to watch, when they want to watch them. It's not just a handful of TV viewers cutting the cord, either. According to a research report by The Convergence Consulting Group, LTD., around 2.65 million pay TV subscribers have ditched their cable or satellite provider in favor of Web-based content since 2008. Over a million pay TV subscribers cut the cord in 2011 alone. By 2012, the research group estimates that cord cutters will reach 3.58 million large, which represents 3.6 percent of the pay TV community. Image Source: Flickr (jonny.hunter) It's... Read more...
If you're lucky enough to live in an area that gets FiOS, you may be interested in picking up some Samsung gear. Verizon and Samsung announced this week that Samsung will be the first consumer electronics manufacturer to commercially introduce the Verizon FiOS TV App to its line of Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray Players in 2012. The app will allow Verizon FiOS TV subscribers to instantly access 26 live TV channels, including HD channels, directly through the subscribers' connected Samsung Smart TV or Smart Blu-ray Player. No additional hardware is required. Users will also have access to more than 10,000 video-on-demand titles available through Verizon Flex View – the company's anytime, anywhere... Read more...
It's not product-related, but it's huge news in the technology industry. SpectrumCo, LLC, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks, today announced it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Verizon Wireless will acquire its 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses covering 259 million POPs for $3.6 billion.  Comcast owns 63.6% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $2.3 billion from the sale.  Time Warner Cable owns 31.2% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $1.1 billion.  Bright House Networks owns 5.3% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $189 million. That's a major, major deal. Spectrum... Read more...
Comcast was always a major player in the cable / ISP space, but now it's almost unfair. These guys have managed to coerce even a monstrous company like Intel to team up with 'em, with their newest Xfinity TV set-top box being powered by none other than Chipzilla herself. Intel's CE media processor has been kicking around in one form or another for a few years now, but mostly it attracted attention at trade shows rather than consumer halls. But with media, content and streaming becoming such hot topics, the whole industry is ripe for an explosion in these kinds of chips. Comcast will be relying on Intel-based set- top boxes, engineered by Pace, in a next-gen Xfinity TV market trial. Why? Comcast... Read more...
The world belongs to the airwaves, and we're just breathing it all in. Or something like that. The FCC has been trying to figure out what to do with wireless spectrum for a few years now, first ushering in the analog-to-digital TV transition and then auctioning off unused 700MHz wireless spectrum. But now, the agency is saying that they need authority to "hold incentive auctions that would compensate television broadcasters for giving up some of their spectrum to wireless companies." The issue at stake is simple: the FCC sees a looming bandwidth crisis, and they are suggesting that some of the US airwaves used for free OTA TV signals must be "repurposed for mobile broadband." FCC Chairman Julius... Read more...
If it's not one cable company, it's another. While Big Cable in general has been skiddish when it comes to giving Internet-only subscribers access to certain online content portals, one thing that they've seemed to embrace is Apple's iPad. It's hard to truly pinpoint why that's the case, but it's proving true. Time Warner Cable recently released an iPad app of their own, and now Cablevision is doing something similar. The ISP's new Optimum app allows customers to enjoy "hundreds" of cable channels, VOD, enhanced and searchable guide information right on their tablet, not to mention DVR controls. This is easily one of the most fully-featured cable-iPad apps to date; this one not only allows content... Read more...
Well, it's that time again. The time of the year when yet another group of cable viewers don't know if their favorite shows and local news will continue to be broadcast. Over the last couple of years in particular, things have really become heated between cable companies and local affiliates. Cable companies want to pay less for carriage, while stations are demanding more. It's a tough spot for companies like Time Warner Cable to be in. On one hand, they look like the bad guy if they don't reach an agreement and allow coverage to cease. On the other, they really look like the bad guy for signing a terrible deal and passing the inflated cost for carriage onto the customer. It's a real no-win situation... Read more...
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