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FCC: ISPs can charge for speed

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The Federal Communications Commission has said it will propose new rules to allow content companies such as Disney, Google or Netflix to pay ISPs like Comcast and Verizon for faster lanes to send video to their subscribers. The proposed changes effectively end the guarantee on net neutrality — the principle that no providers of legal Internet content should face discrimination [...]

Virginia Lee to head Cable Europe comms

Cable Europe, the trade association representing all leading broadband cable TV operators and their national associations throughout Europe, has appointed seasoned broadcast public affairs executive Virginia Lee as Director of Communications. Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman of Cable Europe, said he was delighted to announce Virginia’s the appointment, particularly at a time when the “vibrant” industry had such an incredibly strong [...]

7.6m US homes considered cord-cutters

With the explosion of smartphones and digital tablets and the steady rise of Internet-connected televisions, gaming consoles, etc, consumers are increasingly watching streaming or downloaded video when and where they want. According to research from Experian

Akamai: Peak connection speeds up 38%

Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications, has released its Fourth Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from

TWC $99 Fan TV box

Last year Fanhattan unveiled its Fan TV box that vowed to put cable TV on the same level as Internet streaming services, but with the twist that cable TV providers would be the ones to sell it. Fanhattan has now formed a partnership with Time Warner Cable to sell the $99 boxes to its subscribers. Fan TV will have live [...]

Netflix, Comcast duel over merger

Netflix has revealed that it added 2.25 million US subscribers during the first quarter of 2014, ending the period with over 48 million global members, topping $1 billion in quarterly streaming revenue. In announcing its Q1 figures, it took the opportunity to voice its opposition to the proposed merger of cable MSOs Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The 2.25 million [...]

Netflix plans US cable STB integrations

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In addition to voicing its opposition to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, Netflix has revealed that it plans to build on its successful integrations with European cable operators by launching its first US cable tie-ins. In its earnings letter to shareholders announcing its Q1 results, the company said it remained “very happy” with the customer embrace of its MVPD [...]

TWC, Comcast could shed $20bn to make deal

It could be that Time Warner and Comcast, in their attempt to merge their cable assets, are planning to divest some $20 billion-worth of assets, potentially including 3 million subscribers, in order to calm some of the antitrust regulatory concerns over their combination. Weekend reports suggest that two options are under consideration: one, is to sell off the 3 million [...]

Comcast adds 25,000 cable subs in Q2

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Comcast reported increasing subscription numbers for its cable service for the second consecutive quarter, defying fears of so-called cord-cutters. The company saw an improved performance thanks to its NBCUniversal unit, growth in its business services division and the performance of its high-speed Internet group. Pay-TV operators are increasingly fretting about cord-cutting, particularly among younger viewers who may be deterred from [...]

Entropic and other STBs hit by patent claim

DirecTV, Entropic, CyberTan and other set-top box suppliers have been named in a patent action by Canadian semiconductor company ViXS Systems and its US subsidiary, ViXS USA. ViXS is alleging that the technology companies are importing set-top boxes and other components that infringe four of its patents. The action seems to be a ‘tit for tat’ response to an action [...]

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