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Comcast will not offer Netflix to subscribers

Friday, March 9th, 2012

On Tuesday, a report surfaced claiming Netflix was in talks with some of the largest cable companies in the U.S. to discuss integrating the company’s streaming product into cable services. The report stated that at least one cable provider was considering the launch of a trial run before the end of the year. Comcast, however, will not be that company, FierceCable reported. “We have no plans to offer access to Netflix to our customers through our Xfinity TV service, no matter what device,” Comcast spokeswoman Alana Davis said. The cable company recently launched “Streampix,” a subscription video service that competes with Netflix, allowing Xfinity subscribers to access TV series and movies from PCs and mobile devices.

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Netflix in talks with cable companies to bundle streaming service

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Netflix’s chief executive Reed Hastings has been meeting with some of the largest cable companies in the U.S. to discuss integrating the company’s streaming product into cable services, Reuters reported on Tuesday. The site’s source said that at least one cable provider may experiment and offer the streaming service before the end of the year. If a partnership were to come from these talks, cable operators could offer Netflix as an additional on-demand option that would be added onto a subscriber’s monthly cable bill. The cable industry originally viewed Netflix as a threat to its $100 billion-a-year business, fearing users would abandon more expensive packages in favor of cheap online streaming services. Having Netflix as an added option could be appealing to many cable companies in an effort to retain “cord cutting” customers. “It’s not in the short term, but it’s in the natural direction for us in the long term,” said Hastings during an investor conference last week. “Many [cable service providers] would like to have a competitor to HBO, and they would bid us off of HBO.”

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Verizon: give us more spectrum, we’re gasping over here

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Verizon: give us more spectrum, we're gasping over here

VZW has stacks of money and plenty of ambition, but apparently it’s already running out of mobile spectrum. The operator is trying to buy an extra block of airwaves from some cable companies in a $3.9 billion deal, but it has faced bitter resistance from rival networks who claim it’s wrong for one company to hog so much electromagnetism. In a filing to the FCC yesterday, Verizon told regulators that its LTE network will start hitting spectrum limits as soon as next year in some areas of the US, with more areas being affected by 2015. Is it time to panic?

Verizon: give us more spectrum, we’re gasping over here originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Mar 2012 08:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LTE pricing may drop as much as 60% by 2016

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The monthly price we pay for 4G LTE data could drop drastically over the next five years. Currently, 4G LTE networks are blazing fast but there’s no doubt that the technology comes at a price. 4G LTE handsets sold directly by wireless carriers typically cost more than their 3G counterparts, and tiered 4G data prices are still a bit too costly for heavy data users looking to ditch their cable companies. Verizon Wireless, for example, currently charges $80 for 20GB of data per month while Time Warner Cable sells digital TV service and a 10Mbps unlimited monthly data connection for $89 per month (in New York City). But 4G LTE data prices could fall as much as 60% by 2016, or to about 20 Euro ($26) on average for monthly service according to Tariff Consultancy (TCL). Pricing is expected to decline as more wireless operators begin to offer 4G LTE services and the amount of subscribers on those networks increases. Verizon Wireless and AT&T have each deployed 4G LTE networks in the United States this past year, and Sprint will be the third major wireless carrier to deploy its LTE network next year. The TCL report also suggests that there will be more than 250 million 4G LTE subscribers by 2016.

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Why the Next-Gen Apple TV Remote Will Be the iPad [Apple]

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

WiLAN lawyers up, picks patent fight with Apple, Dell, HP, HTC and others

Monday, September 5th, 2011

You know what the tech world needs? More patent litigation, which is why WiLAN is at it again in the rocket docket of the Eastern District of Texas. This time, instead of suing cable companies, it’s going after the likes of Apple, Dell, HP, HTC, Kyocera, Novatel, Alcatel-Lucent and Sierra Wireless. There are two patents at issue: no. RE37,802 that covers CDMA and HSPA data transmission, and no. 5,282,222 which is related to data transmission tech with WiFi and LTE. Will the plucky patent troll get some quick cash, or will the big boys fight this one to the end? Stay tuned.

WiLAN lawyers up, picks patent fight with Apple, Dell, HP, HTC and others originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Sep 2011 05:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TiVo’s retail plans for quad-tuner Premiere DVR revealed in FCC filing

Friday, June 24th, 2011

If your TiVo-loving heart was crushed last week when we found out the new Premiere Q DVR was only for cable companies with no plans for retail sales, allow us to put the pieces back together. Zatz Not Funny has dug up an FCC filing, dated June 7th, indicating TiVo will bring the quad tuner Premiere Elite DVR with 2TB of hard drive space to retail. The purpose of the filing? To get the FCC to waive requirements that the Elite — which is designed for digital cable reception only — contain an analog tuner that it claims would increase costs by $80 – $100. There’s no word on price or timing but it’s clearly intended as a high end product that TiVo plans to offer online, through custom installers or specialty outlets like Best Buy’s Magnolia stores. If it gets approved we could still see the Elite set-top box this year, assuming the FCC has its approval stamp ready and inked.

TiVo’s retail plans for quad-tuner Premiere DVR revealed in FCC filing originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NC governor will let cable-backed bill restricting municipal broadband become law

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

We’ve repeatedly hammered Time Warner Cable (and its big-cable cronies) for crying to the North Carolina legislature about municipal broadband. TWC claims it can’t compete with taxpayer-backed ISPs such as Wilson, NC’s Greenlight — and that it shouldn’t have to. In fact, Greenlight and four other municipal providers came about specifically because corporate players refused to provide inexpensive, fast broadband. And now that local governments have proven they can provide it, the cable companies have cried foul, pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into select political pockets all the while. That’s the drama so far, and now a bill restricting municipal broadband — mandating that providers pay taxes similar to private companies, for example — has landed on the desk of Governor Bev Perdue. She won’t veto the bill, meaning it will soon become a law; for whatever it’s worth (read: not much), she also refuses to sign it. The reason? Here it is from the horse’s mouth:

I will neither sign nor veto this bill. Instead, I call on the General Assembly to revisit this issue and adopt rules that not only promote fairness but also allow for the greatest number of high quality and affordable broadband options for consumers.

The legislation strikes a blow against public ISPs in a country that ranks ninth in the world for broadband adoption and download speeds. And that, apparently, is what “fair competition” looks like in the US.

[Image courtesy of IndyWeek]

NC governor will let cable-backed bill restricting municipal broadband become law originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 May 2011 02:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Netflix to spend over $100 million on first original series, report claims

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

According to a report from Deadline Hollywood on Tuesday, Netflix will soon close a deal that will result in the entertainment juggernaut’s first original content. In a deal reportedly worth more than $100 million, Netflix is said to have outbid major cable networks including HBO and AMC for a new series produced by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey. Netflix is is apparently willing to commit to two seasons of the show, entitled “House of Cards,” which is a political thriller based on a book and British miniseries of the same name. An exclusive deal of this magnitude would bring with it a great deal of exposure, of course, and cable companies would likely be rattled as well. Netflix had roughly 20 million subscribers at the end of 2010, and its numbers are growing quickly.

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Free* Wi-Fi coming to NYC parks by way of Cablevision and Time Warner

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Kind of… Cablevision and Time Warner are spending $10 million to provide WiFi service to over 30 parks in NYC as part of a deal to renew the cable companies’ cable TV franchises. Here is the catch though: internet use over Wi-Fi is free, but it’s limited to up to (3) 10 minute sessions a month, a total of 30 minutes of usage a person. If you want to get your SlingBox on after that, it’s going to cost $0.99/day to access the internet. Not an exorbitant amount of money, but definitely not quite free, either.

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Free* Wi-Fi coming to NYC parks by way of Cablevision and Time Warner

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Kind of… Cablevision and Time Warner are spending $10 million to provide WiFi service to over 30 parks in NYC as part of a deal to renew the cable companies’ cable TV franchises. Here is the catch though: internet use over Wi-Fi is free, but it’s limited to up to (3) 10 minute sessions a month, a total of 30 minutes of usage a person. If you want to get your SlingBox on after that, it’s going to cost $0.99/day to access the internet. Not an exorbitant amount of money, but definitely not quite free, either.

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Mark Cuban foretells Netflix demise, sees a future filled with on-demand video

Friday, May 7th, 2010

To call Mark Cuban eccentric would be akin to describing the ocean as wet, but what’s not so often acknowledged about the Dallas Mavericks owner is the sharp mind and commercial nous that have gotten him to the position of hiring and firing millionaire ball players. One of Mark’s recent blog posts, entitled “The future of TV … is TV,” got the attention of NewTeeVee, who sought to debunk his contention that VOD (video on demand) services from cable operators would become the primary means by which we consume digital media in the future. They cite the growing success story of Netflix’s digital distribution model, as well as the 12 million hours of March Madness video consumed via CBS’ web portal, in arguing that web streaming is indeed the great new hotness.

Mark’s response tackles Netflix head on, and points out that the company’s rapid growth is about to start working against it, with movie studios and other content providers likely to jack up prices and demand further concessions from the streaming service as it turns into a real competitor to cable companies. According to him, Netflix is presently getting its content at prices that are unsustainable, and his prognostication is that content owners seeking bigger levies — together with the expansion of VOD choice, which he sees as foolproof compared to the overwhelming complexity that web streaming entails — will lead to Netflix passing costs on to the consumers and losing out to cable operators. Irrespective of whether you agree with him, the whole exchange is well worth a read. Use the links below to get filled in.

Mark Cuban foretells Netflix demise, sees a future filled with on-demand video originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 May 2010 10:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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WSJ: Apple’s Plan to Kill Cable With iTunes (And the Tablet’s Coming in March) [Rumor]

Monday, December 21st, 2009

The WSJ says that CBS and Disney are seriously considering Apple’s plan to kill your cable box with iTunes TV show subscriptions. Oh, and that the Apple tablet thing is coming in March.

The WSJ says that Apple’s plan for iTunes TV show subscriptions would have you pay a monthly fee for “access to some TV shows from a selection” of major networks, and that CBS and Disney are the two most seriously thinking about it. CBS would apparently offer up shows from both CBS and the CW, like Gossip Girl, while Disney would be offering up shows from ABC, ABC Family and the Disney Channel. What’s interesting is that the networks could actually make more money per subscriber than they do from cable companies, with broadcast networks picking up $2-$4 per subscriber, and cable networks grabbing $1-$2. (Which has to piss cable companies off, no doubt why networks are treading carefully around this proposal.) Originally, Apple had floated something more like a traditional cable payment, like paying $30 a month for a big bundle of TV stuff.

All of this, of course, would fit into Apple’s larger plan to remake the iTunes model with Lala, and Apple hopes to launch the service sometime next year. While the way Apple says songs and TV shows now would stick around according to the Journal, the combination of web-and-streaming-oriented music and TV subscriptions fundamentally changes the way iTunes would work.

Oh, and of course, this is all happening as Apple “finalizes its plans for a tablet device,” Apple’s trying to launch “by the end of March.” Interesting, that’s what an analyst heard not too long ago. Killing cable and up-ending the publishing industry in one fell swoop? That’s a pretty busy 2010. [WSJ]



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Engadget HD goes inside a FiOS TV Super Headend and Video Hub Office

Friday, December 18th, 2009
FiOS TV Video Hub Control center
If your idea of fun is going behind the scenes and finding out how your cable company’s gears turn, then don’t waste any time clicking on this link. On this tour the crew learns all about collecting 600 channels and distributing them around the country via fiber, complete with locally inserted ads and complying with ridiculous blackout rules. But most interestingly, we learn exactly what makes Verizon FiOS TV special while at the same time what it has in common with other cable companies.

Engadget HD goes inside a FiOS TV Super Headend and Video Hub Office originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 17:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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