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DOJ wants more info on Google-Motorola deal

The U.S. Department of Justice wants Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) to supply it with more information about its plans to acquire Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI), the search giant disclosed Wednesday. Google

Time Warner expands in NY and NC, adds 100-plus jobs

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) is adding more than 100 jobs to support new facilities it is building in Charlotte, N.C., and Rochester, N.Y. The MSO said Wednesday that it will open up a new Northeast

Mediacom fights loss of LIN TV stations with free sports programming

One month into a dispute with LIN TV that has seen it lose stations affiliated with CBS, Fox and other networks, Mediacom Communications says it has managed to curb subscriber losses by offering

Cox rolls out mobile phone service in San Diego

Cox Communications launched mobile phone and data service in San Diego this week, reselling Sprint's (NYSE: S) 3G product. In addition to giving Cox a new revenue source, the wireless launch is

Comcast expands into mobile tower business

Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) said Wednesday that it will begin to develop and operate own telecommunications towers. The MSO's Comcast Ventures unit said it formed a new company, CTI Towers Inc., which

Will cable follow AT&T and T-Mobile to New York City subways with WiFi?

AT&T (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile struck a deal with New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to launch wireless phone service throughout the city's vast subway system, beginning with six

Amazon shakes up pay TV business with $199 Kindle Fire tablet

Undercutting the price of Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) least expensive iPad by more than $300, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) took the wraps off of a $199 tablet called the Kindle Fire Wednesday. Amazon's

Cable 'a la carte' chatter returns as smaller MSOs call for programming option

Some smaller cable MSOs are renewing calls for programmers to allow them to offer a la carte programming options to subscribers. Quoting executives from Suddenlink Communications and Mediacom

ivi asks Web surfers to fund battle with broadcasters

Seven months after it was ordered to shut down a website that delivered the signals from local broadcast stations online, ivi Inc. is asking Web surfers to fund its legal battle against CBS Corp.,

Avail-TVN lands 23 of 26 IPTV operators left adrift by EchoStar in August

Avail-TVN, which in August pitched its services to 26 Tier 2 and Tier 3 IPTV service providers scrambling to find a substitute for their transport and programming business support when EchoStar

New TelVue gear could power hyperlocal programming

TelVue Corp. is pitching cable MSOs new headend servers and software that it says could be used by cable operators to distribute "hyperlocal" programming to subscribers such as live and on-demand

Have pay-TV operators finally developed an appetite for a la carte?

For years, pay-TV operators have offered consumers Gordian Knots of programming, tiers of content tied together without regard to consumers' desires. But a confluence of factors--a stalled economy,

Youtoo TV scores programming from Mark Burnett

Independent cable network Youtoo TV said it has signed reality show creator Mark Burnett to supply programming for the channel, which relies heavily on short video clips submitted by viewers from

BBC tests customized program guide

BBC is testing a new interactive program guide that allows users to create lists of programs they want to watch, rather than displaying all content available to viewers. The Web-based platform also

itaas expands VoD monitoring tool to Motorola platform

Interactive TV technology provider itaas said it has developed a version of its video-on-demand monitoring tool that can be deployed by cable operators using set-tops and other hardware from Motorola

Amazon may call tablet 'Kindle Fire'

The 7-inch color tablet computer that Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) is expected to unveil on Wednesday will be called the Kindle Fire, according to a report on TechCrunch. While publications ranging from

The 100G optical reboot is looming

Schmitt Next year is shaping up to be a point of inflection in the deployment and development of 100G transport, and it's getting the attention of market participants up and down the

Time Warner Cable trademarks 'Social One,' may offer access to social networks through TV

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) may be developing a way for subscribers to access Facebook, Twitter and other social networks through the TV, based on a trademark it obtained for the brand "Social

Blu-ray to push DVD out of market by 2015

New research forecasts 105 million Blu-ray disc players will ship in 2015, pushing traditional DVD players out of the market. DVD players and recorder shipments will decline over the next five years

Only DirecTV subs can use Miso app for Showtime's 'Dexter'

Social TV firm Miso teamed up with Showtime to deliver second-screen content to viewers watching Sunday's premiere of hit drama Dexter, but DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) is the only pay TV provider whose