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After crash, thoughts on the meaning of TV Everywhere

My 7-year-old desktop PC crashed Friday. This was no fender-bender, boot-it-clean-it-and-it-will-return-to-operating-mode crash. This was a 20-car fog-on-the-freeway pileup with bodies all over the place. Windows wouldn't start--and even the self-diagnostics told me that it was a hopeless case.

SCTE appoints Time Warner Cable, CableLabs, CommScope, Comcast execs to board

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers named its board of directors for the 2012-2014 term, which includes executives from Time Warner Cable, Comcast, CableLabs and CommsScope.

Google ready to build 180 'fiberhoods'; adds Turner channels to TV lineup

The final tally is in, and Google is building out 180 authenticated "fiberhoods" in Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas) as part of its rollout of "ultra-high-speed Google fiber."

How ubiquitous is TV Everywhere?

In today's spotlight, FierceIPTV editor Jim Barthold talks about the change of perspective about TV Everywhere he experienced following the crash of his desktop PC and his search for a no-frills work machine in a multiscreen-mad world.

Charter recruits Time Warner Cable and Cablevision veterans Adams and Mayo

Charter Communications said Monday that it named former Time Warner Cable executive Tom Adams EVP of field operations and Cablevision veteran Kathleen "Kip" Mayo EVP of customer operations.

Comcast expands VoiceEdge service to California

Comcast began marketing its cloud-based Business VoiceEdge product to commercial customers in California.

Comcast offers to deliver cable to Chappaquiddick

Comcast has offered to deliver cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone service to the Massachusetts island of Chappaquiddick, but only if residents there help cover its $1.58 million in construction costs.

Comcast to test new data cap plan in Tucson

Comcast plans to test a new high-speed Internet usage plan on its Tucson, Ariz., system, where subscribers will be offered larger data usage allowances if they take faster broadband tiers.

Shazam expands Shazam for TV service; companion app integrates with Facebook, Twitter

Shazam said Monday that it is expanding efforts to allow smartphone and tablet owners to use the devices to tag shows they are watching, announcing that the app can identify programming from 160 U.S. cable and broadcast networks.

Cablevision names Sandra Kapell EVP of human resources

Cablevision said Monday that it named former insurance company executive Sandra Kapell to the newly created position of EVP of human resources and administration.

BT rejects Pace boxes for YouView launch, goes with Humax

BT  has hit yet another speed bump in its long-delayed YouView launch. The Pace Plc set-top boxes it expected to deploy are not ready for prime time and the telco has to fill in with units from Humax.

Bell Canada continues to push for Astral acquisition; Rogers says it feels threatened

Bell Canada says it feels threatened by over-the-top content providers like Netflix and feels it must acquire Astral Media to even the playing field. Rogers Communications, on the other hand, says it feels threatened by a BCE that includes Astral.

CenturyLink sets video sights on Centennial, Colo.

CenturyLink wants to set up an IPTV video franchise in Centennial, Colo., according to a municipal official who said the telco/IPTV service provider expressed interest in the city at the end of August but hasn't yet submitted official paperwork.

Cablevision develops 'virtual communal television viewing' technology

Cablevision is developing social TV technology that could allow subscribers to talk to each other via voice or video chats while watching programming, according to a recent patent application.

Comcast expands WiFi network in New England

Comcast said it has expanded its WiFi network to parts of eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, where it recently installed 2,500 WiFi access points.

Slideshow: Cablevision's Virtual Communal TV patent

Cablevision recently filed a patent titled Virtual Communal TV Viewing. Here are selected slides from the patent application.

NBCU chief Burke wants to hike station retrans and cable network license fees

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said Thursday that the company will push cable operators and satellite TV distributors for increased fees to carry NBC TV stations and cable networks such as USA Network.

Google details construction schedule for Google Fiber TV deployment

Google released the construction schedule for its Google Fiber TV rollout in the Kansas City area on Thursday, and said it may flip the switch in one neighborhood as early as next month.

Comcast hypes multiscreen access to fall TV premieres

Comcast is stepping up efforts to market its multiplatform programming options, announcing Friday that subscribers would be able to access premieres of new TV series on TVs, PCs and mobile devices.

CBS plans to rake in big bucks in retransmission consent fees

When AT&T U-verse recently signed agreements with CBS--as detailed in FierceTelecom--it said it would bring customers "more value with high quality and compelling content." It didn't say it was wittingly or unwittingly contributing a piece to a monetary retransmission fund pie that the Big Eye Network anticipates will reach $1 billion annually.