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Colombian telco ETB will integrate OTT into IPTV service

Over-the-top video is a "must-have" that will be part of the upcoming deployment of IPTV in Colombia, according to Saul Kattan Cohen, president of state-owned Colombian telephone operator ETB.

Supreme Court hears Comcast argument to limit class action suit

The U.S. Supreme Court this week is listening to an argument from Comcast to limit the power of class action lawsuits, such as the $875 million suit representing about 2 million customers in the Philadelphia area that alleges the cable TV operator clustered properties there to leverage its ability to raise prices.

NBC Sports Network buys rights to "The Dan Patrick Show" from DirecTV

NBC Sports Network announced it has acquired multiyear rights from DirecTV to air the satellite company's "The Dan Patrick Show," a move which among other things allows the NBC sports channel to jump from the cable wasteland of Channel 603 on DirecTV systems to the much more desirable Channel 220, where it will live along with the sports programming pack.

Time Warner Cable to increase broadband speeds by 50 percent

Time Warner Cable COO Rob Marcus said Monday that the MSO will increase the speed of its standard broadband Internet tier by about 50 percent over the next 60 days.

Time Warner Cable's Lakers channel finally nets Cox; DirecTV, Dish hold out

The Los Angeles Lakers have started their NBA season in ugly fashion, going 0-8 in pre-season competition and starting the regular season 0-3 before finally getting their first win Sunday, but the tepid start does not seem to be affecting Time Warner Cable's ability to sign distribution partners for SportsNet, its so-called Lakers Channel.

CableLabs launches NetworkFX, extends online trust management appeal

CableLabs is launching its first subsidiary, an online trust management organization called NetworkFX, to manage the cable TV industry's public key infrastructure (PKI).

Horizon launch drives Liberty Global to $2.5B in revenue for Q3 2012

Liberty Global rode to strong third quarter earnings with help from its recent Horizon TV platform launch in the Netherlands.

Cablevision won't bill Hurricane Sandy victims

Cablevision said Friday that it will credit the bills of its Optimum subscribers who have lost cable TV, Internet and phone service as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Time Warner Cable rolls mobile charging and WiFi vans to NYC residents impacted by Sandy

Time Warner Cable said it is dispatching mobile charging stations vans containing WiFi transmitters in New York that residents who have lost power from Hurricane Sandy can use to surf the Web and recharge mobile phones, tablets and laptop computers.

Cable One drops video and phone subscribers in Q3 2012

Cable One lost 7,672 basic video subscribers and 1,448 telephone customers during the third quarter, the Washington Post Co., its parent company, reported Friday.

Women in Cable Telecommunications nears 10,000-member mark

Women in Cable Telecommunications said Friday that it has grown its membership to 9,698, marking the third consecutive year that it surpassed previous records.

Cablevision: 1.6M Optimum households remain without power

Cablevision said Thursday that more than 1.6 million of its Optimum cable TV, high-speed Internet and telephone subscribers in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut remain without power as a result of Hurricane Sandy, but the vast majority of subscribers with electricity have access to its Optimum services.

Top 5 nightmares for telecom executives

In today's spotlight, Fierce Telecom takes a look at the top five nightmares that may keep telecom executives up at night. The list includes patent trolls, special access rules for competitive local exchange carriers, and debate over which organizations should be able to control the Internet.

Boxee pitches free Netflix and cloud DVR to sell new TV set-top

Boxee kicked off an aggressive promotion to drive sales of its new $99 Boxee TV set-top, offering users three free months of a Netflix subscription and access to its cloud-based "No Limits DVR."

Lakers helping Time Warner Cable drive Cox, DirecTV to SportsNet deal

The Los Angeles Lakers are helping Time Warner Cable push DirecTV and Cox Communications into signing a carriage deal for the MSO's new Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes regional sports networks.

Eagan: Hurricane Sandy could cost Cablevision $25 to $40 million

Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy could cost Cablevision $25 to $40 million, Canaccord Genuity analyst Tom Eagan said in a research note Wednesday.

BT passes 750,000 IPTV subscriber mark

BT has hit the 750,000 subscriber milestone for its BT Vision IPTV service, thanks to the 21,000 new customers who signed up in the third quarter of this year. It's also accelerating its fiber rollout, the company said.

NBCU to hold Sandy benefit concert starring Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Sting, Christina Aguilera

Comcast's NBCUniversal unit said Thursday that it will hold a one-hour concert Friday night to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts that will feature performances by Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera and Sting.

MoCA set-top sales jumped 33% in first half of 2012

Sales of  cable and satellite TV set-tops that support the multimedia over coax (MoCA) standard used to deliver content to devices linked to home networks jumped 33 percent during the first half of 2012, Infonetics said Friday.

Cablevision delays release of Q3 earnings and investor call

Cablevision said late Wednesday that it will delay the release of its third quarter earnings report until Nov. 6, citing "recovery efforts underway following Hurricane Sandy."