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Comcast expands MyTV Choice tests to Charleston, SC

Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is expanding the tests of its MyTV Choice programming packages, which allow subscribers to opt out of paying for ESPN and other sports networks, to Charleston, S.C. The MSO

Cox offers subscribers free online backup and security software

Cox Communications is one of the first cable MSOs to offer its high-speed Internet subscribers free online backup storage, in addition to security software and tools parents can use to control which

Adobe extends AIR to connected TVs, TiVo DVRs

Adobe struck deals with Samsung, LG and TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) to extend its Adobe AIR software to smart TVs, the company announced Monday. The move could allow cable programmers and other content

Paramount bypasses cable and satellite in streaming 'Transformers'

In a move that could impact pay-per-view revenue at cable and satellite distributors, Viacom's (NYSE: VIA) Paramount Pictures is allowing Web surfers to stream its new "Transformers: Dark of the

Celebrating wireline innovators who changed the industry

It has been over 135 years since Alexander Graham Bell uttered that famous phrase to his assistant: "Watson, come here, I need you." Over the course of the past 100-plus years, there have been

As OTT, IPTV converge, here's one telco that advocates cutting the cord

There's an awful lot of time spent debating whether over-the-top video actually is a driving force behind cord cutting in the cable market and, in fact, on whether a cord-cutting phenomenon actually

19 people who changed telecommunications for the better

In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom profiles 19 people that have changed the face of the wireline telecom industry, from Alexander Graham Bell to TCI/IP protocol inventors Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn.

Yahoo invests in original video programming

Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) is increasing its investment in original video programming, unveiling a fall slate of online video shows targeting women. Courtesy: Yahoo! online While Yahoo compared

Visible World powers targeted promos for Cox

Cox Communications said it is using Visible World's targeted advertising technology to market its digital cable, high-speed Internet and voice products to subscribers. The MSO said it will use

Hawdilly: Dish hypes Blockbuster Movie Pass in subscriber acquisition campaign

Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) launched a humorous marketing campaign featuring cowboys in oversized hats touting its new Blockbuster Movie Pass online video service. Hawdilly: Dish passes the

YouTube puts up $100M for original content as it chases channel strategy

Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) YouTube long has been rumored to want to mold itself into more of an Internet-based cable company. Those rumors picked up a lot of weight today with a Wall Street Journal

BBC says 3D is part of its long-term programming strategy

Consumer uptake of 3D television has been, at best, somewhat less than enthusiastic, but that doesn't mean programmers and content owners have given up on it yet. After all, something has to replace

Research: Clear prices for bundles may affect IPTV uptake

IPTV subscription numbers in the European Union should hit 60 million by 2020, according to a new report from Point Topic. The research company said just more than one in three of the projected 160

Avail-TVN rolls out multiplatform IPTV service for Cable & Wireless in Caribbean

Digital media services company Avail-TVN, which announced a TV Everywhere platform this summer and currently is trialing it with several providers in the U.S., today said Cable & Wireless

Hybrid pay TV approach works best in Latin America

With telecom companies not wanting to invest more in Latin America, a region that is struggling economically, Signals Telecom Consulting president Jose F. Otero says telecom providers will continue

Google TV's O'Malley touts t-commerce capability of connected TVs

TVs with broadband connections will allow more viewers to buy products with the click of a remote control, Google TV (Nasdaq: GOOG) director of content Donagh O'Malley said Monday. "It's time to

Hulu owners may scrap sale

Hulu owners News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA), Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS), Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) and Providence Equity Partners may keep the popular online video site, after months of looking for a buyer.

Netflix may revive 'Arrested Development'

Five years after Fox cancelled Arrested Development, the sitcom may find a new life on Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX). Show producer Mitchell Hurwitz said Sunday that 20th Century Fox is looking to produce

Verizon sues FCC again over net neutrality rules

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) again sued the FCC Friday in an attempt to block it from implementing net neutrality rules, arguing that the commission doesn't have the right to tell Verizon how to manage

CenturyLink duplicates Comcast's $9.95 monthly high-speed Internet offer

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is marketing a $9.95 monthly Internet access to low-income households, duplicating a similar offer from Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA). Centurylink featured its new Internet