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iControl adds Sercomm cloud camera to home automation platform

iControl Networks said Tuesday that it is adding a new high-definition camera from Sercomm to its home automation platform.

Xfinity prototype box with GreenPeak controller revealed in Samsung FCC test report

Samsung has built a prototype set-top for Comcast's Xfinity service which can support Bluetooth and contains a system-on-a-chip from GreenPeak Technology that can be used to power smart home devices using the ZigBee wireless specification, according to a test report released by the FCC earlier this month.

Amazon shooting 5 original 4K Ultra HD series

Amazon has ordered full seasons of six new original TV series for its Prime Instant streaming video service, including five programs that will be produced in 4K Ultra HD format.

Comcast veteran Joe Waz named NBCU content protection counselor

Former Comcast EVP of External Affairs Joe Waz has been named senior counselor of creative content protection at the company's NBCUniversal subsidiary.

Comcast, NCTA cheer FCC 5 GHz Wi-Fi order

FCC commissioners agreed to open up 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band available for use with Wi-Fi services, in a big win for Comcast and other broadband providers that have said they need more unlicensed spectrum to support advanced services.

Cable One preps replacements for Viacom channels

With Cable One's distribution agreement with Viacom set to expire at midnight, the MSO said it has lined up some replacement networks in the event that it loses Comedy Central, MTV, BET and other networks owned by the media giant.

Facebook opens Connectivity Lab

In today's spotlight, FierceWireless takes a look at Facebook's plans to open up a Connectivity Lab with Internet.org.

Disney launching over-the-top Disney Parks app on Samsung, LG TVs

Walt Disney Co. plans to rely mostly on Internet-connected TVs from Samsung and LG to distribute a new Disney Parks app that is designed to promote Walt Disney World, Disneyland and other resorts.

Cablevision veteran Gary Schanman named SVP at Charter

New Charter Communications SVP of Video Products Gary Schanman will see several familiar faces at his new job, as he is one of at least six Cablevision veterans to join CEO Tom Rutledge at the MSO.

Bright House, DirecTV top Temkin customer experience rankings

Bright House Networks and DirecTV were the top two pay TV distributors in Temkin Group's annual customer service rankings, while Comcast and Charter Communications received the lowest ratings in the sector.

Comcast debuts Cloud DVR in Philadelphia, Chicago will be next

Comcast rolled out its network-based cloud DVR technology in Philadelphia this week and plans to launch the technology in Chicago next week.  Speaking at the Light Reading Cable Next-gen Strategies & Technologies event here, Comcast VP of IP Video Engineering Allen Broome said that the MSO's cloud DVR service is part of the company's bigger migration to IP video and its X1 platform.

Charter pushes TWC investors to reject Comcast offer

Comcast might not be able to close the Time Warner Cable acquisition until the end of 2015, and even if it succeeds, the value of Comcast stock may be "reduced and uncertain," Charter Communications said in a proxy statement aimed at convincing TWC investors to reject the Comcast offer.

Parks: 4K TVs will 'reach mass market pricing' within 3 years

The prices of 4K Ultra HD TVs will "reach mass-market pricing" within the next two to three years, according to a report from Parks Associates.

Comcast clears up confusion over cable modems on its Extreme 105 service

An outdated document and a misinformed customer service rep led to some online squealing that Comcast won't let subscribers buy their own cable modems to access its Extreme 105 service.

Vodafone on the prowl for more cable properties

Vodafone, already the world's second largest mobile carrier, is looking to increase its footprint in the cable space as well--either through acquisition or competition, its top executive says.

Deloitte: Multi-device content demand continues to grow

New findings from Deloitte's Eighth "Digital Democracy Survey" confirm what MVPDs already knew, or strongly suspected: U.S. consumers are becoming "digital omnivores," devouring content across tablets, smartphones and laptops.

Online video ads cost 38 percent more than cable, report says

Cable advertising types worried about losing ground to online video may be heartened to know that cable ads are cheaper than online ads, according to data compiled by media research firm SQAD.

Time Warner Cable exiles could run new cable company formed by Comcast sub spinoff

Time Warner Cable executives jettisoned by a Comcast takeover could end up running their own cable company serving former TWC subscribers that Comcast has to sell off in order to comply with regulatory requirements should the merger go through.

Rumor mill: Dish Network's Ergen courts DirecTV's White

In a move that directly reflects Comcast's $45 billion acquisition bid for Time Warner Cable, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has reportedly reached out to DirecTV CEO Mike White about merging the two satellite services.

Cablevision, Time Warner Cable big spenders in New York political scene

Two New York-based MVPDs, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision were not surprisingly among the bigger donors doling out funds to New York State politicians, a recent breakdown from the New York Public Interest Research Group revealed.