A pair of MSOs are in hot water in local markets. In Colorado Springs, a federal judge ordered Time Warner Cable to submit a list of 800 current and former call center employees as part of a year-old lawsuit regarding overtime pay. In St. Cloud, Minn., the city council alleges that Charter Communications violated its franchise agreement by moving public access channels without telling the city.
San Jose technology company ActiveVideo, a provider of virtual set-top box solutions for top pay-TV operators including Charter Communications, is touting improvements in scalability and efficiency for its CloudTV product that it says can lower operators' data center capital expenditure to as low as $1 per subscriber.
Operating under the obvious placeholder "SpinCo" since February, the joint venture set to be launched by Comcast and Charter Communications finally has an official name, GreatLand Connections.
Iliad is continuing to explore different ways of improving its bid for T-Mobile US, with latest reports saying the France-based company is now in talks with private equity companies on a possible collaboration.
The importance of Wi-Fi to cable operators, mobile carriers and telcos is evidenced by the list of 14 companies joining the Wireless Broadband Alliance, whose mission includes enabling Wi-Fi interoperability and roaming. The group said the new members "have joined its efforts to unite the ecosystem and progress the development of carrier Wi-Fi throughout the world."
Internet service for Charter Communications' 4.56 million broadband subscribers nationwide experienced significant weekend disruptions, with thousands of users across the country breaking out their mobile phones to express their discontent.
Cox Communications has no plans to merge with or buy T-Mobile US, or rival MSOs for that matter, Cox President Pat Esser said. Reuters had recently reported that French mobile and Internet firm Iliad was working with Dish Network, Cox, Charter Communications and others to improve its $15 billion offer for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile, which T-Mobile has deemed too low.
Former Charter Communications executive Ted Schremp's SmartHome Ventures has announced a new retail-focused home-automation platform designed to compete with services offered by top pay-TV providers.
Even as federal regulators continue to ponder the efficacy of SpinCo, the Comcast and Charter Communications subscriber juggle proposed to clear one hurdle of Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable, the wide-ranging deal is roiling local markets that might soon, for better or worse, have a completely new cable operator presence.
ESPN has reached a carriage deal with Charter Communications for the SEC Network which will make the Aug. 14 launch of the new regional sports network the biggest ever for any cable channel at around 91 million homes.