Comcast Vs. Netflix TWC Merger

Comcast lashes out at Netflix over opposition to TWC merger

By on April 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Comcast lashes out at Netflix over opposition to TWC merger

Gee, do you think that Netflix publicly coming out against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger has struck a nerve with Comcast? Within hours of Netflix declaring its opposition to the proposed $45 billion merger, Comcast came out with a statement that accused Netflix of relying on “inaccurate claims and arguments” to make its case. More →

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AT&T Chernin Group $500 Million Investment

AT&T spearheads a $500 million venture to kill cable and take on Netflix

By on April 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM.

AT&T spearheads a $500 million venture to kill cable and take on Netflix

AT&T knows that it can’t beat over-the-top content providers such as Netflix and Amazon, so it figures it might as well join them. AT&T announced on Tuesday that it has joined with the Chernin Group media holding company to invest $500 million in a new venture that will “acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” This is particularly interesting because it’s the first time we’ve really seen a company that offers pay TV services make this kind of big investment in over-the-top video. Cable companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable have traditionally done their best to wall off live cable TV programs from the Internet, but the popularity of over-the-top services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video has apparently grown too big for AT&T to ignore. The company’s press release announcing the venture follows below. More →

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Comcast Customer Service

Comcast says its customer service does a great job ‘way more than 99%’ of the time

By on April 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM.

Comcast says its customer service does a great job ‘way more than 99%’ of the time

Comcast received the dubious honor of being named the “worst company in America” earlier this month, and it regularly receives poor rankings in customer satisfaction surveys due to complaints that focus on the company’s service quality and problems with the quality of customer service it provides. According to Comcast’s executive vice president David Cohen, however, the company’s bad image makes no sense because its customer service is fantastic. More →

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HTML5 Vs. Flash 2014

Steve Jobs may finally get his wish: 2014 could be the year HTML5 starts to kill Flash

By on April 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Steve Jobs may finally get his wish: 2014 could be the year HTML5 starts to kill Flash

Late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs famously went on a tirade against Flash back in 2010 when he said that the video technology was on borrowed time and would soon be replaced by HTML5. While Flash is very much still with us four years later, Rapt Media CEO Erika Trautman thinks that HTML5′s time has finally arrived. More →

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Netflix Subscription Price Increase

Netflix plans to increase prices by up to 25% for new subscribers

By on April 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM.

Netflix plans to increase prices by up to 25% for new subscribers

If getting unlimited streaming for $7.99 per month sounds like a deal that’s too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. The Wall Street Journal reports that Netlfix plans to raise its prices by between $1 to $2 a month for new subscribers, which would represent an increase of as much as 25% from current prices. The Journal says that current subscribers will keep their rates “for a generous time period,” but they too might have to pay higher prices in the future as well. News of future price increases came as part of Netflix’s Q1 2014 earnings report, where the company said it added 4 million new streaming subscribers and posted earnings of $0.86 per share on revenues of $1.27 billion.

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AT&T 1Gbps Internet Service

AT&T in talks to bring 1Gbps Internet service to 21 new metro areas

By on April 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

AT&T in talks to bring 1Gbps Internet service to 21 new metro areas

AT&T is signaling that it has plans to aggressively expand its 1Gbps Internet service offering. Following an announcement earlier this month that it was in talks to bring its 1Gbps Internet service to North Carolina, AT&T announced on Monday that it’s in talks to bring 1Gbps Internet service to 21 new major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. More →

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Time Warner Cable Hotspot 2.0

Time Warner Cable launches Hotspot 2.0: Log in once, then never again

By on April 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Time Warner Cable launches Hotspot 2.0: Log in once, then never again

It looks like Time Warner Cable just simplified the Wi-Fi hotspot once and for all. Gigaom reports that Time Warner enabled Hotspot 2.0 capabilities across its public Wi-Fi network this week, allowing customers to log in a single time and then remain connected any time their devices pick up a signal in the future. The upgraded software has been available to broadband customers since March, but this marks the first large-scale implementation of the software. More →

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Verizon Astroturf Email Campaign

Verizon sends email on customer’s behalf without telling him as part of sleazy PR campaign

By on April 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

Verizon sends email on customer’s behalf without telling him as part of sleazy PR campaign

Sleazy astroturf campaigns are nothing new in the corporate world but Verizon may have just taken things to a whole new level. Ars Technica reports that New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently received hundreds of identically worded emails from different people that all supported Verizon’s demands that it be let off the hook for building out broadband infrastructure that it had agreed to build as part of an agreement with the state that dates back to two decades ago. There’s a problem, however: Some of the people who supposedly sent emails to the board say they did no such thing.

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Cortana vs Google Now

Microsoft is giving Cortana Google Now-like powers

By on April 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Microsoft is giving Cortana Google Now-like powers

In addition to creating its own voice-based virtual assistant that can stand its ground against Siri and Google Now, Microsoft appears ready to offer even more personalized search features to users in order to better compete against its main rival when it comes to search. The company on Wednesday announced on its Bing blogs that Bing.com is getting “more personal,” a feature it teased at Build 2014. More →

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Senator Franken Letter To Netflix

Sen. Franken looks to recruit Netflix in his quest to kill the Comcast-TWC merger

By on April 16, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Sen. Franken looks to recruit Netflix in his quest to kill the Comcast-TWC merger

Senator Al Franken (D, Minn.) has been one of the most vocal critics of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and now he’s trying to bring in the big guns to help him kill it once and for all. Franken on Wednesday sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings asking him or his company to publicly weigh in on a merger that Franken says will hurt competition for online video services going forward. More →

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Google Fiber New York

Google doesn’t have ‘any plans to bring Google Fiber to New York’

By on April 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Google doesn’t have ‘any plans to bring Google Fiber to New York’

It was too good to be true after all. Speaking with Ars Technica on Wednesday, a Google spokesperson made it clear that there are no plans to bring Google Fiber to the New York area at this time, despite a seemingly surreptitious job listing discovered earlier this week. More →

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10Gbps WiFi 2015 Launch

Forget 5G – 10Gbps WiFi is coming next year

By on April 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM.

Forget 5G – 10Gbps WiFi is coming next year

The 5Mbps, 10Mbps or even 20Mbps download speeds we see now are fast, and the 5G data speeds we have been promised down the road are even more impressive. But wait until you hear about the next big advancement in WiFi technology. WiFi is already much faster than any current-generation cellular network will ever be, of course, but the wireless standard’s limited range is a big barrier to its utility outside of homes and offices. In 2015, however, we can now look forward to WiFi that is exponentially faster than current networks and also has a much further range. More →

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