Cable Articles

“Countdown to Futurama” Launched by Comedy Central

Comedy Central launched its “Countdown to Futurama” today on the Futurama Facebook page. Starting today, new teaser content will be posted daily including clips, character designs, episode stills, story boards, and more. This will go on for 50 days until …

Verizon-Cable Deal Raises Major Concerns, According to Public Knowledge Verizon-Cable Deal Raises Major Concerns, According to Public Knowledge

The dispute over Verizon Wireless’s bid to buy spectrum from several cable companies is still going strong even after last week’s hearing that attempted to answer some of the questions about it. As WebProNews previously reported, Verizon Wireless, in December, …

Aereo Will Let You Stream Live TV To Your Phone, Tablet Or PC Aereo Will Let You Stream Live TV To Your Phone, Tablet Or PC

Aereo is a new service launching next month, that could be another step in the greater cord cutting trend. It lets you stream local broadcast channels to your mobile device, tablet or PC. It’s starting out in New York, but …

Want To Cancel Your Cable In Favor Of The Web? How Cable Companies Aim To Stop You Want To Cancel Your Cable In Favor Of The Web? How Cable Companies Aim To Stop You
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The FCC has a fight on its hands between cable companies and Internet streaming set-top box companies such as Boxee. The cable companies are pushing the FCC to make a change to current regulation in order to allow them to encrypt basic cable programming.

Thinking Of Canceling Your Cable In 2012? You’re Not Alone Thinking Of Canceling Your Cable In 2012? You’re Not Alone
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Were you one of the cable subscribers that “cut the cord” last year? Despite the disturbing umbilical metaphor, it’s actually a growing trend in the United States as more people are canceling their subscription to cable because, as everybody knows, …

Roku To Carry Free Showtime Episodes Roku To Carry Free Showtime Episodes

Media streaming mammoth Roku will be featuring some free episodes of Showtime programs “Shameless” and “House of Lies”. In a cooperative venture between Roku, media cloud content provider Brightcove, and Showtime, select full episodes will be available as samples. Showtime’s …

Time Warner Cable Acquires Insight: Twitter Weighs In Time Warner Cable Acquires Insight: Twitter Weighs In
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Call it today’s other major acquisition news. This morning Google announced their purchase of Motorola Mobility. At $12.5 billion, it is their largest acquisition ever. Also announced today, after a swirl of rumors, was the acquisition of Insight Communications by …

Comcast Customers to Get HD Skype Video Calls From Their TVs Comcast Customers to Get HD Skype Video Calls From Their TVs

Comcast and Skype have joined forces to bring customers HD video calling on their TVs. The two companies have entered a strategic partnership, which will allow Comcast customers to communicate with their friends and family through their TV via HD …

Intel Increases Cable Presence with Purchase of Texas Instruments’ Cable Modem Unit

Intel just announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Texas Instruments’ cable modem unit. Intel says this will enhance its focus on in the cable industry and related markets.

PayPal and Other Web Technologies Coming to Cable
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RCDb, which credits itself as the company that used Blu-ray to bring Netflix service to the PS3, made a number of announcements today involving Cable and web technologies.

Online Ad Spending Up 7%

U.S. advertising spending in the first nine months of 2009 fell by 14.7 percent compared to the same period in 2008, according to a new report by TNS Media Intelligence.

Ad spending during the third quarter of 2009 was down 15.3 percent compared to last year, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines.

Local Video Display Ads On the Rise

Online video advertising platform Mixpo is sharing some stats regarding the growth of local video and interactive display ads.

"Year-over-year, Mixpo has seen, primarily, local TV advertisers, extend their broadcast strategy and campaigns to the Web by more than 300 percent," a Mixpo spokesperson tells WebProNews. During that time, according to Mixpo, over 1.2 million minutes of video display advertising have been watched. That translates to over two years of 24/7 non-stop TV viewing.

Cable Companies Take Advertisers’ Ads Online

National Cable Communications (NCC) and Mixpo have launched an initiative to let cable advertisers extend their TV commercials to the web. This is not aimed at creating pre/post roll video ads like you might think, but videos as display ads in place of traditional banners.

NCC is jointly owned by three of the largest cable companies – Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable. This makes up a good-sized chunk of television advertising in the US.

Google TV Ads Go Broadway
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Google announced today that it has entered a television advertising agreement with Broadway Systems. Apparently Broadway Systems announced this back on the 16th, but Google is talking about it today on the Traditional Media blog.

What Home Entertainment Technology Will Win?

There has been a lot of new news lately around the idea of home entertainment and media and I wanted to write a post reflecting on recent announcements coming out of Microsoft on their Media Center platform in Windows 7, the new XBox 360, an increasing role for Netflix’s "watch now" technology and today’s announcement regarding Netflix by TiVo.

FCC Interested in Lowering Your Cable Prices
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Things have been looking up for Hulu and online video in general for a variety of reasons. News has come out today emphasizing this fact even more. ABC News is reporting that the FCC thinks that cable television providers are charging too much for access. I couldn’t agree more.

Broadband Growth Declines In The Second Quarter

The number of new broadband connections in the U.S. declined in the second quarter to the lowest level in seven years according to the Leichtman Research Group.

There were 887,000 new connections in the quarter among the top 20 cable and phone providers. The top broadband providers now account for 65.1 million subscribers with cable companies having 35.3 million broadband subscribers, and telephone companies having over 29.7 million subscribers.

Cable Ad Sales Fail At eBay

After a year, eBay closed down its Internet-based TV and radio ad selling platform, as cable channels avoided it due to fears of commoditizing ads.

Meter’s Running In Time Warner Test
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Beaumont, TX, earned the distinction of being the testing ground for metered Internet service for the heaviest users of network capacity.

Nationwide Sprint WiMax Network Idea Revived

Deep-pocketed cable companies have a newfound interest in helping Sprint and occasional partner Clearwire launch a high-speed wireless network based on the WiMax standard.

Google Connected To New Undersea Cable

Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, KDDI Corporation, Pacnet, and SingTel, along with one other corporation, are building an undersea fiber optic cable connecting America and Japan.  The cable should cost around $300 million, and the last member of the six-company consortium is Google.