Are Altice, other cable operators targeting T-Mobile?


This past week at a conference sponsored by Goldman Sachs, the chairman of French telecom company Altice noted the cable operator needed to look into owning a mobile network. Many see Patrick Drahi’s comments as an indication that Altice may be interested in scooping up T-Mobile as part of a strategy to offer a “quad play” to consumers. Altice is not the only company interested in T-Mobile, or other wireless carriers, as an interesting M&A drama starts to unfold. Read more

Dish Network’s Sling TV strikes deal with EPIX to compete with Netflix


Sling TV, Dish Network’s self-proclaimed “cable-killer,” has struck a deal with EPIX cable movie network to bring more than 2,000 on-demand titles to customers.

The news comes after last week, the company also signed a deal with AMC channels to its core-package ($20) which already has ESPN, ESPN2, CNN, TBS, HGTV, Adult Swim/Cartoon Network, ABC Family, TNT, Food Network and the Disney Channel.

The EPIX content will be available through a paid add-on package — the cost of the package is not yet public.

Netflix is clearly more embedded in our homes than the EPIX service, but this certainly makes Sling TV a whole lot more enticing for those looking to drop their cable subscriptions.

Source: NY Daily News

Google backing an underwater cable between Japan and the United States

underwater_cableHaving a direct connection to websites you’re trying to connect to makes things a lot faster, but underwater cables take a lot of time, effort and money – hundreds of millions of dollars, in fact. Google  and a host of telecom giants (China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, KDDI and SingTel) are backing FASTER, a $300 million fiber optic cable that runs between Japan and the US.

The name is pretty self explanatory, as it hopes to make things faster by having a cable that offers 60 terabits per second of bandwidth between the two regions. You won’t see a difference until the cable is functional by the second quarter of 2016, but speeds are sure to be faster across the internet as a whole.

Source: Urs Holzle (Google+)


Cablevision customers can now control their TV with new Optimum app (if your device is compatible)

In our smartphone saturated society, more and more companies are releasing apps that allow your smartphone to control their hardware. Today cable television provider Cablevision jumped on the bandwagon and released their new Optimum app which allows subscribers to control their TVs and even stream shows directly to their devices via the app. Besides being able to control your DVR box, schedule recordings, and stream shows, watch on-demand movies, there is also a useful channel guide built in with the ability to search for shows by name or category. You even have the option to rate programs after you’ve watched them. According to the Cablevision’s site, to use the app you’ll need to be connected to your home network through an “Optimum authorized modem”.

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Verizon’s Wireless Pay-TV Plan

Verizon is looking to provide its customers with a wireless video service this year. They are in discussions with television programmers to prepare even before getting FCC and DOJ approval for the $3.9 billion purchase of spectrum from cable operators. “Technically, I think we could have something out that would be the beginnings of an integrated offering in time for the holidays,” said Verizon CEO Lowell C. McAdam to the Wall Street Journal.

This service would allow pay-TV customers to take their TV watching mobile. There are already many streaming TV services available, but most are limited to Wi-Fi access. McAdam says the potential to negotiate outside-the-home streaming rights exist, as well as the opportunity for à la carte programming.

The cost of this service is still a question mark, but be prepared for a consumption-based approach rather than an all-you-can-stream plan. It is also not known how, or if, the Redbox deal enters into this.

source: wsj
via: engadget

RCA Shows Android on TV, not Google TV


RCA showed off its new TV line and demo’d Android OS running on one of its TV models. This is a prototype due out later in 2011, but of course, like all good technology, it’s seen at CES in Las Vegas. The only downfall reported with this demo is the lack of Android Apps shown other than the typical Picasa and YouTube apps seen in the video over at Engadget. With the struggle to get into the cable market with internet TV such as Google TV and Apple TV, it surprising that RCA would decide to jump in this market with Android OS, but i guess that’s the beauty of open-source projects…you don’t need permission.

[via Engadget]

Verizon CEO Says 4G LTE Can Replace Cable Broadband Services

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Verizon’s CEO Ivan Seidenberg mentioned at an investor conference that he imagines Verizon’s 4G LTE network to be a “modest substitute” to the home broadband internet and cable services. Even more hilarious about this right now is that he also imagines regular customer data usage to be around 10GB a month.

I know I use a lot more than 10GB a month on home internet and cable, especially with new services like Google TV, Netflix and Apple TV coming out, all offering HDTV over broadband. That’s a lot of data usage. I wouldn’t go cutting my cable cords just yet if you’re in areas that support it, but I’d be interested if I were in an area that had no cable to my door, and I could use 4G then.

I’m sure once 4G LTE is rolling for most carriers next year, pricing will be a bit more realistic.

[via Engadget]

Sony to simplify inner-phone cabling, replacing multiple cables with single copper wire

Have you ever cracked open a cell phone? If you have, chances are that you have seen all the cabling involved on the inside: Specific ribbon cables and wires, all responsible for any assortment of data transmission, from display to sound and everything in between.

Now, Sony is looking to simplify your phone’s guts by replacing all of that with a single copper wire, that they state will not only handle all that information through that single pipe, but will transmit the information at 940Mbps. As phones become thinner and more transportable, you can bet that this type of technology will play a huge role in new device development and manufacturing.

[via Sony]