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CABLE COMPANIES DIVE INTO VIDEO GAMING

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Cable-TV settop boxes may soon become video-game devices, according to a report by Bloomberg News. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and AT&T are all reportedly in talks with data streaming specialists to bring streaming game technology to subscribers. Tests could begin as early as next year. Online game streaming has been around for a while […]

NETFLIX RETURNING TO ITS DVD-BY-MAIL ROOTS?

July 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix, which has relegated its DVD/Blu-ray disc-by-mail service to an unloved-stepchild status and has focused on its streaming service, may be rethinking its approach, analysts have noted. The company apparently now feels threatened by the joint venture about to be launched between Redbox and Verizon that will combine Redbox’s kiosk operations with Verizon’s digital distribution. […]

BLUE DVD KIOSKS WILL BE TURNING RED

February 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Redbox is taking over Blockbuster Express. In a surprise announcement on Monday, Coinstar, which operates the Redbox DVD kiosks, and NCR, which has operated the Blockbuster Express kiosks said that they will merge. Under the deal Redbox will pay NCR $100 million for its assets in company. For the time being, the Blockbuster Express logo […]

ESPN RENEWS DEAL WITH NFL — FOR $15.2 BILLION

September 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Get set for another increase in cable subscription fees. ESPN has negotated an eight-year extension of its broadcast-rights deal with the NFL at $1.9 billion a year — or $15.2 billion over the eight years. The deal extends the current deal, which runs through 2013 but which costs ESPN $1.1 billion a year — 73 […]

CNN LIVE COMING TO YOUR PHONE

July 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CNN announced on Monday that certain cable subscribers will be able to watch the news channel and its sibling HLN on their computers, iPads and smartphones live if they already are customers of one of five cable and satellite services. Although the two channels are owned by Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, the […]

STUDIOS, ISP’S AGREE ON PIRACY CRACKDOWN

July 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other media groups have disclosed that they have reached an agreement with the nation’s five largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to crack down on consumers whose accounts have been used to access pirated movies, TV shows and recordings. Under the […]

24,583 HURT LOCKER DOWNLOADERS NOW FACE PIRACY SUITS

May 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Lawyers representing the producers of The Hurt Locker have identified the IP addresses of 24,583 BitTorrent users who downloaded copies of the Oscar-winning movie and plan to sue the owners of those addresses for copyright violations, according to TorrentFreak.com, which tracks the BitTorrent turf and published the complete list of the 24,584 IP addresses in […]

VERIZON EXEC PREDICTS CONSUMERS WILL CUT CORDS TO CABLE

December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Verizon Communications Inc. Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg has taken issue with cable company executives who insist that their subscribers are not “cutting the cord” — i.e., dumping their cable subscriptions and accessing video sites on the Internet for their TV shows instead. Speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor’s conference in New York on Tuesday, Seidenberg […]

VERIZON LAUNCHES TV EVERYWHERE SERVICE, WITH A PLUS

November 11, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Verizon, which is both a phone company and the operator of the FiOS broadband and fiber-optic TV service, has announced its own “TV anywhere” version. Called Flex View, the Verizon service will allow its subscribers to view video-on-demand programming on mobile phones, tablet devices, and laptops. The company said that the feature is already available […]

WHAT TO DO WITH VERIZON’S NEW IPAD APP?

August 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A new iPad application being made available to Verizon’s FIOS TV customers will allow them to use the tablet device to watch live television in their homes. Given the fact that most homes now have multiple TV sets, the app’s only usefulness, it would appear, is as a monitor in the bathroom (although there are […]

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