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  • Netflix Arrives On Cable Providers’ TiVo DVRs In The U.S. For The First Time

    Netflix Arrives On Cable Providers’ TiVo DVRs In The U.S. For The First Time

    Keep your friends, close, but your enemies closer – that might be the mantra running through the heads of cable execs at Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN, U.S. regional cable providers who are the first such companies in the U.S. to offer Netflix access bundled with TV service. Subscribers will still have to have their own Netflix accounts, Engadget reports, but now… Read More

  • Unbundled Channels Coming To Canada, But Terrible Taste Could Make It A Disaster

    Unbundled Channels Coming To Canada, But Terrible Taste Could Make It A Disaster

    If you want History Channel, you also have to get Biography Baby or something non-fictional but equally dumb. It’s the magic of cable and satellite bundles, and it’s the Way Things Are Done. But in Canada, that might not be true much longer, as the government is gearing up to force Canadian satellite and cable providers to unbundle channels and offer them to customers on an a la… Read More

  • Netflix Reportedly In Negotiations With U.S. Cable TV Providers

    Netflix Reportedly In Negotiations With U.S. Cable TV Providers

    Netflix is in the early stages of negotiating with U.S. cable providers to make its online streaming video service available as an app through their set-top boxes, says a Wall Street Journal report. If a deal goes through, it will mark a major victory for Netflix, signifying that it has changed viewer habits so much that cable TV operators can no longer afford to ignore it. We’ve… Read More

  • Apple’s Reported Time Warner Cable Deal Great For Extending Provider Reach, But Not For Real Change

    Apple’s Reported Time Warner Cable Deal Great For Extending Provider Reach, But Not For Real Change

    Apple is said by Bloomberg to be working on a deal that would bring Time Warner Cable content to its Apple TV set-top streaming box, for subscribers to TWC’s existing cable packages. Which is nice, for those people, and something that’s like the iOS apps which allow cable and satellite subscribers to view content they pay for access to on devices other than their TV, but in the… Read More

  • Liberty Global’s $15.8B Acquisition Of Virgin Media Is Sailing Through EU Antitrust Court

    Liberty Global’s $15.8B Acquisition Of Virgin Media Is Sailing Through EU Antitrust Court

    Reuters has reported, and TechCrunch has now confirmed with an independent source close to the situation, that the European Union’s competition commission is approving the deal for Liberty Global to buy UK’s Virgin Media for $15.75 billion, first announced in February when it was calculated to be worth up to $23.3 billion with debt factored in. As we understand it, there will be… Read More

  • Cable Tie-Up: Liberty Global Strikes $23.3BN Stock & Cash Deal For U.K.’s Virgin Media

    Cable Tie-Up: Liberty Global Strikes $23.3BN Stock & Cash Deal For U.K.’s Virgin Media

    International cable company Liberty Global has struck a deal to acquire U.K. cable, broadband and mobile telephony company Virgin Media. Liberty’s approach was confirmed yesterday by Virgin Media but the pair have now put out a joint release confirming the acquisition and its terms. The stock and cash merger puts an approximate value of $23.3 billion on the deal. Read More

  • Winter Is Coming: The Great iPhone Cable Shortage Of 2012

    Winter Is Coming: The Great iPhone Cable Shortage Of 2012

    How many iOS charger cables do you own? You know, the 30-pin connector that’s been packaged alongside every iPod, iPhone and iPad for as long as I can remember. Personally, I own seven. Each of my friends and colleagues has (at the very least) more than one of these wires. Essentially, if you’ve owned an iThing for more than a few months, especially an iPhone, you probably own… Read More

  • This Is Most Probably The New iPhone Cable

    This Is Most Probably The New iPhone Cable

    This is most probably the new iPhone cable posted by some folks at Shenzhen-based Veister, an iPhone accessories maker that is clearly trading Apple partner status for a brief uptick in visitors. Read More

  • The Xbox 360, Now A True Cable Box Killer

    The Xbox 360, Now A True Cable Box Killer

    Microsoft just threw down at E3 2012. After exciting the crowd with Halo and Gears of War titles, the company unveiled new additions to the 360’s vast media offering. Don’t be distracted by the video game trailers: this is Redmond’s biggest news of the show. In fact the new offering could lead to a rival of the cord cutting movement. The Xbox 360 has nearly always had an… Read More

  • Cable Providers Mull Switch To A La Carte Subscriptions

    Cable Providers Mull Switch To A La Carte Subscriptions

    I remember when we first got cable, back in the late 80s I suppose, and even as a youngster one of my first thoughts was “man, do we really need all these channels?” That suspicion, that we were perhaps being sold the whole buffet when we knew exactly what we wanted already, only became stronger with time, and before long it was a running joke shared by many in the world. 500… Read More

  • This Is Where The Magic Happens

    This Is Where The Magic Happens

    Seventeen years ago Wired published Neal Stephenson’s magisterial epic “Mother Earth Mother Board”, about the web of undersea fibre-optic cables being built to connect all of humanity. Well – almost all. Africa, again, was left behind. Until 2009, all of East Africa could only connect to the Internet over slow and hugely expensive satellite links. Finally, two years… Read More

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