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Time Warner cuts itself off from Time Inc.

Time Warner cuts itself off from Time Inc.

Time Warner has just announced that it will be separating itself from Time Inc. The decision was made by its board of directors who felt that this separation is the best decision for both companies. Time Warner will cut away from the magazine business and focus all of its efforts on building its juggernaut media network comprised of a huge amount of popular TV stations as well as its movie ventures.

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Money not merit is Intel’s web TV strategy

Money not merit is Intel’s web TV strategy

Intel is counting on lashings of cash to drive its living room ambitions, with a rumored budget potentially in the hundreds of millions helping convince conservative content owners that it's a safe partner to bet on. The chip company has reportedly green-lit an IPTV investment well in excess of the "hobby" amounts rivals with similar cable-cutting ambitions have allotted, a show of force that has allowed it to negotiate new licensing deals of a sort so-far unseen.

 

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Intel cable and web TV system tipped for CES reveal

Intel cable and web TV system tipped for CES reveal

Intel is readying a set-top box mixing on-demand streaming media, free cable content, and a virtual DVR, sources in the video industry claim, with the first-gen hardware tipped for preview as soon as CES 2013 next week. The new push for a slice of the living room follows Intel's apparent frustration with the failure of first-gen Google TV boxes powered by its chips; according to TechCrunch's tipster, the company has grown tired of "everyone doing a half-assed Google TV so it’s going to do it themselves and do it right."

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Verizon files patent for set-top box with built-in camera

Verizon files patent for set-top box with built-in camera

Just yesterday we found out that Verizon is starting a new program where it will deliver targeted advertisements to its mobile subscribers who choose to opt-in. The carrier seems to be continuing its targeting-advertising spree because last week they filed a patent for a set-top box that has a built-in camera that will be used to deliver targeted ads based on what activities you do in your living room.

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FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

In light of Hurricane Sandy and other recent natural disasters, the FCC is considering having carriers provide information on how well their networks performed in a disaster. The requirement would only concern major natural disasters, and will provide consumers with relevant information, such as how their carrier performed compared with other carriers. The issue is one of several slated for discussion during several hearings the FCC has scheduled throughout 2013.

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FCC cuts Boxee a little encryption slack (but not forever)

FCC cuts Boxee a little encryption slack (but not forever)

Boxee is declaring victory in recent FCC decisions on cable encryption, though the loophole for third-party devices wanting to tune into free channels could involve some messy cabling. The set-top box company had joined with Comcast to protest against cable encryption proposals that could have blocked devices like the Boxee Box from getting a signal without owners paying a subscription, and while the FCC isn't entirely convinced by their collective arguments, it has thrown a temporary solution their way.

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