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Comcast’s Xfinity Watchathon Week starts on March 25th

Comcast’s Xfinity Watchathon Week starts on March 25th

Comcast will be offering a treat to all of its Xfinity TV customers. From March 25th to March 31st, Comcast will give its TV customers an All-Access Pass to 100 TV series across all of its premium channels. There will be over 3,500 episodes for you watch all week long. So grab the popcorn, pop open a beer, and get yourself well-acquainted with your couch because it's going to be a very long week.

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Cable-cutting households jump 150% since 2007

Cable-cutting households jump 150% since 2007

The number of cord-cutters is on the rise, folks. With the popularity of streaming services mixed with free over-the-air stations, consumers are seeing less of a need to go with a cable subscription. In fact, the number of households that don't have cable subscriptions has jumped to five million, compared to two million in 2007.

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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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Cablevision files antitrust lawsuit against Viacom over package deals

Cablevision files antitrust lawsuit against Viacom over package deals

Cablevision Systems has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Viacom for allegedly making the company carry 14 channels that it deems as "lesser watched" than the rest. Viacom doesn't agree, however, stating that the channels are part of a contact signed two months ago, and that Cablevision is trying to alter that contract by going through the legal system.

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Fox wants to ban Dish’s mobile live TV feature

Fox wants to ban Dish’s mobile live TV feature

Dish Network's new Hopper set-top boxes gained a new feature where users can watch live television through their smartphone or tablet, but it seems not everyone is into such a thing. Fox has ended up asking for an injunction against Dish to ban the new mobile feature, citing that the new service breaches its licensing agreement with Dish and infringes on the network’s copyrights.

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Cable subscription models unlikely to change in next five years

Cable subscription models unlikely to change in next five years

If you've been waiting for cable companies to offer a la carte options, you'll be waiting a pretty long time. Following comments made by three cable company executives during a panel at CES 2013 last week, it appears as though such subscriptions as a la carte options will remain a fantasy for at least five years, and likely even longer.

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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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Hurricane Sandy takes down 25% of cell towers in 10 states

Hurricane Sandy takes down 25% of cell towers in 10 states

Telecom companies have reported that 25% of cell towers have been knocked out in 10 states in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In addition, 25% of cable services have also been lost in those states, although landline outages are reported to be "far fewer." Emergency calls are currently being rerouted to different call centers, according to the FCC.

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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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