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Verizon Workers Strike, 45,000 Union Members Strong

Verizon Workers Strike, 45,000 Union Members Strong

Today workers from Washington D.C. to Massachusetts went on strike one day earlier than originally planned as a new contract failed between Verizon and phone repair technicians, customer service representatives and cable installers. This new contract included health care coverage, pensions and work rules was stalled upon Verizon demanding 100+ concessions from workers. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) went on strike today and say they will continue until an agreement is met.

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FCC Measures Actual Internet Speeds in USA

FCC Measures Actual Internet Speeds in USA

For the first time in the history of the internet, the FCC has collected a mass of data showing "real-world" speeds at which USA internet connections are working. If we can trust anyone to give us, the public, unbiased plain-number results, it's the FCC, right? Georgia Tech professor Nick Feamster, working with the FCC on proper metrics for the test, noted that they "found that the performance of US ISPs more consistently matches their advertised promises than the ISPs in other countries—they do a pretty good job." Of course, with numbers like what we're seeing here and claims made by carriers around the US over the past few years, not everyone agrees.

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Scosche whips out new sneakPEEK auto in-car A/V cable for iOS

Scosche whips out new sneakPEEK auto in-car A/V cable for iOS

If you are like most people, you probably have a lot of video content and other stuff on your smartphone. I know I use my iPhone for Netflix and Hulu Plus streaming regularly. I have on more than one occasion wished that I could get that content on a larger screen to make it easier to watch when on the go. If your car has, a screen in it with an input for AV gear Scosche has a new cable you will want.

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SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime set top box hits pre-order

SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime set top box hits pre-order

I have long wished that I had a cable box that I could use on my TV that supported more than the two tuners that mine has. I really want to be able to record three shows at one time and then watch a fourth recorded one. A new set top box from a company called SiliconDust has landed for pre-order called the HDHomeRun Prime digital cable TV. The part number of the box is HDHR3-CC and it will work with all popular DVR software.

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Home Premiere “premium VOD” offers $30 rentals 60 days after theater

Home Premiere “premium VOD” offers $30 rentals 60 days after theater

A premium video-on-demand service backed by major Hollywood studios is set to launch imminently, with Home Premiere offering $30 rentals just two months after they show at theaters. According to Variety, Warner Bros., Sony, Universal and 20th Century Fox new Home Premiere service will arrive on DirecTV in April 2011, while cable providers - including Comcast - are planning limited trials.

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No Hulu Plus or Netflix for Cable TiVo DVRs

No Hulu Plus or Netflix for Cable TiVo DVRs

Another stumbling block on the path to all-content multimedia enlightenment in a single STB has presented itself, with rights holders taking umbrage with TiVo DVRs supplied by cable companies. According to Suddenlink - though the limitation also stands for Cox and RCN - rights holders aren't willing to see streaming and VOD content on the same cable-powered device; that means that, while Hulu Plus is expected to launch on TiVo STBs soon, it will only be available for those bought at retail, not supplied by cable companies

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