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There Goes The Neighborhood!

Cablevision Systems is jumping on a trend that’s already hot in Europe and heating up at Comcast with the relatively recent introduction of secondary SSID signals that turn home-side wireless cable modem gateways into quasi-public hotspots.

 

Cablevision CEO James Dolan made reference to the ongoing rollout of these “WiFi smart routers” on last week’s earnings call, noting that they’re putting the MSO on track to expand its WiFi network to about 1 million access points by the end of the year.

 

Comcast Tracks The Twitter Trends

Taking a step beyond SEEiT, the platform developed by Comcast that lets customers tune to live TV, set DVR recordings or fire up a TV Everywhere app directly from the Twitter app, Comcast has begun to integrate data from the social network with its X1 platform to show viewers what’s buzzing on TV.

 

When Android Met The RDK

With Netflix scoring its first set of deals that will allow its service to run on MSO-provided, TiVo-powered boxes in the U.S., a big theme at last week’s Cable Show was the industry’s slow but ongoing embrace of over-the-top services.

 

Meet Cisco’s ‘Battlestar’

Los Angeles – Cisco Systems has been showing off the cBR-8, its next-gen cable access platform, in the so-called “whisper suite” at recent trade events, but used this week’s Cable Show here to put it out for all to see.

 

Netflix To Get Its Own ‘Channel’

Netflix’s coming debut on MSO-distributed, leased TiVo boxes in the U.S. will feature the streaming giant’s iconic branding and logo alongside other IP apps and services that are offered on the platform.

 

GigaPower’s Potential

If – and it’s still a huge if -- AT&T decides to do more than talk and expand its fiber-based U-verse with GigaPower network to 21 U.S. metros, just how exposed would the incumbent cable operators be in those markets?

 

Can ‘WiFi First’ Work?

Cable’s  history with mobile services is full of stops, starts and outright disasters.  In recent years, we’ve witnessed the scuttling of the Sprint “Pivot” partnership/experiment, cable's partnership and investment with Clearwire that eventually turned to dust, and Cox Communications' flirtation with building its own mobile network (Cox eventualy decided to cut an

Google Places Bet On Drones

Drone maker Titan Aereospace reportedly flirted with Facebook, but ended up tying the knot with Google.

 

Titan Aereospace, the New Mexico-based developer of high-altitude, solar-powered drones, confirmed Monday on its Web site that it has been acquired by Google.

 

But how Google might use those drones appears to be (ahem) a little bit up in the air.

Google Fiber Fever

That sound you heard when AT&T announced this week that it was in "advanced discussions" to bring its fiber-fed U-verse with GigaPower service to six cities in North Carolina might have been the laughter of Google and Google Fiber, which has put Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte on its list of potential sites for a proposed 34-market expansion

Charting Charter’s Progress

Charter Communications’ launch of a new app that can stream more than 130 live TV channels in the home to tablets and smartphones (with some out-of-home access expected down the road) marks the latest step in the operator’s transformational process under Tom Rutledge, who took the helm more than two years ago.

 

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