Is USB-C Chasing an Unachievable Goal?

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USB-C sells a dream of uniting every cable standard and protocol over a single cable, but so far the fairy tale hasn’t stood up to cold reality.

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Microsoft, Facebook Run Fastest-Ever Cable Underneath the Atlantic

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Microsoft, Facebook, and Telxius have completed the fastest undersea cable in the world years ahead of schedule. It’s fast, it’s long, and Microsoft says it’s as heavy as a bunch of whales. Also, we evidently measure things in whales now.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/256394-microsoft-facebook-160-terabits-per-second-cable-atlantic?source=Computing

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Comcast Rolls the Dice With Xfinity Instant TV


Comcast has led the way in cable television ever since it acquired AT&T Broadband a decade ago. However, in recent years, new technologies — like IPTV and wireless TV from new competitors like AT&T and DirecTV Now — have been eating away at Comcast’s growth. That’s why Comcast not only has introduced Xfinity Mobile, which is its new wireless service, but also is getting ready to launch its own IPTV service, Xfinity Instant TV. I congratulate Comcast on this forward thinking, but there are no guarantees that IPTV will work for Comcast.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84559.html?rss=1

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C Spire's Place Among Cable TV Challengers


Cable TV has been facing mounting attacks from new technologies and new competitors. C Spire recently joined the action, announcing plans to enter the pay-TV space. It’s not yet clear what C Spire TV will be, or how it will impact the marketplace. We’ll have to wait for C Spire to spell that out in the coming weeks. What we know so far is that C Spire is a regional player in Mississippi, so the service won’t be available throughout the United States. Also, this pay-TV platform appears to have been developed by MobiTV, which is interesting.

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Verizon Wakes Up to Join Mobile TV Race


Following decades of slow movement due to cable companies facing no competition, the television world is changing rapidly. Lots of challengers have arisen in the pay-TV space in recent years. One of the latest comes from Verizon, which has improved its FiOS mobile app to offer data-free streaming. AT&T’s DirecTV started this ball rolling with its wireless TV, or mobile TV, offering. It forced all the major competitors — Verizon, Comcast Xfinity and Charter Spectrum — to strategize and pick up their pace.

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Wireless, Telecom and Pay TV: The Future Is Coming Into Focus


Wireless, telecom and pay TV — including cable, satellite and Internet services — are all on a growth trajectory, but each company is taking a different path. That means comparing them will be more difficult going forward. In the past, the companies in these sectors in many respects looked the same and offered nearly the same basic services. Looking forward however, things appear very different. The future is all about the cloud, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cognitive computing and much more.

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Can Charter Turn a Frog Into a Prince?


Charter intends to revive the damaged Time Warner Cable image and brand in the minds of the customer and investor, which is both a challenge and an opportunity. Charter and Comcast are two of the companies American consumers hate the most. However, the pay-TV industry has begun a complete transformation. In the coming new world, both Charter and Comcast may have a second chance, if they can get past all the damage they caused to their own brand. For decades, the cable television industry has hurt itself by failing to care for the customer.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84061.html?rss=1

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Who's Riding the New TV Wave?


There is a generational shift occurring in the TV industry. Traditional cable TV, which dominated the last several decades, is going away. Companies like Comcast, Charter and Cox are facing something new: new technological innovation and competition. Which companies will survive, and which will not? Traditional cable TV is on the verge of an extinction event that is very similar to other events we’ve witnessed. Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android operating system launched the smartphone wars, for example, killing previous leader BlackBerry.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83970.html?rss=1

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Comcast Hopes a Cell-Phone Service Will Keep You From Cutting the Cord

Cable companies have typically taken a beating in our annual surveys, earning low scores for value and overall satisfaction.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/09/21/comcast-hopes-cell-phone-service-will-keep-from-cutting-cord.html

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Time Warner name will vanish; Charter closes acquisition

Charter Communications is closing on its $67 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The deals make Charter the second-largest home Internet provider and third-largest video provider in the U.S.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/05/18/time-warner-name-will-vanish-charter-closes-acquisition.html

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Charter-TWC Merger Clears Final Regulatory Hurdle


Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable last week announced that California regulators approved their planned merger following a series of hearings in which the companies agreed to open access to underserved communities. The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to approve the merger, which requires the combined company to provide low-cost broadband access, additional diversity efforts and other consumer protections. “We are pleased to have now obtained all approvals,” Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said.

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Hulu May Offer a Live TV Broadcast Option


Hulu reportedly is in talks to launch a cable TV-like service early next year. Hulu, which is a joint venture of Walt Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal, is said to be negotiating with Disney and Fox to deliver live broadcast and paid channels, including ABC, ESPN, Disney, Fox, Fox News, FX and Fox Sports. Other programmers and content providers apparently have discussed potential partnerships with Hulu. However, NBCUniversal — a subsidiary of Comcast, which owns its own over-the-top service, Stream — has not taken part in the negotiations.

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Starz arrives on iOS, Apple TV as standalone service with $8.99 price tag

Article Image No longer will fans of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” be forced to keep a cable subscription or pony up to purchase full seasons, as premium content network Starz has become the latest company to join the on-demand content fray.

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Apple's Lightning to USB-C cable lets users plug iPhone, iPad into 12-inch MacBook

Article Image One of the less publicized Apple announcements on Monday was the introduction of a Lightning to USB-C cable, an accessory addressing a serious compatibility problem for 12-inch MacBook owners who also own an iOS device.

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PlayStation Vue Streaming TV Goes National at $30 a month

People looking for alternatives to cable TV have a new option: Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming TV service, which will now be offered nationwide.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/03/14/playstation-vue-streaming-tv-goes-national-at-30-month.html

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FCC adopts 'Unlock the Box' proposal to open set-top box competition

Article Image The Federal Communications Commission will force cable providers to ensure interoperability for third-party set-top boxes, paving the way for companies like Apple to integrate linear television programming into their offerings.

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