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January 8, 2013
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  • AT&T unveils on-demand streaming service for U-verse subs: AT&T will launch Screen Pack, a $5 monthly streaming service that will house 1,500 films that U-verse TV subscribers can access from their TV sets, computers or mobile devices, the carrier said Monday. Executives said the new offering is not a response to competition from streaming services such as Netflix. "It's just one way to deepen the content opportunities that a customer has," said AT&T's Jeff Weber. In related news, Netflix has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to gain streaming rights to TV series "Revolution," "666 Park Avenue" and the forthcoming "The Following." CNET (1/7), The Wall Street Journal (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Buyout of Vodafone stake is feasible but not imminent, McAdam says
    Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said Monday that the company has the ability to purchase all of Verizon Wireless, after failing in a 2006 attempt to buy the 45% stake owned by Vodafone. McAdam added, however, that Verizon had no plans to do so because the partnership was performing well. "I think [a deal] is feasible. Our wireline business is getting stronger and as that gets stronger, it makes it easier," he said. Also, McAdam told an investor conference that Verizon will likely incur one-time charges of up to $10 billion in the fourth quarter because of costs from Superstorm Sandy, pension obligations and debt restructuring. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/7), Nasdaq.com/RTT News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon unveils FiOS TV media server
    Verizon Communications on Monday introduced the Motorola Medios+ VMS1100 Media Server and the Motorola Mediaos+ IPC1100 set-top box, which FiOS TV subscribers will be able to use to record six shows at one time. Pricing and availability weren't disclosed. Meanwhile, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said the Redbox Instant by Verizon service would go into consumer beta testing later this month or early next month. TechCrunch (1/7), Variety.com (free content) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Technology Trends 
 
  • Cisco taps power of NDS to bolster Videoscape platform
    Cisco's 2012 acquisition of NDS is paying off this year in the form of an enhanced version of the networking giant's Videoscape Internet television platform. Cisco's newly launched Videoscape Unity leverages the benefits of NDS software to provide expanded search and navigation, multiplatform support, a cloud-based DVR and a new customizable user interface known as Snowflake, among other improvements. Network World (1/7), Light Reading (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IP Download 
  • Telecoms pump money into new SDN divisions
    French telecom firm Alcatel-Lucent is funding a new venture with the goal of advancing automated provisioning through the use of software-defined networking solutions. Nuage Networks -- which will formally launch in April -- will develop products that support multivendor IP/Ethernet environments. It includes engineers from Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper, Yahoo, VMware and Cisco, which recently pumped $100 million into its own SDN venture. Network World (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time."
--Carolyn Wells,
American author and poet


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