FCC starts down the road to converting satellite spectrum | DIRECTV iPad app allows movie streaming anywhere | Roku CEO sees satellite providers as partners
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March 27, 2012
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FCC starts down the road to converting satellite spectrum
The Federal Communications Commission last week opened the process for allowing satellite spectrum to be used for terrestrial wireless services in the first step of a move that could provide DISH with a license to offer mobile service. The agency also opened a rule-making procedure on a proposal to make the 700 MHz band interoperable so that devices from any number of carriers would work in that frequency range. Network World/IDG News Service (3/21), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/21)
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DIRECTV iPad app allows movie streaming anywhere
DIRECTV launched a new iPad application last week that allows owners of the tablet to stream content from the service outside their homes. A previous iPad app had limited customers to linking up to their home networks. The app lets users stream programming from selected premium channels as well as DIRECTV's Audience Network. VentureBeat (3/21)
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Analyst: TV viewers aren't likely to totally abandon old technology
Traditional television program providers need not fear Web-based forms of streaming video, according to Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser. Users want the easy access TV can provide, he says. Online videos and programs can be limited by battery life, platform and other issues that mean viewing is active and time-sensitive. "Very few consumers will ever consume all of their TV in this active manner, and any new service will be hard-pressed to replace old ones," Wieser said. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (3/19)
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More homeowners putting routers in living rooms, study says
The living room is displacing the home office as the location for network routers, according to a study by The Diffusion Group. The market research firm reports that 80% of broadband households in the U.S. use home routers, with 38% of them last year placing the router in the living room, compared with 18% choosing the home office. Telecompetitor.com (3/23), CEDMagazine.com (3/23)
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TiVo lowers monthly fee, introduces high-end machine
TiVo has moved to make its DVR service more competitive with multichannel providers by reducing its monthly fee by $5, to $14.99, for its line of Premiere set-top devices. The company also is realigning the prices of the boxes themselves. The company over the weekend shipped its $350 Premiere Elite 2-terabyte box, which can hold up to 300 hours of HD programming, and reduced the cost of its 1-terabyte device to $250, a $50 drop. TiVo also expanded the capacity of its $150 entry-level box from 320 gigabytes to 500 GB. Multichannel News (3/23), PC Magazine (3/25)
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4 tax breaks small-business owners should know about
With the deadline to file taxes fast approaching, there's still time to make sure you're claiming all of the tax breaks for which you are eligible. Your company might qualify for the new-hire retention credit, the small-business health care tax credit or the research and development credit, writes Gwen Moran. Entrepreneur online (3/22)
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