Google Fiber is one of the most sought-after hook-ups in the country. The search giant’s fiber optic program offers great Internet speed at not terribly high prices, providing a solid alternative to the frequently evil ISPs that most cities have to deal with. A new report indicates that the company may be bringing Fiber to a new state in the union: North Carolina.
According to a post on ZDNet today, Google has events scheduled to take place in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina on January 28, while they’ll be coming to another [...]
The situation regarding the FCC’s ineptitude over net neutrality has been making headlines lately, with the commission having essentially capitulated to the lobbyists employed by ISPs and preparing to allow them to charge more for better access. Two lawmakers in Washington, D.C., however, have proposed legislation that could preserve net neutrality – if it manages to gin up enough support in the House and Senate, that is.
According to a report in the Washington Post, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Represenative Doris Matsui [...]
A couple years ago, Microsoft started getting really serious about integrating live TV broadcasts into its Xbox 360 gaming (and, let’s be honest, entertainment) console. Back where my brother lives on Long Island, he grabbed the Verizon FiOS app, and could watch television live right from his console. Here in Minneapolis, we were stuck with the Comcast app, which is on-demand, limited, and also kind of sucks. Today, Microsoft has added yet another piece of its TV-watching puzzle to the Xbox 360 with the launch of the Time Warner Cable [...]
It’s no secret that the web is the go-to entertainment destination for most people these days, having eclipsed television in terms of its overall relevance years ago. Case in point: some of the more interesting events to happen on television lately (like “the Red Wedding” on Game of Thrones, for instance) have revolved around the way people on the web have reacted to it in real time via blog posts, Twitter, Vine, and Facebook, to name but a few. So when news reports of search giant Google trying to make a deal with television [...]
One of the big bidders looking to snag television-streaming service Hulu has taken itself out of the running, says a post on AllThingsD today. Silver Lake Partners, a tech-focused private equity firm, had previously been reported as pursuing a purchase of Hulu alongside other companies like Yahoo, DirecTV, and a joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group.
The post notes that this pares the companies bidding on Hulu down to just a handful still in the running: the aforementioned three, plus Time Warner and Guggenheim [...]
Intel’s online pay-TV, which was announced last year, has already been dismissed by many as another ho-hum attempt by Intel to break into the consumer electronics market. Not only would Intel have to compete with monopoly-like cable operators, like Comcast and DirecTV, but it would also have to make some substantial content deals that are attractive to consumers.
Apple, Google and Microsoft have tried and failed to convince Time Warner, NBC Universal and Viacom to license their TV shows and movies in a way that would give [...]
Cable television is kind of a mess when it comes to the fees providers pay for channels. Companies like Verizon, Time Warner and Comcast do pay for the right to broadcast some channels individually, but what happens a lot of times is multiple channels are sold to these providers as “bundles” — for instance, a popular cable channel or two might also be paired with a couple of smaller niche networks that customers may never watch. Add up the costs for individual channels and bundled channels, and add the markup for your [...]
My fellow Internet users, today marks the day, after much delay that the Six Strikes System (also known as the Copyright Alert System) goes into effect. Over the course of the next several days, participating ISP’s will start implementing the system onto their networks. This means that if you are caught illegally downloading content, you’ll receive your first of six strikes.
The system was the idea of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), an umbrella group representing major ISPs across the US and [...]
Recently, Comcast demonstrated its network readiness for the switch to IPv6 addresses. Believe it or not, the internet is not infinite. In fact, it is running out of space rather quickly. That is, the current version of Internet Protocol is running out of space. What we now use is known as IPv4, and experts believe that we will run out of addresses by 2011. 18.104.22.168 is an example of what we generally think of when we think of IP addresses. But the industry will soon be switching IPv6, which will look like [...]