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Microsoft Aims to Boost Internet Connectivity in US Heartland

Microsoft has unveiled an ambitious plan that would use technology found in the television white space spectrum to develop affordable broadband Internet access for at least 2 million consumers. The aim is to bridge the technology gap between urban and rural American communities. The spectrum is a cu...

Google Fattens Up Entertainment Programming Search Results

Google will begin listing live air times for TV shows in its search results, Danial Alegre, president of global partnerships announced Wednesday in his keynote address at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas. This new feature will allow users to search for movies and TV s...

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4K Ultra HD: A New Era in Video Content

Since the start of 2014, the buzz around consumer video technology has centered on 4K Ultra High Definition, or UHD, video. At both the Consumer Electronics Show and the National Association of Broadcasters Show, the exhibit halls were filled with massive screens showing incredibly clear, vibrant vi...

FCC Ready to Scotch Sports Blackout Rules

The Federal Communications Commission this week released a proposal that could significantly change the sports blackout rules that can prevent local TV broadcasts of games when a stadium doesn't sell out. The rules regarding blackouts were adopted in 1975, when the majority of National Football Leag...

Blast From the Past: Using an Antenna to Grab Free TV

Bombarded by ads for cable and satellite TV packages, or seductive programming bundles offered by Internet service providers and phone companies, it may be easy to forget that it's possible to pick up much of that programming via a sub-hundred dollar indoor antenna reminiscent of the rabbit-ear da...

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HP, Dell and 3Par: The Art of the Hustle

Last week, Dell cranked its wallet wide open and announced its intention to buy up a company called "3Par" for $1.15 billion. Putting 3Par under the Dell umbrella would buff up the high-end storage and large-scale backup side of its business and give companies like IBM and HP a new competitor to wor...

NAB Wants Cellphones to Turn On the Radio

New generations of cellphones may be offering a feature that is a throwback to the analog age: FM radio. If they do, it will be because a controversial proposal gaining traction in Washington includes this functionality as part of the horse-trading. The National Association of Broadcasters has propo...

FCC Eyes Flames Threatening LA Broadcasting, Communications

The smoke and haze from the 190-square mile Station Fire near Los Angeles isn't just making it difficult to see in the area of the San Gabriel Mountains. It's also having an impact on advanced forms of communications in Southern California: cellphone signals, television and radio broadcasting, even ...

Adobe Flash Deals Open Living Room to More Web Content

You may keep your computer and your TV in separate rooms in your house, but the living arrangements between the two devices are going to get a little cozier, thanks to Adobe. The multimedia software company used the National Association of Broadcasters' annual meeting in Las Vegas Monday as a stage ...

Is a Sirius Bidding War in the Offing?

Struggling Sirius XM Radio stock shot up nearly 30 percent to 7 cents per share in mid-day trading Thursday on rumors that a bidding war was about to ensue between rival satellite television players EchoStar and Liberty Media. EchoStar owns the Dish Network and Liberty Media owns a controlling inter...

Is Sirius XM Veering Into Oblivion?

Shares of Sirius XM Radio plummeted by nearly 50 percent in mid-day trading Wednesday on rumors that the troubled Internet radio company is preparing to file for bankruptcy. Sirius is best known for offering subscribers commercial-free music, sports, news and talk radio programming, including Major ...

TECH BLOG

Will the Real Kevin Martin Please Stand Up?

Kevin Martin has had it pretty rough these last few weeks. The guy can't catch a break -- from being painted as a bully and a bad manager by a House committee report to being dressed down by the Commerce Secretary and called out as crooked by The Wall Street Journal. If I were him, I'd bury myself i...

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Planetary Goo and the Threat of Vegetarianism

About 30 years ago, we Earthlings sent a probe to check out Mercury, the tiny planet closest to the sun, and concluded that it was just a big hot rock. But after poking around on the moon and Mars for a few decades, we decided to take another look at Mercury. Messenger, the probe that has now passed...

XM, Sirius in Orbit Over FCC Chair’s Nod

The long-awaited merger of XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio may be on the cusp of winning approval, with the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission now saying he is on board with letting it go forward. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will propose allowing the merger to proceed, but...

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