Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.
Time Warner Cable Inc. has opened an $82 million national data center on its Charlotte, N.C., campus that supports the company's core residential and business products, including the cloud-based platform of NaviSite, a company it purchased in 2011 for $230 million. The 178,000-square foot data center houses 1,600 racks of gear, handles about 70 million residential emails per day and manages the billing records of more than 15 million customers. A second Charlotte facility, slated to open early next year, will be a four-story, 103,500 square-foot administrative office building. TW Cable said it has added 225 new jobs as a result of the project, making Charlotte home to the MSO's largest corporate campus. (See TW Cable Makes Cloud Progress With NaviSite and Nortel Lowers Outlook.)
TW Cable is in talks about joining Transit Wireless, a coalition that's equipping 277 New York City subway stations with wireless Internet service, Bloomberg reports, noting that AT&T Inc., T-Mobile USA and Boingo Wireless Inc. are already involved.
Netflix Inc. CEO Reed Hastings tells The Wall Street Journal that the streaming video giant can go it alone, essentially telling Carl Icahn to butt out. Icahn, who recently bought an almost 10 percent stake in Netflix, claims the company is undervalued and should look at getting acquired by a larger company. "We think we can make it in the long term absolutely on our own," Hastings told the paper. "We've been doing that for 10 years." (See Icahn: Netflix Sale Has 'Crossed Our Minds' and Icahn Nabs 10% of Netflix .)
Staying with Netflix, the company has been shelling out some big bucks to develop original programming so it can become more HBO-like. Its latest series, House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey (and is a spin on a British version of the political thriller), is set to debut on Feb. 1, 2013, when Netflix will let subscribers binge on all 13 episodes of the first season. In the meantime, Netflix has released its first trailer of the David Fincher-produced series.
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