Rogers Tees Up LTE Launch

Also: Study calls for AllVid's death, tornado victims won't have to pay for lost gear, Charter busts cable thieves

June 9, 2011

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Rogers Tees Up LTE Launch

Here's a quick look at today's cable news.

  • Ottawa will be the first Canadian city to get a taste of Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) 4G when the company launches aLong Term Evolution (LTE) service this summer. Rogers, which also runs Canada's largest cable MSO, expects to light up LTE in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, among other cities, later this year, with another 25 cities to get access in 2012. Rogers hasn't released introductory LTE speeds and pricing.

  • Missouri's attorney general assured Joplin tornado victims that they won't have to pay DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV), Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) or Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) for lost equipment.

  • A Charter Communications Inc. employee who disconnected 10 homes in a South Carolina mobile home park that were stealing cable called police after someone restored service to two of the homes soon after the plug was pulled.

  • The Phoenix Center is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to kill AllVid, arguing that the current CableCARD regime "has proven to be a billion dollar policy dud," and that the idea of government mandates that ban separable security toward a goal of creating a retail market for cable-ready set-tops and TVs "has outlived its usefulness." (See AllVid Starting to Look App-Tastic .)

  • As its rights deal with Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA)'s Spike TV comes up for renewal, The Ultimate Fighting Championship is pushing Comcast to sell it the majority stake in the G4 cable channel.

  • There's an 1,100-word feature about cord-cutting in The Denver Post, the hometown paper in the city once known as the world's cable capital. It's "no hype," the paper said, noting that 1 million Americans dropped cable or satellite TV in 2010. (See Cord Cutting & Consumer Clouds and Comcast CEO Dismisses Cord-Cutting Trend .)

  • Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) will have to wait several more weeks for a decision from regulators in Poland on whether it'll be allowed to take over Polish cable MSO Aster. It announced an agreement to buy Aster in December. (See Liberty Global Expands in Poland .)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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