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Cablevision Targets SIP Trunking at SMBs

Here's the Hump Day edition of the cable news roundup.

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) has launched a SIP trunking platform to target businesses with up to 100 employees. The updated Optimum Voice service is designed for customers that want to take advantage of an IP PBX system with features like alternative call routing, but don't want to shell out big bucks for analog gateways and traditional T-1 technology. (See CableLabs Project Targets SIP Trunking and Cable's $5B Biz Services Bonanza .)

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) will "create new platforms and technologies" for its coming Olympics coverage, CEO Brian Roberts pledged in announcing a US$4.38 billion deal that gives NBCUniversal LLC rights to the Games through 2020. (See NBC Walls Off Olympics.)

  • Comcast defended raising its installation fees in New Mexico by 200 percent, from $17 to $50, by arguing that each truck roll costs the MSO $80.

  • More consumers are relying on free Wi-Fi to surf the Web -- 64 percent of consumers hit wireless hotspots at least once a day, according to this report from Devicescape. (See Comcast Whips Up More WiFi and Cablevision Ads Attack Slow 3G Networks.)

  • Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) reduced its voting stake in Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) to 49.8 percent from 53.7 percent to quell concerns that the broadband wireless operator's debt would become a liability for Sprint. (See Sprint's 4G Options in Flux.)

  • Boxee is adding on-demand content from the UK's BBC iPlayer and Blinkbox to its over-the-top video platform. (See Boxee Launches Cord-Cutting Box .)

  • Following 34 "consultations" with customers, Shaw Communications Inc. has debuted two new Internet service options: subs can either keep their existing packages with high monthly consumption caps, or pick from a range of new speed and consumption tiers that can be bundled with phone or TV service. (See Shaw Puts Internet Meter On Hold.)

  • This tech blogger, who claims to have about 30 unique devices that can stream Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) content, believes the typical family of four has an average of 10 Netflix-enabled devices in their homes. (See Netflix: The Internet's US Traffic King .)

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

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