Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) are squabbling again. This time, Cablevision is suing Verizon in a New York court over claims that a FiOS Internet ad campaign misrepresents the speeds delivered by the MSO's cable modem service. Cablevision claims Verizon is still running ads that cite data from an old Federal Communications Commission (FCC) study despite the emergence of new results showing that Cablevision's average download speeds are in excess of 90 percent of advertised broadband speeds during peak hours, and are above 100 percent of advertised speeds on a 24-hour basis. The previous FCC report said Cablevision delivered about 50 percent of advertised speeds in peak hours and 80 percent over a 24-hour period.
DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) will try to make money together again on Thursday when the satellite giant introduces a TiVo-powered, broadband-capable HD-DVR that costs US$199, plus $12 per month, in several major markets, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, with a national rollout expected early next year, notes Multichannel News. DirecTV is debuting the product soon after TiVo posted its first net subscriber gain in about four years, helped in part by aggressive rollouts from Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED). (See TiVo Ends Subscriber-Losing Streak .)
Canada's Shaw Communications Inc. has begun to test a new Wi-Fi network, noting that it will provide wireless access in parts of Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton ahead of its wider, commercial launch next spring. Shaw cable modem subs can log in with their email address and password and can authenticate up to eight devices. Shaw, which is currently using Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) access points, posted a map that tracks the deployment of its budding Wi-Fi hotspots. (See Shaw Launches Wi-Fi Test Net.)