Cox has completed its launch of wireless services in California following debuts in San Diego and Santa Barbara. Cox, which is piggybacking on Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)'s wireless network, expects to have wireless services up in more than half its footprint by year's end, with markets such as Topeka and Wichita, Kan., and Northwest Arkansas on deck. The MSO has already launched wireless in Roanoke and Hampton Roads, Va. (and Northern Virginia); Omaha, Neb.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Cleveland, Ohio; Rhode Island; and Connecticut.
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) President and CEO Michael Powell called outConsumer Electronics Association (CEA) chief Gary Shapiro about recent comments Shapiro made on CNBC that the Obama administration was "the most anti-business" of his lifetime based on its large number of proposed regulations. Powell argues in a blog post that Shapiro's position there runs counter to the CEA's efforts to get the FCC to push ahead with AllVid, a potential successor to the CableCARD. AllVid, Powell argues, "is the classic example of the jobs-killing, cost-raising, innovation-crushing regulation that Gary blasts as anti-business." To his credit, Shapiro posted a couple of responses, noting in one that "you can't walk into a Best Buy and purchase a cable box" 15 years after Congress passed a law requiring that set-tops be available in retail stores.
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) has added a bevy of new features to its iPad app, including a basic search function for movies and TV titles and programming genres (an enhanced version that can search by keywords and cast and crew is expected out by early 2012), the ability to toggle closed captioning, and parental controls that can block the app from receiving specific live TV channels.