Archive for November, 2010

FCC Votes to Share TV Spectrum

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2010

By a 5-0 vote, the FCC approved a notice of proposed rulemaking that lays the groundwork for reallocating broadcast TV spectrum for wireless, including via incentive auctions. Television broadcasters don’t pay anything for their spectrum because it’s a “public service”. The proposed new rules (pdf) would allow broadcasters to lease spectrum to service providers and […]

End Near for Indian WiMAX?

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2010

Momentum behind TD-LTE technology in India has grown, says Mobile Business Brief. Reliance Industries – previously a proponent of WiMAX – has successfully trialed TD-LTE services and plans to launch TD-LTE service throughout India. Reliance has until now been linked to use of WiMAX. They are the only firm to hold a nationwide 20 MHz […]

Google Buying Groupon?

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2010

Google has offered $5.3 billion for Groupon, in what would be its largest acquisition yet, if completed, says Kara Swisher in All Things D. The deal may be clinched as early as this week, says Bloomberg. At the price being discussed, Google would be paying almost twice the $3.2 billion it paid for online advertising […]

Comcast: Netflix Must Pay More

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2010

Cable giant Comcast has threatened to block movie service Netflix unless new tolls are paid by the company that streams its films, reports the NY Times. Level 3, which helps to deliver Netflix’s streaming movies, said Comcast had effectively erected a tollbooth. “With this action, Comcast demonstrates the risk of a ‘closed’ Internet, where a […]

Animated Holiday Lights

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 29th, 2010

Chuck Smith and Carson Williams are considered by many to be the fathers of computerized holiday displays. Smith started PlanetChristmas over 10 years ago as a place for people to learn how to light up the world. The members of PlanetChristmas became pioneers in animated displays, building their own home brew systems. He uses a […]

Microsoft TV Platform?

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 29th, 2010

Microsoft is rumored to be launching an Internet TV platform in a year’s time. Reuters says that a Microsoft pay-television subscription service would allow people to view content through multiple Microsoft devices, like the Xbox. Microsoft has already added live-streamed ESPN content to its Xbox Live 2010 update. It would compete with AppleTV and Google […]