October 22, 2009

This is what we like to see.  Comcast is entering the 3G/4G wireless network market, likely becoming an MVNO on Sprint’s wireless 3G/WiMAX network (anyone else have 4G?). 

They are offering a combination package for $50/month in select metro areas.  What’s REALLY interesting here is that Comcast also has its Digital Voice service which works over VoIP.  It isn’t a stretch to think that they’ll soon be offering their voice services as a wireless product, unless Sprint has something to say about that.

 

Seeing as the US has got a semi-consumer friendly administration in office, the FCC will likely make sure that Comcast doesn’t throw the kill switch on other VoIP providers like Skype and Vonage.  As this kind of service becomes more popular, Computer companies like Apple will start throwing 4G radios into their iPods and iPhones.

July 14

AAPL: 98.79

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In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Apple’s Eddy Cue goes on the record to discuss the new Apple TV’s future, the company’s entertainment ambitions with Apple Music and TV shows, as well as its competitors and partners. The piece is a bit of an overview bio on the SVP of Internet Software and Services at the start, but Cue also addresses rumors Apple is looking to get into the TV business itself…

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July 12

AAPL: 97.42

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July 6

AAPL: 95.53

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Yet again, Apple CEO Tim Cook is in attendance at the Sun Valley media conference in Idaho this year. Cook has attended the event over the past few years, last year keeping close with fellow tech executives including Bill Gates, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann.

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June 1

AAPL: 98.46

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If you get your home internet connection via your local cable provider, then it may be wise to invest in your own cable modem. Why? Have a look at your bill. If the cable company provided you with a modem, you might notice that it’s charging you a monthly lease fee.

This leasing option seems to be more common in the US, but investing in your own modem could end up saving you money in the long run. Outright owning a modem also means that you can sell it once you’re finished using it.

Saving money isn’t necessarily the only benefit of purchasing or upgrading your own modem. It may be possible to achieve significantly faster download and upload speeds by taking advantage of new hardware advancements. expand full story

May 26

AAPL: 100.41

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The Financial Times is reporting that Apple considered a buyout of Time Warner late last year, with Apple executive Eddy Cue raising the idea at a meeting with Time Warner’s head of corporate strategy, Olaf Olafsson. The idea of bid was very much tentative and did not enter serious negotiations involving Tim Cook, according to the report. However, Apple is still interested in acquiring media company talent and sources indicate the company is ramping spending on original content: “several hundred million dollars a year”.

Apple has long been rumored to want to launch a skinny cable subscription service for internet television, in concert with its Apple TV set top box. At Startup Fest earlier in the week, Tim Cook said he wants Apple to be a catalyst in the entertainment business.

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February 10

AAPL: 94.27

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December 21, 2015

AAPL: 106.03

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November 6, 2015

AAPL: 121.06

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CNN Money has today shared the second part of its interview with Apple SVP Eddy Cue. In the first part of the interview, shared last week, Cue noted of how the Apple TV has graduated from the “hobby” stage and sold more than 20 million units. While sales of the new fourth-gen box are unclear at this point, Cue did hint at some future features come to the device in part two of the interview, as well as  Apple’s ultimate goal with the tvOS platform.

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September 29, 2015

AAPL: 109.06

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July 24, 2015

AT&T and DirecTV’s $48.5 billion merger has been approved today following more than a year of regulatory review. The merger will see AT&T become the biggest pay-TV company, passing up cable company Comcast. AT&T says it will serve more than 26 million U.S. customers and 19 million users in Latin America.

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June 8, 2015

Bloomberg provides some detail on our report that Apple is working to dramatically upgrade its cloud infrastructure as it prepares to launch its Apple Music streaming service. The company is said to be working on designing its own storage and network equipment, rather than relying exclusively on third-party companies, and to build its own private fiber optic links between its key data centers in California, Nevada, North Carolina and Oregon.

Apple’s data centers currently use mostly off-the-shelf equipment: HP servers, Cisco switches and NetApp storage. Now it is working on designing its own equipment, to increase efficiency and reduce costs …  expand full story

May 12, 2015

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March 18, 2015

Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and the Discovery Channel are among the channels that could be making their way to Apple’s reported new web TV service, as the WSJ reports that Apple is in talks with Discovery and Viacom. The paper had earlier said that Apple’s online TV service would be announced in June and launched in September with 25+ channels.

Discovery, owner of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC, and Viacom, owner of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, are in talks to be on the Apple service, people familiar with the matter said.

We first heard about the plans in early February. ABC, CBS and Fox are already believed to be on board for the service, which is expected to cost somewhere in the $25-40/month range …  expand full story

March 17, 2015

With rumors flying about an Apple television subscription service in the works for release this year, new details have started to emerge about what kinds of deals the tech company will make with its content partners. The NY Post says that these deals will involve Apple turning over certain data about its users to programmers to help solidify its agreements.

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Despite reports that NBC Universal is not involved in negotiations for Apple’s upcoming subscription TV replacement service, NBC still hopes to arrive on the Apple TV as soon as the second half of 2015, according to a source with knowledge of NBC’s digital roadmap. A recent presentation slide provided by the source shows that NBC wants to launch Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox apps during the second half of this year, following its existing apps for iOS and Android devices. NBC also would like to add new affiliate stations, Nielsen Rating integration, and support for Google’s Chromecast

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