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April 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Comcast expands digital adapter plan, time for new approach?

April Fool’s isn’t a one-day event for Comcast customers, especially those who subscribe to the company’s most-basic cable-TV service.

Over the past three months, those customers in Washington have been surprised to turn on their sets and discover that their high-definition TVs and cable service had stopped working.

A high-def digital adapter at Comcast's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

A high-def digital adapter at Comcast’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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Comments | Topics: Comcast, digital adapter, Digital TV

December 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Seattle announces fiber partner, broadband test project

Seattle today announced a new partnership with a company that plans to use parts of the city-owned fiber-optic network to provide “ultra-fast” broadband services starting in 2013. Details are still being finalized but the city has signed a memorandum of understanding with Gigabit Squared, a Washington, D.C., venture backed by manufacturers of networking gear and other…

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Comments | Topics: Broadband, Clearwire, Comcast

November 15, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Kirkland’s Wave raises $1 billion for broadband growth

Wave Broadband may have to change its name to Tsunami. The Kirkland-based company is announcing today that it has raised $1.052 billion to accelerate the expansion of its broadband network on the West Coast. That’s not all new money, though. It’s a recapitalization of the company, which has about $350 million in debt. The $1 billion…

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Comments | Topics: Broadband, Clearwire, Comcast

August 15, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Comcast: All customers will need adapters soon

The next phase of Comcast’s digital switch is about to happen in the Puget Sound region. The last few analog stations will be transmitted digitally when the switch is complete early next year. That means that all subscribers – even those with the barebones “limited basic” service – are going to need digital tuners on their TVs. More

Comments | Topics: cable, Comcast, Digital TV

July 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Microsoft, NBC finally split, MSNBC.com becomes NBCNews.com

It was a good marriage, one of the best among their circle. But 16 years later, with the children grown and on their separate paths, Microsoft and NBC are ready to try new things and perhaps join with different partners. On Friday, the companies formally dissolved their joint venture in Redmond-based MSNBC.com, ending a grand experiment in…

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Comments | Topics: Bill Gates, Bing, Comcast

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