Rutledge: Charter to start Worldbox rollout ‘momentarily,’ but full deployment may take time

Originally Appeared on FierceCable
By Mike Dano
December 7, 2015

Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) CEO Tom Rutledge said the MSO’s Worldbox set-top box “is finished and we’re ready to deploy it.” However, he hedged when questioned how long the carrier’s rollout of Worldbox would take.

Charter announced its Worldbox set-top box early this year. Rutledge explained in comments at an investor meeting that the Worldbox represents Charter’s thin-client approach to the set-top box market; instead of packing high-performance computing and video capabilities in an expensive device, Charter’s Worldbox conducts most of its work in the cloud, thereby allowing Charter’s Spectrum Guide user interface to be deployed onto a wide range of inexpensive set-top boxes. Cisco has announced it will supply a “substantial share” of Charter’s forthcoming Worldbox set-top boxes.

“Our intent is to begin rolling that out momentarily,” Rutledge said of Worldbox. “It really is complete and it works.”

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Children’s Cabinet In Reno Received Donation From Charter

Originally Appeared on MyNews4
By Staff
December 4, 2015

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — The Children’s Cabinet in Reno received a donation from Charter Communications on Thursday to provide several local families with the chance to sleep a little better.

The check of $3,250 will go toward nearly 20 new mattress sets for Washoe County families, according to officials, who said they wanted to kick off the giving season and bring attention to families in need.

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Charter Hits Back, Says TWC Merger Good for Online Video

Originally Appeared in CED Magazine
By Ben Munson
December 3, 2015

In a response filed Thursday with the SEC, Charter is refuting Dish’s claims concerning the merger.

According to Charter, New Charter would only serve 23 percent of subscribers receiving 25 Mbps or higher, which it says is smaller than the percentage Comcast serves today and much smaller than the 60 percent Comcast and TWC would have served had those companies been allowed to merge.

In all, New Charter would serve 21 percent of all wireline broadband customers, according to Charter, which the company says is less than Comcast and more than AT&T.

Charter also says that New Charter would be a better platform for online video distributors (OVD), pointing out that Netflix has given its blessing to the merger. Charter also says it views OTT content as complimentary to its MVPD service and that its cloud-based programming guide enables OVD content to be accessed along with cable networks.

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New Charter Communications Is Keen to Remake Mobile TV

Originally Appeared in The Street
By Rebecca McClay
November 20, 2015

 

Charter Communications (CHTR ) is lacing up its gloves to try to become the new heavyweight champion in video streaming.

With its $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) expected to close in the first quarter, Charter may have the right mix of content and service to offer the kind of streaming TV platform that the industry has long lacked, a vacuum Netflix (NFLX)  was quick to fill.

“The scale that Charter acquires will help them as consumers switch to over-the-top” Internet streaming, S&P Capital IQ media analyst Tuna Amobi said in a phone interview. The new Charter will be a stronger competitor against both satellite television and the telecommunications companies like Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), he said.

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NBA star flies back home to Myrtle Beach to give away 300 turkey feasts

Originally appeared in The State
By Emily Weaver
November 22, 2015

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Families lined up alongside a yard on Neighbor Lane – a short distance from where an NBA star grew up – to receive a free Thanksgiving bounty delivered with a hug and a smile from the star “with a servant’s heart.”

The Game On Foundation, founded by Washington Wizards point guard and Myrtle Beach native Ramon Sessions, has offered Thanksgiving turkeys each of the last five years to the Racepath community where Sessions grew up.

Last year, his Game On Annual Turkey Feast gave 250 turkeys away. On Sunday, the event was poised to give away more than 300 with tables of Thanksgiving sides to go with it.

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Charter’s Rutledge: ‘We’ll hire our own technicians to do the work’ of TWC technical integration

 

Originally appeared in FierceInstaller
By Daniel Frankel
November 17, 2015

As his cable system prepares to absorb more than 13 million video subscribers from Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks, in millions more high-speed Internet users, Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) President and CEO Tom Rutledge recently laid out some of the details of how the technology integration will work.

Speaking at an “investor day” event last week for Liberty Media, Charter’s biggest shareholder, Rutledge said Charter will continue to rely on its cloud-based strategy that relies on two-way communications with older set-tops. This will differ radically from services like TWC Maxx, which call for the installation of advanced Arris-made DVR set-tops into customer homes.

“Historically, the chips and processing power and storage of older set-tops was the lowest common denominator in which you could roll out new products across your footprint,” Rutledge said.

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Charter Tells FCC of Commitment to Net Neutrality Regardless of Legal Intrigue

Originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter
By Eriq Gardner

The cable giant also says its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable will benefit online video providers like Netflix.

If a $55 billion merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable is completed, the marriage will result in a bigger company that commands about 15 percent of the nation’s cable and satellite subscribers and 22 percent of its broadband subscribers.

Naturally, concern about the ramifications of consolidation has ensued. This week, Charter answered its critics with a filing at the FCC that among other things, stresses its commitment to the principles of net neutrality.

“New Charter will not block or throttle Internet traffic or engage in paid prioritization, regardless of the outcome of the litigation over the Open Internet Order,” says Charter, referring to the FCC’s decision to reclassify internet service as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and the subsequent and pending legal challenges made by companies including AT&T and Alamo Broadband.

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Business of the Year Finalist: Bright House Networks

Originally appeared in Florida Today
By: Ilana Kowarski
November 10, 2015 

Brevard County employees of the Bright House Networks cable and media company have volunteered more than 600 hours in the community this year.

“Bright House Networks, its leadership and employees are some of Brevard’s most active corporate citizens,” said Rob Rains, president of United Way of Brevard. “Whether it’s raising money for United Way or making resources available to some of our most vulnerable youth in afterschool programs like Boys & Girls Clubs, this business is always willing to step up to the plate.”

The company offers a “Community Service Day Program,” which allows full-time employees to get paid for a workday of volunteering and part-time employees to get paid for a half-day of volunteering, and it supports local nonprofits by providing free public service announcements.

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Bright House Announces Increase In Internet Speed For Bay Area

Originally appeared in Tampa Bay Times
By: William R. Levesque
November 10, 2015

Bright House said customers now receiving its Lightning 35 service with download speeds of up to 35 megabits per second will be bumped up to 50 Mbps; Lightning 75 customers will receive 100 Mbps; and Lightning 150 will increase to 200 Mbps.

These Internet packages, Bright House said, also would see increases in upload speeds, in addition to upload speeds for its Lightning 300 plan.

A megabit refers to the transfer of 1 million bits of information. A two-hour movie takes 24 minutes to download for someone with 5 Mbps Internet compared to 1.5 minutes for someone with 100 Mbps, according to the website Fastmetrics.com.

A Bright House news release said the change involved customers throughout the Tampa Bay area, including Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties, and other Central Florida counties served by the company.

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Stamford Police Join Charter In Renovating ARI Community Residence

Originally appeared in Stamford Daily Voice
By: Donna Christopher
November 10, 2015

Nearly 30 volunteers from Charter Communications and the Stamford Police Association, along with Rebuilding Together Hartford, will help renovate an Always Reaching for Independence (ARI) community residence in Stamford this weekend.

The project is part of Charter’s national philanthropic initiative, Charter our Community, a program that seeks to improve 25,000 homes in the Charter footprint by 2020.

In partnership with Rebuilding Together, Charter our Community provides critical home repairs to low-income homeowners.

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