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ABC Family changes its name, takes a multiplatform angle

Disney-owned television network ABC Family is changing its name to "Freeform" in January, a move it says will better reflect its content offerings and its audience's multiscreen viewing behaviors.

AT&T gets waiver from FCC, will move ahead with Wi-Fi calling launch

AT&T received a waiver from the FCC on its rules for the hearing impaired that it said were prohibiting it from offering Wi-Fi calling services. However, it's unclear how soon AT&T will enable Wi-Fi calling on the iPhone and other devices.

Hulu CEO Hopkins: No international expansion for now

Don't look for Hulu to expand into countries outside the U.S. anytime soon: its CEO, Mike Hopkins, told attendees at a Cannes, France event that while the global broadband market makes a compelling case for doing so, the SVOD provider is only going to look at potential expansion scenarios for now.

As 4K stresses HDMI cables, new certification programs emerge

HDMI cables, for the most part, haven't been put to the test by HD. With HD signals demanding far less than the 18 Gbps capacity of most cables, manufacturing errors often don't reveal themselves.

EarthLink introduces software defined WAN-based network visibility services

EarthLink has debuted its Application Performance Optimization services set, giving its customers better visibility into how their applications use bandwidth and the option to adjust how resources are consumed.

U.S. Cellular slashes prices on its shared data plans, undercutting Verizon and AT&T

U.S. Cellular cut the prices of its shared data plans and eliminated some buckets to simplify options for customers. The carrier said it hopes to entice customers following recent price changes of its two largest competitors, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.

Newly launched 4K-capable Roku 4 purpose-built for streamers, eschews gaming component

Roku's latest device, the Roku 4, has a number of new features: a new operating system, OS 7; 60 frames-per-second 4K compatibility; and a remote control with voice search capability, among others. What it doesn't have is added gaming capabilities, and that was done on purpose according to Roku CEO Anthony Wood.

AT&T to cut 200 wireline call center jobs at its Houston facility

AT&T is laying off 200 wireline workers in its Houston call center facility that are charged with taking consumer collection calls for its traditional voice and U-verse video and broadband services.

Verizon drops plans to launch Sony's Xperia Z4v smartphone

Verizon Wireless scrapped plans to launch Sony's Xperia Z4v smartphone, though Verizon committed to working with Sony and the Japanese electronics firm said it still remains engaged in the U.S. smartphone market. However, the decision to drop the phone is a blow to Sony's goal of expanding sales in the U.S. Meanwhile, Sony said it will spin out its semiconductor business into a new unit in a bid to focus on growth in products like image sensors.

Analysts: AT&T, T-Mobile poised for stronger ARPU going forward

According to a new report, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US are positioned for strong ARPU gains going forward, according to analysts at Jefferies.