CableLabs unveils new accelerator, UpRamp; Midco readies DOCSIS 3.1 trials

More cable news from across the Web:

> CableLabs has unveiled UpRamp, an accelerator for startups. Website

> Midco is prepping field trials of a DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit-speed network in Fargo, N.D. Press release

> DirecTV has reduced the price of its 2016 Major League Baseball Extra Innings package by 12 percent. TV Predictions story

> The Stop Mega Cable Coalition said it met directly with the FCC's Gigi Sohn to discuss its opposition to Charter Communications' purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Multichannel News story

> Time Warner Inc. saw fourth quarter revenue fall 6 percent to $7.1 billion on weak film sales. Variety story

> YouTube's new subscription service, YouTube Red, launches today. Deadline Hollywood story

Telecom News

> Lumos Networks continues to advance its status as a business provider to Virginia's state and local government agencies by gaining authorized vendor status from the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). This means it can now serve bandwidth to the state's government agencies and help its E-Rate efforts. Article

> Google Fiber is finally providing details about how it will price its 1 Gbps FTTH service in Atlanta, while adding some new elements to its broadband roster. Article

Installer News

> Google Fiber kicked off plans to offer free or reduced-cost 1 Gbps Internet service by wiring up 100 families in the West Bluff community of Kansas City, Missouri. Article

> As Westell's service provider customers use funding from the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II) program to extend broadband into rural areas, it could provide a stream of long-term revenue for the company's outside plant division. Article

Wireless News

> Opera Software said it has received a $1.2 billion buyout offer from a consortium of Chinese Internet companies including the security firm Qihoo 360. The company's board unanimously recommended the deal to shareholders. Article

And finally… Trying to regain traction with its youthful target audience, Viacom has announced a partnership with SnapChat. Broadcasting & Cable story

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