DirecTV launches wireless box nationwide; Rogers introduces smartphone payment app

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> DirecTV announced the national launch of its Wireless Genie Mini (WGM).  Press release

> Rogers Communications launched the suretap wallet, an app that lets customers use smartphones to make payments at tens of thousands of retailers across the country. Press release

> Utility networks provider GTC will deliver Sky's pay TV service to new-build homes over fiber-optic lines. Story

> Telecom Italia has brokered a deal with satellite company Sky to offer Sky content via a new IPTV decoder known as My Sky HD. Story

> BT's Vision IPTV subscribers are getting the chance to upgrade to a YouView box at no extra cost as the service provider phases out old technology and focuses efforts on YouView. Story

> Switzerland's largest cable operator, Liberty Global subsidiary UPC Cablecom, will shut off analog TV channels on its network in 2015. Story

> Comcast has boosted data speed offerings up to 150 Mbps for customers in 14 Northeastern states. Story

Telecom News

> TelePacific Communications has carved out wholesale service terms with its wholesale supplier AT&T designed to help smooth its migration to all IP-based services such as Ethernet and VoIP, while ensuring that legacy TDM services remain available. Full article

Wireless News

> BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) CEO John Chen said the company is not going to get out of the devices business, despite giving an interview in which he indicated that it might be a possibility. Full article

And finally… Cable industry leaders, government officials, academics and foreign experts spent a day focusing on Taiwan's plans to restructure its cable TV industry regulation at a seminar hosted by the Cable and Satellite Broadcasters Association of Asia (CASBAA) and Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC). Story

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