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DirecTV Divests LifeShield DIY Security Group, Sells to Private Equity Firm

By CE Pro Editors · July 28, 2017 • After being acquired by AT&T, DirecTV divests LifeShield, the DIY security company it purchased in 2013. Hawk Capital Partners, a private equity firm headed by former LifeShield owner Mike Hagan buys back the co.

FCC Proposal to ‘Unlock’ Cable Boxes Could Be Boon for Integrators

By Tim Albright · June 1, 2016 • If encryption inside cable set-top boxes is opened to third-parties, CE pros could create custom app-based video content delivery systems for their clients.

DirecTV to Broadcast MLB Games in 4K Ultra HD

By Robert Archer · April 14, 2016 • Baseball fans will be able to see their favorite stars, including David Ortiz, Buster Posey, Clayton Kershaw and David Price in 4K through DirecTV's broadcast agreement with MLB Network.

Connected Home Security Market to Grow Almost 50% Through 2020

By CE Pro Editors · March 28, 2016 • Growing demand and smartphone penetration will aid the growth of the market by 2020. The report lists ADT, AT&T, Comcast, Honeywell Total Connect and Verizon as key vendors.

How to Overcome the Challenges of ISPs

By Robert Archer · March 26, 2015 • The increasing need for high-speed support throughout the home is putting installers in the awkward position of having to solve problems often times without support from the companies offering the service.

Lutron Partners with IFTTT, Nest, Logitech, AT&T Digital Life, Apple

By Julie Jacobson · January 14, 2015 • New partners extend Lutron’s reach for its low-cost, cloud-enabled Caseta lighting controls and Serena motorized shading.

AT&T Digital Life Announces Plans To Integrate with Lutron, Samsung, Qualcomm, LG

By CE Pro Editors · January 5, 2015 • New Products and Services Give Customers More Flexibility and Convenience to Manage their Homes.

AT&T Reportedly in Talks to Buy DirecTV for $48B

By CE Pro Editors · May 13, 2014 • If AT&T is reportedly in talks to buy DirecTV for $48 billion. Will the telecom giant integrate the satellite system more closely with its AT&T Digital Life home automation offering?

ADT Counters POTS Deregulation Push in Kentucky

By CE Pro Editors · April 15, 2014 • ADT reps believe discontinuing Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) could leave some Kentuckians without reliable access to life-safety alarm services.

Verizon Drops DIY Security/Home Automation Initiative

By Julie Jacobson · February 10, 2014 • Verizon Home Monitoring and Control, a $10/month home automation and security offering for DIYs, has has been discontinued; platform partner 4Home by Motorola is gone.

ISE Keynoter Schlesinger on Cisco Smart Home: We Won’t Sell User Data

By Julie Jacobson · January 27, 2014 • Cisco’s smart home initiative with LG, ABB and Bosch takes center stage at ISE 2014; keynoter Dirk Schlesinger speaks to CE Pro about home automation and controversies regarding user privacy.

AT&T Digital Life Exceeds Rollout Goals

By Jason Knott · October 31, 2013 • AT&T's Digital Life home automation/security system has added seven metro markets for a total of 52 cities, which is ahead of its goal of 50 cities by the end of 2013.

AT&T Digital Life Home Automation Launches in 15 Cities

By Rachel Cericola · May 2, 2013 • AT&T has launched its Digital Life home automation service in 15 cities, saying it will be available in up to 50 markets by the end of 2013.

Wi-Ex Booster Increases AT&T and T-Mobile Connection Speeds

By Robert Archer · January 28, 2013 • Wi-Ex's latest product, the new zBoost 4G DataBlast improves 4G LTE connectivity on AT&T's network and AWS data speeds on T-Mobile's network.

UPDATE: Cox Communications to Launch Home Automation/Security Business

By Julie Jacobson · May 29, 2012 • Cox to join Comcast/Xfinity, TWC, Verizon, AT&T and other service providers with a new smart home offering that will start with home security. Cox appears to be using ZigBee-enabled system from iControl.

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