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Liberty Puerto Rico rolling out unusual social-based guide

April 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using the cloud-based platform from ActiveVideo, Liberty Global’s subsidiary in Puerto Rico is in the process of rolling out a cloud-based service that features a discovery and navigation capability that is uncommon if not unique, inasmuch as recommendations are based on what other viewers are watching at that moment.

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Migrating to Internet Protocol

April 25, 2014 1:47 am | by CED | Wallcharts | Comments

Economics impel the cable industry to move to IP. IP traffic grows, IP networks expand, and as a consequence IP equipment costs steadily drop, becoming so attractively inexpensive and simple to maintain that cable’s transition to IP is inevitable.

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DOCSIS 3.1 Technology

April 25, 2014 1:32 am | by CED | Wallcharts | Comments

Cable HFC and DOCSIS technology has evolved over the last 15 years, first enabling always-on broadband and today enabling service rates of hundreds of megabits per second. HFC networks will continue to support the best-in-market Gbps speeds delivered to the broadest population of consumers with the best economics.

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Audio Essentials for Broadcast and Multi-screen

April 25, 2014 1:25 am | by CED | Wallcharts | Comments

Everything you need to know about multi-screen, all at a glance, including: the broadcast and multi-screen delivery chain, an adaptive streaming protocol comparison, a table of audio codecs, loudness fundamentals, and more. Sponsored by Dolby.

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Optical Transport Networks

April 25, 2014 1:20 am | by CED | Wallcharts | Comments

A reference guide to all aspects of optical networking, including OTN Overhead Bytes, Mapping and Multiplexing Structure, Errors and Alarms, OTLk.n, and rates and payloads. Sponsored by VeEX.

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Top 10 Multi-Screen Deployments 2013

April 25, 2014 12:54 am | by CED | Wallcharts | Comments

Four years after Time Warner and Comcast announced their groundbreaking TV Everywhere agreement, multiscreen services are still evolving. Since 2009, customers have shown their willingness to consume video across multiple screens, but stumbling blocks have stood in the way, including content licensing agreements, managing subscribers expectations, and the complexity of dealing with third-party video CDN providers.

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SCTE Standards

April 24, 2014 11:44 pm | by CED | Wallcharts | Comments

The SCTE helps develop standards fundamental to cable networks, covering everything from data & voice communications systems, to energy management, equipment & cabling, network operations, testing & performance, and operations.

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ADB adds healthcare to CVS

April 24, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ADB continues to evolve its Commercial Video Solution (CVS) with the latest edition targeting the healthcare industry. Using its set back boxes, cable operators can now offer a cloud-based HD/VOD service to hospitals and doctors that includes monitoring and reporting.

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Verizon Wireless churn ticks up in competitive 1Q

April 24, 2014 12:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

While Verizon's first-quarter earnings remained steady, Big Red's wireless division may finally be feeling the effects of an increasingly competitive market. Verizon Wireless added a lackluster 539,000 postpaid connections, a 20 percent drop when compared to the same quarter last year. 

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FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

April 24, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is to present the proposed rules to the other commissioners on Thursday.

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Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

April 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize protests.

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U-verse expands in AT&T's Q1

April 23, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In AT&T’s first quarter, its landline business revenue fell 0.4 percent to $14.6 billion. But its newer U-verse phone, TV and Internet service saw growth. AT&T had 634,000 additional high-speed Internet subscribers and 201,000 new TV subscribers.

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Suddenlink launches mobile app for iOS devices

April 23, 2014 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink has launched its Suddenlink2GO mobile app.  Using technology from Synacor, a long-time vendor for the MSO, the app allows customers to watch live TV networks and on-demand TV shows on an iOS tablet anywhere at home or on the go.

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Charter opens new customer care center in St. Louis area

April 23, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications recently cut the ribbon on its new state-of-the-art customer care center in the St. Louis area. The new facility, which is located in Bridgeton, Mo., is the home base for more than 800 Internet and phone service repair specialists. 

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TWC hits 300 Mbps in some areas of footprint

April 23, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following through on its vow to increase data speeds via network upgrades and conversions to all-digital, Time Warner Cable is now offering a downstream of 300 Mbps in some areas of New York City and Los Angeles. Time Warner Cable also increased the data speeds for all its residential Internet plans in Costa Mesa and West Hollywood in California and in areas of Woodside (in Queens) and Staten Island in New York City.

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Time Warner Cable connects with Fan TV streaming service

April 23, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting in the second quarter of this year, Time Warner Cable authenticated subscribers will be able to tap into a new IP streaming service from Fan TV on the TWC TV app. Fanhatten’s Fan TV provisions live and on demand content across its device and features a remote without buttons to push. Similar to a touch screen tablet, users of the remote swipe across the device.

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