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Dish adding voice input to its apps

April 15, 2015 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Dish is building Rovi Conversation Services into its Explorer iPad app, Hopper Voice remote, and Dish Anywhere app for viewing from mobile devices. Dish customers will be able to use voice commands to search for live and on-demand content.  

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Demystifying cloud computing for video workflows

April 14, 2015 5:39 pm | by Sudeep Bose, product and business development manager of video network monitoring, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

Cloud computing has been around for years, but only recently has it begun playing a significant role in the video workflow as operators turn cloud-based management, processing and distribution of . . .

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OLED’s future is lighting up

April 14, 2015 5:09 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology provides amazing picture quality, but OLED displays have the added benefit of conserving energy. Yet, the OLED market is not pushing forward due to . . .

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Cable, Wireless industries sue to stop FCC's Title II plan

April 14, 2015 5:05 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

NCTA president Michael Powell said reclassification is unjustifiably going too far; that even a partial victory for any of the interests involved will be treated as a first step in completely undermining the FCC’s intent; and said that barring some other solution more litigation against the FCC is inevitable.

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Ultra HD won’t be simple after all

April 14, 2015 4:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

The key benefit of Ultra HD, or 4K, is that it offers twice the resolution of HD. However, this may not be as big of a deal as originally assumed. What may be considered the most impressive . . .

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Imagine devises single system for Linear and on-demand delivery

April 14, 2015 4:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Imagine Communications now offers a cloud-based video platform for multi-screen video distribution. The CloudXtream enables the delivery of VOD, cloud DVR, and live video. Components of the modular . . .

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Confirmed: Nokia in talks to buy Alcatel Lucent

April 14, 2015 3:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nokia and ALU are "in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel-Lucent." They cautioned there is "no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction."

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VeEX adds OTDR modules

April 14, 2015 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

OTDR modules have been added to VeEX's modular multiservice test and measurement system (RXT). The RXT-4100 and 4112 OTDR series modules feature several optical test functions, including an OTDR for . . .

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This releases major upgrade for SwitchStream

April 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Version 3.0 introduces several new features for MVPDs and programmers including Audit Central, a tool for event verification and audit reporting; Map View for zone creation and event execution mapping; and an Event Dashboard for monitoring event execution status and system health management.

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Hiawatha Broadband going gig speed in MN

April 14, 2015 2:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The new gigabit service will be deployed across four counties in south central Minnesota. A total of ten cities and seventeen townships will be included in the network.

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Mike Hayashi joins Espial's board

April 14, 2015 1:50 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Michael T. Hayashi, former executive vice president of architecture, development, and engineering at Time Warner Cable (TWC), has been appointed to Espial’s board of directors.

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Arris, Charter buy ActiveVideo for $135M

April 14, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris and Charter formed a joint venture for the purpose of buying ActiveVideo. Arris will own 65 percent of the venture. Current ActiveVideo management, including CEO Jeff Miller, will continue to run the operation.

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Mediacom doubles HD channels in Illinois systems

April 13, 2015 8:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Over the next few months, Mediacom will be reclaiming all channels except for the basic tier in the Illinois counties of Morgan, Sangamon, and Menard. The company is looking to compete with demands for HD and faster internet speeds.

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Elemental adds software-based statmuxing

April 13, 2015 5:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Elemental Technologies has added statistical multiplexing to its bag of tricks with a software-based, multi-codec, multi-resolution statmuxer. The company is positioning the Elemental Statmux as a . . .

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Deviser bows line of cable, spectrum analyzers

April 13, 2015 4:57 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Deviser Instrument's Profiler line includes the E7000B and E7000L RF/Optic Cable & Antenna Analyzers, and the E8400B and E8600B Spectrum Analyzers. The cable and antenna analyzers can measure . . .

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