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January/February 2014

March 13, 2014 1:03 pm | by CED Staff | Digital Editions

CED’s readers participate in what has become one of the most dynamic markets the world has ever seen. Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. Nothing is nailed down, everything is in flux, from advertising to regulations to how to talk to subscribers. These are the trends, technologies, companies, and people that are defining the industry today and can be expected to leave their marks on 2014.

Smit, McCaskill lead 2014 Vanguard class

March 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Neil Smit, president & CEO, Comcast Cable and Patty McCaskill, senior vice president & chief programming officer, Suddenlink Communications, were announced as this year’s recipients of the cable industry’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. Other Vanguard honorees include Cablevision's Yvette Kanouff, TWCBC's Phil Meeks, and Mediacom's John Pascarelli.

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Finnish op DNA fires up multi-screen service

March 12, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system is built on SeaChange’s Adrenalin multi-screen platform. Other vendors and the technology they contributed included SF Anytime content, Harmonic transcoding, Edgeware streaming and storage, ATES single sign-on, Conax conditional access, Cubiware set-top client, and Intek set-tops.

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Report: There's money in them thar small cell networks

March 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MNO adoption of small cell technology will create a substantial new revenue opportunity available to cable MSOs and satellite providers to provide even more cellular backhaul support.  According to a survey sponsored by Amdocs, 70 percent of MNOs globally are prepared to also use small cell networks rolled out by or owned by a third-party.

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Liberty Global goes live in Germany with Arris E6000

March 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia Kabel has deployed Arris’ E6000 converged edge router en route to offering its customers a 1 Gbps service. The customer win has the potential of getting the E6000 into Liberty Global’s additional cable operations in the 13 other countries across its European footprint.

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Wave buys fiber optic provider CPI

March 12, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, the parent company of Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it had bought fiber optics provider Capacity Provisioning Incorporated (CPI) for an undisclosed sum. The deal provided Wave with a business services unit to compliment the residential services that it has been providing to consumers in CPI’s footprint for more than a decade.

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RST Fiber lights up 100G-fiber backbone in N.C.

March 11, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RST Fiber is laying claim to being the first privately-owned company in the nation to fire up a 100-gigabit backbone network using carrier-grade IPv6. The 3,100-mile underground network, which is supplemented by Wi-Fi, stretches across RST Fiber’s home state of North Carolina.

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In the media: Comcast might take on YouTube

March 11, 2014 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The reports have been fueled by Comcast’s recent acquisition of FreeWheel, which specializes in delivering ads in streaming content. Of course that would be helpful with Comcast’s current multi-screen delivery services, but it could just as easily be for a channel providing mostly short-form video, a la YouTube.

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BHN, Fujitsu take 400G, 800G for a trial spin

March 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and Fujitsu teamed up to trial the vendor’s 400 G technology over a live network. The backbone trial was Fujitsu’s first 400G outing with a cable operator. Once the 400G trial was completed, an error-free rate of 800G was also attempted and achieved.

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Cable Center names Hall of Fame Honorary Committee

March 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Cable Center unveiled the members of its 2014 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee this morning. The committee members will serve as the official ambassadors for the upcoming Cable Hall of Fame event at The Cable Show and The Cable Center in Denver.

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Comcast content deal with Sony tweaks Netflix

March 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has cut a deal to sell content from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which gives Comcast the right to sell Sony movies and TV Series. In an intriguing twist, that deal gives Comcast the rights to sell the first season of “House of Cards” – the show that helped turn Netflix into a prominent programmer, on par with traditional cable networks.  

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Conax, PayWizard integrate product lines

March 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

PayWizard and Conax have created a flexible ecosystem for monetizing multiscreen content, by combining he former’s subscriber management platform with the latter’s Contego Unite multiscreen security solution. The combination will enable operators to register and manage subscriber accounts and process payment across all devices.

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TiVo hires former Dish exec as CMO

March 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has hired former Dish Network executive Ira Bahr as its new chief marketing officer. Bahr, who will start his new job immediately, will be in charge of the company's global marketing efforts. He will be based TiVo's San Jose corporate headquarters and report directly to TiVo CEO and president Tom Rogers.

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Aereo shut down in Denver, Salt Lake City

March 10, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a recent court ruling, Aereo was forced to shut down its service in Denver and Salt Lake City Saturday morning. On Friday the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel turned down Aereo’s request to suspend a federal judge’s preliminary injunction order to stop its service in six states.

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Comcast challenging Disney's hold on tourism trade

March 10, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in California and Florida theme parks, stepping outside its core business of telecommunications in an effort to boost revenue and profits.Recent moves by Comcast represent a challenge to the Walt Disney Co.'s tourism business in Orlando.

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