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Cable STBs enjoy growth spurt in 1Q

June 17, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While worldwide set-top box revenue declined in the first quarter of this year, the cable set-top box segment grew 5 percent in both units shipped and revenue growth. Infonetics Research’s set-top box report said that worldwide set-top box revenue totaled $4.8 billion in the first quarter, which was a decline of 3 percent from the preceding fourth quarter.

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How the world watches the World Cup on TV, online

June 17, 2014 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Television and online rights for sporting events are typically sold by territory. For the World Cup, that means U.S. viewers are limited to what's available through U.S. television networks ABC, ESPN and Univision. ABC and ESPN, both owned by The Walt Disney Co., are splitting the English-language coverage on television.

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Texas two-step: Suddenlink bows 300 Mbps service

June 16, 2014 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is now offering a new data tier in two Texas communities with a speed of up to 300 Mbps on the downstream. The 300 Mbps service, which tops out at 15 Mbps on the upstream, is now available in Leander and Pflugerville, Texas with Georgetown to follow in the Lone Star state later this summer.  

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TV Everywhere apps: “Market the damn things”

June 16, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

MSOs are getting crushed by their over the top rivals when it comes to TV Everywhere – an area where the only thing they have to do to become more competitive is to let their customers know that they are, in fact, competing. The Diffusion Group’s advice to MSOs: “Market the damn things.”

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Columbus Communications using Triveni portable MPEG analyzer

June 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Columbus Communications has deployed Triveni Digital's StreamScope Portal portable MPEG analysis and troubleshooting tool across its operations in the Caribbean. Columbus is using the tool to monitor and improve video streams from its distribution plants on multiple islands.

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Fiber to the Home Conference

June 16, 2014 12:34 pm | by CED | Events

The 2014 FTTH Conference & Expo, presented by the FTTH Council Americas, is the best place to experience the explosive evolution of Fiber to the Home techniques, applications, and advancements. More than 1500 attendees will gather for three days of networking, education, and exhibits built to provide you with best practices and the time-tested solutions.

TWC exec to join SpinCo as CFO

June 16, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The executive leadership team of SpinCo continues to coalesce with current Time Warner Cable treasurer and former Insight Communications exec Matthew Siegel slotted for the chief financial officer position. Charter Communications and Comcast announced this morning that Siegel would assume his new role once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal and the Charter/Comcast transactions were completed.

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Report: Pay-TV operators rule STB food chain

June 16, 2014 11:56 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The largest video providers rule the roost when it comes to defining the set-top box ecosystem, according to a recent report by ABI Research. While pay-TV operators are at the top of the set-top box food chain, hardware OEMs and semiconductor vendors function in supporting roles.  

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Level 3 to buy TW Telecom for about $5.6 billion

June 16, 2014 11:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Level 3 Communications Inc. says it has agreed to buy TW Telecom in a deal worth about $5.6 billion. Level 3 owns network and data centers around the world, while TW Telecom provides data and Internet and other services to businesses in the U.S.

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Alibaba plans blockbuster IPO

June 16, 2014 11:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alibaba is pulling back the curtain a little bit, providing more information about its partnership structure and financials ahead of its planned initial public offering of stock. China's biggest e-commerce company filed in May for an initial public offering in the U.S. that could top the $16 billion that Facebook and its early investors raised in the social networking company's IPO two years ago.

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Digital Hollywood - Marina Del Rey

June 13, 2014 6:37 pm | by CED | Events

Date: October 20th-23rd, 2014Location: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Marina del Rey, California

Cable Tec Expo 2014 - Denver

June 13, 2014 6:25 pm | by CED | Events

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo is the cable telecommunications engineering show of the year. In one cost-effective setting nearly 10,000 attendees annually seize the opportunity to discover and learn first-hand about the latest in cable telecommunications technology, products and services. For more than 30 years the industry has relied on Cable-Tec Expo to provide the most energizing, technical knowledge exchange of the year.

Super Mobility Week (CTIA) - Las Vegas

June 13, 2014 6:20 pm | by CED | Events

Thousands of mobile professionals and executives, 1,100+ exhibitors, as well as 1,000+ media and analysts from across the globe will gather for this powerhouse, week-long event in Las Vegas—the most exciting city in America—to experience unrivaled networking opportunities and share leading-edge trends, discoveries and knowledge.

IBC 2014 - Amsterdam

June 13, 2014 6:14 pm | by CED | Events

Featuring an influential conference and world-class exhibition, IBC immerses 50,000+ professionals from 170 countries in an unrivalled experience which affords you the chance to trade and educate, to debate and connect, to challenge, strategise and innovate with the very companies and leaders shaping the market.

The Independent Show 2014 - Kansas City

June 13, 2014 6:09 pm | by CED | Events

The Independent Show (TIS) is an essential experience for independent cable operators, combining education, exhibits and networking opportunities in an intimate, family-friendly setting.

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