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Blonder Tongue debuts combo encoder and media player

June 10, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MPHDE-50 combines a custom Android-based network media player and single-channel HD MPEG-2 encoder in a 1-RU space. The media modulator is designed to streamlines the delivery and management of custom HD video content for a range of applications and markets, including cable television, educational, hospitality, and government. 

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Tektronix updates Sentry monitoring systems

June 10, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tektronix has upgraded its Sentry family of digital content monitors with features designed to help comply with new Closed Captioning regulations, better identify audio issues – including overly loud commercials, and ensure the quality of OTT and TV Everywhere services.

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AT&T gets green light for 1-Gig service in Winston-Salem

June 10, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As expected, AT&T will be bringing its 1 Gbps service to the Winston-Salem area after city officials there recently ratified an agreement. Back in April AT&T said it was in advanced talks with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to light up its GigaPower service in six cities in the state, including Winston-Salem. 

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CableLabs invests in MoCA relationship

June 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs has become a Contributor member of the MoCA Alliance.  Membership in the organization enables CableLabs to provide more input and direction early in the spec development process for greater synergy between the two organizations.

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Report: Worldwide smart home controller market to reach $6b by 2019

June 10, 2014 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The smart home controller sector, which includes control panels, gateways and bridges for home automation services, is projected to grow to $6 billion worldwide by 2019. According to a recent report by ABI Research, smart home automation controller shipments will blossom due to ongoing mass-market interest, lower costs and an expanding supplier base.

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TDS expands VoIP reach with Bandwidth

June 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TDS Telecom is pushing its VoIP service for businesses beyond its traditional CLEC footprint by teaming up with vendor Bandwidth. The expanded service will connect corporate headquarters, branch offices and teleworkers in single or multiple state locations. 

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Netflix to stop posting notices that irked Verizon

June 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by Associated Press, wireless, cable | News | Comments

Netflix will ease up on a month-long finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service. The decision, announced in a Monday blog post, follows a legal threat issued by Verizon last week.

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Facebook, Twitter brace for World Cup fever

June 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. Nearly 40 percent of Facebook's 1.28 billion users are fans of soccer. On Tuesday, the world's biggest online social network is adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup, which takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.

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Bellville lands post with Hitachi Consulting

June 10, 2014 12:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In her new job, Bellville will be supporting not only cable operators but the entire broadband community – including programmers and content providers, as they plan new product launches, consider mergers and acquisitions, and make other investments.

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Telefonica taps Amdocs for BSS upgrades in Chile, Peru

June 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica subscribers in Chile and Peru will be able to move between all customer interaction channels, whether self-service or agent assisted, via the Web, call center or at the retail store, across its entire quad-play offering – wireline, wireless, Internet and TV.

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Amtrak opens bidding for Wi-Fi network

June 9, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amtrak is looking for proposals on how to upgrade its on-board Wi-Fi service on trains running the Northeast Corridor. The goal is to increase available bandwidth per train from the currently available 10Mbps to a minimum of 25 Mbps. The company is soliciting bids for a proof-of-concept project.

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Media: AT&T dangles offering NFL Sunday Ticket to wireless subs

June 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T is trying to gain traction for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by sending up a trial balloon that it could offer the NFL’s Sunday Ticket to its wireless phone subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that AT&T’s management floated the possibility of offering NFL Sunday Ticket to its phone subscribers without having it count against their data caps.

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Report: 802.11ac starting to push WLAN market

June 9, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite a downward dip in revenue in the first quarter, the wireless LAN equipment market is on a roll, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research. The global wireless LAN equipment market saw its first down quarter since the end of 2012, with revenue shrinking 11 percent sequentially in the first quarter of this year to $1.1 billion. Overall, the market was up 3 percent from the same period a year ago.

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Arris notches another CCAP win

June 9, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed Arris’ flagship E6000 Converged Edge Router and TG682 cable modem/gateway in order to deliver a 250 Mbps service to its subscribers. By deploying Arris’ E6000, which is based on the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP), Liwest said it was future-proofing its investment en route to offering a 1 Gbps service down the road.

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Report: Apple Teaming with AT&T, T-Mobile for Prepaid Push in Retail Stores

June 9, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple will reportedly partner up with AT&T and T-Mobile in order to offer prepaid account activations for iPhones purchased in Apple’s retail stores. 9to5Mac said Apple Stores will begin stocking AT&T GoPhone SIMs and activations kits and T-Mobile SIMs, allowing customers to buy full-price iPhones and walk out of the store with a connected device. 

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