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SCTE bolsters international presence

September 8, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has broadened its reach abroad with the recent addition of Liberty Global to SCTE’s Corporate Alliance Program (CAP) as well as the formation of an international-based training program. The training and certfication program is called the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), which will serve as an international gateway to the SCTE’s library of resources. 

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TiVo uncorks ginormous DVR

September 8, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

If bigger is truly better then TiVo has the consumer DVR market cornered with its new “Mega” model. The six-tuner TiVo Mega has a mind-boggling 24 terabytes of storage, which is the equivalent of over 26,000 hours of SD storage space and 4,000 hours of HD space.

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Microsoft revamps MSN to flow across devices

September 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is giving its MSN news service a crisper look, new lifestyle tools and seamless syncing across devices. The company says the revamped site fits in with Microsoft's overall strategy of making mobile phones and Internet-based services priorities as its traditional businesses — Windows and Office software installed on desktops — slow down or decline.

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WICT Tech It Out Conference - Denver

September 5, 2014 7:01 pm | by CED | Events

The Tech It Out Conference is designed to bring together thought-leaders in technology from both inside and outside the cable industry. Speakers share their insights on leadership development with our target audience of women and people of color. In addition to a panel discussion, the Tech It Out Conference allows dedicated time for leadership training.

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Apple's larger iPhone poised to drive phablet market

September 5, 2014 2:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Carriers may be giving more shelf space to devices with larger screens, but many consumers could be waiting for a larger iPhone before they snatch up a phablet. "If Apple releases a bigger iPhone it will be the final catalyst for explosive growth in the 4.7”+ market.”

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RFMD steps closer to TriQuint merger

September 5, 2014 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RFMD shareholders voted to approve the merger agreement and to approve the compensation arrangements for RFMD's named executive officers in connection with the transaction. TriQuint's stockholders are scheduled to vote on the merger agreement and other matters at a special meeting to be held later today.

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AT&T lines up apps for connected cars

September 5, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T said it has attracted a half-dozen developers to AT&T Drive, the company’s program to support the adaptation of mobile apps for use in connected vehicles. AT&T set up the program to give automakers a selection of services and capabilities to include in their connected vehicles.

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Casa reels in another deal from TVCable

September 5, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TVCable Ecuador picked CMTS and CCAP vendor Casa Systems to provision its platform for a six-city expansion project. TVCable had previously teamed up with Casa on a first phase expansion across eight cities within its footprint. Miami-based Cable Network Associates helped Casa land the deal with TVCable.

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Ciena beats Street 3Q forecasts

September 5, 2014 12:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ciena Corp. on Thursday reported profit of $16.2 million in its fiscal third quarter. The Hanover, Maryland-based company said it had profit of 15 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs and stock option expense, came to 32 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations.

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Google settles with FTC over in-app charges

September 5, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has agreed to pay full refunds totaling at least $19 million to consumers who were charged for purchases that children made via apps without parental consent from the Google Play app store. The settlement is part of the third case by the Federal Trade Commission about unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. It settled with Apple for $32.5 million in January.

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MetroPCS expands into 10 new markets, ups data for existing subs

September 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The T-Mobile prepaid brand will be setting up shop in Chattanooga, TN; Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis-St.Paul; Milwaukee, WI; Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA; Richmond-Petersburg, VA; Salt Lake City; St. Louis, MO; and Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, WA.

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FCC chair makes firmest case yet that broadband competition is lacking

September 4, 2014 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday stated flatly that in too much of the U.S., there is no meaningful broadband competition, and that competitors are lagging behind public need. If enough people accept his propositions, Wheeler would then be able to justify reclassifying broadband as a communications service.

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Comcast to sponsor NASCAR series

September 3, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. on Wednesday signed a 10-year agreement to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier racing series. The series will be known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series through 2024. The deal matches the longest single agreement around title sponsorship of any NASCAR national series in its history, and Sports Business Daily valued the package at worth close to $200 million.

SpinCo recast as GreatLand Connections

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and Comcast announced they were ditching the name SpinCo for the emerging cable company that will be spun off once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger and Charter/Comcast transactions are completed. The new name is GreatLand Connections Inc.,which drew upon the company’s Midwest and Southeast footprint that was formely operated by Comcast.

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IBC 2014 Preview

September 3, 2014 2:42 pm | by CED | News | Comments

This year's show will focus on all the technological innovations and trends of interest to video broadcasters and distributors of all kinds: the migration to IP, multi-screen delivery, 4K/Ultra-HD, HEVC, wireless technologies, user interfaces, and more.  Here are previews of what some of the key innovators in the industry will be talking about and demonstrating at the conference.

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