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The 2015 Broadband 50 (1-10)

February 17, 2015 8:09 pm | by Brian Santo, Michael Robuck, and Craig Kuhl | Articles | Comments

Money, ego, politics, and entertainment. The Broadband 50 surveys the companies, technologies, trends, and people who have had the most influence in the industry over the last year and are most likely to help shape the next.

SCTE names Howard SCTE Fellow; search on for new CTO

February 17, 2015 5:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced Tuesday afternoon that Daniel Howard was named to the newly created staff position of SCTE Fellow. Howard joined SCTE five years ago as the organization’s first chief technology officer.

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Apple iCar on the loose

February 17, 2015 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Video:  Could this be film of the rumored iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project to develop an electric vehicle.

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SeaChange hires SVP for Asia Pacific sales operations

February 17, 2015 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

SeaChange International has hired Dave Ulmer as senior vice president & general manager for its Asia Pacific operations. The company is looking to burnish its multi-screen credentials by getting more involved in the mobile video market.

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This Tech patent describes fundamental DAI processes

February 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The patent describes a method for identifying dynamic advertising inventory and defining attributes of the ad, such as ownership, length and interactivity. The company believes the patent applicable regardless of which ad decisioning system or video delivery platform is used.

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AT&T’s GigaPower launches in parts of K.C.

February 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T is offering its GigaPower service to select areas of Kansas City where it now competes against Google Fiber’s 1-gig service. Time Warner Cable is also ramping up a 300 Mbps down, 20 Mbps tier in Kansas City via its all-digital TWC Maxx upgrade.

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Brooklyn union workers ratify labor deal with Cablevision

February 17, 2015 11:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Brooklyn union workers at Cablevision System Corp. have voted to ratify a two-year contract with the company. Communications Workers of America Local 1109 said the labor agreement was ratified by a strong margin Saturday night. More than 260 workers are covered by the agreement, which includes wages increases and better health and pension benefits.

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Fearless predictions! Dude, where’s my flying car?

February 13, 2015 7:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Predicting the future is hard, and not for the faint of heart. But since CED is celebrating its 40th year, a number of friends graciously consented to help us out with our prognostications this year. Their contributions are herein.

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TV Broke TV: In Perspective

February 13, 2015 7:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Everyone from Boomers to Millennials loves TV. Some complain about customer service, though. And some grumble about the expense. But what they all loathe? Ads.

Requiem for the PC: Memory Lane

February 13, 2015 6:56 pm | by Stewart Schley, columnist | Articles | Comments

It wasn’t all that long ago that anybody starting a streaming video business had to presume users would generally be sitting in front of (mostly) stationery PCs, landlocked in home offices and living rooms.

Starting down a programmatic ad adoption path: Open Mic

February 13, 2015 6:51 pm | by Sarah Foss Vice president, product management, media business systems, Imagine Communications | Articles | Comments

It’s no surprise that MSOs and others are taking a long look before leaping onto the programmatic bandwagon, but if they haven’t already done so, MSOs and other MVPDs should start down a programmatic adoption path.

Energy 2020: Engineering-wise

February 13, 2015 6:44 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President, SCTE | Articles | Comments

Energy costs – already over $1 billion per year for the industry – could quadruple to $4 billion by the end of this decade. Throttling back that increase was the mission-critical objective that brought the industry together.

Eureka Park: Ciciora's Corner

February 13, 2015 6:36 pm | by Walt Ciciora | Articles | Comments

The innovations at CES ranged from naïve and crazy to remarkably clever. Most won’t be around next year, many won’t make it through this year. But that’s the nature of risk.

Viaccess-Orca MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW

February 13, 2015 5:20 pm | by Viaccess-Orca | Product Releases | Comments

Highlighting Voyage - TV Everywhere With Telekom Romania -- Hall 5, Stand 5C71 At Mobile World Congress 2015, Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader in the protection and enhancement of content services, will demonstrate how content service providers can deliver the ultimate content experience to viewers on multiple devices. VO's vision to engage viewers starts with protecting premium conte...

Virgin Media to boost broadband reach with $4.6 billion build out

February 13, 2015 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Virgin Media has thrown down the gauntlet against BT by announcing a five-year, $4.62 billion build out of its broadband network. Virgin Media has generally topped BT’s speeds in cities and towns across the UK where they compete against each other, but BT has enjoyed a larger broadband footprint.

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