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Comcast puts dent in Charter's Q1

May 1, 2015 1:34 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter recorded an $81 million net loss, which the company attributed to expenses tied to Comcast’s Time Warner Cable buyout transaction. The company said it incurred $86 million in interest expense related to financing the Comcast transaction and $13 million in related costs.

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Amdocs buying Comverse's BSS ops

May 1, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comverse has agreed to sell the assets of its business support systems (BSS) unit to Amdocs for approximately $272 million in cash. Comverse retains its digital services business, which caters mostly to wireless carriers.

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Cablevision offers tool for targeted ad campaigns

April 30, 2015 8:46 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Total Audience Application tool provides access to Cablevision’s census-level audience data. The tool allows a user to shape an ad campaign around an audience’s needs in real-time.

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Slowdown in telco sector crimps Arris' Q1

April 30, 2015 2:35 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris’ CPE segment retained its momentum in cable-related products in the quarter. Larry Robinson, president of CPE, noted Arris will continue to be affected by the pending AT&T and DirecTV transaction. Arris CPE sales were down due to a decrease in demand by its telecom customers for standalone HD digital set-tops boxes.

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Sprint, Boingo, sign airport Wi-Fi deal

April 30, 2015 1:32 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint announced an agreement with Boingo Wireless that will give Sprint customers access to Boingo’s Passpoint Wi-Fi networks in 35 U.S. airports. Sprint phones should automatically connect and authenticate on Boingo’s Wi-Fi when in range.

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AT&T expands 300 Mbps business service to 180 markets

April 30, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T has significantly expanded the availability of AT&T Business Fiber to businesses from roughly two dozen markets to more than 180 U.S. cities.

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FCC sets Connect America disbursements totalling $1.7B

April 30, 2015 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has significantly increased the funding for the Connect America Fund (CAF) to $1.675 billion, all going to “price cap carriers” – all telephone companies. The fund disburses money to broadband providers to encourage them to extend service to consumers in unserved and underserved areas.

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Virgin, thriving with DAI for VOD, eyes linear

April 30, 2015 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Virgin Media said it will be expanding its use of dynamic ad insertion in VOD, and expects to eventually bring its DAI platform to bear on linear content for ad replacement as well.

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Phone providers offer free calling to Nepal

April 29, 2015 2:10 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Bright House, TWC, Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon are offering free calls made directly to Nepal. The 2015 Nepal earthquake occurred on April 25th and was measured at 7.8.

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SCTE set for IP Challenge semifinals

April 29, 2015 2:02 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cable telecom professionals will be asked questions in six categories related to IP, which includes routing, network theory, cable modem termination system (CMTS) DOCSIS, IP, configuration, and multimedia over IP.

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CenturyLink closing in on a TV franchise in Minneapolis

April 29, 2015 1:56 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CenturyLink has been approved by a Minneapolis City Council panel to begin providing pay TV service. CenturyLink has agreed to extend the service to at least 15 percent of the city within two years.

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T-Mobile's Legere: cable companies are potential partners

April 29, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

"I think you need to think about the cable industry and players like us as not competitors but potential partners and alternatives for each other in the future," the T-Mobile CEO said.

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Midcontinent upgrades to 100G optical platform

April 29, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO has deployed the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform in its Upper Midwest service area to help deliver cable television, high-speed Internet and telecom services to its customers.

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Arris stitches in Akamai's CDN

April 29, 2015 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The expectation is that network operators will eventually rely heavily on CDNs to enable multi-screen and TV Everywhere offerings, or if they already have such offerings, to make them more efficient and cost effective.

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CED March / April 2015

April 28, 2015 7:38 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this edition, we take a look at Ultra HD TV – and find that it’s best quality might not be higher resolution at 4K, but the high dynamic range (HDR) of the image. We also take a look at OLED TVs, one of the more promising new types of displays for 4K TV, or maybe HDR TV. This Technology weighs in on how to do alternate content right, and Tektronix demystifies cloud computing for video workflows.

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