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Angels fans get Wi-Fi connectivity for the playoffs

October 3, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Angel Stadium was set up with stadium Wi-Fi, just in time for fans of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to have their spirits crushed by the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network, owned and operated by 5 Bars, went live last night.

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Windstream to take on Time Warner Cable in Lincoln

October 3, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Windstream plans to begin providing residential TV service in Lincoln starting next year. It will be delivered using Ericsson’s Mediaroom platform, and it will be available bundled with Internet and phone service. The company said the service will be available to about 50,000 homes.

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Sandvine lands $7 million in orders from two top MSOs

October 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Sandvine announced it had received approximately $7 million in orders from two Tier 1 cable operators in North America. Sandvine declined to name the cable operators, but said one was from an existing customer while the other was a “competitive displacement" of a standalone vendor.

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Talking the talk for better search and recommendation

October 2, 2014 4:12 pm | by Daren Gill, vice president, product, Rovi Corporation | Articles | Comments

For many years, effective voice-based search technologies have eluded businesses that have tried to introduce next-generation input methods to customers. Confined to basic navigation and so-called “magic words,” speech-based commands have been ineffective and often hard for consumers to use. The widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets, as will as Apple's Siri, has led to a renewed interest in this genre of technology.

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Dish family set to bid on AWS-3 auction

October 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless, two companies in which it has indirect ownership, to bid on AWS-3 spectrum. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will also bid. Sprint will not participate in this auction, but instead save its strength for next year’s Incentive Auctions.

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Verizon, Viacom ink new retransmission deal

October 2, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Suddenlink Communications’ subscribers remain in the dark, both on their TVs and online, Verizon Communications and Viacom reached a new agreement yesterday that allows Verizon to continue to carry 25 Viacom networks. The deal was also notable because it granted Verizon the national rights to deliver Viacom programming to Verizon Wireless customers when a new service goes live early next year.

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Concurrent adds flexible caching at the edge

October 2, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to more easily scale video services across various devices, Concurrent has added software to its UpShift to enable flexible cache capacity at the edge of networks. Concurrent said UpShift supports video content delivery to any device, which allows commercial video services to be streamed to viewers inside and outside of their homes, and over fixed line or mobile broadband networks.

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Netflix signs Adam Sandler to four-film deal

October 2, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Adam Sandler has signed a deal with Netflix to star in and produce four films for the streaming service. Netflix announced early Thursday that it has landed one of Hollywood's biggest comedic stars in its growing push into original movies. The films will premiere exclusively on Netflix.

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San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access

October 2, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google. Internet giant Google donated about $600,000 to help the city buy and install Wi-Fi equipment and cover maintenance cost for two years

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VeEX, Product Showcase at Cable-Tec Expo 2014

October 1, 2014 8:06 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Product Showcase: VeEX CEO Cyrille Morelle discusses the company's latest products, including the new RXT-1200 CWDM OTDR, the new 24x8 Cable Modem option for the CX380S-D3, testers designed for core networks up to 100 Gbps, as well as the new VeSion cloud-based, one system platform.   

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NFL extends 'Sunday Ticket' deal with DirecTV

October 1, 2014 8:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games. The deal expands DirecTV's rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The agreement is worth $12 billion over eight years — $1.5 billion annually, according to a person familiar with the contract.

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Consumer Electronics Show - Las Vegas

October 1, 2014 7:54 pm | by CED | Events

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It's where business gets done: on the show floor, in and around our conference program, in impromptu connections and in planned meetings and special events.

SCTE at Cable-Tec Expo 2014

October 1, 2014 6:22 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Live From The Show: SCTE CEO Mark Dzuban on the organization’s Corporate Alliance Program, and its Energy 2020 program (which concentrates on developing best practices and technologies that will help the cable industry manage its energy consumption), and other issues.

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Compass-EOS reimagines routers for SDN

October 1, 2014 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Compass-EOS has announced a new networking element aimed at breaking down the functions of a classic router and pulling out the forwarding element to stand on its own. The basic idea is to enable the move toward SDN by removing services and applications from the router.

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Amazon adds channels to Fire TV, thanks to Opera

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The channels are being packaged as apps by Opera. The addition of little-known and little-watched channels will have little immediate consequence for either Amazon or Opera, but the maneuver is something both Amazon and Opera no doubt hope to build on. 

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