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Survey says improved customer satisfaction driving carrier Wi-Fi investments

December 2, 2014 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Wireless Broadband Alliance's annual survey reported that 70 percent of the respondents said their main motivation for deploying carrier grade Wi-Fi in their systems was to improve the customer experience and increase subscriber retention. In addition, 41 percent cited this as the single most important driver to invest in next generation hotspot (NGH) projects ahead of offload.

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RCN tunes in more VOD Music Choice videos

December 2, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable over builder RCN has beefed up its Music Choice videos by adding more than 3,000 new options on its VOD platform. The new Music Choice videos and original shows, which are available to RCN’s digital TV subscribers for free, represented a five-fold increase over RCN’s previous library.

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Report: Roku still rules the roost for streaming media devices

December 2, 2014 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to streaming media players, Roku still reigns supreme followed by Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. According to a report by Parks Associates, Roku was the leading brand with 29 percent of sales in the United States while Chromecast took over second place from Apple TV with a market share of 20 percent compared to Apple’s 17 percent.

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Envivio's loss widens in Q3

December 2, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio had a drop in third quarter revenue and reported a larger net loss, compared to its Q3 results a year ago. The company said markets in Europe and Asia are lagging, and that in North America, customers are consolidating and have slowed their spending because of it.

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Virgin Media unifies DAI across multiple services

December 2, 2014 12:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BlackArrow scored its first big contract outside North America, working with Virgin Media to help deliver targeted ads. Virgin Media will use BlackArrow’s solutions to choose the most appropriate ads for its TiVo-based service, including its on-demand TV platform and Virgin TV Anywhere.

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Nebraska's goal: 25Mbps to 90 percent of homes

December 1, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A report by the Nebraska Information Technology Commission calls for on the state to use the state's universal service fund to create new infrastructure, and to partner with libraries and colleges to help teach Internet skills to those who aren't frequent users. Money from the fund comes from a state fee tacked onto consumers' telephone bills.

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Rumor of hookup moving Vodafone, Liberty Global stock values

December 1, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vodafone is evaluating the possibility of a merger with or acquisition of Liberty Global, according to reports quoting unnamed Vodafone insiders. True or not, the rumor is having an effect: the value of Vodafone stock was driven down as much as 4 percent in London, while the value of Liberty Global was lifted by over 7 percent in New York.

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Alticast helps power Videotron’s new DVR

December 1, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alticast said its team of engineers and software played a key role in the development of Videotron’s new whole-home DVR, which can record up to eight shows at the same time and features 2 terabytes of storage. Alticast's team of engineers was responsible for developing a big chunk of the critical software for the X8’s multi-room DVR capabilities and interactive applications.

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Shaw Business to offer improved Wi-Fi service for hospitality sector

December 1, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting next month, Shaw Business will launch an upgraded managed Wi-Fi platform for its existing and new hospitality customers. Shaw’s turnkey Managed Guest WiFi service includes a complimentary site design and analysis to determine the optimal Wi-Fi offering for each property.

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Intel buys password manager PasswordBox

December 1, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel Corp. said Monday that it bought PasswordBox, a service that saves and remembers passwords so that users can log into different websites without having to remember or type in their passwords. The Santa Clara, California-based chip maker did not disclose financial details of the deal.

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UTStarcom brings Wi-Fi offload system to North American market

November 26, 2014 11:15 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

UTStarcom is targeting the North American cable operator market with its system for offloading wireless traffic onto a Wi-Fi network. The solution, in use for over a year in other markets, includes a carrier class Wi-Fi AC which supports more than 120,000 access points and over 1.3 million subscribers within a single chassis.

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Dish, CBS agree to second extension

November 26, 2014 10:58 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Video blackouts are a real buzz kill for those tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving comas, so on that note CBS and Dish Network agreed to extend their retransmission talks for the second time. The two sides had settled on a five-day extension on Nov. 20 before the second extension was announced Tuesday night.

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FCC, T-Mobile come to terms on speed tests

November 26, 2014 10:41 am | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC announced it has worked out an agreement with T-Mobile to ensure the carrier’s customers get accurate mobile broadband speed test readings even after they’ve been throttled. T-Mobile last summer began exempting data speed tests from impacting customers’ data caps, but speed tests under that program displayed full network speeds even if the customer is being throttled back to 128 Kbps or 64 Kbps.

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A Perry Mason twist in the FCC's favor

November 25, 2014 8:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

In Washington, D.C., a set of programmers are holding up two major corporate takeovers because they don’t want a few extra lawyers to become privy to the trade secrets in their retrans consent contracts. Meanwhile, in Washington State, a Court of Appeals just ruled there no grounds for claiming that the terms of retrans agreements are trade secrets.

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Denhart steps down as CEO at BlackArrow

November 25, 2014 7:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BlackArrow’s Dean Denhart is stepping down as the company’s chief executive officer. He’d held that position for the last 7 years. BlackArrow president Nick Troiano will lead the company moving forward. “Dean has been a key part of BlackArrow’s success and he has positioned us well for the future,” said Troiano.

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