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Memory Lane: Will the circle be unbroken?

March 24, 2014 7:26 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

If you slice through the snake of black cable that connects to your TV set and peer directly into the exposed innards, you’ll see a circle. Inside it, at the center, is a conductor, which in turn is shielded by insulating material and surrounded by a concentric outer conductor. You’re staring at an essential enabler of the modern telecommunications revolution: coaxial cable.

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Sense and Copyrightability

March 24, 2014 6:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The fact that OTA broadcast stations are also carried on cable systems is thoroughly and absolutely irrelevant to Aereo – Cablevision is absolutely irrelevant to Aereo, and even if five Supreme Court Justices disagree I still won’t buy the argument.

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Apple-Comcast! Hurry! Everybody Over-React!

March 24, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

This ends up being less than The WSJ makes it out to be… at first. After paragraphs and paragraphs of speculation, the paper reports that Apple is asking for an arrangement Comcast has no doubt already laughed off, assuming the report has all the details.

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China demands U.S. respond to report of Huawei hack

March 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After months of open suspicion that Huawei is party to Chinese espionage, press reports allege that the U.S. has hacked Huawei equipment. The report alleges the U.S. spying activity began around the time that concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to U.S. national security.

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Bright House Networks rebrands commercial services division

March 24, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has re-branded its business services division as Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions. The former name was Bright House Networks Business Solutions, but Bright House said in a press release that the premise for the new name was “we’re wired differently.”

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Aurora Networks bows new transmitter system

March 24, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aurora Networks took the wraps off of a new transmitter system that was designed to reduce power consumption for DOCSIS 3.1 services. Aurora Networks said the HT3300H Series Double-Density 1310 nm Transmitter System also included 1.2 GHZ transmitters and featured high rack density. 

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Cisco to Invest $1 billion in new global cloud platform

March 24, 2014 12:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cisco Monday announced plans to invest over $1 billion over the next two years in a global cloud for delivering applications and services. The "Intercloud," as Cisco is calling it, will be hosted across a global network of Cisco and partner data centers.

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Virgin Media sticking with TiVo

March 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it will be sticking with its TiVo-based service, rather than adopt the Horizon platform developed by new owner Liberty Global. Virgin Media elected to use the TiVo box in part because it enables the company to offer Netflix. The company has also talked to Amazon about adding Amazon Prime.

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Midcontinent gets green light in Fargo

March 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications is now able to move forward with its plan of offering services in Fargo, N.D. now that a franchise agreement with the city commission has been reached. Earlier this week, the city commission voted in favor of the 15-year franchise agreement, which allowed Midcontinent to start on its $55 million expansion into Fargo

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Column: Plenty to worry about in Comcast/TWC deal

March 21, 2014 12:03 pm | by Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

The herky-jerkiness of my Netflix video stream is nothing compared with my jittery nerves. I've been fretting since news broke last month that Comcast, the nation's reigning cable colossus, plans to swallow titanic runner-up Time Warner Cable. 

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Time Warner Cable execs rake in cash on Comcast deal

March 21, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Departing Time Warner Cable Inc. executives are in line to receive "golden parachute" compensation totaling around $135 million as part of Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion acquisition of the cable operator. Shareholders are being asked to vote on the packages in a non-binding advisory vote. The details were contained in a securities filing Comcast made Thursday.

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BlackBerry selling most Canadian real estate

March 21, 2014 11:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is selling most of its real estate holdings in Canada as the struggling smartphone company continues to look for ways to improve its business. BlackBerry Ltd. did not disclose the buyer or purchase price, but said Friday that it will sell more than 3 million square feet of space and vacant lands.

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Sony demos virtual reality headset for PS4

March 20, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The prototype headset is capable of surrounding a wearer's vision with interactive virtual worlds. Codenamed Project Morpheus, it utilizes a 1080p head-mounted display with head-tracking capabilities and works in concert with the PlayStation 4 console to display imagery on the headset's screen, providing a 90-degree field of view.

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White-label portal combos OTT and linear

March 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Unified Video Technologies said it will introduce a new front-end interface for its video-on-demand portal service. While there are multiple white-label portal services, United Video claims its uVOD is differentiated in that it now also enables consumers to search and stream linear TV programming, in addition to over-the-top content.

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Atlantic Broadband accelerates business broadband packages

March 20, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband is quietly increasing Internet transmission rates and expanding the number of service tiers for business customers. ABB has more than doubled its fastest tier, from 50 Mbps to 110 Mbps. The new set of tiers also includes options for service at 15-, 30-, and 75 Mbps.

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