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Live From the Show: Cable Show 2013 intro

June 10, 2013 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

We're in Washington D.C., for the 2013 NCTA Cable Show. Eight of 10 buildings surrounding the convention center are being constructed, reconstructed, or deconstructed -- even the Washington monument is wreathed in scaffolding. There's a metaphor in there somewhere...


Comcast to turn up millions of Wi-Fi hotspots in neighborhoods

June 10, 2013 11:08 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Using subscribers’ home gateways, Comcast plans on booting up millions of Wi-Fi access points for its customers through its neighborhood hotspot initiative. After trials last year in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metro area, there are currently more than 100,000 hotspots enabled in customers’ neighborhoods. 


Cable Show: Cox, Cisco team up on two CCAP trials

June 10, 2013 11:01 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications and Cisco have taken the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) for a test-drive in two trials. In addition to Cox, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have also kicked the tires on CCAP, which will eventually combine edge QAMs and cable modem termination systems into one ultra-dense platform.


Cable Show: Cable WiFi Alliance tops 150,000 hotspots

June 10, 2013 10:55 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Roughly one year after five of the top-six cable operators in the nation announced that they had formed a pact to share each other’s Wi-Fi hotspots, the Cable WiFi Alliance has topped 150,000 access points across the nation. All told, the 150,000 hotspots represent the largest Wi-Fi network in the nation.


TWC has more than 12k hotspots in Southern Cal

June 10, 2013 10:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Two years after announcing it was spending $15 million to build a Wi-Fi network in the Los Angeles area, Time Warner Cable announced it was up to 12,000 hotspots. Today the Wi-Fi network spans more than 300 miles of Southern California and features more than 12,000 hotspots.


Comcast’s Wi-Fi wish list: Hotspot 2.0, 160 MHZ spectrum

June 10, 2013 10:41 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Wi-Fi has cemented itself as the go-to strategy for enabling mobile broadband, there’s bigger and better technology on the horizon. Tom Nagel, Comcast’s senior vice president of business development, would like to add a couple of things to his Wi-Fi playlist.


Cable Show: Comcast launches Xfinity Home Control

June 10, 2013 10:33 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced today that it has launched Xfinity Home Control, which allows subscribers to remotely adjust thermostats or lighting without the professional security monitoring that is offered with other Xfinity Home services, which are now called Xfinity Home Secure. Among other features, Xfinity Home Control provides customers with the ability to get real-time text and email alerts when doors and windows open or close.


Cable Show: LG debuts line of ‘smart’ set-top boxes

June 10, 2013 10:28 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

LG Electronics has introduced a line of what it’s calling smart set-top boxes (STBs), a set of IP boxes that can be used to deliver live, linear TV programming as well as over-the-top (OTT) services. LG’s Google TV-based IPTV STB supports services including live TV, VOD, a Chrome web browser and access to the Google Play store.


Obama pushes plan for fast Internet in U.S. schools

June 7, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The President is advocating for an initiative that calls on the FCC to use an existing program that funds Internet access in schools and libraries through a surcharge on telephone bills to meet the goal. He also directed the government to do a better job of using existing funds to get Internet connections and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers who know how to use it.


SeaChange posts Q1 loss

June 7, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International reported first quarter fiscal 2014 revenue of $35.6 million, down $1 million from the similar quarter a year ago. The company posted an operating loss of $1.8 million, compared to a loss from operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 of $1.2 million. 


Applied Broadband sells IPDR analysis tool

June 7, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Guavus has purchased Applied Broadband’s Pipeline product. Pipeline is used for collecting, analyzing and mediating IPDR (Internet Protocol Detailed Records) data, drawn from cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) to understand bandwidth consumption and network activity.


Liberty Global wraps up deal to buy Virgin Media

June 7, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global announced this morning that it had completed its $24 billion deal to buy Virgin Media. Denver-based Liberty Global first announced it was buying Virgin Media in a stock and cash deal back in February. Since then Liberty Global has ran the gauntlet of gaining regulatory and stockholder approvals, as well as wrapping up the closing conditions that were associated with the deal.


Tivo settles up with Cisco, Motorola and Time Warner

June 7, 2013 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tivo settled patent dust ups with Cisco, Motorola Mobility and Time Warner Cable, averting a trial that was to begin next week and bringing to a close a string of long-running legal squabbles over its pioneering digital video recorder technology. The settlement fell well short of what most investors had expected, however, and shares of Tivo plunged 17 percent in early trading Friday.


This Technology hires MacDonell as VP of product management

June 7, 2013 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor This Technology has hired Denise MacDonell as its vice president of product management. In her new job, MacDonell will lead will lead a product management organization focused on defining product strategy, developing product roadmaps, and implementing repeatable product processes for This Technology’s dynamic ad insertion (DAI) and alternate content delivery product lines.


Report: NSA demands Verizon hand over all U.S. call records

June 6, 2013 2:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Guardian has received and published the order which outlines that Verizon is to deliver to the NSA the numbers of both parties, location data, identifiers like IMSI and IMEI numbers, and time and duration of calls. The order has been in place since April and has demanded Verizon give over the requisite information for both international calls originating in the U.S. and calls made within the U.S.



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