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Mediacom going all-digital in MO

April 16, 2015 2:35 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In Missouri, Mediacom is upgrading its TV service to all-digital. The transition will begin next month and end in early June.

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Lantiq chipset supports 300 Mbps VDSL in FTTN networks

April 16, 2015 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The semiconductor company now has available a new chipset designed for the distribution points in GPON networks that connect customers with VDSL-based service at speeds up to 300 Mbps.

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CenturyLink brings gigabit service to LaCrosse

April 16, 2015 12:56 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CenturyLink has been rolling out the FTTH network over the past year. Last year, CenturyLink rolled out its gigabit service in Platteville, WI. In total, CentruyLink has brought its fiber network to residents and businesses in 17 cities across the U.S.

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Alternate Content Reality

April 15, 2015 3:32 pm | by Denise MacDonell, vice president of product management, This Technology | Articles | Comments

The lengths that operators are willing to go in order to successfully migrate to an all-IP network speak volumes about the rewards that that can be reaped once the journey is finished. At every turn . . .

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AT&T files separate challenge to FCC’s net neutrality rules

April 15, 2015 2:02 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T’s suit is somewhat surprising as the carrier was expected to allow wireless industry organizations lead the legal battle. Yesterday, both the NCTA and ACA filed suits on behalf of the cable industry, as did the CTIA on behalf of its wireless constituency.

Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent

April 15, 2015 1:51 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The deal values Alcatel-Lucent at $16.6 billion, and the deal is expected to close in early 2016. 

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Dish makes Netflix a multi-room app

April 15, 2015 1:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Dish has made Netflix available for multiple room viewing for its customers with Joey receivers, and Vevo is now available to its customers with a Hopper DVR.

Dish adding voice input to its apps

April 15, 2015 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Dish is building Rovi Conversation Services into its Explorer iPad app, Hopper Voice remote, and Dish Anywhere app for viewing from mobile devices. Dish customers will be able to use voice commands to search for live and on-demand content.  

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Demystifying cloud computing for video workflows

April 14, 2015 5:39 pm | by Sudeep Bose, product and business development manager of video network monitoring, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

Cloud computing has been around for years, but only recently has it begun playing a significant role in the video workflow as operators turn cloud-based management, processing and distribution of . . .

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OLED’s future is lighting up

April 14, 2015 5:09 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology provides amazing picture quality, but OLED displays have the added benefit of conserving energy. Yet, the OLED market is not pushing forward due to . . .

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Cable, Wireless industries sue to stop FCC's Title II plan

April 14, 2015 5:05 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

NCTA president Michael Powell said reclassification is unjustifiably going too far; that even a partial victory for any of the interests involved will be treated as a first step in completely undermining the FCC’s intent; and said that barring some other solution more litigation against the FCC is inevitable.

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Ultra HD won’t be simple after all

April 14, 2015 4:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

The key benefit of Ultra HD, or 4K, is that it offers twice the resolution of HD. However, this may not be as big of a deal as originally assumed. What may be considered the most impressive . . .

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Imagine devises single system for Linear and on-demand delivery

April 14, 2015 4:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Imagine Communications now offers a cloud-based video platform for multi-screen video distribution. The CloudXtream enables the delivery of VOD, cloud DVR, and live video. Components of the modular . . .

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Confirmed: Nokia in talks to buy Alcatel Lucent

April 14, 2015 3:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nokia and ALU are "in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel-Lucent." They cautioned there is "no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction."

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VeEX adds OTDR modules

April 14, 2015 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

OTDR modules have been added to VeEX's modular multiservice test and measurement system (RXT). The RXT-4100 and 4112 OTDR series modules feature several optical test functions, including an OTDR for . . .

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