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U.S. broadband subscriber growth flat for 2013

March 17, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While the U.S. market experienced the first-ever net loss of basic video subscribers, the number of broadband subscribers continued to grow, with a net addition of 2.6 million new customers. Cable companies are still signing up the vast majority of new subscribers, according to company results aggregated by Leichtman Research Group (LRG).

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Suddenlink to make $232 million in capital investments across four states

March 17, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications expects to make approximately $232 million in capital investments this year in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas. The biggest investment out of the four states is the $140 million that is slated for Suddenlink’s east Texas operation.

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Liberty Global buys rest of VTR

March 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global announced that it has acquired the remaining 20 percent stake in Chile’s largest cable operator for $422 million in Liberty Global stock. Liberty Global bought the outstanding shares in both VTR GlobalCom SpA and VTR Wireless SpA from a subsidiary of Corp Group Holding Inversiones Limitada in exchange for 10.1 million Liberty Global Class C ordinary shares. 

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Report: 2013 a downer for set-top boxes, but gateways strong

March 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The global set-top box market slumped last year, but shipments of cable and satellite video gateways continued to surge. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, the global set-top box market, which included IP, cable, satellite and over-the-top (OTT) media servers, totaled $18 billion last year, which was a 10 percent decline from 2012.

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Office Space: The Benefits of Fiber-to-the-Desktop for the Mobile Enterprise

March 14, 2014 6:43 pm | by Brian Caskey, Chief Marketing Officer, Zhone Technologies | Articles | Comments

Passive optical LAN is a solution that supports the changing corporate landscape by providing the simplicity, scale and bandwidth to address current and future demand, offering a distinct advantage over traditional copper solutions. Fiber technologies benefit stakeholders including employees, businesses and service providers.

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Review: Uneasy first steps with Google Glass

March 14, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, like most successful technology companies, dreamers and inventors, likes to take a long view on things. It calls some of its most outlandish projects "moonshots." Besides Glass, these include its driverless car, balloons that deliver Internet service to remote parts of the world and contact lenses that monitor glucose levels in diabetics.

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Video industry racks up first annual overall loss of subscribers

March 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

How much cord-cutting was there in 2013? Not a lot, apparently. The bottom line for the year was the first industry-wide net loss of video subscribers, though the loss was incredibly modest –only about 105,000 in total. The top multi-channel video providers account for over 94.6 million subscribers.

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Liberty Media drops bid to buy rest of Sirius

March 14, 2014 12:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In January, Liberty announced a complex proposal that would have allowed it to obtain full ownership of Sirius. The deal would've valued Sirius at nearly $23 billion. Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement that the company may hold further discussions with Sirius depending on market conditions.

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Rovi hires ex-Arris exec as EVP

March 14, 2014 12:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

John Burke will join Rovi as executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for leading Rovi’s business groups in discovery technologies, including oversight of product management, engineering, office of the CTO, and professional services.

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Mike! Mike! Mike! Guess what day it is!

March 14, 2014 11:33 am | by CED | News | Comments

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5 Ways cable operators can revolutionize home security

March 13, 2014 8:28 pm | by By Ed Finegold, Director-Strategy, NetCracker Technology | Articles | Comments

With some fresh ideas and innovation, cable operators may be able to expand this market substantially to bring home security – or more relevantly, remote home monitoring – to a larger customer segment with a greater variety of offerings that take advantage of the substantial bandwidth – i.e. excess capacity - cable networks can deliver to customer premises.

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OTT traffic growth shifts the playing field for operators

March 13, 2014 8:10 pm | by By David Sokolic, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, PeerApp | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top traffic is growing rapidly in every operator network; mobile, cable and telco. What’s a network operator to do? A solution exists to support this new mode of consumption and provide revenue for all the participants in the delivery value chain: transparent caching.

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Service Activation Tests aid in validating carrier Ethernet services

March 13, 2014 4:55 pm | by By Patrick Rüegg, Senior Technical Sales Manager, Albis Technologies | Articles | Comments

This article takes a look at the challenges that network operators face in validating carrier Ethernet services, as well as the benefits and associated workflow of using advanced Ethernet demarcation devices (EDD) integrated with service activation test (SAT) technology.

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Report: Starbucks to test mobile ordering

March 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Starbucks is reportedly set to test a service this year that will customers to order their coffee right from their smartphone. The new feature is part of the company's push to promote its mobile application, according to a report from Bloomberg.

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Smart home market needs more help

March 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In an effort to promote budding broadband-based home management services, HGI and the Broadband Forum are proposing what they’re calling a “universal template” to facilitate interoperability among home devices and smart home applications. The key to the idea is a logical abstraction layer that would be used to provide smart home services to broadband consumers.

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