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HTML5, RDK, and HbbTV: Revitalizing the TV user experience

October 16, 2013 1:23 am | by Kirk Edwardson, Director of Marketing, Espial | Articles | Comments

Today’s consumers demand a much more compelling and personalized video user experience than ever before, based on their daily interaction with tablets, smartphones, and an ever-growing number of other sophisticated connected devices. Yet, until recently, delivering this experience on the TV screen was no simple task.

New Products: Witbe, GreenPeak, Miranda, thePlatform, Optelian

October 16, 2013 1:14 am | by CED | Articles | Comments

Witbe recently launched version 2.0 of its OTT Robots, which were designed to provide Content Delivery Network (CDN) infrastructure monitoring for CDN operators and service providers that are offering multi-screen and over-the-top (OTT) video services.

In Perspective: Tea Network

October 16, 2013 1:04 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The beginning of the commercial Internet was notable for an awful lot of stupid stuff, starting with young entrepreneurs who insisted that “Information wants to be free,” and who even more fatuously dismissed people who insisted that a business ought to turn a profit by accusing them of “just not getting it.”

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Memory Lane: Homage to protocol past

October 16, 2013 12:58 am | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

Time division multiplexing is a core enabling technology that has long powered the modern telephone network. TDM techniques, tracing back to Baudot’s telegraph multiplex system of 1874, have powered modern telecommunications for a long, long time. But there are signs now that time may be running short for TDM.

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Open Mic: Customer experience drives future innovation

October 16, 2013 12:42 am | by Kevin Hart Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cox Communications | Articles | Comments

In the last two years, we’ve spent a significant amount of time to break down traditional organization silos and to create an environment where a steady cadence of infrastructure and product enhancements and innovative, collaborate thinking are prevalent. 

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Engineering-wise: Unknown unknowns

October 15, 2013 11:37 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO, SCTE | Articles | Comments

As an industry that delivers important telecommunications services to our customers, we need to anticipate and be prepared to respond to the natural and manmade events that can jeopardize our ability to meet our customers’ needs. Even when we expect the unexpected, the effects on our networks can be extreme.

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Capital Currents: DASH—The Next Big Thing?

October 15, 2013 11:32 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

With video, you want a continuous stream of video, you don’t want stuttering. So the DASH solution is to break up the program into short segments, and send each segment at a data rate adequate to deliver a continuous, non-stuttering stream. If that means delivering some segments at less than high definition quality, so be it.

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Sony's $200 smartwatch works with Android phones

October 15, 2013 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's SmartWatch 2 hasn't gotten as much attention as Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Gear, but it's cheaper and compatible with a broader range of phones. The Gear costs $300 and currently works only with the company's Galaxy Note 3 phone.

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On edge: Harmonic forms new support team

October 15, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Harmonic has formed a new “cable edge” services group to support deployments of its dense edge QAM and converged cable access platform (CCAP) product lines. The company’s new Cable Edge Services group includes a team of technical support and field engineers dedicated to providing design, strategy, deployment, migration, and ongoing operations support for cable operators.

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AT&T, T-Mobile simplify mobile broadband plans

October 15, 2013 12:50 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T confirmed that it will only offer new customers its bucket-style Mobile Share plans, essentially doing away with its family plans. Meanwhile, T-Mobile is apparently also moving to streamline its offerings in the direction of its Simple Choice plans.

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CommScope helps power CableLabs’ headend, CMTS

October 15, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs is using hydrogen fuel cells from CommScope to provide backup power for its headend and cable modem termination system (CMTS) in its Louisville, Colo. headquarters. CommScope said its fuel cell could provide up to 16 hours of reliable, environmentally friendly backup power. 

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Imagine upgrades video processor, transcoder

October 15, 2013 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The ICE Broadcast Systemwas formerly capable of HD 3:1; it is now capable of HD 4:1. The Next transcoder upgrade enhances the transcoding, packaging and streaming capability with an integrated origin server and storage interoperability for Catch-Up TV and network PVR.

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Comcast Ventures leads $20m investment in SundaySky

October 15, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SundaySky, an Israel-based provider of personalized ads for online brands, announced this morning that it had raised $20 million in Series C funding. Comcast Ventures led the funding round for SundaySky while Liberty Global Ventures, Vintage Investment Partners and existing investors Carmel Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners and Norwest Venture Partners also took part.

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Netflix's shares soar on report of cable talks

October 15, 2013 12:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Netflix Inc. rose Monday in the wake of a newspaper report that the online TV and movie streaming company is in talks with several cable companies to make its service available to cable customers. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Netflix is in discussions with Comcast Corp., Suddenlink Communications and other cable providers to offer its streaming service on cable set-top boxes.

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Troubled telecoms: Alcatel-Lucent job cut protest

October 15, 2013 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wearing black trash bags marked with crosses, more than a thousand Alcatel-Lucent workers marched to the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday, staging a mock funeral that the chief executive warned could easily become a reality for a company with its roots in the earliest days of the telephone.

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