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Frontier part of 1 Gbps build in Illinois

August 29, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Frontier Communications will take part in the build out of a $1.5 million 1 Gbps network in Southern Illinois. The network, which was announced by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, will serve residents, businesses and institutions, and is partnership between the city of Carbondale, Southern Illinois University and Connect SI.

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Vodafone in talks to sell Verizon Wireless stake

August 29, 2013 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its U.S. operations. The U.K. company is mulling its options for its 45 percent stake in the U.S.'s Verizon Wireless, of which Verizon Communications owns the other 55 percent.

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VOD Delivery of Client-Watermarked Content

August 28, 2013 4:35 pm | by RGB Networks & Verimatrix | White Papers

 This paper describes an architecture that serves as a deterrent to piracy of high-value video content delivered on-demand to devices using adaptive HTTP streaming. The system works by uniquely altering, or watermarking, video delivered to each viewer in such a way that it is visually imperceptible, persistent though video processing (such as re-encoding or re-capturing via a camera pointing at a screen), and detectable through special forensic techniques. The alterations in the video store information uniquely identify the user to which the video was served, so that if the video is pirated and distributed, it is possible to identify the pirating customer.

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Casa Systems wins another China account

August 28, 2013 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Beijing Gehua CATV Network has deployed the company's equipment. Beijing Gehua is a Tier 1 operator that builds, manages, and maintains cable TV networks. Its network consists of the city's 16 districts and counties. It has approximately 4.98 million registered users.

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Invitel uses RGB gear to enable transition to MPEG-4

August 28, 2013 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Invitel, a fixed line telecommunications and broadband Internet services provider (ISP) in Hungary, has selected and deployed RGB’s Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) to help the company transition its line-up of HD programming from MPEG-2 to the more bandwidth-efficient MPEG-4/H.264 compression format.

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Game on: TWC offers 300 live channels on Xbox

August 28, 2013 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As promised, Time Warner Cable is now delivering 300 live channels to its subscribers over Xbox gaming consoles. Time Warner Cable first announced in June that it would be adding the Xbox to its list of TV Everywhere devices. The service is delivered over Time Warner Cable’s separate IP network via the cable operator’s My TWC TV app.

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TiVo posts 2Q profit on settlement payment

August 28, 2013 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo reported a large second-quarter profit Tuesday after Google and Cisco paid it $490 million to settle a patent dispute. The company reported a loss if the settlement payments and other one-time items are excluded, but TiVo said it believes it has now achieved sustained profitability. 

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Comcast’s Fandango buying Quantum Loyalty Solutions

August 28, 2013 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Fandango is buying Quantum Loyalty Solutions Inc. to ramp up its promotional movie ticket and gift card business. Quantum owns Hollywood Movie Money, which offers a type of currency that can be used at the movie theaters that recognize it.

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Cox tunes in CableWiFi alliance hotspots

August 27, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications’ subscribers can now tap into other MSOs’ Wi-Fi hotspots in some of the major cities across the nation, including Washington D.C., Boston, San Francisco and Philadelphia. To start with, Cox customers can look for the CableWiFi SSID when they are in Comcast, Cablevision and Bright House Networks systems. Time Warner Cable hotspots will be added into the mix in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Dish, NCC Media partner up

August 27, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NCC Media, the cable industry's national sales representative firm, has struck up a partnership with Dish Network to further the placement of ads in local markets. The agreement combines ad impressions in over three million Dish subscriber homes with those of NCC owners Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable in 25 of the largest markets across the nation.

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Broadcom expands wearable devices platform with Wi-Fi direct

August 27, 2013 12:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

roadcom today announced an expansion to its wearable devices platform that will include Wi-Fi direct technology. According to the company, integrating Wi-Fi Direct into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform, Broadcom is helping OEMs develop wearable products that communicate seamlessly to the cloud via smart mobile devices. 

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Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38K users

August 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday. The social-networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers. Microsoft and Google have done the same.

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Report: Amazon testing its own wireless network

August 26, 2013 2:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Amazon could be going full-service soon, using spectrum controlled by satellite communications company Globalstar. The move would bridge the gap between Amazon’s hardware and web services. Much like Google’s own advances in connectivity, if Amazon’s network ambitions came to fruition, it would mean greater control for the company. 

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Shentel reorganizes along product lines

August 26, 2013 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel) has reorganized its management structure, essentially revising the job descriptions of several of its top executives so that they have specific responsibility for the company’s three lines of business.

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AT&T broadens availability of 45 Mbps data tier

August 26, 2013 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A few weeks after introducing the service in California and Nevada, AT&T has begun offering its 45 Mbps broadband tier, called U-verse Power, in 40 additional markets across 15 states in the Northeast, North Central and Southeast  regions of the U.S.

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