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Microsoft touts Xbox One as all-in-1 entertainment

May 22, 2013 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 The new console wants to be the one system households will need for games, television, movies, sports and other entertainment. People will be able to connect their cable or satellite set-top box and watch TV through the Xbox One. It will have its own channel guide and allow viewers to change channels by voice command.

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Report: Wi-Fi scores well in hometowns, but work a challenge

May 22, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent study by Wi-Fi vendor Ubiquiti Networks, Wi-Fi users are generally pleased with how their networks perform in their hometowns, but not so much in their work environments. The study found that 48 percent of the users surveyed gave their Wi-Fi a “B” grade for its general availably and performance in their hometowns. 

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Optical packet equipment market booming in 1Q

May 22, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The total optical packet equipment market grew 23 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2013 to reach $1.1 billion, according to research firm Dell’Oro Group. Over the trailing four-quarter period, optical packet revenue grew 20 percent to $4.6 billion.

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Broadband adoption up in Q1

May 21, 2013 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadband adoption continues to increase, with the biggest Internet service providers in the U.S., estimated to have attracted a net of 1.1 million additional subscribers in the first quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, the most recent quarter’s results indicate total video subscribership may actually be shrinking.

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Canby Telcom preps authenticated broadcast TV

May 21, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Canby Telecom will provide over the top (OTT) delivery of local broadcast channels to authenticated Canby Telecom subscribers via Roku boxes. The operator is using the Elemental Live video processing systems from Elemental Technologies to adapt traditional MPEG-2 broadcast channels to multi-bitrate Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS).

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Cablevision cooks up TVE deal with Scripps

May 21, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Authenticated Cablevision subscribers can now view Scripps Networks channels, including Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel, anywhere in the United States on their computers. Cablevision plans on offering the Scripps channels on additional devices at a later date.

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Comcast Business’ VoiceEdge dials up Denver

May 21, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business’ VoiceEdge, which is a cloud-based VoIP and unified communications platform, is now available in the Denver area. Launched last year, VoiceEdge allows mid-sized business to replace their legacy PBX equipment while adding unified communications features without the need for on-site gear. 

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FourthWall beefs up data/analytics platform

May 21, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

FourthWall Media has added some heft to its MassiveData television viewership platform that delivers data and analytics from pay-TV viewers. MassiveData, which FourthWall launched last year, will bring the total number of viewers who provide set top box data to 4.7 million

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Netflix's Hastings: People don't love linear TV

May 20, 2013 2:06 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Speaking in Canada, the Netflix CEO says his biggest challenge there is competition from the likes of Videotron, Rogers and perhaps the combination of Bell and Astral should that merger happen. Netflix recently published an 11-page letter to shareholders entitled "Netflix Long Term View," outlining how the company believes it will thrive in the years ahead at the expense of conventional broadcast TV.

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Total video subs decline for first time

May 20, 2013 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In aggregate, the 13 largest multichannel video program distributors (MVPD) in the U.S. added about 195,000 net additional video subscribers in Q1 2013. But the number of new subscribers in the most recently completed quarter was not enough to offset customer losses in the second and third quarters of 2012.

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Dish pushes TVE app into Android devices, social media

May 20, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network has updated its TV Everywhere app to include Android devices and more Apple iOS devices and integrated it with Facebook and Twitter. After previously working with just iPads, the satellite video company’s Dish Anywhere app is now live on Android devices (version 4.0 or higher) and all Apple iOS devices that use operating systems that are versions 5.0 or higher.

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Mansour boards Cablevision as EVP, customer service

May 20, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the hiring of Frank Mansour as its new executive vice president for customer service, Cablevision continued to tweak its executive team. The announcement of Mansour’s hiring this morning came on the heels of James Nuzzo’s promotion to senior executive vice president, operations and business planning last week. 

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Spirent takes Casa’s CCAP on a test run

May 20, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Casa Systems tapped Spirent Communication’s test platform to put its next generation cable modem termination system (CMTS) and integrated converged cable access platform (CCAP) products through their paces. The Spirent TestCenter was used to validate routing performance, asymmetric throughput, latency and packet loss of Casa Systems’ C10G and C3200 platforms.

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Britt: McCain's bill should open a discussion

May 17, 2013 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt threw his support behind updating the rules and regulations that govern communications services providers, and also reiterated guidance on some of the company’s business priorities for the next year and beyond.

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AT&T updates on demand storefront

May 17, 2013 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T announced its new U-verse On Demand storefront this week, which was designed to improve the video experience for customers accessing the storefront on their televisions. The U-verse on Demand storefront features a new user interface (UI) for better navigation as well as colorful poster art to help viewers find content quicker.

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