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Cable One picks TOA Technologies for workforce management

April 25, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After taking a hard look at its core IT and operational systems—including billing, CRM, and mobile workforce management—Cable One selected TOA Technologies for its new platform. Cable One is using TOA Technologies’ cloud-based ETAdirect offering to transform its field operations and improve the customer experience.

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FCC proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards 


April 25, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes. The proposed rules come after a federal appeals court struck down previous "net neutrality" rules designed to prevent Internet access providers such as Comcast from discriminating against certain traffic flowing to their customers. 

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Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

April 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial that threatened to expose the tactics deployed by billionaire executives to corral less affluent employees. 

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Three U.S. operators hosting Netflix on their set-tops

April 25, 2014 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN are all incorporating the Netflix app directly into their services. The three - all TiVo-based service providers – are the first U.S. MSOs to directly integrate Netflix with their traditional services. European operators Virgin Media and Com Hem were the first to do so.

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Migrating to Internet Protocol

April 25, 2014 1:47 am | by CED | Wallcharts

Economics impel the cable industry to move to IP. IP traffic grows, IP networks expand, and as a consequence IP equipment costs steadily drop, becoming so attractively inexpensive and simple to maintain that cable’s transition to IP is inevitable.

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DOCSIS 3.1 Technology

April 25, 2014 1:32 am | by CED | Wallcharts

Cable HFC and DOCSIS technology has evolved over the last 15 years, first enabling always-on broadband and today enabling service rates of hundreds of megabits per second. HFC networks will continue to support the best-in-market Gbps speeds delivered to the broadest population of consumers with the best economics.

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Audio Essentials for Broadcast and Multi-screen

April 25, 2014 1:25 am | by CED | Wallcharts

Everything you need to know about multi-screen, all at a glance, including: the broadcast and multi-screen delivery chain, an adaptive streaming protocol comparison, a table of audio codecs, loudness fundamentals, and more. Sponsored by Dolby.

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Optical Transport Networks

April 25, 2014 1:20 am | by CED | Wallcharts

A reference guide to all aspects of optical networking, including OTN Overhead Bytes, Mapping and Multiplexing Structure, Errors and Alarms, OTLk.n, and rates and payloads. Sponsored by VeEX.

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Top 10 Multi-Screen Deployments 2013

April 25, 2014 12:54 am | by CED | Wallcharts

Four years after Time Warner and Comcast announced their groundbreaking TV Everywhere agreement, multiscreen services are still evolving. Since 2009, customers have shown their willingness to consume video across multiple screens, but stumbling blocks have stood in the way, including content licensing agreements, managing subscribers expectations, and the complexity of dealing with third-party video CDN providers.

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SCTE Standards

April 24, 2014 11:44 pm | by CED | Wallcharts

The SCTE helps develop standards fundamental to cable networks, covering everything from data & voice communications systems, to energy management, equipment & cabling, network operations, testing & performance, and operations.

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Megacable sets up two super headends

April 24, 2014 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Mexican operator has deployed an integrated headend solution based on Harmonic's encoders, stream processor, and service management system. Megacable has set up two super headends that feed 20 regional headends that  serve more than 110 cities throughout Mexico.

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NewWave extends agreement with NetCracker Technology

April 24, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NewWave Communications has inked a long-term extension with OSS/BSS vendor NetCracker Technology. The five-year agreement renewed NewWave and NetCracker’s ongoing partnership for advanced, converged revenue management and customer experience capabilities.

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ADB adds healthcare to CVS

April 24, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ADB continues to evolve its Commercial Video Solution (CVS) with the latest edition targeting the healthcare industry. Using its set back boxes, cable operators can now offer a cloud-based HD/VOD service to hospitals and doctors that includes monitoring and reporting.

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Verizon Wireless churn ticks up in competitive 1Q

April 24, 2014 12:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

While Verizon's first-quarter earnings remained steady, Big Red's wireless division may finally be feeling the effects of an increasingly competitive market. Verizon Wireless added a lackluster 539,000 postpaid connections, a 20 percent drop when compared to the same quarter last year. 

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TWC reports operations improvements in Q1

April 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subscribers for high-speed Internet connections rose 269,000 during the quarter, the biggest increase in six years, since the first quarter of 2008. The company lost 34,000 cable TV subscribers during the quarter, which it said was its smallest loss in at least five years.

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