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Evans boards Comcast as EVP, global corporate development and strategy

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

Comcast Corporation announced this morning that Alexander D. Evans would join the company this month as executive vice president, global corporate development and strategy. Evans will report to Michael Angelakis, who is vice chairman and chief financial Officer for Comcast.

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RCN bumps up VOD offerings with upgrade

December 12, 2013 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a major upgrade to its on demand platform, RCN now has the capacity to offer five times more VOD programs than it could a year ago. Another benefit of the upgrade included RCN being able to add 40 new networks including Fox, NBC, A&E and Disney Jr.

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Shaw, Intel invest in automotive apps company

December 11, 2013 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Shaw Ventures has joined with Intel Capital in an $8 million investment in a UIEvolution, a company that specializes in connecting markets that have so far been of mostly peripheral interest to service providers. These markets include vehicles, wearable devices, augmented reality, and specific business categories, including retail, restaurant, hospitality and cruise.

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AT&T’s GigaPower goes live in Austin

December 11, 2013 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Today AT&T officially launched its U-Verse GigaPower service in Austin, which came out of the starter’s blocks with symmetrical 300 Mbps speeds before ramping up to 1 Gbps next year. Customers who sign up for the 300 Mbps service will be upgraded to the 1 Gig speeds when they become available at no extra cost.

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Samsung signs on for RDK

December 11, 2013 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics America has signed up to license the Reference Design Kit from RDK Management in order to accelerate the development of its next generation set-top boxes and gateways. With Samsung on board, more than 100 silicon vendors, hardware OEMs, integrators, application developers, and service providers have licensed the RDK.

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Ensequence signs two for interactive ad service

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AMC Networks, and ReelzChannel have both signed up to use the interactive advertising platform developed by Ensequence. Ensequence’s AdConneqt+ enables national advertisers to include interactive features in 30-second ads. The first interactive capability to be offered early next year will be RFIs.

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Cable One’s McKenna to retire

December 11, 2013 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After nearly 19 years with Cable One, Jerry McKenna will retire from his role as senior vice president-chief sales and marketing officer at the end of the month. McKenna joined Cable One in 1994 as vice president-strategic marketing before being named senior vice president-chief sales and marketing officer five years ago.

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Triveni Digital adds M-EAS capability

December 10, 2013 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has created a software interface developed in conjunction with Digital Alert Systems that bridges Triveni Digital’s GuideBuilder 5 metadata generation system and Digital Alert Systems’ DASDEC emergency messaging platform. The combination constitutes an integrated solution for the reception, generation, and subsequent distribution of messages over the M-EAS platform.

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UUX sets up Telenor with video service

December 10, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telenor Hungary has just launched a video service using an end-to-end system provided by UUX. The system delivers video not just to mobile devices, but to any IP-enabled viewing device, including smart TVs. UUX  is the result of the recent merger of TotalMovie and OTT.

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Time Warner Cable rings up two new phone features

December 10, 2013 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added two new, free features to its phone service. The first, “Answer Anytime,” provisions home phone calls to mobile devices or office lines in order to not miss any calls while the second, “Selective Call Acceptance,” weeds out unwanted callers.

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NimbleTV tunes up TVE service in NYC area

December 10, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After more than a year of beta testing, NimbleTV’s cloud-based TV Everywhere service is live in the New York City metropolitan area. NimbleTV provisions video, including video content from users that have pay-TV subscriptions with RCN, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Cablevision, over the Internet to devices such as Apple iOS phones and tablets, Roku boxes and Web-enabled TVs and browsers.

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TWC’s Marcus balks at debt-fueled deals

December 10, 2013 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Incoming Time Warner Cable Inc. CEO Rob Marcus said Monday that the company's current debt level is "prudent," even as other cable TV companies are reportedly examining adding debt to acquire it. Marcus, the chief operating officer who will replace Glenn Britt as chief executive on Jan. 1, told an investor conference in New York that the company's target of having debt that is 3.25 times its cash flow is appropriate.

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US tech firms fight spying, protect interests

December 10, 2013 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as Silicon Valley's technology companies speak out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, they are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits. The industry's profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency digs deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers.

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Tech giants call for controls on Federal snooping

December 9, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama (Image: AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou, File)arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people.

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Comcast taps This Tech to provide DAI on IP video platforms

December 9, 2013 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

This Technology today announced that its advertising solution has been deployed by Comcast Cable. The multi-year agreement covers a range of Comcast IP video platforms, enabling delivery of advertising for live and on-demand video viewing on a number of devices, including IP-enabled set top boxes, gaming consoles, connected TVs, smartphones and tablets.

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