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Liberty Media buys back stock from Comcast

October 10, 2013 12:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberty Media Corp. announced this morning that it bought back 5.2 percent of its outstanding common stock from Comcast Corp. In addition, Sirius XM Radio Inc. will repurchase $500 million of its shares from Liberty Media. Also today, Liberty Interactive Corp. said planned to spin off its stake in travel website TripAdvisor and its BuySeasons business into a new publically traded company. 

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GE pulls AT&T, Cisco, Intel into its M2M schemes

October 9, 2013 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has agreed to provide connectivity for GE’s ambitious “Industrial Internet” strategy. GE already has an ongoing relationship with Cisco Systems, which has its own Internet of Everything plan. Meanwhile, GE will also be working with Intel on sensors and connectivity chips.

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Mediacom goes all-digital in southwest Georgia

October 9, 2013 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has put nearly 30,000 digital terminal adapters (DTAs) into the hands of subscribers in a seven-county area of southwest Georgia ahead of an all-digital project that will kick off Tuesday. Mediacom started converting its analog channels to digital several years ago, but the Georgia project will mark the first time that all of the channels have been converted to digital in a large system.

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GCI broadens TiVo deployment in Alaska

October 9, 2013 12:50 pm | News | Comments

GCI (General Communications Inc.) has rolled TiVo’s next generation, whole-home TV platform into the Alaskan towns of Kenai and Soldotna. The partnership was first announced last year and this past summer GCI became the first North American cable operator to deploy Pace’s XGI gateway on its user interface platform.

Comcast Venture’s CTI Towers secures $30 million in debt financing

October 9, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CTI Towers, which is backed by Comcast Ventures, announced this morning that it had received $30 million in debt financing to build its war chest for future acquisitions. CTI Towers also said that it had completed its first third-party acquisition with the purchase of five towers from a major wireless carrier. 

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CVAA and CALM mandatory requirements -- why and how

October 8, 2013 7:14 pm | by Jim Welch, senior consulting engineer, IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

As of this month, all pre-recorded programming edited for internet distribution must now be close captioned. That's on top of video description content and the requirements of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act designed to eliminate huge volume spikes in video ads.

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Startup takes advantage of broadband homes

October 8, 2013 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nest Protect has designed a monitor to detect not just smoke but also unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. That could broaden the square-shaped device's appeal, especially in the growing number of states that require homeowners to install carbon monoxide detectors.

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Tek offers dual MPEG input version of Sentry

October 8, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The option enables service providers to use a single Sentry to monitor both their primary and redundant video feeds for video and audio errors that can impact viewers’ quality of experience (QoE), without having to combine into a single GigE input for monitoring.

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Cable-Tec skeds session on RDK

October 8, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A slate of executives from Comcast, Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable, and RDK Management who are helping to lead the charge on the implementation of the RDK will discuss where the program is and where it’s going at a panel session at Cable-Tec Expo in two weeks.

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Belgacom to use Cisco routers in 4G upgrade

October 8, 2013 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Belgian company, which combines fixed, mobile information technology (IT), and media services, will use the Cisco Aggregated Services Router (ASR) 5000 to help increase bandwidth, improve speed, and add greater intelligence to its networks, as well as provide new broadband-based services.

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TWC stirs in live streaming of Scripps channels

October 8, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added live streaming of Scripps Networks Interactive's channels, which include the Travel Channel and Food Network, to its TWC TV app. The Scripps channels are available on iOS and Android platforms, as well as the cable operator’s TWCTV.com web portal.

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Universal Sports Network sticks distribution agreement with Verizon

October 8, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With a new multi-year agreement in hand, Universal Sports Network’s programming is now available in HD to Verizon’s FiOS customers across the nation. Over the coming months, Verizon subscribers will also be able to watch Universal Sports Network, which includes Olympic, adventure and endurance sports programming, on a variety of portable devices outside of their homes.

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Alcatel-Lucent to slash 10,000 jobs

October 8, 2013 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA said Tuesday that it plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years, the latest cost-cutting drive from the loss-making company. The job cuts are part of a restructuring plan to make the French-American company more competitive.

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Yahoo's new email mirrors Gmail

October 8, 2013 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo's free email service is becoming a bit more like Google's Gmail as part of its second makeover in less than a year. The similarities to Gmail probably aren't coincidental. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer helped design some of Gmail's features while she was a top executive at Google Inc.

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Time Warner Cable forks out $600 million for regional fiber network

October 7, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has expanded its fiber footprint in the Southeast by reaching an agreement to buy DukeNet Communications for $600 million in cash. Time Warner Cable reached the agreement, which included the repayment of debt, with Duke Energy Corporation and investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners, both of which had 50 percent stakes in DukeNet.

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