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Charter moves ahead with cloud-based UI

May 7, 2013 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With over a year at the helm of Charter Communications, Tom Rutledge’s vision for the nation’s fourth-largest cable operators is firming up across multiple fronts. Rutledge said on this morning’s first quarter earnings call that Charter’s all-digital conversion project and cloud-based user interface (UI) were two of the company’s biggest objectives this year.

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thePlatform cues up live events console for broadcasters

May 7, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Today video publishing vendor thePlatform, which is owned by Comcast, released a Web-based console that was designed to help programmers and broadcasters manage live events across multi-screen devices. The console, which is an add-on to thePlatform’s mpx video publishing system, allows thePlatform’s customers to schedule and manage live events, such as sports, news or award shows.

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Mediacom’s revenues increase in first quarter

May 6, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning privately held Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the first quarter, which included revenue increases from the same period a year ago. The nation’s eighth-largest cable operator reported basic video subscriber losses, but continued the trend of adding data customers into the fold.

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Former Insight, Mediacom execs clock in at BCI

May 6, 2013 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BCI Broadband has hired Vin Zachariah as its senior vice president of residential services while Diane Quennoz has joined the executive team as senior vice president of marketing. Starting today, both Zachariah and Quennoz report to BCI Broadband CEO and President Jeffrey DeMond.

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Report: Residential gateways key to multi-screen video delivery

May 6, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, residential gateways are taking on added importance when it comes to the delivery of multi-screen video in subscribers’ homes. The report by Infonetics Research also said that the number of operators offering home automation services via residential gateways would grow to 44 percent by next year.

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Clearwire urges stockholders to vote yes on Sprint deal

May 6, 2013 12:34 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire outlined its exhaustive efforts to turn around its fortunes in the WiMax wholesale market in a letter sent Monday to stockholders. But the company continually returned to the conclusion that Sprint’s $2.97 per share offer was not only the best deal but really the only deal that would save Clearwire before its liquidity runs dry.

Cablevision tunes into Sprout

May 3, 2013 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has inked a distribution deal with kids’ network Sprout that includes access to TV Everywhere programming. Sprout’s content is geared towards children from the ages of 2 to 5 and its currently available in more than 50 million homes.

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Comcast Business carries the load for PBS Coals

May 3, 2013 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Comcast Business’ Ethernet services are doing the heavy lifting for PBS Coals, which is the fourth-largest coal producer in Pennsylvania. In order to serve PBS Coals, Comcast Business extended its fiber network to the company’s 10 mining and processing facilities located across Somerset County. 

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Study: OTN switching ready for primetime

May 3, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optical transport networks (OTN) switching are reaching mainstream status with service providers. To wit: 86 percent of the service providers surveyed by Infonetics Research said they planned to deploy OTN switching. Packet-optical is a niche market today, representing only 10 percent of all optical spending, but by 2016 nearly all operator respondents want systems that integrate OTN switching and packet switching in the same platform

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Shawnee approves Google Fiber

May 3, 2013 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in Shawnee have approved an agreement authorizing the launch of Google Fiber in the Kansas City suburb. The Shawnee City Council said in a release that council members approved the agreement Thursday, making Shawnee the fifth Johnson County municipality to strike a deal with Google.

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SEC's new network with ESPN to debut in 2014

May 3, 2013 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN on Thursday announced a 20-year agreement to operate a SEC network that is scheduled to debut in August, 2014. ESPN said AT&T Inc.'s U-Verse has signed on as the network's first distributor. 

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Avgiris promoted to CFO of Comcast Cable

May 2, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following a promotion last year, Comcast’s Cathy Avgiris continues to climb the corporate ladder with today’s news that she was promoted to chief financial officer for Comcast Cable Avgiris will start her new job July 1 and report to Comcast Cable president and CEO Neil Smit.

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Liberty Media wraps up $2.6 billion investment in Charter

May 2, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and Liberty Media said on Wednesday that they had wrapped up Liberty Media’s $2.6 billion investment in the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator. The investment was first announced in March and now that its completed John Malone’s Liberty Media has a 27.3 percent stake in Charter. 

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Cox Business launches cloud-based voice service for SBs

May 2, 2013 11:55 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to better serve small business customers, Cox Business announced this morning the launch of its VoiceManager IP Centrex service. The cloud-based service is fully managed by Cox Business, which lets small business owners focus on running their day-to-day operations while reducing the demand on their IT staff and other employees.

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CBS' Moonves disses Aereo as 1Q earns top views

May 2, 2013 11:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. Chief Executive Les Moonves gave an upbeat view of the health of broadcast TV Wednesday as the company reported strong results for the first three months of the year. He also dismissed startup Aereo as an "insignificant player" that was stealing CBS' signal. Moonves told investors that Aereo has "gotten way too much attention" from the news media

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