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Charter hits refresh on website

September 5, 2013 11:51 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After almost a year of designing, building and testing, Charter Communications has re-launched its website. The new corporate website, which features integrated entertainment, products and services information, was largely done in-house by Charter’s digital marketing team.


HiSense licenses FreeSpace motion control

September 4, 2013 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Chinese consumer electronics company Hisense will deploy Hillcrest’s FreeSpace motion control software in its next-generation of Smart TVs and set-top boxes. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TV devices through in-air movements of a handheld remote control.


Cablevision reaches 100K milestone for Wi-Fi hotspots

September 4, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Wi-Fi hotspots have been seemingly cropping up like mushrooms after a hard rain. To wit: the New York City area cable operator has reached the 100,000 milestone for hotspots deployed in its tri-state footprint. Cablevision started its Wi-Fi network build out in Long Island back in 2008 at estimated cost of $300 million


Comcast Hometown Network tees up high school football coverage

September 4, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Hometown Network (CHN), which is Comcast's regional cable network covering Northern and Central California, announced this morning that it would televise 23 high school football games this season starting on Saturday. CHN, which is separate from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California, is entering its fifth season of area high school football coverage. 


Report: PON spending rallies broadband equipment market

September 4, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

An increase in PON equipment spending helped boost the broadband aggregation equipment market in the second quarter, according to a recent report. Overall, the global broadband aggregation market, which includes PON, FTTH and DSL equipment, grew 6 percent sequentially in the second quarter of 2013 to $1.6 billion.


Ciena 3Q loss narrows, results top Street view

September 4, 2013 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wednesday that its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed as it posted double-digit revenue growth and its restructuring costs declined. The company's adjusted earnings and its revenue beat analysts' estimates. Its stock surged in premarket trading.


Amdocs plans purchase of network optimization specialist

September 3, 2013 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amdocs said it plans to acquire Actix for approximately $120 million in cash. The privately-held Actix is a software company that specializes in mobile network optimization. The company said the acquisition will expand its customer experience portfolio further into the network domain to manage customer experience across both networks and IT.


Intel field testing its new set-top box

September 3, 2013 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Intel is testing its new set-top box designed for an over the top (OTT) service, with about 1,000 of its employees who work at its Oregon campus, in anticipation of a product launch later this year. The chip maker, which is testing a user interface and is trying to line up content, is about to widen its test with more employees.


Netflix says RCN delivers streams faster in Boston

September 3, 2013 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it came to which ISP served up its video streams the fasted in the Boston area, Netflix said RCN was faster than the likes of Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications. For the second quarter, RCN took top honors in Beantown in Netflix’s first Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot by outperforming other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) by as much as 70 percent.


Zon tunes up ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine

September 3, 2013 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Portuguese operator Zon announced it has gone live with ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine across its liner and VOD services. In order to provide its Iris subscribers with better recommendation and search capabilities, ThinkAnalytics’ search engine was integrated with Cisco’s Snowflake user interface


Verizon sees few changes to US wireless business

September 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon's $130 billion deal with Vodafone is huge for both companies, although Verizon customers in the U.S. are unlikely to see any big changes to their bills or their service. Verizon is buying the 45 percent of its wireless business owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone.


Nokia stock surges on Microsoft takeover

September 3, 2013 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market. 


Time Warner, CBS reach accommodation, end blackout

September 2, 2013 7:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies were in dispute over how much Time Warner Cable Inc. would pay for CBS Corp. programming. Terms of the deal haven't been disclosed. The agreement includes retransmission fees the cable operator pays to CBS per subscriber, which had been a sticking point.


CCAP seeps into CMTS market

August 29, 2013 4:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The first CCAP deployments are reported underway, with initial installations consisting largely of denser CMTS and QAM equipment. Cisco and Arris have established themselves as the frontrunners in the CMTS market, but competition is intensifying as vendors vie for share ahead of potential CCAP deployments.


Transparent caching catching on

August 29, 2013 4:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Transparent caching is essentially edge caching, ultimately on behalf of OTT providers.  Several companies have solutions in which they cut deals with either the MVPDs or with the CDNs to do transparent caching. The amount of equipment that needs to be added can be minimized, and the improvement in quality of service (QoS) ultimately benefits everyone all up and down the value chain.



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