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Group advocates optical networking for LANs

August 6, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Corning, IBM, SAIC, TE Connectivity, Tellabs, Zhone and 3M have formed an association to promote the use of passive optical network (PON) technology in LANs. The adoption of passive optical LANs, replacing copper-based Ethernet, would represent a revolutionary change for the IT industry, as well as for every company that provides business services, and thus the need for an organization to encourage the transition.

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Conax packages hosted multiscreen for LatAm ops

August 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Conax has devised a hosted IP solution, specifically for the Latin America pay-TV market, that is based on its own Contego Unite system and includes middleware from partner Cubiware. The solution would be installed by system integrator Bold MSS. Customers will be able to use the system to offer services that include OTT VOD and multiscreen delivery.

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Mediacom calls excessive retrans demands “pilfering"

August 6, 2013 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mediacom, a company whose executives are not known for mincing words, threw its support behind Time Warner Cable, which is fighting CBS over the programmer’s demands for higher retransmission fees. Mediacom said, “...millions of consumers in over 50 markets stretching from New York City to Honolulu have been blacked out by broadcast station owners attempting to pilfer billions of dollars from the pockets of hardworking American families."

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Ensequence hires advisor as COO

August 5, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ensequence has hired former Cablevision Media Sales executive David Kline as its chief operating officer. The company said it hired Kline to lead the development of new and interactive advertising products and services working with distributors, programmers and advertisers.

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Time Warner Cable - CBS blackout persists through 4th day

August 5, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other cities remained without access to CBS for a fourth day, after the MSO dropped the network in an argument over the escalation of fees CBS is demanding for TWC to retransmit its signals. Bright House Networks, long allied with TWC, has also dropped CBS stations in central Florida markets.

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Obama Taps Top GOP Aide for Republican FCC Post

August 5, 2013 11:45 am | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

President Obama last week nominated congressional aide Mike O’Rielly for the FCC commissioner spot left vacant by the departing Republican Robert McDowell. O’Rielly currently serves as a policy adviser to the Senate Republican Whip, Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican. Obama already nominated wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler as the next FCC Chairman, taking over for Julius Genachowski.

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Trading of Cablevision, TWC, halted on merger rumor activity

August 2, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With consolidation rumors seemingly out of control, the Nasdaq stock exchange briefly suspended trading on Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Cablevision Systems today (Friday). The heightened level of trading occurred after earnings were reported by Cablevision and Liberty Media, two of the biggest companies involved in the merger rumors.

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Lowering OPEX for VoIP services delivery

August 1, 2013 4:36 pm | by By Dave Martin, vice president of marketing, Edgewater Networks | Articles | Comments

The mind-boggling diversity of IP phones, soft clients, and PBX systems in enterprise environments represents both an opportunity for growth as well as a technical and operational challenge for service providers. Business customers are anxious to enter the world of VoIP, cloud-hosted PBXs, unified communications, and other productivity-boosting and cost-cutting alternatives to legacy voice systems.

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Cablevision, YouTube pick up tech Emmys

August 1, 2013 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems has won an Emmy for Technology and Engineering for its network DVR. YouTube will also be getting an Emmy for its recommendation engine. These are the first two announcements about the technical Emmy’s, which are given out during the CES show. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences itself has yet to announce the full line-up of technical Emmy winners.

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Cable-Tec opening session to focus on network operations

August 1, 2013 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast's John Schanz will be joined by Cablevision's Yvette Kanouff, Cox Communications' Guy McCormick, TWC's Matthew Stanek, and consultant Marwan Fawaz to talk about ensuring fast and seamless service rollouts, the ability of technology to enhance the customer experience, and the steps that cable engineers need to take today to prepare for the technologies of tomorrow.

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Despite Q2 video sub losses, Mediacom’s revenue increases

August 1, 2013 1:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Thursday privately held Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the second quarter, which mirrored the results of its larger cable brethren. The nation’s eighth-largest cable operator saw more basic video subscribers leave the fold in the second quarter, but continued the trend of adding more data customers.

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GetGlue sticks to Dish’s iPad app

August 1, 2013 1:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network has blended in social media features from GetGlue into its Dish Explorer app. With GetGlue, Dish subscribers are now able to check-in and connect with their favorite TV shows, movies and sporting events on their iPads via the app.

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Review: Chromecast streams media at a nice price

August 1, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new device from Google makes it easy to stream video from several popular services to a high-definition TV. Chromecast is tiny enough to dangle from a keychain when not in use, but it packs a big punch for a low price. At merely $35, Chromecast is irresistible. Using your home Wi-Fi network, it streams some of your favorite shows from some of your favorite services, including Netflix and Google's YouTube.

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Time Warner's Q2 defined by ARPU strategy

August 1, 2013 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Q2 earnings rose 6 percent, helped by higher revenue from business services and residential broadband. The company had a net loss of both basic video and phone customers, a result of the company has been deliberately targeting customers who provide “higher ARPU, higher profit and lower churn, even if that means fewer connects.”

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DirecTV shares down on weak 2Q subscriber numbers

August 1, 2013 12:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

hares of DirecTV retreated Thursday after the country's No. 1 provider of satellite TV services reported weak subscriber figures, both in the U.S. and Latin America. DirecTV lost 84,000 U.S. subscribers during the quarter, the worst result ever. After more than a decade of heady growth, the U.S. satellite TV industry has slowed nearly to a standstill.

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