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Verizon 3Q profit soars as number of devices grows

October 17, 2013 1:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon's third-quarter net income jumped 40 percent as the largest U.S. mobile phone carrier continued to add more wireless devices to its network. Verizon earned $2.23 billion, or 78 cents per share, up from $1.59 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012.

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Comcast spreads Wi-Fi across KC

October 17, 2013 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast turned on Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot service in the Kansas City metro area, including in public venues like the Independence Events Center, as well as dozens of local businesses and gathering spots, with plans to add more locations. The service is offered for no additional charge to Xfinity Internet customers.

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Arris nails down rights to sell Sling technology

October 16, 2013 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Integrating Sling technology into one of its boxes apparently wasn’t enough. Arris has arranged with Sling Media to become the exclusive worldwide distributor of gateways and standalone devices that integrate Sling technology.  Arris will also eventually take control of worldwide licensing of the technology.

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Ziggo rejects Liberty Global takeover bid

October 16, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dutch cable company Ziggo has rejected a takeover bid from Liberty Global as inadequate. Liberty Global began investing in Ziggo earlier this year, buying 28.5 percent of the Dutch company’s stock. Liberty Global and Liberty Media, both chaired by John Malone, have been aggressively investing in cable companies around the world. 

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Espial lands RDK-related deal with large cable operator

October 16, 2013 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Espial said this morning that it had landed a multi-year, multi-million dollar RDK-based contract with a unnamed tier 1 cable operator in North America. Espial’s RDK-client solution for set-top boxes and HTML5-based  G4 User Experience will be used by the cable operator to provision its services across TVs, tablets and smartphones.

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ThePlatform promotes Drake, hires Frankovich

October 16, 2013 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast-owned thePlatform announced today that it had hired John Frankovich as vice president of consulting services, where he will be responsible for leading the company’s international consulting team. The white label video publishing company also announced that Chris Drake was promoted to vice president of business development.

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TWC’s Marcus to join Equifax’s board

October 16, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Rob Marcus, who was named as the cable operator’s CEO and chairman this past summer, will join the board of directors at Equifax. Marcus, who will take over the top executive positions from Glenn Britt at the start of next year, will start serving as a director on Equifax’s board on Nov. 1.

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Person of theYear: Glenn Britt

October 16, 2013 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In his 41-year career, Britt has worked in finance, programming, venture investments, and programming positions. He has spearheaded services such as data and voice, which are now cornerstones of not only Time Warner Cable but of the cable industry as whole, as well as driven the development of multi-screen apps and services, Start Over, Look Back, and cloud-based user interfaces, to name a few.

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Migrating to IP in the cable TV Environment: benefits, challenges, and resolutions

October 16, 2013 1:53 am | by Yaron Raz, director, Digital Video Solutions, Harmonic | Articles | Comments

The main challenge of switching to an IP-based infrastructure is that it doesn’t happen overnight. To make the transition, an operator needs to support two infrastructures for some period of time: a QAM infrastructure that uses MPEG-2 for video compression and a second silo for IP that relies on a mix of MPEG-4 and adaptive bit rate technology.

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What’s next for DOCSIS

October 16, 2013 1:43 am | by Brady Volpe and Conrad L. Young | Articles | Comments

The latest iteration of DOCSIS, DOCSIS 3.1, will come with significant changes in modulation options that will have important effects on installed and future hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) networks. Here we’ll be focusing on modulation basics and a discussion of how spectral efficiency (SE) relates to DOCSIS 3.1 performance goals.

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Using DOCSIS tools to locate HFC plant impairments

October 16, 2013 1:32 am | by Nick Segura, Director, Technical Operations, Charter Communications | Articles | Comments

There is an ongoing effort amongst cable operators to prevent new, and reduce existing, out-of-spec (OOS) modems. It’s a big deal! Technical performance goals are tied to these numbers and tech ops managers and supervisors require their technicians to not leave the customer premises until the modem meets minimum specifications.

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HTML5, RDK, and HbbTV: Revitalizing the TV user experience

October 16, 2013 1:23 am | by Kirk Edwardson, Director of Marketing, Espial | Articles | Comments

Today’s consumers demand a much more compelling and personalized video user experience than ever before, based on their daily interaction with tablets, smartphones, and an ever-growing number of other sophisticated connected devices. Yet, until recently, delivering this experience on the TV screen was no simple task.

New Products: Witbe, GreenPeak, Miranda, thePlatform, Optelian

October 16, 2013 1:14 am | by CED | Articles | Comments

Witbe recently launched version 2.0 of its OTT Robots, which were designed to provide Content Delivery Network (CDN) infrastructure monitoring for CDN operators and service providers that are offering multi-screen and over-the-top (OTT) video services.

In Perspective: Tea Network

October 16, 2013 1:04 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The beginning of the commercial Internet was notable for an awful lot of stupid stuff, starting with young entrepreneurs who insisted that “Information wants to be free,” and who even more fatuously dismissed people who insisted that a business ought to turn a profit by accusing them of “just not getting it.”

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Memory Lane: Homage to protocol past

October 16, 2013 12:58 am | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

Time division multiplexing is a core enabling technology that has long powered the modern telephone network. TDM techniques, tracing back to Baudot’s telegraph multiplex system of 1874, have powered modern telecommunications for a long, long time. But there are signs now that time may be running short for TDM.

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