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RFI issued for binding EIDR data to video, ads

December 17, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The media industry currently has no open, uniform method of content identification that survives compression and distribution through the supply chain. Putting such an identification method in place is a critical next step toward the establishment of an interoperable standard for all professional video content that can be used throughout the entire media ecosystem.


Japan MSO improves OTT delivery with Qwilt

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

Cable Television Toyama, a cable network operator in Japan, is claiming it has improved caching efficiency for over the top (OTT) video by nearly 50 percent, with a 2x improvement in quality of experience (QoE) for its subscribers, using technology from Qwilt.


San Francisco begins offering free public Wi-Fi

December 17, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ruckus Wireless donated some of the Wi-Fi hardware, while Layer42 Networks donated access to its gigabit backbone. Ruckus estimates that this is now the single most extensive municipal Wi-Fi network in the U.S., and San Francisco has plans to expand access from along Market Street to other public areas.


ThinkAnalytics casts a wider net for cloud-based recommendations

December 17, 2013 12:43 pm | News | Comments

Search and recommendation vendor ThinkAnaytics announced this morning that it had expanded the capabilities of its hosted ThinkCloud platform for programmers and service providers. ThinkCloud is a turnkey, software-as-a-service (SaaS) component that allows service providers to offload IT resources and use a “pay as you grow” business model


Comcast hires former Goldman Sachs exec as SVP, investor relations

December 17, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced that former Goldman Sachs executive Jason Armstrong has joined the company as senior vice president, investor relations. Armstrong took over the position that was vacated by Marlene Dooner, who was recently appointed to the newly created role of executive vice president, Hispanic enterprises and content for NBCUniversal.


Comcast Business adds Swiftpage into Upware mix

December 17, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has expanded its Upware roster to include marketing and CRM vendor Swiftpage. Upware is divided into various “aisles” among cloud-based vendors that Comcast Business has picked to serve the small and medium-sized business sector, and Swiftpage was the first addition to the marketing and CRM aisle.


Comcast Spotlight partners with Rhiza for multi-screen ad recommendations

December 17, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Spotlight has partnered with Rhiza to create customizable, multi-screen ad recommendations for Spotlight’s local, regional and national clients. Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast, is using the Rhiza for Media platform, which is a web-based research and sales software offering. 


U.S. lawmakers ask trade czar to stem data threats

December 16, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany has asked European Union officials to consider restrictions that would prevent U.S. companies from processing commercial and personal data from customers in Europe. That could affect the flow of information and hurt U.S. businesses such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon.


Suddenlink tabs Neustar for digital voice transition

December 16, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Neustar announced this morning that it was picked by Suddenlink Communications to support the cable operator’s digital voice transition. With the multi-year agreement, Neustar’s platform will be used to support Suddenlink’s order management as well as the provisioning of new and existing subscribers on its voice network.


Report: Carrier Wi-Fi equipment market booming

December 16, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pushed along by mobile operators using Wi-Fi for data offload, operators will spend $8.5 billion on carrier Wi-Fi equipment over the next five years. Globally, revenue for carrier Wi-Fi equipment, including carrier Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi hotspot controllers, totaled $338 million in the first half of this year, according to a report by Infonetics Research.


Charter to bid below $135 a share for Time Warner Cable

December 16, 2013 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cable TV operator Charter Communications Inc. is preparing to send a letter offering to buy the much larger Time Warner Cable Inc. for below $135 per share as early as Monday. That's according to a person familiar with the matter, who was unauthorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.


TWC adds live local TV to 'TV Everywhere' in SoCal

December 16, 2013 12:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Inc. said Friday that it has made live local TV station signals available on its TWC TV app in Los Angeles and San Diego, taking one further step toward fulfilling the industry's promise of making TV programming available on multiple devices. The signals only work for TV subscribers who are also Time Warner Cable Internet customers and are on their home Wi-Fi network.


White House to keep NSA, cyber oversight together

December 13, 2013 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration will continue the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and cyber command operations under the direction of a single military commander, the first move in advance of what published reports described Friday as limited changes proposed by a task force that deliberated for months in secrecy.


Report: D3 broadband CPE shipments to grow to 50 million in 2014

December 13, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As cable operators continue to expand their DOCSIS 3.0 networks, DOCSIS 3.0 customer premise equipment (CPE) will gobble up more of the market share for devices shipped worldwide. Next year, DOCSIS 3.0 CPE device shimpments will reach 50 million, accounting for more than 89 percent of cable CPE shipments, according to a recent study by ABI Research.


Dyer to take over as CEO of Cox Enterprises

December 13, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Cox Communications executive John Dyer will take the helm of Cox Enterprises as its new president and CEO on Jan. 1. Dyer will assume leadership of the company following the retirement of outgoing CEO Jimmy W. Hayes. Dyer is currently Cox Enterprises’ chief operating officer.



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