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Unotel contracts with Nagra for broadband TV service

October 10, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service is scheduled to go live in Brazil during the first quarter of 2014. The new service will use a hybrid digital set-top box enabling the delivery of IP, satellite and digital terrestrial services with content secured by Nagra’s content protection technology.


Survey: OTT home automation services emerge

October 10, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Providing home automation services over someone else’s broadband pipe is a growing trend according to a recent survey by Infonetics Research. Infonetics also found that more than 70 percent of the operators in the survey planned on offering home automation services by the end of this year.


Venech signs on with Charter as vice president, communications

October 10, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that Justin Venech was hired for the position of vice president, communications. Venech joined Charter from Time Warner Cable where he was vice president, public relations. In his new job, Venech reports to Alex Dudley, senior vice president, communications and public affairs.


CTAM picks former Scripps exec as new president, CEO

October 10, 2013 12:10 pm | News | Comments

CTAM announced that former Scripps Networks executive John Lansing was selected as its new president and CEO. Lansing will take over the leadership roles from Char Beales, the current president and CEO, when she retires at the end of the year.

Twitter, Comcast sign TV partnership

October 10, 2013 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter and Comcast have signed a partnership that will let viewers access TV shows and buy movie tickets directly from a tweet, deepening the short messaging service's ties to television programming. Twitter Inc. and Comcast Corp. said Wednesday that a new feature that's part of the deal will let customers of Comcast's Xfinify TV service tune in to programs by clicking a "see it" button in a tweet.


Liberty Media buys back stock from Comcast

October 10, 2013 12:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberty Media Corp. announced this morning that it bought back 5.2 percent of its outstanding common stock from Comcast Corp. In addition, Sirius XM Radio Inc. will repurchase $500 million of its shares from Liberty Media. Also today, Liberty Interactive Corp. said planned to spin off its stake in travel website TripAdvisor and its BuySeasons business into a new publically traded company. 


GE pulls AT&T, Cisco, Intel into its M2M schemes

October 9, 2013 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has agreed to provide connectivity for GE’s ambitious “Industrial Internet” strategy. GE already has an ongoing relationship with Cisco Systems, which has its own Internet of Everything plan. Meanwhile, GE will also be working with Intel on sensors and connectivity chips.


Mediacom goes all-digital in southwest Georgia

October 9, 2013 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has put nearly 30,000 digital terminal adapters (DTAs) into the hands of subscribers in a seven-county area of southwest Georgia ahead of an all-digital project that will kick off Tuesday. Mediacom started converting its analog channels to digital several years ago, but the Georgia project will mark the first time that all of the channels have been converted to digital in a large system.


GCI broadens TiVo deployment in Alaska

October 9, 2013 12:50 pm | News | Comments

GCI (General Communications Inc.) has rolled TiVo’s next generation, whole-home TV platform into the Alaskan towns of Kenai and Soldotna. The partnership was first announced last year and this past summer GCI became the first North American cable operator to deploy Pace’s XGI gateway on its user interface platform.

Comcast Venture’s CTI Towers secures $30 million in debt financing

October 9, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CTI Towers, which is backed by Comcast Ventures, announced this morning that it had received $30 million in debt financing to build its war chest for future acquisitions. CTI Towers also said that it had completed its first third-party acquisition with the purchase of five towers from a major wireless carrier. 


CVAA and CALM mandatory requirements -- why and how

October 8, 2013 7:14 pm | by Jim Welch, senior consulting engineer, IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

As of this month, all pre-recorded programming edited for internet distribution must now be close captioned. That's on top of video description content and the requirements of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act designed to eliminate huge volume spikes in video ads.


Startup takes advantage of broadband homes

October 8, 2013 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nest Protect has designed a monitor to detect not just smoke but also unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. That could broaden the square-shaped device's appeal, especially in the growing number of states that require homeowners to install carbon monoxide detectors.


Tek offers dual MPEG input version of Sentry

October 8, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The option enables service providers to use a single Sentry to monitor both their primary and redundant video feeds for video and audio errors that can impact viewers’ quality of experience (QoE), without having to combine into a single GigE input for monitoring.


Cable-Tec skeds session on RDK

October 8, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A slate of executives from Comcast, Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable, and RDK Management who are helping to lead the charge on the implementation of the RDK will discuss where the program is and where it’s going at a panel session at Cable-Tec Expo in two weeks.


Belgacom to use Cisco routers in 4G upgrade

October 8, 2013 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Belgian company, which combines fixed, mobile information technology (IT), and media services, will use the Cisco Aggregated Services Router (ASR) 5000 to help increase bandwidth, improve speed, and add greater intelligence to its networks, as well as provide new broadband-based services.



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