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Comcast ups investments in X1 and infrastructure in Q2

July 22, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Whether winning or losing customers, Comcast had its best second quarter in quite some time. The company attracted 203,000 new broadband accounts, while 144,000 former subscribers canceled their video connections. On both measures, this was the best Q2 performance for Comcast in 6 years.

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NCTC: A big year for programming rights

July 22, 2014 8:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 network operators are heading to Kansas City to learn the latest about TV everywhere, the migration to IP, and customer experience management, but programming issues are likely to be top of mind. “I can say unequivocally that this year, 2014, is the most significant year we’ve ever had from a programming contract standpoint,” said Frank Hughes, SVP of Member Services at NCTC.

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Digital ad insertion coming into reach for all

July 22, 2014 6:09 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | News | Comments

DAI allows network operators to deliver targeted, addressable ads. It is becoming more common, will become more affordable and easier to implement, and should be showing up on the radar screens of Tier 2s and Tier 3s soon. WOW, for example, is heading into a trial of the technology soon.

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R.L. Drake to debut new encoder at Independent Show

July 22, 2014 4:11 pm | News | Comments

R.L. Drake will take the wraps of off its new digital video encoder at the Independent Show. Drake said its new HD MPEG digital video encoder, which is called the “PEG-NE24-IP HD,” was a stand-alone, single HD-SDI input MPEG-2 and H.264 digital encoder designed to support PEG channels carrying local public access, school event, and municipal government programming.

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Comcast scores bonus ‘Divergent’ movie content for its digital store

July 22, 2014 1:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has expanded its partnership with Lionsgate to include bonus features and interactive content from Lionsgate’s “Divergent” motion picture that is based on the popular series by Veronica Roth. The Lionsgate-designed iOS app, which is free via the iTunes App Store, includes an authenticated premium experience available to Xfinity customers with the purchase of the film through Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand digital store.

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Comcast lets users kick tires on beta test features

July 22, 2014 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is allowing its X1 subscribers to take some new features out for a test drive with a new subsection. The new section on the X1 user interface is called “Comcast Labs" in homage to the cable operators’ advanced technology arm. Comcast subscribers can use the Comcast Labs sandbox to beta test four new apps before the cable operator decides which ones will get the final stamp of approval.

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SCTE Cable-Tec Expo to draw a bead on DevOps, Agile Development

July 22, 2014 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The rate of innovation by cable operators has picked up the pace, and to highlight some of those changes SCTE Cable-Tec Expo will feature back-to-back workshops focused on DevOps and Agile Deployment.The workshops, which will take place on Sept. 24 at the cable confab in Denver, will feature Michael “Doc” Norton, global director, engineering culture for Groupon, and executives from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Liberty Global.

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Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

July 22, 2014 1:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time. The gains announced Monday include an additional 570,000 U.S. subscribers, slightly more than Netflix's management predicted. The quarter is typically the company's slowest of the year, as people spend more time outdoors instead of watching video.

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C Spire using Amino boxes for gigabit triple play

July 21, 2014 1:01 pm | News | Comments

C Spire will be using IPTV set-tops from Amino to deliver the triple play to customers of the gigabit network the company is building in parts of Mississippi. The company said it will use Amino's Live Advanced Media Centre and A140 devices to provide broadband, telephone and digital HD television services.

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Birch wraps purchase of Cbeyond

July 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it now has approximately 200,000 business customers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Puerto Rico. Its IP-based network now has approximately 31,000 fiber route miles, and covers 22 states and Washington, D.C.

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TWC participates in Gigabit RFI in LA

July 21, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced it was participating in the city of Los Angeles’ request for information (RFI) process that is targeting the development of a communitywide 1 Gigabit network that will serve area residents, businesses and city government. The nation’s second-largest cable operator said its response included detailed information about the deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 to deliver the 1-Gig service.

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Arris goes to market with OTT/linear platform

July 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris teamed up with Wurl to debut a new open platform for cable operators that blends over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on Arris’ set-top boxes. Arris Market, which is part of Arris’ Whole Home Solution, is standards-based and comes with an HTML5 interface that integrates OTT content with linear content.

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Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

July 21, 2014 11:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online. Starting Monday, all new subscribers will get "symmetrical" connections. The cheapest plan will deliver 25 megabits per second up and down, an increase from 15 megabits down and 5 megabits up.

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Google, others mull NYC WI-Fi project

July 21, 2014 11:54 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google and a number of partner companies may be looking to transform New York City pay phones into Wi-Fi hotspots, according to a report from Bloomberg. New York is accepting proposals from interested parties willing to install, operate and maintain up to 10,000 “Public Communications Structures providing advertising, Wi-Fi, and phone service in all five boroughs.” 

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Comcast scores SEC Network deal with ESPN

July 18, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With less than one month left until the SEC Network kicks off its college football coverage, ESPN and Comcast announced this morning that a deal had been reached. Striking a deal with the nation’s largest cable operator and ISP is a watershed moment for the SEC Network, but it still needs to sign off on deals with Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV, among others.

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RCN now offering Showtime Anytime to subscribers

July 18, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is now serving up Showtime Anytime’s TV Everywhere video content for free to its authenticated subscribers. Showtime Anytime is provisioned across PCs, tablets, smartphones, Xbox 360 game consoles and Roku devices across the nation to RCN subscribers of Showtime. Showtime Anytime also includes the live broadcast of both the East and West Coast feeds of Showtime.

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