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Time Warner Cable develops first RDK-based box with Humax

April 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable used the Reference Design Kit (RDK) to create its first IP set-top box that features its cloud-based navigator. Time Warner Cable said the new box, which is being built by South Korean manufacturer Humax, would be deployed in select markets by the end of this year.

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Google might use drones for wireless coverage

April 15, 2014 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone company, which it plans to integrate with its on-going Project Loon initiative. Through Project Loon, Google is deploying large balloons in order to relay wireless signals.

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RCN Business hooks up ARIN confab

April 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business is providing fiber connectivity for the American Registry for Internet Numbers’ (ARIN) biannual public policy and member meeting this week in Chicago. RCN Business is helping provision the live webcasts, live transcripts, chat rooms and remote voting for attendees of ARIN 33.

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CenturyLink: 4,500 calls failed during 911 outage

April 15, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

About 4,500 calls failed to get through during a six-hour Washington state 911 outage last week, CenturyLink said Monday. The telecommunications company said the outage was caused by a technical error in a third-party vendor's call router, which prevented the system from properly processing calls.

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Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

April 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Data released Monday by Netflix Inc. showed Comcast delivered its video at an average rate of 2.5 megabits per second during March. That was a 66 percent increase from a recent low of 1.51 megabits per second in January.

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T-Mobile challenges AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to end overage charges

April 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Those in the cable industry who favor the consumption model for billing have always pointed to the success of that model in the wireless space. T-Mobile is complicating the issue with the announcement it is doing away with all talk, text and data overage charges for its customers, and its challenge to AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow suit.

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SCTE establishes corporate membership program

April 14, 2014 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE has launched a Corporate Alliance Program  designed to significantly increase the SCTE’s ability to create and deliver training and educational opportunities for engineering and operations professionals. Memberships will remain individual, but employees of companies that participate in CAP will be eligible for discounts in both membership dues and training course fees.

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DECE okays Nagra's DRM for UltraViolet devices

April 14, 2014 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem has approved Nagra’s digital rights management system to protect the streaming of premium SD and HD content to open devices for its UltraViolet streaming service. DECE had previously approved Nagra’s DRM, Nagra MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management, for streaming to closed devices.

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CTAM jumpstarts ‘tv everywhere’ campaign

April 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to increase subscribers’ use and awareness of multi-screen services, CTAM announced this morning that it had kicked off its “tv everywhere” campaign. After research by a committee of 20 cable operators and marketers, CTAM’s board approved the action plan, which included a new logo and the use of the “tv everywhere” (tve) brand.

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Field Museum in Chicago upgrades speed with Comcast Business

April 14, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Field Museum in Chicago recently upgraded its data services to a 1Gbps Ethernet connection from Comcast Business. The additional bandwidth allows museum goers to interact with collections, content and exhibits while giving the museum’s staff a faster connection for file transfers and other business uses. 

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Investor sentiment on tech goes from giddy to glum

April 14, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stung by the abrupt change in sentiment, the stocks of recent stars such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are 20 percent to 45 percent below their recent peaks. The steep downfall is raising questions about whether this is just a fleeting fit of fickleness or the foreshadowing of another market bubble about to burst.

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Google to sell Glass to bigger pool of consumers

April 11, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This version of Glass, though, still isn't the polished product that Google hopes to release in stores later this year. Although it hasn't provided specifics, Google has indicated that the mass-market version of Glass will sell for less than $1,500. Google is expected to provide more details about its Glass plans at its annual developers' conference in late June.

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4K goes live in South Korea

April 11, 2014 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

All MSOs in South Korea are now providing a channel of Ultra High Definition (UHD) content. The service went live April 10. Ateme is providing the encoders for Homechoice, the programmer providing the channel, called UMAX. Homechoice is offering 4K content at 60p each day.

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Comcast funds Internet security center at UConn

April 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new center will specialize in Internet systems security to develop robust detection systems and analytical tools to ensure that the computer chips and other hardware components vital to Internet broadband systems are shielded from malicious attacks, unauthorized access, and faulty or counterfeit products.

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Long slide in PC sales tails off

April 10, 2014 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing. Although the numbers released Wednesday by market research firms Gartner and IDC mark the industry's eighth straight quarter of declines, they also show a considerable slowdown from the drops in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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From NAB: A reckoning is coming. Not now, but soon enough

April 10, 2014 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Ultra high definition TV. Workflow management. End-to-end multi-screen (or “over the top”) delivery. For anyone even remotely involved in content preparation and distribution, those were the three big themes at the NAB Show that concludes today. And there’s a glut of vendors aiming to provide each of those technologies.

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