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S3 Group sets up shop in Philly

April 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video test and validation platform vendor S3 Group will open the doors on a new office in Philadelphia to better serve its East Coast customers. Dublin-based S3 Group also has an office in San Jose, but the Philly office puts it closer to Comcast, which is headquartered in Philadelphia, Videotron and Time Warner Cable. 

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The Aereo arguments, from inside the Supreme Court chambers

April 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing. Several justices expressed concern that a ruling for the broadcasters could hamper the continuing development of cloud computing, which gives users access to a vast online computer network that stores and processes information.

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AT&T signals intent to become OTT power

April 22, 2014 1:36 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and the Chernin Group (which owns Crunchyroll) have formed a joint venture to “acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” The companies are committing $500 million toward the effort. To that end the companies plan to invest in advertising and subscription-based VOD as well as streaming.

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Sochi golden for Comcast’s 1Q; X1 reducing churn

April 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The numbers are in: Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts said the company’s X1 platform reduced “voluntary” churn by 20 percent to 30 percent relative to its broader base in the first quarter. Overall, Comcast is dropping 15,000 to 20,000 X1 boxes, which are being provided by Pace and Humax, a day into customers’ homes, which doubled its deployment rate from six months ago.

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Many companies still haven't migrated to IPv6

April 22, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Though many of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world spent much of the last two years doggedly preparing for the transition to IPv6, few service providers are IPv6 ready, according to Incognito Software, even as the number of IPv4 addresses left unassigned is small and rapidly dwindling toward none.

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Cognizant buys itaas

April 22, 2014 12:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Giant IT company Cognizant has purchased privately-held itaas for an undisclosed amount, expanding its reach into the cable industry. Cognizant expects itaas expertise can be brought to bear to support other industries such as banking, retail, and healthcare.

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Service providers prime targets for hackers

April 22, 2014 1:46 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The world’s networks are under constant, relentless attack, including – perhaps especially – the networks of service providers. Service providers are not only targets themselves, but since they provide the network infrastructure for so many other companies, they are doubly at peril, according to Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report.

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AT&T lines up 21 potential markets for 1 Gbps U-verse

April 21, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new candidate metropolitan areas include: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose.

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TiVo report: Networks lose out with C3 ratings

April 21, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the advertising upfront season looming, TiVo released a report this morning that said the top-10 “season pass” programs lost $88 million in ad revenue due to the current C3 ratings system. By switching to C7, which would provide commercial ratings for live viewing plus an additional seven days instead of three, ratings and revenue would increase by 5 percent to 17 percent, according to TiVo.

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Alticast to get up close and personal at Cable Show

April 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alticast will be showing a range of technologies at The Cable Show next week that address the increased demand for personalized video services. Demonstrations include the company’s “set-top box on a stick” HDMI Media Express as well as several boxes that were built using the Reference Design Kit and Alticast’s integrated HTML5-based application framework technology.

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Will Aereo fly? Broadcasters' copyright challenge to TV over Internet reaches Supreme Court

April 21, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The entertainment conglomerates that own U.S. television networks are waging a legal fight, culminating in Tuesday's Supreme Court argument against a startup business that uses Internet-based technology to give subscribers the ability to watch programs anywhere they can take portable devices. The source of the companies' worry is Aereo Inc.

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Birch Communications buying Cbeyond for $323M

April 21, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Birch Communications Inc. is buying technology and communications equipment provider Cbeyond for about $323 million. Cbeyond announced in November that it was considering its strategic options. Its shares surged on word of the deal.

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Review: Tablo a nifty little over-the-air HDTV system

April 19, 2014 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The Tablo is a nifty little item that lets you play over-the-air signals on your tablet. You can watch live, or record in advance and watch later. You can choose to record specific episodes, new episodes of a series, or an entire series. You can take your device anywhere, connect to the Internet, and you have access to your Tablo, including everything you’ve got stored on your disk drive. 

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Arris snaps up SeaWell Networks

April 18, 2014 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In the first deal since it completed the Motorola Home acquisition a year ago, Arris announced Friday that it had bought SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed sum. Arris said it would be integrating SeaWell’s adaptive bit rate (ABR) technology and “talent” into its Network & Cloud business.

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T-Mobile wants clarity on spectrum auction

April 18, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC plans to auction several bands of AWS-3 spectrum, which will be used on a shared basis for commercial wireless and incumbent government operations for a transition period following the auction. T-Mobile said more work needed to be done to ensure potential bidders understand the possible impact of federal incumbency, relocation timelines, and the potential for temporary or indefinite sharing of the spectrum.

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