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Vubiquity adds to VOD arsenal with FilmFlex buy

May 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen video vendor Vubiquity announced this morning that it was buying UK-based FilmFlex, the latter of which is one of the largest white label VOD and multiplatform providers outside of the United States. Prior to the purchase, FilmFlex was a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and The Walt Disney Company.

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Virgin Media takes small cells for a spin in Leeds

May 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Virgin Media Business partnered with vendor Siklu for a small cell trial in Leeds, which is the third-largest city in the United Kingdom. To showcase the ease of the installs, Siklu’s radios were installed on various types of light poles by technicians that didn’t have any telecommunications experience.

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Vyve teams up with Level 3, Alianza for VoIP service

May 28, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband has teamed up with Level 3 and Alianza for its VoIP service. Vyve picked Alianza’s turnkey wholesale VoIP platform, the latter of which is part of Level 3’s Carrier Cloud Voice Solution. Alianza’s cloud-based VoIP platform is combined with access to Level 3’s VoIP Enhanced Local Service, resulting in a hosted voice platform.

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5 reasons why media execs top CEO pay lists

May 28, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots according to an Associated Press/Equilar study. Compensation experts say a variety of factors are at play, including the gain in media stocks, the intangible value of talent in a hit-or-miss business, the control of shareholder power in very few hands, and the decline of the financial sector.

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Court rejects challenge to FCC broadband plan

May 27, 2014 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is rejecting challenges to the FCC's plan to expand broadband Internet service to rural areas. The expansion is funded partly by fees paid by telecommunications companies. Many of those companies contended the FCC did not have the authority to use the money for Internet service.

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This Technology expands management ranks

May 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

This Technology has hired Rick Hamilton as vice president of global sales and Peter Faubert joined as chief financial officer, both based in Denver. Hamilton joins the company from SeaChange International, where he was senior vice president and general manager of that company's Americas sales operations.

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TWC automates Wi-Fi hotspot sign-ins for customers

May 27, 2014 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has launched a new online customer portal that will enable its customers to connect automatically to Wi-Fi hotspots. TWC customers go to the new portal and register their Wi-Fi enabled devices. After that, they will automatically be signed in to any Wi-Fi hotspot operated by TWC or its cable affiliates.

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Bolt Fiber to install GPON network in Oklahoma

May 27, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bolt Fiber Optic Services has contracted with Alcatel-Lucent to install GPON for triple-play service delivery. The 1 gigabit service will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is scheduled for completion by April, 2017.  A-L is acting as system integrator; the network will include A-L GPON equipment.

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Ciena provisions F6’s 100-G network

May 27, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

F6 Networks is using Ciena’s packet optical and packet networking gear to provision a dark fiber network that it’s building between Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States. The 100-gigabit network will be used by public sector organizations, private enterprises, Internet services providers and wireless carriers. 

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Comcast’s Roberts ranks 10th among nation’s highest-paid CEOs

May 27, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts was among the nation’s highest-paid CEOs last year, according to recent research by the Associated Press and executive pay research firm Equilar. Ranked 10th overall, Roberts pulled down $31.4 million last year, which was up 8 percent from the previous year. 

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WDM market grows 12 percent

May 27, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The total wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) equipment market grew 12 percent in the trailing four quarter period that ended with the most recent first quarter, according to a new report by Dell’Oro Group. Huawei, Ciena, Alcatel-Lucent and ZTE were ranked first through fourth in total WDM equipment market sales.

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Workers in tech case likely to get average of $4K 


May 27, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers. The estimate is based upon an analysis of court documents in the case, including the terms of a $324.5 million settlement.

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Cox heads to starting blocks for 1-Gig service; CenturyLink expands 1-Gig in Vegas

May 23, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After announcing it was going to offer a 1 Gbps service to its residential customers last month, Cox Communications provided more details on the roll out. Cox will enter the 1-gigabit ring by starting with new residential construction projects and new and existing neighborhoods in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha. In all Cox locations, the cable operator said it would begin market-wide deployment of gigabit speeds by the end of 2016.

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TWC, BHN connect with Fox to offer more TVE choices

May 23, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks authenticated subscribers can now tap into video streams from Fox Now, FXNow, Fox Sports Go and Nat Geo TV apps across multiple devices at no additional cost. Once they’ve signed in with their usernames and passwords, customers can stream shows and movies on demand from Fox, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild plus watch live sports from Fox Sports.

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Report: Samsung prepping actual watchphone

May 23, 2014 12:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The device will actually place and receive phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. The report outfits the device with a camera, GPS, Bluetooth, a heart-rate monitor and email functionality. Samsung is reportedly in talks with U.S. wireless providers about the yet-unnamed device, which could be announced as soon as June or July.

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