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Cox Business racks up MEF CE 2.0 certification

June 5, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

Cox Business became the latest cable operator to receive Carrier Ethernet  (CE) 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF.) MEF announced its CE 2.0 services certification last year. Cox joined Time Warner Cable Business Class, RCN Business and Comcast in the CE 2.0 certification club.

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SCTE, CableLabs team up on wireless, 3.1 symposium

June 5, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Prior to the start of this fall’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the SCTE and CableLabs will cue up wireless and DOCSIS 3.1 in a symposium designed to provide the current status of the two technologies and their impact on cable operators’ services. The symposium will also tackle the technical requirements and engineering techniques that are needed to ensure seamless, successful deployments of DOCSIS 3.1 and wireless technologies.

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WOW! hires Worcester for channel partner program

June 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business has hired Ken Worcester as its new vice president of channel sales. In his new job, Worcester is responsible for developing, managing and executing a strategic channel partner program that will attract and retain national and regional master agents serving the Midwest and Southeast United States.

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Skip the website? Some small businesses still do

June 5, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than half of all small businesses still don't have a website. Small businesses that don't have one say they don't have the time, think it will cost too much or don't want the rush of orders that comes with being online.

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Lantiq, Intel push gateways with LTE connectivity

June 4, 2014 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Lantiq and Intel have added a new LTE module option enabling manufacturers of home gateways to add 4G wireless connectivity at up to 300 Mbps in their home routers. The LTE router option has been growing rapidly in emerging telecommunications markets and in some rural markets.

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Comcast to roll out TSL encryption for email

June 4, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has been beta testing Transport Security Layer (TSL) encryption for email and plans on rolling it out for Gmail users over the coming weeks. A Comcast spokesman said that the beta testing took place with some large Internet websites and some smaller ISPs.

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Time Warner Cable offers Wi-Fi to business customers

June 4, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class will start offering business data customers its TWC WiFi Hotspot solution for no additional charge. The service, which will be available across Time Warner Cable’s footprint, includes a free Wi-Fi access point installed and managed by Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC.)

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AT&T says DirecTV deal would let it build fiber

June 4, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds. Expanding broadband access and raising speeds is a federal policy goal, so AT&T's offer could interest regulators at the Federal Communications Commission.

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TWC, Boingo make Wi-Fi connection

June 3, 2014 6:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Boingo Wireless and Time Warner Cable have signed a bilateral Wi-Fi roaming deal that will allow their subscribers to tap into each other’s hotspots across the nation. The deal marked the first time a cable operator has inked a roaming agreement with Boingo.

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Cablevision adds ‘TV to Go’ on Optimum App

June 3, 2014 5:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s video content is going mobile thanks to an update to its app that allows its subscribers to watch more than 100 networks out of their homes. The cable operator has integrated a new “TV to Go” feature into its Optimum App for on the go viewing of TV Everywhere services from HBO Go, Watch Disney and WatchESPN, among others. 

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RCN unwraps TiVo’s T6 DVR platform

June 3, 2014 4:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN has started offering its subscribers the TiVo T6 HD DVR that comes with six tuners and a 1 terabyte hard drive for storage. In addition to being able to record six HD shows simultaneously, TiVo Stream is built into the T6 box to allow subscribers to stream live TV and recorded shows to other TVs and devices within a home. 

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BHN pushes ‘play’ on Epix nets

June 3, 2014 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a carriage agreement with corporate cousin Time Warner Cable earlier this year, Bright House Networks is now serving up four channels of Epix to its digital subscribers. The service, which started on Sunday, includes linear and on demand programming from Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-in with online access coming soon. 

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Pirate sites use subterfuge to nab legit advertising

June 3, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Movie and music piracy web operations are thriving by using deceptive practices to lure legitimate advertising from companies like Comcast, Google, Microsoft, Walmart and Ford, often concealing their illicit activities so advertising brands remain unaware.

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Samsung IP set-top hosts Espial's HTML 5 client

June 3, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Espial and Samsung Electronics have combined the latter’s RDK-based IP set-top box and home media gateway with the latter’s STB Client, which is built using HTML 5, to provide a multi-platform environment capable of supporting a rich user experience and new service features.

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Vubiquity offering combo MPEG-2/MPEG-4 service

June 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vubiquity is offering the service, called LiveVU, as a means for cable operators who are now delivering video in MPEG-2 to migrate gradually to MPEG-4 delivery by enabling them to deliver channels in both formats. Americable is the first customer.

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