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Netflix mum on how many people watch their series

January 8, 2015 1:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as Netflix continues to pump out more original programming, its bosses say they will continue to keep secret details on how many people are actually watching. The ratings "arms race" on traditional television has a negative effect on creativity, said Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content executive. 

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C Spire extends rollover data to shared plans

January 8, 2015 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The consumption model of charging for broadband continues to morph, as wireless broadband carriers try to match or exceed each other's offers to let consumers rollover unused portions of their monthly data allocations. AT&T yesterday adopted the approach; C Spire today modified it's plan.

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Frontier names SVP of video

January 8, 2015 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Frontier Communications has promoted Stephen D. LeVan to senior vice president, video content and delivery, a move that signals the company’s intent to unify the company’s disparate video operations. Frontier operates both FiOS and U-verse platforms, as well as reselling Dish Network.

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Today in Engineering History: U.S. Development of Hydrogen Bomb

January 7, 2015 2:04 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

On this day in history, 1953, President Harry S. Truman announced in his final State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb. About three years prior on January 31, 1950, President Truman publically stated that he had requested the Atomic Energy Commission to begin the development of the hydrogen bomb.

DSL-accelerating G.fast technology demonstrated at CES

January 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Two companies involved in G.fast said they have conducted the first public demonstrations of the technology that promises to accelerate ordinary DSL networks up to rates fast enough to support the delivery of 4K ultra high definition (UHD) video, and possibly on even to a gigabit per second.

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Ateme demo's LiveSphere on a set-top

January 7, 2015 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company showed the LiveSphere application running on an Android set-top box reference design based on the STMicroelectronics Cannes chipset, which supports 4K video. The dynamic selection of the field of view relies on a remote by 4MOD Technology.

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Broadcom teams up with Comcast on RDK-B

January 7, 2015 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A collaboration between Broadcom and Comcast is providing a key building block to the Reference Design Kit for broadband devices. At CES, Broadcom announced that its DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 silicon now supports RDK-B, which will allow cable operators to speed up the deployment cycles for next-generation broadband gateway devices.

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Suddenlink signs up to deploy Rovi’s DTA Guide

January 7, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has signed up to use Rovi’s DTA guide for its subscribers that are using HD digital terminal adapters (DTAs.) The Rovi DTA Guide provides more digital-like features in viewers’ living rooms while freeing up bandwidth for more HD channels and faster broadband speeds.

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CES: FTC chief says consumer privacy a priority

January 7, 2015 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

While gadget companies are celebrating a coming bonanza of health trackers, connected cars and "smart" home appliances, the head of the FTC is pressing the tech industry to protect consumer privacy. Powerful networks of data sensors and connected devices will collect a vast trove of user information but represent "a deeply personal and startlingly complete picture of each of us," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. 

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Charter shows new hybrid "Worldbox"

January 7, 2015 12:25 pm | by Steven Hawley, special to CED | News | Comments

Cisco was directly involved in the design and software integration of the Broadcom-based hybrid set-top box. Charter is using ActiveVideo’s Cloud TV platform, which renders the entire user experience server-side, including the EPG video thumbnails, and delivers it as an MPEG stream.

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Today in Engineering History: Morse Demonstrates Telegraph

January 6, 2015 2:08 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

On this day in history, 1838, Samuel Morse demonstrated his telegraph system at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey for the first time. The device used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages through a wire. In 1998, the Lunar Prospector launched from the Kennedy Space Center.

Samsung will Connect Everything It Makes Within Five Years

January 6, 2015 2:02 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

SmartThings, a connected home startup that Samsung bought in 2014, at CES Monday pushed out the next generation of its products and deepened third-party product integration. The company also introduced a new premium subscription service.

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MoCA 2.0 hits 400 Mbps in field tests

January 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) announced at CES this morning that it had reached 400 Mbps net throughputs during its ongoing MoCA 2.0 field tests. The 400 Mbps net throughputs (MAC rate) were reached in 90 percent of all coaxial cabling outlets or paths, while net throughputs were greater than 350 Mbps for 95 percent of the paths.

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Microsoft adds Harmonic's ProMedia to Playready DRM

January 6, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The combination of ProMedia Origin solutions with Microsoft PlayReady, can enable video content and service providers to distribute secure content to a wide range of devices via a single DRM technology. That can significantly reduce the time to market for while minimizing workflow complexity and points of failure.

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Broadcom takes wraps off of DOCSIS 3.1 chipset

January 6, 2015 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Broadcom announced this morning at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it was the first vendor to debut a DOCSIS 3.1-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) for cable operators. Cable operators have been frothing at the mouth for DOCSIS 3.1 gear and today’s announcement from Broadcom included executive quotes from the two largest cable operators in the world, Comcast and Liberty Global. 

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