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Amazon goes after mobile payments with 'Local Register'

August 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Amazon today announced a new point of sale (POS) solution that will provide the company with an inroad to brick and mortar retailers. Called Amazon Local Register, the payment solution consists of a secure card reader and mobile app that will allow local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their business. 

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Business Wi-Fi Everywhere

August 13, 2014 12:40 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Wi-Fi has become the wireless play that cable operators have long yearned for, and it doesn’t require the costly build out of LTE networks or flaky partnerships that ultimately failed. From homes, to stadiums, to trains, to metro areas with heavy foot traffic, Wi-Fi has been a shining star.

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Stick out your webcam and say “ah”

August 13, 2014 12:27 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Telemedicine is still in its infancy, just beginning to be a commercial endeavor. The limited amount of activity conducted today doesn’t register as even a blip in broadband usage statistics, but practitioners could end up being some of the most exacting broadband customers.

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Delivering Profitable Multi-screen: What You Need to Know About Manifest Manipulation

August 13, 2014 12:17 am | by Duncan Potter, product and regional marketing, Arris | Articles | Comments

How are service providers solving the challenge of making multiscreen profitable? Manifest manipulation enables you to better control, scale and monetize pay TV on multiple screens, particularly when it comes to targeted ad insertion and content substitution.

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Delivering OTT Services Under Your Own Brand

August 13, 2014 12:12 am | by Jim Anderson, COO, aio TV | Articles | Comments

We hear talk of “cord cutters” and “cord nevers,” but the bottom line is that people actually like TV, with individual TV shows being a big part of people’s lives, regardless if it comes from traditional cable or an OTT source. So consumers are forming their loyalties to programming, not providers.

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Engagement Driving A Resurgence In Multi-Screen Advertising

August 12, 2014 11:45 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Articles | Comments

Multi-screen delivery apparently leads to deeper engagement with viewers. Service providers might have expected that’s putting the cart ahead of the horse, but it’s turning out that viewer engagement is the factor that’s inspiring advertisers to shift ad dollars to second and third screens.

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Resolving Transport Stream Errors in 10GigE Infrastructure

August 12, 2014 11:37 pm | by Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing, Triveni Digital | Articles | Comments

Cable operators are transitioning to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking infrastructure. However, the complexity of this new environment creates a challenge for operators trying to quickly and cost-effectively reduce, locate, and eliminate transport stream errors.

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The leaders in leading in the lede

August 12, 2014 11:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

In Perspective: I am here to ask for the curtailment – if not the total cessation – of a particularly pernicious practice that has taken over the public relations industry in the last three years. It’s leading in the lede, like so: “TecTronTelVision, a leader in blah blah blah…”

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Channeling cable’s past

August 12, 2014 11:18 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

Memory Lane: The long warfare between the cable and broadcast television industries obscures a fundamental consensus. Cable providers have always embraced a mainstay of the broadcasting world: the concept of a TV “channel.”

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Life After CableCard: It’s so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

August 12, 2014 11:16 pm | by John Carlucci, CTO, Alticast U.S. operations | Articles | Comments

Open Mic: The FCC has recommended striking the “integration ban” portion of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Given the success that Cablevision and Charter have had getting the necessary waivers to sidestep the ban, it’s not unrealistic to hope for a change.

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Connecting the dots to learning and leadership at Expo

August 12, 2014 11:06 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE | Articles | Comments

Engineering-Wise: Lindsay Johnston joined us earlier this year as SVP, operations. She’s taken on a variety of responsibilities – our new Corporate Alliance Program (CAP), SCTE organizational leadership and industry ambassadorship, among others – with a gusto that gets results.

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The Second Machine Age

August 12, 2014 11:02 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Ciciora's Corner: What’s really impressive to me is how fortunate we are to be living at this time. A mere couple of hundred years ago, we’d almost all be farmers coming from a long line of farmers (with a very few of us being nobility, living off of the hard work of the farmers).

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Wireless Microphones: Incentive Auction Losers

August 12, 2014 10:58 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Capital Currents: The FCC has released a nearly 500-page decision that lays out the rules for the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. If the auction succeeds, the big losers will be users of wireless microphones, and folks hoping to use unlicensed white spaces devices for data networks.

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Verizon bets on video, VoLTE and tablets for growth

August 12, 2014 1:52 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless expects to prosper with video. "Multicast is a few years out...that's the pivotal start to change the way content is delivered on the mobile handset," said CFO Fran Shammo, who noted that driving an ecosystem of devices that support the technology will be key to its adoption.

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ESPN's Driessen named WICT's Woman of the Year

August 12, 2014 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Christine Driessen, executive vice president and chief financial officer, ESPN, was named by WICT as its 2014 Woman of the Year. Jennifer Mirgorod of Turner Broadcasting System and Deborah Picciolo of Time Warner Cable are the organization's two Women To Watch.

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