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Euro carriers accelerate DSL to 170 Mbps

March 23, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telefonica, BT, and Orange, have wrapped lab trials of G.fast technology, in which they were able to accelerate DSL on local loops to 170 Mbps. BT is about to move into field trials, and a group of companies is looking to adapt the technology for cellular backhaul.

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The Cloud-Based User Interface

March 23, 2015 10:10 am | by Ryan Blake, Product Manager, Alticast US | White Papers

Today's viewers expect high-quality video delivered to their TVs and mobile devices promptly and without hassle. Pay TV Operators are responding with alternatives to the traditional practice of hosting the UI in set-top boxes. Thanks to advances in cloud technology, nearly all of the key UI functions, including near-final rendering, can be performed in the cloud. 

Frontier honors execs during Women's History Month

March 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications is recognizing its female leaders in honor of women’s history month. The company has highlighted women occupying important positions in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

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Canada orders MSOs to offer pick-and-pay options

March 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The CRTC has backed off a plan to order Canadian MVPDs to offer their subscribers full a la carte choice, and instead has ordered Canadian operators to establish basic service bundles that can be supplemented with additional tiers.

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Piksel revamps workflow management tool

March 20, 2015 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Piksel said it has fully redesigned its cloud-based asset management system with a new interface and a process that enables video companies to create single-page workflows.

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HBO, Sony looking to skirt network neutrality

March 20, 2015 1:17 pm | News | Comments

In the media: HBO, Showtime, and Sony are all proposing to pay MVPDs to have their services prioritized as they are distributed, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today. The trick would be to call this something other than "paid prioritization."

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HomeGrid Forum tabs new prez

March 20, 2015 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The HomeGrid Forum has elected Donna Yasay as its new president. Yasay is business development director at Marvell Semiconductor, one of HomeGrid’s promoter members.

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Atlantic Broadband pitches in on Miami centennial

March 19, 2015 2:15 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The cable operator will support eight Wi-Fi hot spots throughout Miami, and will also install fiber optics within the festival area in order to televise live footage from the “Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach Global Music Festival.”

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MSOs plumb the depths of another consumer poll

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Out of the 20 industries covered in the fifth annual Temkin Experience Ratings, TV service, and ISP’s received the lowest ratings with Comcast scoring the lowest in the industry.

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AT&T, Verizon to litigate Title II through industry organizations

March 19, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and Verizon will likely allows others to fight the upcoming court battle against the FCC's new Open Internet rules. 

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Startup claims to fix delays on wireless networks

March 19, 2015 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Twin Prime, a startup that claims to be able to accelerate content delivery on the last mile of cellular networks, pulled out of stealth mode with a $9.5 million round of funding, including an investment from GigaOm founder Om Malik.

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ViaSat, Boeing prep satellite-based broadband system

March 19, 2015 12:52 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

ViaSat and Boeing have announced a global satellite broadband network, the ViaSat Flexible Broadband System. The venture is meant to enable regional operators around the world to offer broadband services.

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PlayStationVue is live, for $50 to $70

March 18, 2015 2:32 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Sony released its cloud-based TV service PlayStation Vue today, with programming bundles that range from $50 to $60 to $70 per month -- roughly what traditional MVPDs charge.

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Comcast trialing DOCSIS 3.1 modulation scheme

March 18, 2015 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Not waiting for hardware based on new DOCSIS 3.1 silicon, Comcast has begun testing orthogonal frequency division multiplexing technology in field trials in its networks.

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Canoe's cable ad insertion now reaches most major markets

March 18, 2015 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Canoe said its video on demand dynamic ad insertion technology is now available in over 130 DMAs, including 48 of the top 50, reaching approximately two-thirds of all cable TV households.

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