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Adaptive Power Systems: Engineering-wise

April 10, 2015 3:44 pm | by Frank Sandoval, senior director of software engineering, Comcast | Articles | Comments

Energy management has been identified as a strategic concern within the cable industry. Key enablers of continued growth and increased reliability are access to reliable local power sources and an . . .

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CRTC evaluating if Canadian ISPs are keeping up

April 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has launched a major fact-finding process to assess whether Canada has the right telecommunications to be a world-class player in the digital economy.

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Philly trashes Comcast service, pricing

April 10, 2015 2:31 pm | by Helena Fahnrich and Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

So much for the home field advantage. The City of Philadelphia, preparing to renegotiate Comcast's franchise agreements, released a long-awaited report that shows that Comcast's hometown customers are less happy with their service than Comcast customers elsewhere.

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Hybrid IP Gateways: Much More than Just a Set-Top Box: By The Numbers

April 10, 2015 2:03 pm | by Mike Paxton, senior analyst, SNL Kagan | Articles | Comments

Several high-profile hybrid IP gateway products, including Comcast’s X1, DirecTV’s Genie, and Liberty Global’s Horizon, shipped in record numbers last year. These products are projected to be in . . .

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Imagine hooks up with Verizon DMS, HP

April 10, 2015 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Imagine Communications announced two high-profile partnerships, one with Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS), the other with HP. Both relationships are aimed at helping participants in the video industry set up multi-screen delivery services.  

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Cable Pioneer Wendell Woody (1934-2015)

April 10, 2015 12:08 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Woody spent nearly a half century in the CATV industry, holding sales, management and consulting positions with Jerrold Electronics (through its transition to General Instrument), Catel, Antec (now Arris), Sprint North Supply, and Monroe Electronics.

Civilization in decline: credit cards and the culture of auto-pay

April 9, 2015 8:21 pm | by Gene Hoffman, chairman and CEO, Vindicia | Articles | Comments

Subscription IQ: The pricing models that succeed do so because they bill you in a way that makes services feel free. You’re free-wheeling, free-dealing, free-riding until for some inane technicality, your credit card doesn’t go through.

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Have means, will steal: Memory Lane

April 9, 2015 4:53 pm | by Stewart Schley, columnist | Articles | Comments

The $500 million impact of signal theft in the early 80s ran all the way up to $4.7 billion by the early 90s. However, ambiguity reigned as no one was able to track the exact toll of . . . 

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Review: Trying on and ordering an Apple Watch

April 9, 2015 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The smartwatch is Apple's first new product category in five years and comes in 54 configurations — more than any other Apple gadget. So starting Friday, Apple stores will have staff trained to help you choose. You'll then have to place your order for shipping later. Even after the watch starts shipping on April 24, there's no walking in and walking out with a watch.

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Sprint fires up Wi-Fi calling on iPhones

April 9, 2015 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

“Wi-Fi Calling is like a major expansion of our network, allowing Sprint customers to get coverage anywhere they have Wi-Fi connectivity,” David Owens, Sprint’s SVP of product development, said in a statement.

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Maxx on its way to Charlotte

April 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable will continue to roll out TWC Maxx this summer in Charlotte, NC. The planned upgrade has been announced alongside the forthcoming deployment of Google Fiber and AT&T’s GigaPower in the city.

Malone, Risley invest in UXP

April 9, 2015 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

John Malone and John Risley have invested in UXP Systems, a company that has developed a platform that bridges disparate back office systems to provide a single view not only of customer accounts, but every user behind each account.

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Xfinity Home adds another smart lock

April 9, 2015 12:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has partnered with Kwikset for the release of the Kwikset SmartCode 914 smart lock. The doorlock was made available to Xfinity subscribers yesterday. The deadbolt lock can be purchased online for $219.99.

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Wave makes another aquisition.

April 9, 2015 12:16 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Wave Broadband said it has acquired ReallyFast, an ISP in Seattle that specializes in services for multi-unit housing and business customers. Separately, a Wave subsidiary that provides residential gigabit connectivity has expanded with its first clients in Everett, WA.

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DASH guidelines bring in live video and DAI

April 8, 2015 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The DASH Industry Forum published the third version of its Interoperability Implementation Guidelines, which include interoperability points for live, on-demand and time-shifted video streaming using AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 codecs.

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