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November / December 2014

December 2, 2014 8:26 pm | by CED | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we profile Sherita Ceaser, the recipient of the 2014 Women In Technology Award. CED editors attended the 2014 Cable-Tec Expo, caught up on keynotes, sampled the seminars, and sat through the sessions to bring you a comprehensive overview of the technologies that are driving progress in the cable industry. Contributed articles address managing networks – one looks at smart home networks, the other at the cloud.

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Lip synch revisited: Capital Currents

December 2, 2014 7:57 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Ever since the earliest days of digital television, broadcasters have struggled to deliver a television signal with the sound and picture synchronized. That’s because the end-to-end chain from production to compression to storage to distribution to decompression consists of devices that each introduce some latency.

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AT&T walks back Title II threats... a little

December 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

“Uncertainty” doesn’t really mean anything, and uncertainty doesn’t derive from reclassification, it derives from the industry’s reaction to it: lawsuits. Show us exactly how reclassification would cost more – not including the litigation costs – or admit it’s all just whining. Put up or shut up.

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Charter launches 1st national philanthropic initiative

December 2, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has launched its first national philanthropic project, which was designed to improve 25,000 low-income homes across its footprint by 2020. The program, which is called “Charter our Community,” will impact 10 percent of the 250,000 low-income families in Charter communities living in homes deemed unsafe and unhealthy by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.)

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Survey says improved customer satisfaction driving carrier Wi-Fi investments

December 2, 2014 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Wireless Broadband Alliance's annual survey reported that 70 percent of the respondents said their main motivation for deploying carrier grade Wi-Fi in their systems was to improve the customer experience and increase subscriber retention. In addition, 41 percent cited this as the single most important driver to invest in next generation hotspot (NGH) projects ahead of offload.

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RCN tunes in more VOD Music Choice videos

December 2, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable over builder RCN has beefed up its Music Choice videos by adding more than 3,000 new options on its VOD platform. The new Music Choice videos and original shows, which are available to RCN’s digital TV subscribers for free, represented a five-fold increase over RCN’s previous library.

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Report: Roku still rules the roost for streaming media devices

December 2, 2014 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to streaming media players, Roku still reigns supreme followed by Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. According to a report by Parks Associates, Roku was the leading brand with 29 percent of sales in the United States while Chromecast took over second place from Apple TV with a market share of 20 percent compared to Apple’s 17 percent.

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Envivio's loss widens in Q3

December 2, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio had a drop in third quarter revenue and reported a larger net loss, compared to its Q3 results a year ago. The company said markets in Europe and Asia are lagging, and that in North America, customers are consolidating and have slowed their spending because of it.

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Virgin Media unifies DAI across multiple services

December 2, 2014 12:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BlackArrow scored its first big contract outside North America, working with Virgin Media to help deliver targeted ads. Virgin Media will use BlackArrow’s solutions to choose the most appropriate ads for its TiVo-based service, including its on-demand TV platform and Virgin TV Anywhere.

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Nebraska's goal: 25Mbps to 90 percent of homes

December 1, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A report by the Nebraska Information Technology Commission calls for on the state to use the state's universal service fund to create new infrastructure, and to partner with libraries and colleges to help teach Internet skills to those who aren't frequent users. Money from the fund comes from a state fee tacked onto consumers' telephone bills.

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Rumor of hookup moving Vodafone, Liberty Global stock values

December 1, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vodafone is evaluating the possibility of a merger with or acquisition of Liberty Global, according to reports quoting unnamed Vodafone insiders. True or not, the rumor is having an effect: the value of Vodafone stock was driven down as much as 4 percent in London, while the value of Liberty Global was lifted by over 7 percent in New York.

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Alticast helps power Videotron’s new DVR

December 1, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alticast said its team of engineers and software played a key role in the development of Videotron’s new whole-home DVR, which can record up to eight shows at the same time and features 2 terabytes of storage. Alticast's team of engineers was responsible for developing a big chunk of the critical software for the X8’s multi-room DVR capabilities and interactive applications.

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Shaw Business to offer improved Wi-Fi service for hospitality sector

December 1, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting next month, Shaw Business will launch an upgraded managed Wi-Fi platform for its existing and new hospitality customers. Shaw’s turnkey Managed Guest WiFi service includes a complimentary site design and analysis to determine the optimal Wi-Fi offering for each property.

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Intel buys password manager PasswordBox

December 1, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel Corp. said Monday that it bought PasswordBox, a service that saves and remembers passwords so that users can log into different websites without having to remember or type in their passwords. The Santa Clara, California-based chip maker did not disclose financial details of the deal.

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UTStarcom brings Wi-Fi offload system to North American market

November 26, 2014 11:15 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

UTStarcom is targeting the North American cable operator market with its system for offloading wireless traffic onto a Wi-Fi network. The solution, in use for over a year in other markets, includes a carrier class Wi-Fi AC which supports more than 120,000 access points and over 1.3 million subscribers within a single chassis.

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