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Imagine brings sales-billing tool to the cloud

April 2, 2014 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

LandmarkOSI 8.0 integrates sales, CRM, traffic, and billing. With this version, the tool is now powered by MediaCentral, the company’s IP-based framework for migrating and optimizing media and playout functionality to a virtualized cloud environment. MediaCentral uses Microsoft’s Azure cloud service.

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Microsoft vows app-like update schedule for Windows 8

April 1, 2014 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The software company is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers' complaints and other feedback. Just months after the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is preparing changes to make it easier for people to use Windows with traditional keyboard and mouse controls.

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Sprint, T-Mobile caution FCC on AT&T all-IP trials

April 1, 2014 1:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

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Exfo intros second-generation multi-mode tester

April 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FTB-2 Pro supports up to two 1-slot modules simultaneously such as a combination of Ethernet and OTDR modules. It also supports spectral and multi-layer testing. The platform has the necessary power for high speed, high performance testing, the company said.

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Viacom blacked out on Cable One

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In the middle of a standoff on carriage fees, the cable operator has removed its Viacom lineup. Cable One is threatening to just let the Viacom channels go. The company noted that its customers have been requesting other channels, including BBC America, Sprout, The Blaze, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, Investigation Discovery, TV One, Sundance and others.

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Akamai works with Aspera to accelerate file transfer

April 1, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Aspera Upload Acceleration option integrates Aspera’s FASP transfer technology directly into Akamai’s NetStorage cloud-based online storage platform. The integrated system will significantly increase upload transfer speeds, with no need for customers to re-architect the workflow or build custom API calls.

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U.S. Supreme Court could limit software patents

March 31, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court is wrestling with that question, and the outcome could send tremors through an industry that touches virtually every sector of the economy, from gadgets on smart phones to advances in anti-lock brakes.

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AT&T plans fourth 300M share buyback in 4 years

March 31, 2014 2:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its plans to buy back 300 million shares, representing approximately six percent of the company’s outstanding shares. This is the fourth 300 million-share buyback AT&T has announced in the past four years—the previous three came December 2010, July 2012 and March 2013.

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NetGear offers MSOs a DOCSIS 3.0 gateway

March 31, 2014 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

NetGear has introduced a DOCSIS 3.0 voice and data gateway for the service provider market that features DOCSIS transmission rates up to 1 GHz, and aggregate Wi-Fi throughput of 1.9 GHz.  The product incorporates a 24 x 8 DOCSIS 3.0 modem, and has IPv6 support.

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FCC bans broadcaster collusion in retrans negotiations

March 31, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC issued two key decisions today, one that prohibits broadcast stations from joining together in retransmission consent negotiations, the other opening another 100 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi applications. Under the new regulations, two or more separately owned Top-4 broadcasters in the same market would be prohibited from banding to negotiate retrans deals.

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100G, power management, and optical interconnect

March 28, 2014 7:06 pm | Digital Editions

CED interviews Nathan Tracy of TE Data Communications on the data trends, and how optical interconnect can alleviate increasingly severe power/thermal issues. Data centers, video headends and hubs, and other facilities are digesting Internet traffic in 100G streams. Pushing all that data around takes copious amounts of power, and a good portion of it gets dissipated as heat.

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Cable industry works toward energy efficiency

March 28, 2014 6:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Digital Editions

MSOs are faced with an ever-increasing amount of equipment, consuming more power, which is running faster and hotter. The SCTE has responded with a range of recommended practices and new standards designed to run video facilities efficiently and safely.

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Optics replacing copper at stunning rate

March 28, 2014 5:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Digital Editions

Fiber deep? You have no idea. The reach of fiber has extended far, far beyond the network level, and photonics are now critical in interconnect with routers, switchers, and similar network equipment. The industry is also investigating ways to incorporate photonics not only on printed circuit boards, but even beyond that all the way down to the chip level.

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Bright House, Fujitsu, use superchannels to get to 800G

March 28, 2014 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Digital Editions

Bright House Networks and Fujitsu Network Communications recently completed a field trial of 400 Gbps and 800 Gbps on a ring between Tampa Bay and Orlando, to demonstrate the use of “super channels” on a live production network. The test is another indication of how quickly MSOs might need to move toward terabit speeds on their networks.

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Charter to TWC investors: reject Comcast takeover bid

March 28, 2014 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications is recommending that investors in Time Warner Cable (TWC) reject Comcast’s takeover offer, which exceeded Charter’s offer by more than $25 a share. Charter demanded instead "that the TWC board engage in a full review of its strategic opportunities."

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