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Microsoft brings Office to the iPad

March 28, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The app will allow reading and presenting of documents for free, but will require a subscription to Office365 to enable writing and editing. A subscription for up to five computers and five smartphones costs $100 a year, but a personal version for one computer and one tablet costs $70 a year. The subscription includes 20 gigabytes of storage space on OneDrive.

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Conax integrates with Anevia

March 28, 2014 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Conax and Anevia have integrated the latter’s video streaming and CDN solutions with the the former’s Contego Unite content protection platform. The two said the combined system simplifies the ability to roll out over the top (OTT) services.

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Harrison promoted to CEO at IneoQuest

March 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IneoQuest Technologies has promoted Calvin Harrison to president and CEO, effective immediately. Harrison had been chief operating officer (COO) of the company since 2010. Harrison joined IneoQuest in 2007, serving first as vice president of marketing and business development, and then as COO.

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Lightpath offering 100G transport service

March 28, 2014 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Demand for 100 gigabit services is rising as companies across financial and market data services, media and entertainment, and healthcare move to support emerging needs for additional bandwidth. These needs include supporting cloud-based services, an influx of devices onto enterprise networks and an increase in volume, scalability, and quality of media content.

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Viacom demanding 100% increases in carriage fees

March 28, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The programmer is playing hardball as it negotiates carriage fees with cable operators all across the country, in some cases demanding rate increases variously described as being more than 100 percent and as being 40 times the rate of inflation. By one estimate, there are nearly 700 small cable operators, representing roughly 5 million customers, in confrontations with Viacom.

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Casa Systems adds upstream module for CMTS

March 27, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new DOCSIS 3.1 upstream module supports the full spectrum in the upstream direction from 5 Mhz up to 100 Mhz, and has four times the processing power of its predecessor. It delivers 8 channels per port for a total of 128 channels per module. 

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AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, Intel ally to create "Industrial Internet"

March 27, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The five are founding members of the Industrial Internet Consortium, whose ultimate goal is to create products to create fully networked industrial installations, such as factories, power plants, and hospitals. The idea is to bring intelligence to machines used across every industry, including agriculture, mining, power, health care, and more. 

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Comcast Business connects Atlanta auto dealerships

March 27, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has hooked up Atlanta-based Jim Ellis Automotive Group, which is the third largest online dealer in the nation based on sales volume, with its Ethernet services. With 14 dealerships spread across metro Atlanta, the dealership’s previous T1 lines from various providers were costly, slow and hard to manage.

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Bright House Networks tops customer experience rating; Comcast last

March 27, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the third straight year, Bright House Networks came out on top of a survey that was based on customer experience. On the other hand, Comcast finished at the bottom of the 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings, which was conducted for the fourth year by the Temkin Group.

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Report: Dish, DirecTV engage in merger talks

March 27, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of satellite TV companies Dish and DirecTV surged in midday trading Wednesday after a report said that Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen had contacted DirecTV CEO Mike White about merging. Bloomberg News reported Ergen initiated the discussion in response to Comcast Corp.'s pending $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., which was announced last month. The news service cited several unnamed sources.

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Comcast uncoiling Viper across video services

March 26, 2014 6:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Comcast started developing its organically grown Viper platform several years ago as a way to build a cloud-based, IP video infrastructure that would deliver live streams, full linear lineups, on-demand video, cloud DVR service and other digital video products and services to the full range of IP devices.

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A revolution in plant maintenance

March 26, 2014 5:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

DOCSIS 3.1 turns every single cable modem into a network probe that can be used to identify network impairments. The approach makes use of DOCSIS pre-equalization on the upstream. Different network impairments will have specific signatures that can be sifted out of the pre-equalization data. The technique not only identifies upstream problems, but it also locates them with gratifying precision.

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Mobile backhaul a pillar in TWCBC’s commercial services

March 26, 2014 5:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

One of the pistons driving the business services growth at Time Warner Cable Business Class is mobile backhaul. In this Q&A with CED, TWCBC's Thane Storck, group vice president, carrier services, spoke about the history of cellular backhaul, the state of the current market and more opportunities down the road.

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HEVC: Coming Soon to a Device Near You

March 26, 2014 3:19 pm | by Kanaan Jemili, SVP, Product Management, Rovi | Articles | Comments

Content producers don’t want to invest in the technology needed to create HEVC programming without a significant installed base of HEVC-capable playback devices. And hardware manufacturers don’t want to invest in HEVC players until there’s more HEVC content. One way to break the stalemate and drive adoption of HEVC is to go direct to consumers – to make available software that includes HEVC creation and playback support.

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Astro taps S3 for test automation

March 26, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

S3 has been selected by Astro, a pay-TV operator in Malaysia, to help it scale and accelerate the development of its digital TV platform using S3 Group’s test automation platform, StormTest Development Center.                                       

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