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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.

ContentWise upgrades its recommendation engine

April 8, 2015 2:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

ContentWise has upgraded its discovery and recommendation system to deliver context-based predictions for on-demand content. A new feature is real-time content activation, which enables the system to recommend content minutes after linear broadcast.

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Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

April 8, 2015 2:06 pm | by Anne Flaherty, AP writer | News | Comments

Consumer advocate groups are asking the FCC to require phone companies to block automated calls. However, phone companies are resistant to the possibility of strict rules due to . . .  

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Suddenlink accelerating broadband in TX, WV

April 8, 2015 2:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Suddenlink plans to invest nearly $250 million over the course of three years to increase internet speeds for its consumers in Texas, and another $40 million investment this year to increase internet speeds in West Virginia, part of a rollout of upgrades announced last year.

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ACA petitions FCC to help control content costs

April 8, 2015 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Armed with a new study showing a direct correlation between rising programming costs and diminished infrastructure investment, the organization has petitioned the FCC to rein in skyrocketing content costs, which would free capital for service improvements.

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Comcast bringing 10GigE to Denver

April 7, 2015 2:39 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is investing $2 million in Northern California and $10 million in Denver to provide 10 Gbps Ethernet service. Comcast’s portfolio of Ethernet options will be offered in the new Denver and Northern California networks as will “a cloud based voice and unified communications solution.”

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SCTE releases Cable-Tec session schedule

April 7, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Technologies that can help cable operators avoid costs, deploy new revenue-generating services and increase the quality and reliability of services throughout the evolving cable network will dominate the workshops agenda announced by the SCTE for Cable-Tec Expo this fall in New Orleans.

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FCC to proceed with "effective competition" review

April 7, 2015 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has denied a petition from the NAB and Public Knowledge to not consider what constitutes “effective competition” in the MVPD market.

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Vivendi confirms offer for video sharing site Dailymotion

April 7, 2015 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vivendi has submitted an offer for the YouTube rival to Orange - the former France Telecom. Orange has been looking for someone to take DailyMotion off its hands for more than two years. 

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Elemental drives live video on Comcast's private cloud

April 7, 2015 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is using Elemental Technologies’ software based encoders to prepare live video for delivery on its X1 DVR with cloud technology. Comcast is creating infrastructure that mimics the mechanics of cloud delivery, but entirely within its own managed network.

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Cablevision promotes Grover to SVP sales

April 7, 2015 12:25 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Matthew Grover first began working for Cablevision in 2001, and was VP of sales operations before being promoted to senior VP. In his new position, Grover will continue as head of sales operations.

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Telus tabs $4B to upgrade wireless, wireline networks in Alberta

April 6, 2015 2:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telus in Canada plans to upgrade all wireless sites in Alberta to 4G LTE, to utilize Telus’ newly acquired AWS-3 spectrum within the province, and to increase wireline internet speeds to 100 Mbps.

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Comcast, Verizon rev up watchathons

April 6, 2015 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast and Verizon have had success pumping up their VOD viewership numbers by giving subscribers free access to their VOD library for a week or more at a time, and so they're going to keep doing it.

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Time Warner Cable first to integrate video, data through CCAP

April 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO's CCAP deployment, using Casa System’s C100G system, is the first announced production deployment by any North American MSO that can run both QAM and IP data through the same port.

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Frontier bumps FiOS broadband to 150 Mbps in OR, WA

April 3, 2015 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications is making all of its residential FiOS broadband tiers symmetrical in Oregon and in Washington State. The company will now offer symmetrical speed tiers of at 30 Mbps downstream and up, 50 Mbps, 75 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 150 Mbps.

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