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Time Warner Cable upgrades home phone app

June 19, 2013 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The MSO upgraded its VoiceZone Connect App, which now gives TWC phone subscribers access to their home phone service from almost anywhere, at anytime. Customers can now click-to-call outside of the home, enabling them to use their calling plans (including international calling plans), away from home.

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Cox demos new iPad app at Cable Show

June 19, 2013 9:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications took its new iPad app, which is currently going by the name of “personal video experience,” through its paces last week at The Cable Show with demos in Cisco’s booth. Cox first talked up the personal viewing experience (PVE) app at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, but The Cable Show marked the next-generation app’s public debut.

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Home automation wherever you are...

June 18, 2013 7:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Home services – packages that include some combination of home automation, home monitoring, and home security – have a long way to go before they rival any of the other elements in the residential bundle in terms of revenue. But the potential is there and initial indications are highly encouraging.

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Comcast's Stemper takes care of business

June 18, 2013 7:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business Services, spent part of the Cable Show in Washington D.C. being honored by his peers in the cable industry. After a 30-year-career in cable, Stemper chalked up a win in the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Awards in the cable operations and management category.

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Exploring the benefits of a Fiber Deep architecture

June 18, 2013 6:47 pm | by John Dahlquist | Articles | Comments

Regulators, institutions and businesses all continue to expand green initiatives. Cable operators are no exception to this trend as they continue to look for ways that can help them reduce power consumption and evolve their networks in order to increase their return on investment and become more socially responsible.

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Deploying CCAP: Not just another box swap

June 18, 2013 6:24 pm | by Jorge Salinger and Ty Pearman | Articles | Comments

As service offerings continue to expand and the end users’ appetite for these services continues to grow, MSOs are putting a tremendous effort into keeping up with the demands on the edge network. The concern is the finite resources, including space, power and cooling, used to handle these expansions within the headend and/or hub.

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Netflix cuts original TV deal with DreamWorks

June 18, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix has cut a deal to offer new TV shows from DreamWorks Animation starting in 2014 in what the company described as its biggest transaction ever for original first-run content. Though financial details were not disclosed, Netflix Inc. said the agreement includes more than 300 hours of new TV episodes in a multi-year deal.

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Google begins launching Internet-beaming balloons

June 18, 2013 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online. Ground stations about 60 miles apart would bounce Internet signals up to the balloons. The signals would hop backward from one balloon to the next to keep people continuously connected.

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Jinni offers multi-viewer recommendation capability

June 18, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Jinni announced that its recommendation engine can now track the preferences of two viewers, and generate recommendations that both viewers are likely to want to view together. Called “Watch Together,” Jinni said the feature is part of its latest discovery engine API.

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Harmonic streamer does double-duty with ad insertion

June 18, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic said its real-time stream processor, The ProStream 9100, now has the ability to perform linear ad splicing. Service providers and broadcasters can use the system to insert targeted local and regional advertisements into broadcast programming delivered via MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC SD/HD transport streams.

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Charter wraps up all-digital project in North Texas

June 18, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the goal of having its all-digital conversion project completed by next year, Charter Communications announced today that its all-digital upgrade in North Texas was finished. Thanks to the all-digital conversion, Charter subscribers in North Texas now have access to 141 HD channels – more than double their previous HD lineup – as part of the largest HD launch in Charter's history.

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Cox Business survey: Email still rules, Steve Jobs still cool

June 18, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business released the results of its first small business survey and the findings included that email was still the most critical communications tool, social media is lacking and Steve Jobs was the top entrepreneurial idol. Cox Business surveyed 605 small business owners and managers in its footprint to get their thoughts on business-related issues.

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Ikanos adds service diagnostics to DSL ICs

June 17, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo CED Product Releases | Comments

Ikanos has developed a software-based diagnostic and monitoring capability for its DSL products that not only gives DSL network operators the ability to check in on service they provide to their subscribers, but also makes information accessible to customers so that they have the option to address problems that arise. 

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Netgear sampling MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender

June 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Netgear is sampling a MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender based on Entropic’s silicon and software. Netgear’s WM2500RP extender is designed for service providers to use to boost coverage in whole-home video and data installations. The device delivers more than 400 Mbps of usable MAC (medium access control) throughput.

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CableLabs announces first devices to achieve DPoE qualification

June 17, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning CableLabs announced qualification of the first devices that use the DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specifications. Devices achieving qualification status were DPoE systems from CommScope, Huawei, Sumitomo Electric, and ZTE and optical network units (ONUs) from CTDI, Finisar, Huawei, and Sumitomo Electric. 

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