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Foxtel debuts TV Everywhere app, OTT access

June 13, 2013 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Foxtel is providing on demand and catch-up television services, using video processing systems from Elemental Technologies. The Australian service provider is now delivering over-the-top (OTT) content, in addition to roaming access to more than 50 channels through its Foxtel Go app.


Cable Show: creative operational efficiencies

June 13, 2013 1:38 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | News | Comments

Improving the operational efficiencies of today’s increasingly sophisticated and complex networks requires not only a whole new tool set, but also a different mindset. Operational support has to go beyond simply unifying billing, and workforce management is key, including installation and repair teams.


NJ Transit approves Cablevision’s Wi-Fi service on trains

June 13, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Yesterday New Jersey Transit’s board put its stamp of approval on Cablevision’s plan to make its Wi-Fi services available to commuters on its trains. The Wi-Fi access will be provided to NJ Transit customers via a dedicated, trackside Wi-Fi network, which NJ Transit said was the first of its kind in the nation.


NetCracker lands BSS deal with Cox Business

June 13, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has signed on to use NetCracker Technology’s managed services business support system (BSS.) The multi-year deal enables Cox Business to use NetCracker’s new TOMS (Telecom Operations & Management Solutions) version 9.0.


Titanium Unified Rights Management (URM)

June 12, 2013 11:11 am | by Pace | White Papers | Comments

Titanium Unified Rights Management (URM) - No more separate silos. Securely control the rights of all content to any device from one single unified solution.

Live from the Show: Cable Show 2013 Day III

June 12, 2013 10:42 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

As we roll into the third day of the NCTA Cable Show 2013, we ponder on what we have learned about X2 and the race to put stuff in the cloud, about high school football in Florida, about CCAP technology, and about life in general. Actually, not so much about life in general.


Time Warner Cable to connect with Samsung Smart TVs

June 12, 2013 9:24 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable will start sending video to some Samsung Smart TVs later this summer. Using the cable operator’s TWC TV app, Time Warner Cable subscribers will have access to 5,000 on demand titles from nearly 100 networks without the need for a set-top box. 


Cable Show: Tech forums get smart about devices, consumers, Wi-FI

June 12, 2013 9:17 am | by Craig Kuhl | News | Comments

More devices, more choices and more broadband translate to more intelligence in our home networks, and intelligent gateways will lead the way. That was the key takeaway from the first of Tuesday’s Spring Technical Forums: “Human Touch: The Intersection of Intelligent Devices and Intelligent Consumers.”


Cable Show: Gigabit DOCSIS? Yeah, we can do that

June 11, 2013 5:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In a 3.0 demo, CableLabs was bonding 128 channels to crank out in excess of 4 Gbps in a total of 768 MHz. In the 3.1 demo, which included OFDM modulation and LDPC error correction, CableLabs was pushing data at a clip in excess of 6 Gbps, but in only 650 MHz, the better to show the spectral efficiency inherent in the move to OFDM.


Comcast’s Roberts unveils X2 operating system

June 11, 2013 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At last year’s Cable Show, Comcast Cable president Neil Smit officially introduced  the company’s next generation platform,  the X1. As far as innovation goes, the X1 is so last year as Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts revealed the X2 operating system on Tuesday at the Cable Show.


Live from the Show: Cable Show 2013 Day Two

June 11, 2013 10:02 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

Day 1 Featured technology disruptors who weren't so much disruptive as impatient -- if not actually impertinent, and some razzle dazzle from NCTA president Micheal Powell. Oh, and a surprise performance by Hammer (formerly MC Hammer). Can't touch that.


Broadcom debuts headless gateway

June 11, 2013 9:52 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom is introducing a headless video gateway IC that can be used to power boxes that can deliver both IP and QAM video. While larger MSOs are collaborating on mapping out a path toward a converged network that serves a variety of customer premise equipment (CPE) that can range from simple, inexpensive one-way DTAs to complex and expensive gateways...


Cable Show: TiVo powers up mobile app for cable operators

June 11, 2013 9:47 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo is offering cable operators its mobile app that enables second screen viewing in homes with and without TiVo devices. Atlantic Broadband, which recently signed up with TiVo, will be the first cable operator in the United States to deploy TiVo’s mobile app. When Atlantic Broadband launches its TiVo offering in the fall, it will include the TiVo mobile applications in addition to TiVo set-top boxes and DVRs.


Cable Show: Mediacom bows home automation service

June 11, 2013 9:41 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has joined the ranks of cable operators that are offering a home automation service to their subscribers. Mediacom, the eighth-largest cable operator in the nation, has joined Comporium Communications’ security, monitoring and automation (SMA) dealer program to deliver the home automation service across its footprint.


A win/win for Arris with Comcast

June 11, 2013 9:36 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris nabbed two customer wins with Comcast for its XGI gateway and the vendor’s E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER). The XGI was based on the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK), which Comcast developed to speed up the rate of innovation on set-top boxes and gateways.



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