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Amazon working on drone delivery

December 2, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest e-commerce company said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs. But Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations.

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Telus taps Ericsson for IMS migration

December 2, 2013 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IMS will enable Telus to generate new revenue streams through differentiated services based on the Rich Communication Services (RCS) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Ericsson will not only supply equipment and software, but also act as systems integrator.

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Cox’s first FTTH trial underway in O.C.

December 2, 2013 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Cox Communications’ first fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) trial went live at the start of October in south Orange County, Calif. Cox has installed fiber in the Rancho Mission Viejo development in Orange County, but so far the services and data speeds are similar to what Cox offers over traditional HFC. 

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Videotron boots up Wi-Fi optimization service

December 2, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Just in time for all those BYOD showing up under the Christmas tree, Videotron has launched a new Wi-Fi optimization service. The service features an in-home visit from a specially trained technician that comes to the customer’s home to optimize the Wi-Fi setup and reception.

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Demystifying Technology: Packaging & Repackaging in Multi-screen Delivery

November 29, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

CED editor-in-chief Brian Santo discusses a means of alleviating the pressure on storage resources and on network capacity when it comes to delivering multi-screen video. Operators can package video into a limited number of mezzanine files, which can then be repackaged in a manner appropriate for the particular viewing device and the network conditions at the time the video is requested.

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Electricity network broadband standard approved

November 27, 2013 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The IEEE has approved its 1901.2 Standard for Low-Frequency Narrow-Band Powerline Communications. The standard covers transmission through transformers in the electricity distribution network using frequencies below 500 kHz, while supporting data rates of up to 500 kbps.

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In the media: Cox also sets its sights on TWC

November 27, 2013 12:29 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

The landscape for the sell-off of Time Warner Cable continues to shift with Cox Communications reportedly joining Comcast and Charter/Liberty Media as a potential suitor. Citing un-named sources, The Wall Street Journal reported that privately held Cox was considering whether it wanted to join in on the bidding for Time Warner Cable.

Minn. names top broadband officer for new division

November 27, 2013 12:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Mark Dayton's administration announced Danna MacKenzie is the first executive director for the Office of Broadband Development, a division created last spring. The new office has a central role as Minnesota stretches toward a goal of ultra-fast broadband in every corner of the state. Minnesota's goal is 2015, but most people involved say that will be tough.

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Report: Service provider router/switch market to hit $20 billion by 2017

November 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The router and switch market for service providers continued to claw its way back in the most recent third quarter, according to a report by Infonetics Research. Over the long haul, Infonetics forecasts the service provider router and switch market would grow at a 7 percent CAGR from 2012 to 2017, when it will reach $20.2 billion.

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Rockefeller takes up cause of broadcaster collusion

November 27, 2013 12:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The chair of the Senate Commerce Committee has asked the FCC to not approve any merger deals among broadcasters while the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigates shared service agreements (SSA), in which broadcasters negotiate agreements on behalf of others in the same market, raising costs for local cable operators and their subscribers.

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TiVo 3Q net income falls, but revenue rises

November 27, 2013 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter net income fell 79 percent from a year when its results were boosted by $78.4 million in litigation proceeds from an intellectual property settlement with Verizon. But revenue rose as more people signed up for its digital video recording services. 

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Upfront: Bill would lift OTT companies to MVPD status

November 27, 2013 11:49 am | by CED | Articles | Comments

Sen. Jay Rockefeller is planning a bill that aims to give upstart online video services the chance to compete on an equal footing with classic MVPDs by guaranteeing their rights to content.  Furthermore, online video distributors would gain standing to compete directly with established pay TV companies as MVPDs.

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Comcast activates IPv6 on Arris gateways

November 26, 2013 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has implemented a software upgrade in Arris wireless gateways that enable IPv6 support. Separately, Arris announced it was the system integrator for the IPTV headend that BT has been using to distribute BT TV and BT Sport. Arris integrated its own encoders and platform with products from Screen, Miranda, and Brocade.

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Rogers scores landmark deal with NHL

November 26, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications went top shelf in scoring a multi-billion-dollar, 12-year carriage agreement with the National Hockey League “on all platforms in all languages." Rogers said the new media rights deal, which starts in the 2014-2015 season and runs through the 2025-2026 season, was the largest in league history.

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It’s Showtime for TWC, BHN’s authenticated subs

November 26, 2013 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are serving up Showtime Network’s authenticated TV Everywhere service, Showtime Anytime, to their subscribers for free. The cable operator customers need to be subscribers of Showtime in order to gain access to the multi-screen content, which is available across computers, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets or Kindle Fire devices anywhere across the nation. 

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