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SCTE Foundation ACEs $2.2 in fundraising campaign

October 23, 2013 12:48 pm | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation announced that it had surpassed the $2.2 million mark in money raised to advance the capabilities of the cable telecommunications engineering workforce as part of its Advancing Cable Excellence (ACE) campaign. At a meeting of the SCTE Foundation Board Wednesday at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the Foundation recognized more than a dozen new donors.

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Comcast, Ciena conduct live 1 Terabit trial

October 23, 2013 11:46 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

By demonstrating the ability to increase the traffic carrying capacity by 2.5 times, this trial showed how Comcast’s existing fiber network can scale to keep pace with the bandwidth demands of cloud computing, video, and multimedia applications, as well as data center connectivity.

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Sony offering sharable clips on Vudu

October 23, 2013 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is hoping that providing sharable movie clips and extras like deleted scenes will prompt more people to buy digital movies. The initiative gives people who buy movies on Vudu the ability to share dozens of clips or pieces of behind-the-scenes footage on Facebook and Twitter. In each case, a link takes users to a website with the clip embedded.

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Pace to lay out $310M for Aurora Networks

October 23, 2013 9:48 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pace is buying Aurora Networks for $310 million, a deal that will combine the former’s set-top and gateway business with the latter’s fiber access network portfolio. Pace said it intends to maintain the Aurora brand, and keep Aurora’s current management team in place after the acquisition.

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Werner to chair 2014 Cable-Tec Expo program

October 22, 2013 7:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tony Werner, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Comcast Cable, will serve as the program committee chairman for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo next year. Cable-Tec 2014 will be September 23-26, in Denver. Werner will drive the development of educational content that will accelerate the deployment of next-generation products and services for Cable-Tec Expo 2014.

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Expo: A cable state of mind

October 22, 2013 7:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The final panel of the opening general session at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo wasn’t so much about getting down to the brass tacks of cable technology, but more about giving attendees tips that they could take back to their respective jobs. Part and parcel of creating a more nimble cable dynamic is providing employees, including field technicians, the proper tools to succeed, which in turn made them happier workers.

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Apple unveils new Macs, iPad ahead of holidays

October 22, 2013 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is refreshing its iPad lineup and slashing the price of its Mac computers ahead of the holiday shopping season, as it faces an eroding tablet market share and growing competition from rival gadget makers. Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the "iPad Air" along with a slew of new Macs.

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Arris tallies orders with GCI, WOW, Netia

October 22, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Arris announced a set of new business deals, including orders for its edge routers from both GCI and WOW, and a purchase of a range of headend equipment from Netia in Poland. GCI has already deployed the Arris E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) to enable faster content delivery speeds and greater network coverage throughout Alaska.

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Cable-Tec kicks off with awards for Santangelo, Hughes

October 22, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

The SCTE presented the Excellence in Standards Award to This Technology's Brian Santangelo for his work on the SCTE’s 130 standard that enables dynamic ad insertion in VOD, and the Chairman’s Award to Jim Hughes, senior vice president, worldwide broadband sales at CommScope.

From Cable-Tec Expo: RDK gains momentum

October 22, 2013 9:55 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is living up to its goal of service velocity by cutting down the development cycles for set-top boxes and gateways from years to months. The RDK allows all of the interested parties to develop once and then scale across multiple environments – in the CableCard/QAM/MEPG-2 world of today, as well as in the IP environment of tomorrow.

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Live From The Show: DOCSIS 3.1 Symposium highlights

October 22, 2013 9:32 am | by CED | Videos | Comments

On Monday, CableLabs, the SCTE, and several of the MSOs helping to lead the development of DOCSIS 3.1 conducted a symposium on the nearly-finished specification. These are some of the key moments from the day-long event, with Jeff Finkelstein of Cox, Howard Pfeffer of Time Warner Cable, and Daniel Howard of the SCTE.

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Live From the Show: CableLabs' Schmitt on DOCSIS 3.1

October 22, 2013 9:04 am | by CED | Videos | Comments

CableLabs' Matthew Schmitt provides a status update on the DOCSIS 3.1 specification, what's in the spec, and the benefits that will accrue to cable operators as they phase in the next generation of IP-based broadband technology. Live from Cable-Tec Expo.

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CableLabs: DOCSIS 3.1 specs good to go

October 21, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Last year when CableLabs announced DOCSIS 3.1 it vowed to have the specifications published by the end of this year. Through a Herculean effort by vendors, cable operators and other interested partners, the 3.1 specifications will be published at the end of this month.

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U-Verse expands TV Everywhere to Android

October 21, 2013 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T U-verse has extended the availability of live TV channels to Android devices. Twenty of those 100 channels are available for viewing outside the home. Those same 100 channels are also available for home viewing through AT&T’s Uverse.com web portal.

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Tellabs agrees to be sold for $891 million

October 21, 2013 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Communications equipment maker Tellabs has agreed to be acquired for $891 million by investment firm Marlin Equity Partners. The deal calls for Marlin to buy all of Tellabs shares for $2.45 each. The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter.

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