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Comcast, TWC deflate consolidation hopes

September 25, 2013 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast doesn’t appear to have any specific plans to get involved should the cable industry engage in a new round of consolidation, according to its CFO. His opposite number at Time Warner Cable reiterated what that company’s been saying all along about getting involved in consolidation: only if it makes financial sense.

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Mediacom picks Qwilt for online video delivery

September 25, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has deployed Qwilt’s online video delivery platform, which also included improved quality of experience (QoE) for its subscribers. Founded in 2010 by industry veterans from Cisco and Juniper, Qwilt is backed by Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Marker and Redpoint Ventures.

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FourthWall scores personalization patent

September 25, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

FourthWall Media announced this morning that the U.S. Patent office had approved a patent for its broadband device personalization technology. The technology in the patent uses proprietary methods to analyze consumer on-device behaviors.

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AT&T puts finishing touch on 45 Mbps rollout

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

On Sunday AT&T will wrap up the deployment of its 45 Mbps down, 6 Mbps up data service with launches in five more states. AT&T’s U-verse High Speed Internet Power is slated to roll out to residential and business customers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

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Product Video Showcase: TV Anytime with Envivio

September 24, 2013 5:28 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Envivio’s VP of Solutions, Arnaud Perrier, talks about the benefits of cloud TV and demonstrates TV Anytime functionalities using Envivio Halo network media processor.

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$4.7 billion bid for Blackberry

September 24, 2013 1:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced that it has agreed to sell itself for $4.7 billion to a consortium ed by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, which plans on taking the Canadian OEM private.  BlackBerry shareholders would receive $9 in cash for each share of BlackBerry that they hold.

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C Spire plans fiber to the home network

September 24, 2013 1:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Regional carrier C Spire, formerly known as Cellular South, Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to move forward with the deployment of 1 Gbps ultra high-speed fiber to the home.  Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire Wireless, said in a statement that to unlock "the potential of broadband for the communities we serve requires taking optical fiber all the way to their door.” 

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Cisco introduces network gear for "Internet of Everything"

September 24, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco announced a new family of what it’s calling network fabric products based on the new network processor chip that the company announced two weeks ago. The systems in the family are designed to handle a network that can support trillions of M2M transactions.  BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra are deploying the NCS. 

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Turner turns to Adobe Primetime

September 24, 2013 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adobe announced a set of new analytics features for its PrimeTime product that will make it easier to both monitor the quality of TV everywhere streams and evaluate viewer behavior. The new capabilities come with a new per-stream pricing model. Adobe also announced thatTBS is the latest customer of Primetime.

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Charter subs in Calif. dial up unlimited long distance calls to Mexico

September 24, 2013 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of a new promotion, Charter Communications’ voice customers in California can place unlimited calls to landlines in Mexico. The promotion also includes up to 250 minutes of calling to cell phones in Mexico with the Charter Phone Unlimited plan in California and a subscription to the Triple Play PaqueTV Plus package.

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Oceanic TWC adds two Asian Networks to channel lineup

September 24, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Oceanic Time Warner Cable has added two Asian networks, TVK2 and Saigon Broadcasting Television Network (SBTN), to its channel lineup. TVK2, which is a sister channel to TVK, targets a growing Korean-American audience and features music, lifestyle, drama, news and current event programs in both Korean and English. 

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SCTE preps for natural disasters at Expo session

September 24, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) will host a special standards session at Expo that will focus on helping cable operators prepare for natural disasters. The will include a discussion on current and planned SCTE standardization and best-practice activities well as a panel of industry experts.

AT&T adds six more markets to home services footprint

September 23, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The next six stops on AT&T’s home automation rollout tour will be Charlotte, Hartford, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Including the new markets launching on Friday, Digital Life will be available in 45 markets. AT&T said it intends to have the service  in up to 50 markets by the end of this year.

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TWC Media boots up TVE ads

September 23, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Media today announced the launch of a new advertising platform that lets marketers customize and target their brand messages in live programming from televisions to tablets across more than 50 cable networks. Time Warner Cable Media (TWC Media) said its TWC Media Ads Everywhere was the first multi-screen ad service for iOS and Android devices.

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Rogers binges on data centers

September 23, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications announced this morning that it had plunked down $155 million for Pivot Data Centres and $6.25 million for Granite Networks with both being cash deals. Pivot and Granite’s data centers are in addition to those that were acquired earlier this year when Roger Business Solutions bought Blackiron Data for $200 million in cash

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