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Intel signs up for SCTE Standards Program

October 17, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that Intel had joined the SCTE Standards Program. Intel, which has delayed the launch of its own video service, will work with the Standards Program on the development of new energy and operations standards and recommended best practices for the cable operator industry.

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Time Warner Cable hires former CenturyLink exec as SVP, chief sales officer

October 17, 2013 1:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has hired former CenturyLink executive Jeffery Painting as senior vice president and chief sales officer. Painting will report to Phil Meeks, executive vice president and chief operating officer of business services for Time Warner Cable.

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Arris, Seawell combo on multi-screen ad delivery

October 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris Group and SeaWell Networks have integrated the former’s SkyVision ad insertion platform and the latter’s IP session delivery controller to enable the delivery of localized, session-oriented advertisements and programming at the home network level.

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AT&T scores Wi-Fi deal at Dolphins’ stadium

October 17, 2013 1:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Miami Dolphin fans at Sun Life Stadium can keep track of game statistics and their social networking endeavors thanks to the installation of 1,100 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots. To complement the Wi-Fi access points, AT&T also installed its distributed antenna system (DAS) technology at Sun Life Stadium, which provides cell service equivalent to 16 individual cells sites.

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Verizon 3Q profit soars as number of devices grows

October 17, 2013 1:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon's third-quarter net income jumped 40 percent as the largest U.S. mobile phone carrier continued to add more wireless devices to its network. Verizon earned $2.23 billion, or 78 cents per share, up from $1.59 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012.

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Comcast spreads Wi-Fi across KC

October 17, 2013 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast turned on Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot service in the Kansas City metro area, including in public venues like the Independence Events Center, as well as dozens of local businesses and gathering spots, with plans to add more locations. The service is offered for no additional charge to Xfinity Internet customers.

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Arris nails down rights to sell Sling technology

October 16, 2013 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Integrating Sling technology into one of its boxes apparently wasn’t enough. Arris has arranged with Sling Media to become the exclusive worldwide distributor of gateways and standalone devices that integrate Sling technology.  Arris will also eventually take control of worldwide licensing of the technology.

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Ziggo rejects Liberty Global takeover bid

October 16, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dutch cable company Ziggo has rejected a takeover bid from Liberty Global as inadequate. Liberty Global began investing in Ziggo earlier this year, buying 28.5 percent of the Dutch company’s stock. Liberty Global and Liberty Media, both chaired by John Malone, have been aggressively investing in cable companies around the world. 

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Espial lands RDK-related deal with large cable operator

October 16, 2013 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Espial said this morning that it had landed a multi-year, multi-million dollar RDK-based contract with a unnamed tier 1 cable operator in North America. Espial’s RDK-client solution for set-top boxes and HTML5-based  G4 User Experience will be used by the cable operator to provision its services across TVs, tablets and smartphones.

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ThePlatform promotes Drake, hires Frankovich

October 16, 2013 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast-owned thePlatform announced today that it had hired John Frankovich as vice president of consulting services, where he will be responsible for leading the company’s international consulting team. The white label video publishing company also announced that Chris Drake was promoted to vice president of business development.

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TWC’s Marcus to join Equifax’s board

October 16, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Rob Marcus, who was named as the cable operator’s CEO and chairman this past summer, will join the board of directors at Equifax. Marcus, who will take over the top executive positions from Glenn Britt at the start of next year, will start serving as a director on Equifax’s board on Nov. 1.

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Person of theYear: Glenn Britt

October 16, 2013 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In his 41-year career, Britt has worked in finance, programming, venture investments, and programming positions. He has spearheaded services such as data and voice, which are now cornerstones of not only Time Warner Cable but of the cable industry as whole, as well as driven the development of multi-screen apps and services, Start Over, Look Back, and cloud-based user interfaces, to name a few.

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Migrating to IP in the cable TV Environment: benefits, challenges, and resolutions

October 16, 2013 1:53 am | by Yaron Raz, director, Digital Video Solutions, Harmonic | Articles | Comments

The main challenge of switching to an IP-based infrastructure is that it doesn’t happen overnight. To make the transition, an operator needs to support two infrastructures for some period of time: a QAM infrastructure that uses MPEG-2 for video compression and a second silo for IP that relies on a mix of MPEG-4 and adaptive bit rate technology.

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What’s next for DOCSIS

October 16, 2013 1:43 am | by Brady Volpe and Conrad L. Young | Articles | Comments

The latest iteration of DOCSIS, DOCSIS 3.1, will come with significant changes in modulation options that will have important effects on installed and future hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) networks. Here we’ll be focusing on modulation basics and a discussion of how spectral efficiency (SE) relates to DOCSIS 3.1 performance goals.

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Using DOCSIS tools to locate HFC plant impairments

October 16, 2013 1:32 am | by Nick Segura, Director, Technical Operations, Charter Communications | Articles | Comments

There is an ongoing effort amongst cable operators to prevent new, and reduce existing, out-of-spec (OOS) modems. It’s a big deal! Technical performance goals are tied to these numbers and tech ops managers and supervisors require their technicians to not leave the customer premises until the modem meets minimum specifications.

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