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STELA bill passes House; ends CableCard mandate

November 21, 2014 12:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

This version of the bill eliminates the integration ban, and also includes provisions that ban broadcasters from banding together to negotiate retransmission consent deals with MVPDs. The bill heads to the Senate, where passage is expected to be automatic. The President is expected to sign the bill.

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Harnessing Big Data Analytics

November 20, 2014 4:01 pm | by Chris Menier, vice president client services – IP media and cable, Guavus | Articles | Comments

Using Big Data analytics, service providers can gain invaluable insights that can help them to stay ahead of the competition, improve customer services and drive new revenues. So how can service providers best harness Big Data analytics, and what do they stand to gain from doing so?

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Comcast trials tech tracker

November 20, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are probably few things more annoying than being held hostage over a four-hour window for a cable installer to arrive at a customer’s home. Comcast has winnowed down that window to around two hours, but now its trialing a new real-time solution that it hopes will alleviate subscribers’ frustrations.

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Grande expands gigabit offering in Austin

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the third time, Grande Communications is expanding its gigabit service in Austin, Texas. Grande’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) gigabit service, which is called “Power 1000,” is now available to new and existing customers in the West Campus area.

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OTT pay-TV revenue to hit $10b by 2018

November 20, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Over-the-top pay-TV revenues will increase from $6 billion this year to more than $10 billion by 2018. Overall, the global pay-TV market totaled $117 billion in the first half of this year, which was an increase of 4 percent from the first half of last year, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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Comcast hires Raj as SVP of strategic and financial planning

November 20, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has hired Devesh Raj as its senior vice president of strategic and financial planning. In his new job, Raj will help drive the overall growth strategy at both Comcast and NBCUniversal, which includes leading the identification and pursuit of strategic business opportunities, partnerships, alliances, and licensing agreements.

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Cogeco to expand flagship data center

November 20, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cogeco Data Services is beefing up its flagship data center in Barrie, Ontario by adding more than 20,000-square-feet of operational space. Cogeco said the expansion project at the data center was underway and it will be wrapped up early next year.

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Xfinity Home for X1 puts app on the TV screen

November 19, 2014 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The app allows Comcast customers to do the same things with their remote controls that they’ve previously been able to do only on their iOS and Android mobile devices: manage and monitor their home systems, including controlling includes security sensors, video cameras, lighting fixtures, and thermostats.

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Hundreds bid to host FCC's rural 100 Mbps broadband experiment

November 19, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC set aside $100 million for the project. More than 180 entities proposed 600 projects worth $885 million suggesting even before the experiment is conducted there is widespread demand for far more than the minimum level of broadband service many think is adequate for rural markets.

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Mediacom Business: We got gigabit too

November 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators have been quick to point out that they’ve been offering gigabit services on the business services side for sometime now. Such is the case with Mediacom Business, which first started offering fiber-based gigabit services back in 2007 before renaming the platform “Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions” in the summer of 2013.

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Former Arris exec Elder takes helm at Concurrent

November 19, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent announced that Derek Elder will take over as the company’s CEO on Friday, replacing Dan Mondor. Elder, a former Arris executive, will also join Concurrent’s board of directors. Mondor had served as Concurrent’s CEO since April 2008.

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TWC rings up unlimited calls to China, Hong Kong

November 19, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has expanded the reach of its Unlimited Home Phone calling plan to include unlimited free calls to China and Hong Kong. With the expansion, calls to China and Hong Kong are now treated the same as long-distance calls anywhere in the U.S., as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico, which was added to the plan earlier this year.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick ships, sort of

November 19, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Amazon announced that its Fire TV Stick has started shipping today, and said that the stick was its fastest selling Amazon device ever. But it looks as though you’ll have to wait until after the holidays to get your hands on one. Last month Amazon announced it was taking on Chromecast and Roku, among others, with its Fire TV Stick, which provides instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. 

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ZigBee 3.0 aims to standardize ZigBee standards

November 19, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Internet of Things promises universal interconnectivity. There are multiple ZigBee profiles optimized for different applications, however. So that different groups of products no longer operate in silos, the ZigBee Alliance plans to unify most ZigBee profiles under a common standard: ZigBee 3.0.

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Netflix heads down under

November 19, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March. The online movie and television provider said Tuesday that details on pricing will be available later. In the most recent quarter, subscriber growth fell short of company forecasts because of a price increase in the U.S., and Netflix is dealing with tougher competition from Amazon and Hulu.

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