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FCC blesses AT&T plan to test TDM-to-IP transition

February 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two locations are Carbon Hill, Ala., and West Delray Beach, Fla. The trials are expected to extend for years. AT&T wants to investigate a number of potential issues, including what might be the proper mix of wireline and wireless services to offer.

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Four SMC products earn DOCSIS 3.0 certification

February 28, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SMC Networks said that it has achieved DOCSIS 3.0 certification for four products – a cable modem, an eMTA, and two gateways. SMC previously had three products certified by CableLabs as DOCSIS 3.0 compliant: an 8x4 Data Gateway, 8x4 MoCA capable Voice Gateway and 16x4 Data Gateway.

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Report: CCAP surges in Q4

February 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It was a bountiful fourth quarter for the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) market in general and vendor Casa Systems in particular. In the fourth quarter of last year, CCAP channel shipments spiked up 192 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

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Bright House Networks promotes Wade to VP/GM in Bakersfield

February 28, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks recently announced that it has promoted Danielle Wade to vice president and general manager of its Bakersfield service area. In her new job, Wade is responsible for managing all aspects of Bakersfield’s cable operations, as well as ongoing local execution of new products and services. 

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Academy Awards ceremony to stream live online for first time in select cities

February 28, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday's telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription login is required for the live stream at Oscar.com and ABC.com, or via the mobile app WatchABC.com. 

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Hulu selling Japan business to Nippon TV

February 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Video streaming company Hulu says it's selling its business in Japan to Nippon TV. A price wasn't disclosed. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says Hulu had grown to a point where it believed the best path forward was to sell its Japan business to a strategic buyer.

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TWCBC earns another MEF certificate

February 27, 2014 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class  has now earned MEF CE 2.0 certifications for all eight service configurations, after receiving Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for its Wholesale E-Access (Access EPL/Access EVPL) services.  

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Sumitomo, Omnitron take another step toward DPoE

February 27, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave and Omnitron Systems said they have verified their respective products for DOCSIS provisioning over Ethernet networks are interoperable. DPoE should end up being an important tool for cable operators offering business services, and interoperability demonstrations of this sort shows that the technology is that much closer to commercialization. 

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Cox culls some call centers

February 27, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications will close the doors on some of the smaller call centers across its footprint in order to centralize operations into seven large call centers. Streamlining its call center operations could lead to a 3 percent cut, or roughly 436 employees, in Cox’s overall work force, but some of those laid off employees could migrate to the larger call centers.

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Dish blends in volume, power, and recommendation features on app

February 27, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network has added some bells and whistles to its Dish Explorer app that works with its whole-home Hopper DVR platform. Dish subscribers with the app can now use their iPads for volume and power control on their TVs, and now there are also personalized program recommendations based on viewing habits.

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Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions scores Cisco certification

February 27, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions is laying claim to being the first cable operator in the nation to achieve the CiscoMaster Service Provider Certification, which is under the auspices of the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program.  

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Alticast enables KT's satellite-based on-demand

February 26, 2014 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

At the heart of SkyLife's SOD service is the Alticast Media Cloud Platform, which is comprised of four major components:  a Cloud content ingest/delivery system, a Cloud service system, a Cloud media storage system and a Cloud streaming system. 

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Cablevision's financial focus: happy customers

February 26, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO lost 18,000 video subs in its fourth quarter, with a net gain of only 6,000 Internet subscribers. With minimal opportunity to grow subscriber numbers, the company is trying to make everything more efficient for the customer. “Most of what we did was make the customer happier, and that’s what we’re pursuing," CEO James Dolan said. 

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Disney launches digital movies app with Apple

February 26, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Disney is launching a digital movies app that allows fans to store movie purchases online and play them back over Apple devices and computers. The app is built on The Walt Disney Co.'s KeyChest technology, which stores and records consumers' purchases of digital movies on distant servers.

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MWC: Incentives coming for payments by phones

February 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form, offering more security than standard plastic cards with magnetic stripes. To make a purchase, simply tap the phone on a card reader or wave a bar code over a scanner. Yet most people still prefer plastic.

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