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Suddenlink tabs Neustar for digital voice transition

December 16, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Neustar announced this morning that it was picked by Suddenlink Communications to support the cable operator’s digital voice transition. With the multi-year agreement, Neustar’s platform will be used to support Suddenlink’s order management as well as the provisioning of new and existing subscribers on its voice network.

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Report: Carrier Wi-Fi equipment market booming

December 16, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pushed along by mobile operators using Wi-Fi for data offload, operators will spend $8.5 billion on carrier Wi-Fi equipment over the next five years. Globally, revenue for carrier Wi-Fi equipment, including carrier Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi hotspot controllers, totaled $338 million in the first half of this year, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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Charter to bid below $135 a share for Time Warner Cable

December 16, 2013 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cable TV operator Charter Communications Inc. is preparing to send a letter offering to buy the much larger Time Warner Cable Inc. for below $135 per share as early as Monday. That's according to a person familiar with the matter, who was unauthorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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TWC adds live local TV to 'TV Everywhere' in SoCal

December 16, 2013 12:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Inc. said Friday that it has made live local TV station signals available on its TWC TV app in Los Angeles and San Diego, taking one further step toward fulfilling the industry's promise of making TV programming available on multiple devices. The signals only work for TV subscribers who are also Time Warner Cable Internet customers and are on their home Wi-Fi network.

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White House to keep NSA, cyber oversight together

December 13, 2013 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration will continue the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and cyber command operations under the direction of a single military commander, the first move in advance of what published reports described Friday as limited changes proposed by a task force that deliberated for months in secrecy.

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Report: D3 broadband CPE shipments to grow to 50 million in 2014

December 13, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As cable operators continue to expand their DOCSIS 3.0 networks, DOCSIS 3.0 customer premise equipment (CPE) will gobble up more of the market share for devices shipped worldwide. Next year, DOCSIS 3.0 CPE device shimpments will reach 50 million, accounting for more than 89 percent of cable CPE shipments, according to a recent study by ABI Research.

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Dyer to take over as CEO of Cox Enterprises

December 13, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Cox Communications executive John Dyer will take the helm of Cox Enterprises as its new president and CEO on Jan. 1. Dyer will assume leadership of the company following the retirement of outgoing CEO Jimmy W. Hayes. Dyer is currently Cox Enterprises’ chief operating officer.

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Bright House Networks lights up TV Explorer portal, app

December 13, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is helping its customers cut through the clutter of finding video content with the launch of its TV Explorer website. In addition to the website, TV Explorer is also available for free as an app on iPads and Android tablets with operating systems of 4.0 or higher.

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Ciena narrows 4Q loss on improved revenue 


December 13, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ciena, a developer of high-speed networking technology, reported Thursday that it narrowed its fiscal fourth-quarter loss on improved revenue. The quarter's revenue exceeded market expectations, but expenses weighed on its profitability

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Born free

December 13, 2013 12:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Two bills were introduced to fix the video market, one from Rep. Steve Scalise, one from Rep. Anna Eshoo. You have to wonder if Scalise was even trying. Just look at that acronym: NGTMA. What are we supposed to do with that? Pronouncing it is a nightmare: N-n-ngitma? Ingateema? Nagtama?

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Two bills to reform video market introduced

December 13, 2013 12:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Two competing bills were introduced in the House Thursday designed to reform retransmission consent and other FCC rules. The one that has greater support thus far would obligate MSOs to create a tier of channels provided through retransmission consent agreements, and would give the FCC authority to block blackouts when retransmission consent negotiations break down.

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House Committee passes Spectrum Incentive and FCC Reform Acts

December 12, 2013 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Resolution 3675, authored by Chairman Greg Walden and Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA), passed with an amendment representing “a bipartisan compromise that presents the commission with a framework to bring additional transparency and predictability to the FCC.”

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Two more studios using Dolby for UltraViolet encoding

December 12, 2013 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dolby Laboratories announced that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment now encode movies and TV programs in the UltraVioletCommon File Format (CFF) using Dolby Digital Plus. With UltraViolet, consumers can download and stream their favorite movies and television programs anytime and anywhere to their TV screens, personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

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Liberty Global revives bid for Ziggo

December 12, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Global has returned to Ziggo with another offer to buy out the rest of the Dutch cable company. Ziggo rejected a bid from Liberty Global in October for being too low. Liberty Global already owns 28.5 percent of Ziggo. It also owns the country second largest cable company, UPC Nederland.

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Comcast adds more partners to SEEiT platform

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

Starting in the first quarter of next year, Comcast announced that more distribution and network partners would take part in its SEEiT platform that uses Twitter to click through tweets to programs. Comcast said the new partners would extend the SEEiT experience to millions more viewers by adding additional video distributors, television networks and an expanded roster of popular shows.

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