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CenturyLink hooks Colorado firm up with 100 Gbps service

October 14, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink has signed up its first dedicated 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) data networking circuit for a business customer through a direct connection to the company's recently upgraded 100 Gbps nationwide network. Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe is using the service to launch a new product that allows its customers direct access to satellite mapping data. 

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Media: Netflix talking to Suddenlink, Comcast

October 14, 2013 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netflix is engaging in preliminary talks with Comcast and Suddenlink to make its streaming service available as an app on the cable operators’ set-top boxes. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the discussions were in the early stages and that a deal with either cable operator wasn’t imminent. 

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Aurora node expands upstream bandwidth with button push

October 14, 2013 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company claims its Universal Digital Return Technology coupled coupled with its 102-1002 MHz downstream-capable nodes is the only solution on the market that can be purchased and seamlessly upgraded from 5-42 MHz to 5-85 MHz in the return path.

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Comcast Business to build out network in Washington

October 11, 2013 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast Business is expanding availability of its high-speed broadband to underserved commercial areas in nearly 100 cities throughout Washington state. The company's expansion includes building to businesses that have specifically requested Comcast’s services as well as to expand fiber optic lines to areas to encourage future growth.

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Aereo on its way to Android

October 11, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aereo, a service that delivers broadcast television stations over the Internet, will come to Android devices on Oct. 22. Earlier this week, a court in Boston denied a request by an ABC station owned by Hearst, WCVB, for a preliminary injunction to stop Aereo's service.

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In the media: Charter mulls $25.5 million R&D lab near Denver

October 11, 2013 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications is considering plans to build a $25.5 million research and development lab in south Denver. If the proposed 80,000-square-foot center goes through, Charter would add around 55 more employees in the Denver area. The Denver Business Journal reported yesterday that the Colorado Economic Development Commission voted in favor of offering Charter as much as $893,796 in job-growth incentive tax credits.

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Concurrent serves up cloud-hosted video software

October 11, 2013 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent has taken the wraps off of a new software platform that helps service providers stream content from cloud-hosted video libraries. The company said its unified origin server simplifies content distribution and reduces content preparation costs.

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SCTE announces new board appointments

October 11, 2013 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) recently announced the selection of members for its SCTE Board of Directors for the upcoming 2013-2014 term. For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 terms, Tony Werner, executive vice president and CTO of Comcast, was newly appointed as a director while Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO of Suddenlink, was reappointed. 

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New gadget frees mobile TV from blocky attachment

October 11, 2013 1:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new gadget lets you watch TV on your phone or tablet without a blocky attachment. Audiovox's "mobiletv" gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan. The accessory doesn't have to be attached to the mobile device physically

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Cablevision crafts VoIP option package for small businesses

October 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Virtual Receptionist from Optimum is a cloud-based call routing and answering service that automatically answers incoming calls with a custom recorded message and presents the caller with a variety of call routing options. Subscribers can manage the service through a web portal.

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Unotel contracts with Nagra for broadband TV service

October 10, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service is scheduled to go live in Brazil during the first quarter of 2014. The new service will use a hybrid digital set-top box enabling the delivery of IP, satellite and digital terrestrial services with content secured by Nagra’s content protection technology.

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Survey: OTT home automation services emerge

October 10, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Providing home automation services over someone else’s broadband pipe is a growing trend according to a recent survey by Infonetics Research. Infonetics also found that more than 70 percent of the operators in the survey planned on offering home automation services by the end of this year.

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Venech signs on with Charter as vice president, communications

October 10, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that Justin Venech was hired for the position of vice president, communications. Venech joined Charter from Time Warner Cable where he was vice president, public relations. In his new job, Venech reports to Alex Dudley, senior vice president, communications and public affairs.

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CTAM picks former Scripps exec as new president, CEO

October 10, 2013 12:10 pm | News | Comments

CTAM announced that former Scripps Networks executive John Lansing was selected as its new president and CEO. Lansing will take over the leadership roles from Char Beales, the current president and CEO, when she retires at the end of the year.

Twitter, Comcast sign TV partnership

October 10, 2013 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter and Comcast have signed a partnership that will let viewers access TV shows and buy movie tickets directly from a tweet, deepening the short messaging service's ties to television programming. Twitter Inc. and Comcast Corp. said Wednesday that a new feature that's part of the deal will let customers of Comcast's Xfinify TV service tune in to programs by clicking a "see it" button in a tweet.

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